Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Chlammy, Jan 6, 2018.
I loved it at the time (2005) but it was ruined for me when all the scandal happened...
Well I finished The Vegetarian and.... I'm not sure what to make of it. Odd book. I don't know. It'll stay with me for sure but I don't think I enjoyed it so much.
Oh well, not sure yet what go with next..
@Suedey - Han Kang is a fairly experimental writer, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. I absolutely love the book though.
Do you want some recommendations or do you have a list of books to get through?
I do have a list but I always welcome recommendations!
I just started this and by GOD it's boring so far... thank goodness it's short.
I'm reading this next!
That's the one I was going to recommend!
Well I'm still waiting for Amazon to deliver my paper copy of this (yes I'm old fashioned) so in the meantime I my zip my way through either Olive Ketteridge and/or The Road ... but let's see what happens.
Also : what are Liane Moriarty's books like? I loved HBO's Big Little Lies but I know the plot now so won't be reading the book. Thinking about Truly Madly Guilty perhaps?
Finished this today.
It was... okay.
Wouldn't recommend it.
Olive is just BRILLIANT. Stop using Amazong - buy from Wordery.
That's all. (kisses)
Thanks bebe. I shall look into it!
It was very frustrating towards the end, as you never get to read the main caracter’s point of view and her rebellion/nightmares are never fully explained.
all I know about The Vegetarian is the translation debacle. I wonder if it has any truth to it
The English translator is involved with a small press publisher in the UK. I really like her. And I really like The Vegetarian. She wrote something a while ago explaining the intricacies of translating Korean, and the way that a lot of old Korean literature is written in a really stuffy, staid sort of way. I loved the book.
@Mats, I was just thinking of you, and how it used to be just you, me and Miss Phoe in these threads. WHAT ARE YOU READING?!
translation is an ungrateful trade. and if the author wrote it in an archaic style she has to stay as true to that as possible even though it’ll seem off. it’s an ongoing and never-ending war between translators from what I experience at seminars...
I pretty much only read older Nordic literature these days so no point in posting I thought. I just finished Hans Kirk’s The Fishermen and it was an absolute joy
When did my lovely Mats get so parochial?!
I just finished The Sense Of An Ending. Beautifully written, interestingly paced and I really enjoyed it but I still struggled with bits about the ending. I could give spoilers but maybe I will do so below
Yes, the letter he wrote was pretty awful but we got so little insight into Veronica's character that I didn't really feel that bad for her in the end. But I guess if she was sexually abused by her father (as insinuated) and her mother was some slut who slept with her boyfriends then no wonder she was the way she was.
I have recently finished The Lonely Polygamist, it's a tad long so it took me about 2 months to finish but what an excellent read it was! It's my first book by Brady Udall but I already like his style and will definitely look into reading his other books.
That Brady Udall book is a great read. I highly recommend ‘The miracle life of Edgar Mint’.
ever since contemporary literature turned so shit! I did however just finish
'twas a great dead-pan view of "instruction manual" Japan that ultimately was very sympathetic. turns out the author herself worked in a convenience store for many years
I'm reading THIS and I LIKE IT
Here's what I've had out of the LIBRARY in RECENT TIMES
A perfectly good man Gale, Patrick
The blind assassin / Atwood, Margaret
The edible woman / Atwood, Margaret
Slade house / Mitchell, David
A wild swan and other tales / Cunningham, Michael
Tipping the velvet / Waters, Sarah
The road McCarthy, Corma
A place called Winter Gale, Patrick
How to be both / Smith, Ali
The bone clocks / Mitchell, David
The book of other people Smith, Zadie
Decline and fall / Waugh, Evelyn
First person / Flanagan, Richard
Ma'am darling : Brown, Craig
Phone / Self, Will
Strangers Brookner, Anita
The buried giant / Ishiguro, Kazuo
The dark flood rises / Drabble, Margaret
A man in love Knausgaard, Karl Ove
Even the dogs McGregor, Jon
Reservoir 13 / McGregor, Jon
Oryx and Crake Atwood, Margaret
Dancing in the dark Knausgaard, Karl Ove
Men without women : Murakami, Haruki
Purity Franzen, Jonathan
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage Murakami, Haruki
Boyhood island Knausgaard, Karl Ove
House of names / Tóibín, Colm
The golden notebook Lessing, Doris May
The solitude of prime numbers Giordano, Paolo
The corrections Franzen, Jonathan
Hotel du Lac. Brookner, Anit
Freedom Franzen, Jonathan
The museum of innocence Pamuk, Orhan
Days without end : a novel / Barry, Sebastian
The temporary gentleman Barry, Sebastian
Nora Webster / Tóibín, Colm
The days of Anna Madrigal Maupin, Armistead
Shark / Self, Will
The grass is singing Lessing, Doris
The quarry Banks, Iain
The cauliflower Barker, Nicola,
The heart goes last / Atwood, Margaret
A possible life Faulks, Sebastian
The Millstone Drabble, Margaret
how’s good old not-bothered Doris Lessing? I’ve been wanting to go high brow and want it to be her
Currently reading :
@Beverley - I really struggled with Do Not Say We Have Nothing! The story was brilliant but I just found the writing style really, really poor.
'The Grass Is Singing' was quite good if BLEAK. The other one was somewhat more CHALLENGING
@Shirley, you need to get thee to goodreads STAT. That way I can monitor your reading PROPERLY.
Also, @Suedey, one is disappointed that you didn't like the Thien novel, but that's how it is sometimes. Have you thought of reading 'Normal People' by Sally Rooney? It's sort of the book of the moment and I thought it was brilliant.
I'm a bit bored with contemporary Western stuff at the moment, so I'm going to try and spend some time elsewhere. Started reading some Junichiro Tanizaki, @Mats
There's a sudden GLUT of MARGARET ATWOOD in the library so I am reading HAG-SEED
Not read Hag-Seed yet but I have pretty much read most of her novels at this point. #MargaretAtwoodforumnow
Just finished this and really enjoyed it! What did you make of it SHIRL ?
Oh I thought it were grand. Although had I been more familiar with THE TEMPEST it would probably have been EVEN BETTER!
I'm just going to finish BIRDSONG (which I can't believe I haven't read before) and then I'm on to THE ROBBER BRIDE
I’m reading my first Pamuk, My Name is Red. WOW!
Just finished Girl With a Pearl Earring. I really enjoyed it but found it short, even a bit rushed at times. I wanted more
The Robber Bride is wonderful! Atwood does Jackie Collins (well, kind of). It's great.
You know what, Matsy. I've tried so hard with Pamuk in the past and I just couldn't get into it. I believe it was Snow and I tried over and over and it just couldn't work.
Having said that. I just picked up My Name Is Read from my local charity shop for £1, so let's see.
I've been lazy and have gotten into a habit of tearing through autobiographies about North Korea and Cambodia on audible.
I did read Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne the other week though which is gay interest and also enchanting and ridiculous in equal measure. I'd recommend.
Also, I can't remember if I posted about it but this is beautiful and quite possibly in my top 3 lgbt reads.
YAY! I'm glad you liked it!
The author seems like a really nice guy (he's super hot). @Phoenix loved it. I liked LOTS about it.