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Old 03-20-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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5th horeseman by j patterson!
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Just finished The Kite Runner..wonderful book!


I am now struggling and I do mean struggling through The Road...
Most depressing book I've ever read..sigh...
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I, too, found The Road a trial, but it was worth the read in the end--just get past the first 10-30 pages and you find it gets not better but easier.
I am sorry to say that I have shelved The Road for awhile. I think that it shall have to wait for the sunny weather of summer to escape from my book shelf.

Depressing it is, njkate. I don't often put a book away after 30 or 40 pages, but The Road had to be put to sleep!
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Riverside, California
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I'm about to start Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Also, The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I am sorry to say that I have shelved The Road for awhile. I think that it shall have to wait for the sunny weather of summer to escape from my book shelf.

Depressing it is, njkate. I don't often put a book away after 30 or 40 pages, but The Road had to be put to sleep!
gemkeeper and njkate, I wholeheartedly agree. I read All the Pretty Horses a few years ago and that book, too, was quite depressing. I just finished The Kite Runner and Five Quarters of the Orange. I absolutely loved Five Quarters of the Orange[u]. I couldn't put it down. I don't know why I never read Chocolat, but bought Coastlinersthe other day.
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am sorry to say that I have shelved The Road for awhile. I think that it shall have to wait for the sunny weather of summer to escape from my book shelf.

Depressing it is, njkate. I don't often put a book away after 30 or 40 pages, but The Road had to be put to sleep!

It also reminds me of the old Mad Max movies with Mel Gibson..same concept
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I just last night began reading The Kite Runner and immediately felt drawn into the story. What a wonderful writer he is! Really looking forward to getting back to it later today.

Yesterday I received The Wall, and skipped through it, reading passages here and there, to get an idea of the author's style of writing. Looks interesting. Has anyone here already read it? I can't remember how it came to be recommended.

I pretty much figured that the subject matter of The Road was depressing, and frankly, that's one reason it has sat on my library shelf for over a year. There are definitely books that I will put aside if I find them objectionable. I never feel bad about doing that. Life is too short and there are far too many great books to read to suffer through something one doesn't enjoy. Lord knows we had enough of that while in school!

However, when I was younger I did sit through movies that I found quite disgusting, like "Mad Max" and "A Clockwork Orange." Nowadays, though, I won't do that. I walked out on "Hannibal" and walked around the mall while my husband sat it out (and enjoyed it!).

I'd just as soon not fill my mind with disgusting images and ideas. I really don't think it's healthy or helpful.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Paullina Simons -- The Bronze Rider. I just can't stop reading even though I started Darkly Dreaming Dexter this week, too.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am sorry to say that I have shelved The Road for awhile. I think that it shall have to wait for the sunny weather of summer to escape from my book shelf.

Depressing it is, njkate. I don't often put a book away after 30 or 40 pages, but The Road had to be put to sleep!
I did force myself to finish it yesterday..it didn't get any better
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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I did force myself to finish it yesterday..it didn't get any better
Congratulations on finishing it. It's a tough one. Although it didn't get better, I did think there was a glimmer of hope at the end. In fact, I recommend that anyone struggling to get through it go ahead and read the ending and I never usually do that. But I found it to be helpful in the case of The Road.

I'm currently reading The Golden Compass trilogy. I think it's really called His Dark Materials and I'm on the third book, The Amber Spyglass. I have some complaints about his writing style, but the ideas are intriguing. I don't want to get into a heated religious discussion, but would be interested in comments from others who have read it.
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I read The Road from the beginning and didn't cheat on the end, but perhaps that is a good recommendation.

I did read all of the Dark Materials--Pullman's trilogy, and rather liked them, or perhaps liked them enormously. We could start a thread to discuss them as I believe other members have enjoyed them and there was a great deal of discussion about the film in the Movies Forum.
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