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Old 12-27-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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I know what you mean about getting stuck and nothing sounding good. It is sort of like when I am hungry, tummy growling kind of hungry - yet nothing sounds good to eat. I hate that...

My cure for getting stuck like this is short stories. I love them. If you aren't that familiar with the short story genre, Alice Munroe is a great author to get you hooked.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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What did you think of them? I think that I'm afraid to pick up a book now, unless it gets rave reviews from at least some of you.
Well, I'd say go back and try Cholera again, but I don't think that's what you wanted to hear.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Well, I'd say go back and try Cholera again, but I don't think that's what you wanted to hear.
That's what I was thinking too. I know this thread isn't about that, but I found Love in the Time of Cholera exhilarating, inspiring and just - just - incredible in terms of the quality of writing. I wanted to get up and dance for the sheer joy of his use of language. I pointed out to my husband that there wasn't a page I read where I didn't have to stop and read some perfect line aloud to him. I couldn't help myself.

I hate to use the terms "best book I ever read" because I feel there is going to be some great book I forgot about that was equally great, so I'll limit myself to saying again how I just loved Cholera. I read it when it was first published and one of these days I will reread it just to see if it is really as great as I thought it was.

I can't think of any writer other than e.e. cummings with that same verbal impact.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm back, baby, I'm back! (Seinfeld vitamin B-12 reference, for those that just think I'm acting weird.)

I can read again. All is good with the world. I'm just finishing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (I would have finished it, easily, last night... had the electricity not gone out AFTER the storm was over. )

Then I have a huge pile of books that recently arrived, so I'll choose from those. The Group and Love in the Time of Cholera will remain in the "to read" pile, just lower down -- I need to give myself time after the first try.
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