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Started by mingmong on Jul 21, 2018 2:56:10 PM
Holiday Reading List Summer 2018

Am off to Skye next weekend, and starting to think about reading material

Thinking I would like to re-read Woolf's To the Lighthouse. Continuing the modernist theme, I might then attempt Joyce's Ulysses

Would like to balance all this twentieth century stuff with something more contemporary, so will be looking over other people's reading lists for ideas.

Non-fiction: a stack of academic papers, and Levi-Strauss's The Raw and the Cooked (again), Blackmore's The Meme Machine and I will be looking out for a good biography of Mozart (any recommendations?)

Sunfish - 21 Jul 2018 14:58:18 (#1 of 50)

Enjoy your trip, Ming. We got married on Skye - a beautiful place, especially if you get the weather. Where are you staying?

Shadrack22 - 21 Jul 2018 14:59:05 (#2 of 50)

I read: Pincher Martin, King Queen Knave (Nabokov) and Rebecca. Doesn’t really fulfil your contemporary brief. Have you ever read Jon McGregor?

FrankieTeardrop - 21 Jul 2018 15:00:59 (#3 of 50)

Pincher Martin. Bloody hell, that is grim.

I’ve been recovering from my arthroscopy by reading Human Traces by Sebastian Faulkes.

Shadrack22 - 21 Jul 2018 15:02:38 (#4 of 50)

You might enjoy Slade House by David Mitchell, Ming.

mingmong - 21 Jul 2018 15:07:45 (#5 of 50)

Where are you staying?

At a cottage by the sea, near Tarskavaig on the SW corner of the island. We go there quite often.

I absolutely love it. Its one of my favourite places on earth.

FrankieTeardrop - 21 Jul 2018 15:08:06 (#6 of 50)

“You might enjoy Slade House by David Mitchell, Ming.”

The best bits are where Ozzie comes round for a Cup-A-Soup.

mingmong - 21 Jul 2018 15:08:45 (#7 of 50)

Slade House by David Mitchell

Interesting suggestion. I was riveted by Bone Clocks last summer (or maybe the one before).

mingmong - 22 Jul 2018 11:34:49 (#8 of 50)

No recommendations for a Mozart biog then?

FleurDuMal - 22 Jul 2018 11:38:02 (#9 of 50)

I loathe Virginia Woolf. She’s a typical example of the ‘me first’, middle class feminist that leaves working-class women out in the cold whilst she pursues her own narrow agenda.

mingmong - 22 Jul 2018 11:51:34 (#10 of 50)

That may well be the case, but have you read To the Lighthouse ?

A modernist masterpiece, IMO.

Cavewoman - 22 Jul 2018 11:52:41 (#11 of 50)

Agreed as far as ideology goes, Fleur, although I enjoy reading her novels, particularly To the Lighthouse. The Wages for Housework lot (founded by three middle class women, all supported financially by their husbands, ha!) founded their movement on her Three Guineas. And as for insisting that every woman should have a room of her own and a private income of £500 a year - yeah, right.

Shadrack22 - 22 Jul 2018 14:06:47 (#12 of 50)

I think you will enjoy Slade House, Ming. It is much shorter than The Bone Clocks. Mitchell in high-spirited mode.

Also Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Tadagee - 22 Jul 2018 14:11:04 (#13 of 50)

I blimming love David Mitchell

PoppySeedBagel - 27 Jul 2018 21:55:21 (#14 of 50)

I’ll be interested to hear how you get on with To the Lighthouse given where you’re going, as it’s supposed to be set on Skye. I love the book and have read it a few times. I often been on holiday to near St Ives, where VW’s family had a holiday home. I have read that Godrevy lighthouse near there is the real model for The Lighthouse, and to me the book feels like it’s actually based in Cornwall. Maybe that’s because I love Cornwall so much, and Godrevy is such a pretty peopperpot building.

I haven’t been to any Scottish island, and I’ll be interested to hear whether you feel she captures Skye.

dreams99 - 27 Jul 2018 21:58:34 (#15 of 50)

I haven’t been to any Scottish island

You have to correct that.

RosyLovelady - 28 Jul 2018 07:34:23 (#16 of 50)

My old boss was very disappointed to discover how short and placid the journey was over the sea to Skye.

Shadrack22 - 04 Aug 2018 19:57:09 (#17 of 50)

Any enjoyable reading on your holiday Ming?

TRaney - 04 Aug 2018 20:13:47 (#18 of 50)

My old boss was very disappointed to discover how short and placid the journey was over the sea to Skye.

Bridges are like that

TRaney - 04 Aug 2018 21:22:02 (#19 of 50)

I'm in Cornwall (interesting place marred by bloody awful roads and traffic). My reading consists of:

The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King

Harvest by Jim Crace

I'll probably put something about the former on the history books thread.

mingmong - 04 Aug 2018 21:28:00 (#20 of 50)

#17 re-read To the Lighthouse which was brilliant. Just started Ulysses - which is so far reading like the start of a 700 pp screed of Lennonesque edgy/peri-literary bants. None the worse for it.

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