Books you've read in 2019

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  1. Suedey

    Suedey #WorldChorusDay2020

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    Shall we go for Death in Venice then?

    We can keep one of Bev's Swedish suggestions for the WINTER SAISON :disco:
     
  2. RaspberrySwirl

    RaspberrySwirl Leftover

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    Death in Venice by Thomas Mann? I’m up for it but will need to find the book first.
     
  3. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    It’s a novella so should be a quick read.
     
  4. Mats

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    I actually have three editions on the shelf... I've read it before but will happily read it again
     
  5. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    Can you recommend the best translation @Mats ?
     
  6. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    Well girls, I finally finished “A Little Life” and what a journey.

    I even had the NERVE towards the end to think the ending wasn’t as depressing as I was hoping and then that final chapter came along and SLAPPED me in the face. :D
     
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  7. Suedey

    Suedey #WorldChorusDay2020

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    @jivafox I feel we need to read Queen H's The People in the Trees as next as I know that both @Beverley and @RaspberrySwirl say it's actually better than A Little Life.
     
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  8. Mats

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    they're all in Danish, alas. but a bit of googling tells me that the translation by Michael Henry Heim is pretty good. many of the older ones tip-toe around the sensual/sexual context. here's a few lines that seem to sum it up well:

     
  9. RaspberrySwirl

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    The ending was fucking misery. :(

    I agree, you should all read People in the Trees. It’s however a totally different kind of a book. I also found it a lot easier to get into.
     
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  10. Suedey

    Suedey #WorldChorusDay2020

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    @Mats I've just started Killing Commandatore. Shall I just give up? :D
     
  11. Mats

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    as you might've figured I haven't even bothered :D I remember asking my old Japanese professor what he thought shortly after its Japanese publication and he just shrugged... and one of my favourite reviewers did the same. so nil points from the intelligentsia

    my father-in-law loved it but he is rather gullible
     
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  12. RaspberrySwirl

    RaspberrySwirl Leftover

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    What’s the reason behind this?

    I’m soon about to embark on my second attempt at reading IQ84.
     
  13. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    I ordered A Little Life. Can't wait to soak in all the misery, girls :disco:
     
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  14. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    Good luck Raspberritta! I actually didn't find it hard to get into AT ALL, it's just that THREE books was too much for me.
     
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  15. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    Murakami is so boring
     
  16. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    FINALLY I'm on 49 books. Which means I read Death in Venice for my 50th. Which also means that I might exceed last year's total and read FIFTY-ONE! :disco::disco::disco:
     
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  17. Cécile

    Cécile Shep's Classic 12"

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    He wasn't always though. The problem with his writing is when you've read two or three books you've read them all. Kafka on the beach and Norwegean wood are excellent novels.

    Killing Commendatore could've been good if it were written by someone else.
     
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  18. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I read Kafka and started off really liking it, then by about half way through, I was like, 'WHY IS THIS STUFF HAPPENING? WHAT IS THE POINT?'

    Also, he doesn't know how to write women.
     
  19. RaspberrySwirl

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    Important update: I’ve aborted my plan of reading IQ84 and started reading The God of Small Things. So far not had much time, but if I’m lucky I’ll finish it this week, which means I have room for another book next week, making it 45 in total.
     
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  20. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    SO PROUD OF YOU SIS!
     
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  21. Suedey

    Suedey #WorldChorusDay2020

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    I think I'll end 2019 with 45 as well bishes.
     
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  22. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    I have just collected this, it's HUGE, 600+ pages wtf :(
     
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  23. Dark Carnival

    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    That's my reading list for 2020 sorted :(
     
  24. RaspberrySwirl

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    See you in 2021 bbz
     
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    Dark Carnival Missss Vaaaaaanjie

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    vespertine A kind of fever chart

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    A few more to add, I think that's me done for the year.

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  27. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    I finished that bloody KNAUSGAARD in the end. I've always had PERSEVERANCE

    Then I read THIS

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    "a metatextual farce" :vomit:

    And then THIS

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  28. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I got to 51 over 2019, reading the last pages whilst waiting for the NYE fireworks to go in KL
     
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  29. RaspberrySwirl

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    Would you recommend Knausgård, @Shirley ?
     
  30. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    I really liked some of the first ones (I've read them all now apart from part 5) but the last one is a REAL SLOG
     
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    Chlammy Climb on through my window.

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