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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11500 on: September 14, 2021, 06:50:56 AM »
I've read "A Month in the Country" twice. Easy to do because it's so short. But indeed it's very English, very beautiful, very full of unadmitted emotions.

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« Reply #11501 on: September 14, 2021, 06:59:50 AM »
Waugh: The Loved One





Published in 1948 this short novel is a comic and biting satire on the shallow values of Californian life at the time.


Love that book. I've since learnt of, and also love, the movie.
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« Reply #11502 on: September 14, 2021, 07:09:20 AM »


I don't know how true it is to the book, but this was made into a wonderfully quirky film in the '60s.  The screenplay was by Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood.

"The film stars Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer and Rod Steiger. Among those making appearances in smaller roles are John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Roddy McDowall, James Coburn, Milton Berle, Dana Andrews, Tab Hunter and Liberace."  -- Wikipedia

They missed that Paul Williams is in there as well.  Rod Steiger plays "Mr. Joyboy"!

The only thing I "missed" in the movie, Dave, was basically the closing line of the book: The anniversary card from the Happier Hunting Ground. It's mordantly funny in the book, but just wouldn't work on the screen, I suppose.
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« Reply #11503 on: September 14, 2021, 01:42:20 PM »
Mostly shorter books this time.

Nadas' short story "Own death" is accompanied with photographs of a tree on each page. Carr's is a very English novel, reminded me of "Atonement". Kagge's essay was just OK. The book on Guston was my favourite. It's a short bio with great selection of his work and some photos from the studio.



Guston was a weird, challenging artist. I ought to check that out sometime.