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Old 09-06-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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I am always struck by how much writing style has changed in the past 50 years. Those earlier books seem almost childish now, as though they were written by authors who lacked writing experience and were telling a story without style or finesse.

I've had the same experience. I've tried to read A Pocketful of Rye, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Young Woman of Manhattan. I couldn't believe how corny the writing was; it was completely lacking in artistry and compelling storytelling. The books seemed aimed at a young teen audience.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Three right now, depending on my mood.

Jewel In The Crown, by Paul Scott. 100 pages in.

A Way In The World, by V.S. Naipaul. 45 pages in.

A Perfect Spy, by Le Career. 200 pages in.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler

This Glittering World - T. Greenwood

Sneaky People - Thomas Berger

Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Just finished Alas, Babylon and just started Under The Dome. Had never read Alas, Babylon before, although it was written in 1959.

I remember so many books I read and loved decades ago e.g. The Nun's Story, The Small Woman, Forever Amber, and have tried to re-read many of them in recent years. I am always struck by how much writing style has changed in the past 50 years. Those earlier books seem almost childish now, as though they were written by authors who lacked writing experience and were telling a story without style or finesse.

I have not read a Stephen King book for many years--got tired of all the horror--but Under The Dome is starting off pretty good--think I will like it.
Alas, Babylon is one of my top 5 favorite books. I read it for the first time about 3 years ago and I've read it again. I so closely identified with it because I was raised in an Air Force family and my father was a B-52 pilot. So, I knew what they were going through. I love they way they came up with the code term "Alas, Babylon." I loved the characters and this one is really character driven.

I'll be very interested in hearing what you think of Under the Dome. I'm a big fan of King but I did not like this particular book.

Ahhhh. The Nun's Story. I have that movie and watch it from time to time and I have read the book. Last month I did some google research on "the nun." It's very interesting what she did with her life.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Three right now, depending on my mood.

Jewel In The Crown, by Paul Scott. 100 pages in.

A Way In The World, by V.S. Naipaul. 45 pages in.

A Perfect Spy, by Le Career. 200 pages in.
Oh man, I reall love John Le Carré's books. A Perfect Spy is a good one. I also really like The Spy Who Came In From the Cold as well as Little Drummer Girl.

Now I am going to have to reread those.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: central Oregon
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I'll be very interested in hearing what you think of Under the Dome. I'm a big fan of King but I did not like this particular book.
I'm interested as well, for the same reason!

Have you read 11/22/63 yet? I did enjoy this one and will read it again for sure.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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Where's the emoticon for tossing one's cookies when one needs it?!
Really, if an author is talented, why wouldn't they use their talent for good.

I know, but I grip my naïveté with both hands and hold very, very tightly.
Stokoe is very talented. Check out his novel "Empty Mile" if you think "High Life" would give you nightmares. It is still a bleak read, but it is toned down quite a bit from his earlier works.

I just finished "Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction" by Luke Davies. It is another story about Australian heroin addicts in the Melbourne subburb of St. Kilda. I would recommend it to anyone who liked Kate Holden's memoir "In My Skin".
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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We have a community book shelf at work and I picked up Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. It was written in 2005 and is a coming-of-age story set in a boarding school. So far I like the writing and am finding the main character very endearing.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Finally finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I really enjoyed this one and liked it almost as much as the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I don't read mysteries/thrillers too often but I really did enjoy this trilogy. I definitely recommend the trilogy to anyone who has any interest in the genre.

Next up is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I'm looking forward to reading some non-fiction again - my favorite!
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Next up is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I'm looking forward to reading some non-fiction again - my favorite!
Good book!
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