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Started by RosyLovelady on Sep 15, 2017 12:34:09 PM
What rubbish are you reading?

A thread to admit that you read low-brow, sensationalist and/or otherwise deplorable books.

Rubbish recommendations welcome.

RosyLovelady - 18 May 2022 13:55:51 (#2159 of 2225)

I've just finished Le Carre's Silverview in which I thought he was deliberately sending up himself and his genre; but apparently not, according to the Afterword.

ReverendBlueJeans - 18 May 2022 14:04:51 (#2160 of 2225)

Have to say I find it quite difficult to remember anything about later le Carres I've read. I'm often not even sure which ones I've read.

staticgirl - 18 May 2022 14:37:29 (#2161 of 2225)

I have a dim memory of watching the film of the Tailor of Panama. I remember enjoying it quite a lot but not what it was about. Some not so good books make good films, don't they.

LordofMisrule - 18 May 2022 15:01:13 (#2162 of 2225)

It's a sort of 'Our Man in Havana' for the Clinton era, isn't it?

I've seen the film; can't remember whether I read the book as well.

slimpickins - 18 May 2022 16:16:11 (#2163 of 2225)

Bush One era but yes, sort of.

I can see it making a good film.

Lagopus - 19 May 2022 04:14:39 (#2164 of 2225)

I love both Monsignor Quixote and the Don Camillo stories, despite being communist and the target of most of the jokes. Favourite Greene though is The Quiet American. Reading it is like being conned out of fifty quid and being grateful, because the con was prettier than anything you could've spent the money on.

crackfox - 19 May 2022 08:12:51 (#2165 of 2225)

the tales of Don Camillo

A staple of Catholic book-readers, if my memory of my mother’s library borrowing serves.

I remember them as entertaining stuff (light enough for a book-curious 12 year old) but I imagine they’re all out of print now.

There was a decent tv adaptation a long time ago with Brian Blessed as the mayor.

RosyLovelady - 19 May 2022 08:15:57 (#2166 of 2225)

My father, who hated Catholics and Communists with approximately equal fervour, was very vexed to find me reading a Don Camillo book.

angelico - 19 May 2022 08:46:45 (#2167 of 2225)

Still available

But I remember there being loads of them.

pipsqueak - 19 May 2022 09:22:07 (#2168 of 2225)

We read Don Camillo for my book club a couple of years ago - pretty throwaway imho.

RosyLovelady - 19 May 2022 09:25:44 (#2169 of 2225)

This is the rubbish thread; if you want great literature, go to the senior books thread where they were discussing Dolly Parton last time I looked.

raymie - 19 May 2022 11:18:24 (#2170 of 2225)

It is an injustice, yes!

elderberry - 19 May 2022 13:34:18 (#2171 of 2225)

I've enjoyed the original Don Camillo face with Fernandel and D C.. Such a wonderful face. I must revisit them and the books.

crackfox - 20 May 2022 08:22:51 (#2172 of 2225)

My father, who hated Catholics and Communists with approximately equal fervour, was very vexed to find me reading a Don Camillo book.

Ours was a socialist Catholic household, so we were fertile ground for this sort of thing.

TenGorillas - 20 May 2022 17:46:03 (#2173 of 2225)

If you liked Don Camillo, try Clochemerle.

Reading the definitely rubbish but highly entertaining Sophie Henaff's follow-up to Poulets grillés, about a brigade of misfit / washed up cops who turn out to be unexpectedly good at solving crime.

ReverendBlueJeans - 21 May 2022 08:39:25 (#2174 of 2225)

Clochemerle is, indeed, great fun.

angelico - 21 May 2022 14:25:52 (#2175 of 2225)

Just read Bad Actors, Mick Herrons latest Slough House spy thriller. Pretty good - he keeps churning them out and keeps them interesting. The TV series on Apple tv was also excellent.

Tomnoddy - 22 May 2022 21:31:50 (#2176 of 2225)

Laurence Durrell's White Eagles over Serbia. An easy read, though a bit clunky - it's not like his more literary fiction, but a rattling-along thriller set in the mountains of Serbia. A bit of an old-fashioned Buchanesque curiosity.

Tomnoddy - 22 May 2022 21:38:38 (#2177 of 2225)

I am also reading an Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley book. I had no idea they were such doorstoppers, I'm on p.450 and barely halfway. That's why I was reading the Durrell - I needed a break.

Frieda - 23 May 2022 20:14:39 (#2178 of 2225)

That's what I love about the Inspector Linley books, that they're holding out for a nicely long time. Am also in the middle of one. Once you're past the 70% mark, I'm always starting to feel sad that it might be over too soon.

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