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Started by Pantaleone on Mar 3, 2011 6:55:53 AM
What are you reading?

Good? Bad? Throw at the wall?

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pipsqueak - 03 Mar 2011 12:07:49 (#1 of 27329)

Iris Murdoch, a Fairly Honourable Defeat. Ok so far - I haven't read any of her stuff for about 20 years, so am interested to see how much I like it. Loved the ones I read in my 20s.

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Batfink - 03 Mar 2011 12:41:02 (#3 of 27329)

Lots of PhD related stuff that you really don't want to know about! But I'm looking forward to Paris in a couple of weeks and the reading I'll do while I'm there. A Place of Greater Safety seemed to be the consensus suggestion from the previous thread!

pigbagging - 03 Mar 2011 12:47:20 (#4 of 27329)

A Place of Greater Safety

A great book - but you'll need a long time in Paris to finish it unless you do nothing else

esmeralda - 03 Mar 2011 13:00:33 (#5 of 27329)

The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley. Which I am enjoying, but Mr E is not, because I can't stop myself reading bits aloud to him. And all that New Labour swearing is terribly infectious.

Thanks for the site too, it looks lovely.

pushkin - 03 Mar 2011 13:01:58 (#6 of 27329)

Just opened A Suitable Boy, thanks to advice on another thread.

Chatwin's On the Black Hill has arrived, ordered due to reading about it on the defunct GUT thread.

FleurDuMal - 03 Mar 2011 15:22:07 (#7 of 27329)

Angelology, by Danielle Trussardi.

PeteZTrucker - 03 Mar 2011 15:26:27 (#8 of 27329)

The Ascent of Money, by Niall Ferguson. Very interesting, and comprehensible for a layman.

levelgaze - 03 Mar 2011 15:44:07 (#9 of 27329)

On the Kindle: consuming one Scandi-Noir after another (currently wolfing down Jo Nesbo's output.)

Proper book: David Harsent's 'Night'. Superb.

Cavewoman - 04 Mar 2011 00:30:49 (#10 of 27329)

Batfink - I'm so glad you settled on A Place of Greater Safety for your Paris trip - you won't regret it. Can't really get my head round all the catastrophic stuff that's happened since we were discussing it last week, but here we are, in a different place, discussing it again, thanks to johnnythesailor . As pigbagging says, it's a great book, and certainly you wouldn't finish it on a short trip to Paris unless you did little else but read, in which case, why go to Paris at all? But you could start it before, continue during and finish it after, PhD stuff permittng. I'm curious about your PhD - are we allowed to know what it's about? Or does everyone know & it's only because I joined GUT relatively recently that I don't? I'm considering embarking on one myself.

pushkin - On The Black Hill is wonderful. Chatwin's always interesting, but I think OTBH is his most fully realised work. I re-read it a couple of years ago and it was even better than first time round. Moving and heartbreaking and beautifully written.

Batfink - 04 Mar 2011 08:00:39 (#11 of 27329)

Cavewoman - Thanks, I'm looking forward to Paris and the reading. I have the whole Eurostar journey, plus the journey to London from here, plus lots of time alone, so we'll see how much I do read! Even if I don't read the whole book while I'm there, if I really get into it I'll probably start taking it on the train when I travel to university (not a long journey, so usually I just stare blankly out of the window!!).

Actually I'm not sure that people do know what my PhD is about, beyond being about environmental stuff. I try not to bore people with the subject! I'm looking at individual energy consumption behaviour in office buildings - basically, the psychology behind persuading office workers to use less electricity. And that probably sounds dull-as, but believe me, it's completely fascinating!

But if you're considering a PhD, I highly recommend it, I'm loving mine. But it does completely take over your whole life and is an enormous amount of work, so you do need to really want to do it. If you want lots of insider advice and to get a feel for what it's like, there's a forum that gives lots of great info - - you should be able to spot me on there pretty easily!

RabbyBunnit - 04 Mar 2011 08:14:01 (#12 of 27329)

Another space western, here, My Own Kind Of Freedom. More shenanigans of the Serenity/Firefly crew.

Junebug - 04 Mar 2011 11:53:15 (#13 of 27329)

Patti Smith's Just Kids. I usually don't like autobiography but it reads just like a well written novel.

Jules26 - 04 Mar 2011 12:15:29 (#14 of 27329)

Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows. 80 pages in and I love it, a real read-while-you're-walking-along-the-street book.

caracalla - 04 Mar 2011 14:14:42 (#15 of 27329)

Very glad to read the appreciative comments about Chatwin's OTBH. Only last week I stumbled across a new edition in the scrumptious 'Penguin Ink' series from America, and just couldn't resist it.

I'm supposed to be getting the TBR pile under some semblance of control, and this is clearly not the way. Now I feel a little less guilty about my lack of self-control - though it'll still be ages before I can get round to reading it.

feckless - 04 Mar 2011 22:45:16 (#16 of 27329)

I thoroughly enjoyed On the Black Hills, but liked even more his The Songlines. I must get another copy because the last one fell victim to one of my ridiculous culls.

I'm currently reading Jane Smiley's The Greenlanders and finding it totally absorbing - or I would if I didn't keep falling asleep due to general knackeredness.

Cavewoman - 05 Mar 2011 00:07:02 (#17 of 27329)

feckless - yes, my favourite Chatwin is The Songlines, but I think OTBH is probably the better book. I love the string of notes at the end of The Songlines - presumably notes that Chatwin had made, hadn't used in the body of the book but couldn't bear to throw away.

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Ali_La_Pointe - 05 Mar 2011 00:35:32 (#19 of 27329)

I got really drunk last night, and have woken up to the perturbing revelation that I have bought everything Amazon had to offer by Frantz Fanon and Michel Foucault. In French. French is not my first, second or even third language. I have also apparently signed up for Amazon Prime, and it all arrives tomorrow...

feckless - 05 Mar 2011 01:33:04 (#20 of 27329)

I love the string of notes at the end of The Songlines - presumably notes that Chatwin had made, hadn't used in the body of the book but couldn't bear to throw away.

Oh yes - I think that those are my favourite bits of the book, Cavewoman! Lots and lots of fascinating stuff that leads one into new areas of interest to explore.

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