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Old 07-10-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I've almost finished "The Handmaid's Tail" by Margaret Atwood. Super cheerful book, that.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:18 PM
 
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I've almost finished "The Handmaid's Tail" by Margaret Atwood. Super cheerful book, that.
Were you being facitious, or is it really cheerful and you are sorry it's almost over?

Margaret is an author I keep meaning to read, but never have, yet. Do you recommend her?
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've almost finished "The Handmaid's Tail" by Margaret Atwood. Super cheerful book, that.
I really liked The Handmaid's Tale. But, it is a downer.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Texas
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25 pages into "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. Is this for real? Somebody tell me if anything happens that will redeem this POS if I keep on reading. He writes like a tenth grader, apparently trying to be funny or clever or something, and it's not. Not even mildly amusing. Why is everybody raving about this book and giving it major awards and praising this guy as a break-through author? Are we so desperate to publish and praise minority writers, that this is what we now have to endure in the name of equal-opportunity publishing? I have to go all the way back to the library again tomorrow to get rid of this thing, and find something to read.
The writing does not change in the book. This was his first Young Adult Book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was hysterical and it is semiautobiographical. He did grow up on an Indian reservation.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Were you being facitious, or is it really cheerful and you are sorry it's almost over?

Margaret is an author I keep meaning to read, but never have, yet. Do you recommend her?

Yes, sorry, I was being facetious. I can't say I liked the book because of the story, but it was well written and held my attention.

I think it's one of those important books to read, like 1984, and Brave New World. I could start a new thread with a discussion for it, I'm sure it's one that has been debated many, many times.

Definitely recommended if you care to read about fictional dystopian societies as I do from time to time. Not recommended as some easy fluff reading. And no, definitely not cheerful.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Ready to start "Divisadero" by Michael Ondaatje. I liked his "Anil's Ghost OK, gave it a B.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Yes, sorry, I was being facetious. I can't say I liked the book because of the story, but it was well written and held my attention.

I think it's one of those important books to read, like 1984, and Brave New World. I could start a new thread with a discussion for it, I'm sure it's one that has been debated many, many times.

Definitely recommended if you care to read about fictional dystopian societies as I do from time to time. Not recommended as some easy fluff reading. And no, definitely not cheerful.
No need to apologize -- I just couldn't tell for sure. (I'm not very good with subtleties.) I will definitely read it, after this recommend. Thanks!

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Ready to start "Divisadero" by Michael Ondaatje. I liked his "Anil's Ghost OK, gave it a B.
I was thinking I'd read "Anil's Ghost," but after reading Wikipedia's write up on it, I don't think so now. I did read his "The English Patient" and absolutely LOVED it.

BTW -- I am retracting what I said about Adam's "Mercy Among the Children." Adams still has some quirky lines, but the character Sydney has such a keen perception of what motivates peoples' mean-spirited acts that I am now compelled to read more, just to know this character better.

Meanwhile, class studies and homework are seriously cutting into my reading time!
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I really liked The Handmaid's Tale. But, it is a downer.
I really liked it too! Other novels by Margaret Atwood that I really enjoyed: "Oryx and Crake" and its companion book, "The Year of the Flood".
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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I am currently reading I Am Number Four. I've been all over the place in genres right now, so it comes as no surprise that I wanted to read a YA sci fi.

I will also agree that I enjoyed Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. I also read The Blind Assassin. It was hard to get through it even though I enjoyed it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:10 PM
 
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Two actually: The Encyclopdia of Spells and Magical Herbs, Potions and Oils.
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