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What have you just FINISHED?; Sure you can start em....
Topic Started: Oct 28 2007, 05:28 PM (246,814 Views)
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Started and finished A Midsummer Night's Dream by Bill the Bard today. Was fun.

What have you just finished?
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I just finished The Man Who Loved Children the bot6w. it was brutal, but a satisfying ending.
I am hoping to finish The Moviegoer tonight.

I am stuck on At-Swim-Two-Birds which i haven't picked up in a month
Owen Glendower which is decent, but slow going and almost 800 pages, and
The Ancestor's Tale which i am just picking my way through slowly.
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No Country For Old Men. Another thoroughly enjoyed book. I'm having a rather good reading year.
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couple days ago, Nabokov - The Eye, read in one day [only 104 pages]

before that, Amis - Dead Babies

before that, Nab - Laughter in the Dark

-mm
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Recently finished Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters. I think I might have mentioned this elsewhere...

Ok book, not great but good characters and atmosphere. Too often she takes a scene too far. Hope she gets better.
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Finished The Moviegoer a couple days late. Interesting book, I know several on the board have recommended it. the prose is artful, a slow, southern drawl of a narrative. a short book at 240 p. but i read it over he course of a month, cause Bot6w got in there and it was the 600 lb gorilla in the reading room.
there were many snippets that were tasty, but nothing profound, just good enough to be appreciated, but in the end the overt racism left enough of a bad taste to make it hard for me to recommend.
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I finished Life of Pi about 10 days ago. I enjoyed its start, i even liked Pi and his take on religion. I didn't mind the story though i predicted how it might be twisted -- maybe I missed something cos I really don't see why it might make me believe in God (and I am not as averse to that idea as I coudl be). Something about it left me feeling underwhelmed -- perhaps the most interesting bit is the stranmge thing that happens before the end of part 2 (edited to avoid spoilers), which I might interpret....but maybe I am missing something. anyone else read it and feel differently? For me, I cannot understand how it could win the Booker ahead of The Story of Lucy Gault.
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TonyH
Nov 3 2007, 03:31 PM
I finished Life of Pi about 10 days ago. I enjoyed its start, i even liked Pi and his take on religion. I didn't mind the story though i predicted how it might be twisted -- maybe I missed something cos I really don't see why it might make me believe in God (and I am not as averse to that idea as I coudl be). Something about it left me feeling underwhelmed -- perhaps the most interesting bit is the stranmge thing that happens before the end of part 2 (edited to avoid spoilers), which I might interpret....but maybe I am missing something. anyone else read it and feel differently? For me, I cannot understand how it could win the Booker ahead of The Story of Lucy Gault.

I felt the same way about it. It's a nice enough novel, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement. It's a crowd-pleasing sort of novel, though, popular with the reading group set. I put it on my list of recommended novels that I give to my students, and they usually like it.
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Nov 3 2007, 10:38 PM
I felt the same way about it. It's a nice enough novel, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement. It's a crowd-pleasing sort of novel, though, popular with the reading group set. I put it on my list of recommended novels that I give to my students, and they usually like it.

Glad its not just me, if thats the right way to put it.
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ditto
on the Life of Pi
a mediocre piece of writing
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I liked Life of Pi quite a bit but I am a more demanding reader now than when I read it and I don't think it's the sort of book that would hold up to a rereading given that its strengths are its twists.
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Just finished Iris Murdoch's
The Sea, The Sea

marvelous book
I highly recommend it
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I'm on a roll here
with finishing started books!

next up
yet another started one
maybe Tree of Smoke

I'm really tempted to start another Iris Murdoch book
but I've been annoyed at myself
of late
for reading in too many
and not finishing enough
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suzannahhh
Nov 4 2007, 06:55 PM
I'm really tempted to start another Iris Murdoch book
but I've been annoyed at myself
of late
for reading in too many
and not finishing enough

I don't know how you do it, would bother me.
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ions____

when I was a kid-into-reading
I would have
seven or eight going at once

then I stopped doing that
when I went off to college

and only started again
in the last seven years or so

no problem keeping the tales straight though
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I am currently reading 8 books (for fun)
I really MUST finish one of them
I made myself promise to finish two books
before I enter B.S. Johnson's work. I already ordered the biography by Coe.
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I finished Eva The Fugitive. That was two weeks ago. It was one of those insanely cyclical piece of prose, I'd read in a while. I am reading The Voyeur and Under The Volcano but for past week or so, I have not done any reading because of work.

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If I read more than one book at a time eventually a perfectly finishable book would become abandoned. One at a time ensures that each gets finished. This applies only to fiction, non-fiction I can multi-book but don't often. Usually only for school.
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usually one scholarly,or philo followed by a novel, though i sometimes read both at once i generally read far more non fiction than fiction and certainly more than three books at a time would mean i wasn't where i needed to be for the poetry
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art garfunkel's comprehensive reading list... (quirky huh?)
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