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« Reply #11500 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 #11501 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11502 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.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11503 on: September 17, 2021, 05:29:48 PM »
Finished:



Started:


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11504 on: September 18, 2021, 04:21:56 AM »



Love that book. I've since learnt of, and also love, the movie.

I have not found the film yet, Karl, but it is on the List.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11505 on: September 18, 2021, 05:39:01 AM »
The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving.

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« Reply #11506 on: September 18, 2021, 05:50:02 AM »
The Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving.

What do you think? I haven't read anything of his but I'm curious about his work. I liked the film based on The Cider House Rules.

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« Reply #11507 on: September 18, 2021, 05:58:58 AM »
What do you think? I haven't read anything of his but I'm curious about his work. I liked the film based on The Cider House Rules.

I like it a lot. This is my favorite Irving book followed by The Cider House Rules.
I read the book for the first time when I was a high school student. I was as young as the protagonist in the beginning of story.
Now I am older than him at the end of story.

Ps. Nice cover art of the book. This simplistic picture casts a sharp contrast to the chaos, violence, promiscuity, incest, etc. in the story.
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« Reply #11508 on: September 18, 2021, 07:43:57 AM »
I like it a lot. This is my favorite Irving book followed by The Cider House Rules.
I read the book for the first time when I was a high school student. I was as young as the protagonist in the beginning of story.
Now I am older than him at the end of story.

Ps. Nice cover art of the book. This simplistic picture casts a sharp contrast to the chaos, violence, promiscuity, incest, etc. in the story.

Always a pleasure revisiting books throughout life as one changes.

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« Reply #11509 on: September 18, 2021, 10:57:05 AM »
Started:


It's been on my wish list for a while now.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11510 on: September 20, 2021, 09:04:26 PM »
Excellent so far. Very dark.


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11511 on: September 22, 2021, 12:56:26 PM »
Been reading Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel



Eerily I'm finding myself relating a bit too much to the protagonist for my own comfort. An interesting short novel by a younger contemporary and compatriot of Borges, much in a similar vein to his work.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11512 on: September 22, 2021, 01:09:31 PM »
Been reading Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel



Eerily I'm finding myself relating a bit too much to the protagonist for my own comfort. An interesting short novel by a younger contemporary and compatriot of Borges, much in a similar vein to his work.

Cover art!

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« Reply #11513 on: September 22, 2021, 01:16:32 PM »
Cover art!

Stunning, isn't it. The young Louise Brooks.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11514 on: September 22, 2021, 05:17:53 PM »
Re-reading various chapters in Essays, by Michel de Montaigne.
Glad to see a man who thought similar things I often think hundreds of years ago.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11515 on: September 22, 2021, 11:45:20 PM »
Been reading Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel
Love that book. Read it a few times.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11516 on: September 23, 2021, 12:13:14 AM »
Been reading Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel



Eerily I'm finding myself relating a bit too much to the protagonist for my own comfort. An interesting short novel by a younger contemporary and compatriot of Borges, much in a similar vein to his work.
I read that many (30?) years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. rather clever book...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11517 on: September 25, 2021, 05:37:27 AM »
Walter de la Mare: Peacock Pie


   


This is a book of simple rhymes ostensibly written for children but often the profound is hidden in the simple. I found quite a few very attractive verses here. A certain rustic magic prevails throughout. De La Mare’s word craft is somewhat suspect in places but the overall effect and atmosphere of the rhymes are quite pleasant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11518 on: September 26, 2021, 06:41:54 AM »
Junky, William S. Burroughs.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11519 on: September 26, 2021, 07:33:25 AM »
Junky, William S. Burroughs.

I reread that in July. Just a phenomenal book... Completely transcends both its genre and subject matter.