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Started by sloanepeterson on Dec 7, 2018 11:17:11 AM
What books should I take on holiday?

I'm going away for four months during which I plan to spend most of my time reading. I'm taking a kindle because I can't carry four months' worth of books. What should I put on it?

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sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 11:17:14 (#1 of 45)

Some of the writers I like best are Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Agatha Christie, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse and Jonathan Coe but I've read more or less everything by all of them. I have read Moby-Dick and War and Peace and no other enormous books. I tried Ulysses and gave up. I am taking Infinite Jest more in hope than expectation. I would like recommendations especially for things I might not have come across (my reading has generally been very Anglo-centric, as you can tell).

WibbleAgain - 07 Dec 2018 11:21:54 (#2 of 45)

Look up Kindle Store then.

airynothing - 07 Dec 2018 11:24:18 (#3 of 45)

Staying Anglo, if you haven’t read Kate Atkinson, give her a try. Especially Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Life After Life, plus the four Jackson Brodie books (Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News and Started Early, Took My Dog).

TheVoiceOfReason - 07 Dec 2018 11:24:23 (#4 of 45)

Lionel Shriver!

Mrs Henry Wood for some good Victorian sensation fiction with strong moralising. A lower middle class Wilkie Collins. All on Gutenberg.

Clarissa by Samuel Richardson is great and will certainly keep you occupied.

dreams99 - 07 Dec 2018 11:24:55 (#5 of 45)

Big books:

Anna Karenina, Vanity Fair, Tom Jones, Middlemarch, Don Quixote

Book series:

Elena Ferrante, Proust, Powell

Shorter books:

Simenon, Muriel Spark, Amelie Nothomb

Other English language:

EL Doctorow, Tim Winton

Non-English writers to explore:

Javier Marias (an acquired taste), Marquez, ETA Hoffmann

PostmodernToss - 07 Dec 2018 11:27:51 (#6 of 45)

Nabokov. Everyone has read Lolita, but it's possibly his least good novel. Obviously it's great, but the others are better.

FleurDuMal - 07 Dec 2018 11:32:33 (#7 of 45)

If you like historical books, I'd suggest Marina Fiorato.

Dayraven - 07 Dec 2018 11:35:07 (#8 of 45)

Some of the writers I like best are Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Agatha Christie, David Lodge, PG Wodehouse and Jonathan Coe

So, a funny magical-realist murder-mystery, then? It'd probably turn out the gecko that vomits gold coins did it.

Have you read Carter's The Curious Room? It's a collection of her screen and radio plays.

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 11:37:42 (#9 of 45)

a funny magical-realist murder-mystery

Yes please!

These are great, thank you. I think of everything mentioned so far Vanity Fair is the only one I've read.

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 16:48:36 (#10 of 45)

Oh I did read 2.5 books of Proust and then ran out of steam. Perhaps it's time to try again. I'm adding all of this to my wish-list.

mingmong - 07 Dec 2018 16:51:31 (#11 of 45)

It sounds idyllic. Where are you going go?

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 16:53:02 (#12 of 45)

It's a round-the-world trip but on a cruise ship, which is why it takes four months. Most of the time I will be at sea (but in the southern hemisphere, where it will be summer, so I am planning to read and swim and sleep and not much else).

nemo75 - 07 Dec 2018 16:57:55 (#13 of 45)

Sounds lovely. Don’t like flying?

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 16:58:29 (#14 of 45)

I had no idea Nabokov had written so much! Although I think there are battered copies of most of them somewhere in my folks' house so since they are not out of copyright I might take the actual things, rather than spend £££ on Kindle versions. I'll try one before I go, to check whether I'm likely to enjoy the rest.

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 16:59:59 (#15 of 45)

I actually quite like flying, but there are destinations on the itinerary which I don't think I'd ever get around to visiting for their own sake, like French Polynesia and New Zealand, and by doing it this way I get to have a holiday on the way to them too. Plus I started freelancing exactly so that I could have extravagant holidays so it seemed to be about time to do so.

nemo75 - 07 Dec 2018 17:07:33 (#16 of 45)

Sounds really amazing.

GrrrIbdis - 07 Dec 2018 17:09:31 (#17 of 45)

Why get a load of things that you have no particular interest in? This is your chance to pursue a whole course of study on something new that you've always wished you understood better. You can start with a general introduction and then browse its booklists and the Kindle offerings for the next one, and then the next. By the time you come home, you'll have a whole new field of research under your belt. Only with a Kindle or a very lavish income is this possible.

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 17:11:54 (#18 of 45)

That is an excellent idea, although I am struggling to think of something. I'll work on it over the weekend.

yumyum - 07 Dec 2018 17:15:23 (#19 of 45)

Plot and character and fine prose can take you far – but a novel this good makes you want to go even further.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/17/gold
finch-donna-tartt-review

sloanepeterson - 07 Dec 2018 17:17:09 (#20 of 45)

I've read it! It's my favourite of hers.

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