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Quote from: Florestan on December 07, 2022, 12:43:11 PMWould it be a good idea to start a new thread, "Books Purchased Today"?
Quote from: Dave B on November 30, 2022, 08:37:14 AMReading Dostoyevsky. The Brothers Karamazov. 800+ pages but easy reading compared to Dickens or even Hugo or Dumas. But tedious at times.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on December 08, 2022, 02:52:17 AMDrive Your Plow Over the Bones of he Dead, Olga Tokarczuk.This book is something of a literary detective story. It involves a series of deaths in an isolated village in Poland. The central character is a woman in late middle age who has a great respect for nature and wildlife. Also important is her circle of eccentric friends. The first death is a neighbor who has choked on a lamb bone. This is followed by a series of deaths in strange circumstances, all of which have a mysterious connection to wildlife and possible local government corruption. It seemed a bit preachy and political until the conclusion.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on December 08, 2022, 03:03:40 AMIt sounds interesting. I did a (very quick) googling of her name. Interesting to read that she has a background in clinical psychology and also worked as a psychotherapist before dedicating herself fully to writing.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on December 07, 2022, 01:51:35 PMBig fan of Dostoevsky, but never been a fan of Karamazov.
Quote from: ultralinear on December 08, 2022, 03:54:38 AMInteresting. I generally give any book that I'm not enjoying about 80 pages to win me over, in case it's a question of getting used to the authorial voice. But I did give up on this one. In spite of the promising premise, something about the writing made it seem just too much of a slog.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on December 08, 2022, 03:40:46 AMReading this book I had the impression that storytelling was secondary to a political message, but it came together in the end. I'm thinking of seeking out more works by Tokarczuk.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on November 25, 2022, 04:01:35 AMSteinbeck, Cannery Row, a quick read (especially since circumstances afforded me a larger than usual chance to use my Kindle).I read this book out of nostalgia for central California. The action takes place on and around Ocean View Boulevard in Monterey California, which at the time (the 1930's) was the site of an array of Sardine canneries. Steinbeck expresses admiration for the passions and disorder of the people who struggle to make a meager living in the shadow of the canneries, particularly Doc, a marine biologist who runs a business selling samples of marine animals, and Mack, the leader of a group of vagrants squatting in an abandoned warehouse. Ironically, the canneries have since been replaced by fancy hotels and restaurants and Monterey has become a playground of the wealthy.
Quote from: LKB on December 15, 2022, 02:21:54 AMSteinbeck is near and dear to me. It was his Travels with Charley which fired my interest in non- fiction, after years of reading only Sci-Fi and music-related publications. To any who haven't read Steinbeck's non- fiction, I recommend both Travels with Charley and The Log from The Sea of Cortez.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on December 16, 2022, 01:05:20 PMHistory of My Life. Giacomo/Jacques Casanova.Annual revisit.
Quote from: SimonNZ on December 16, 2022, 01:29:28 PMAnnual?! How many times have you read it?Acouple of other things still on the go, but decided to do a second read of this and knocked it off in a couple of sittings. Still highly impressed, and would be among the first books I'd recommend to anyone new to Auster:
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