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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. Absolutely enthralling.

 

 

An Instance of the Fingerpost

  

 

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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Read this about 6 years ago. Enjoyed it (for the most part). It might get sort of slow in the middle but push your way through because you don't want to miss the last part.
plumboz wrote:

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. Absolutely enthralling.

 

 

An Instance of the Fingerpost

  

 


 

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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Listening to

 

The Help 

 

 

Really enjoying this.  Several different readers have been used which really helps to keep the storytellers unique.

 

 

 

 

 

For Classics

 

Emma 

 

 

A reread, but love this book.  Looking forward to the Masterpiece Classics try-in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, love this movie.

 

Emma 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For pleasure.

 

Shiver 

 

 

 

There have been many recommendations here in the book clubs for this

new YA book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 2010 Reading,

 

Nancy

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In the Woods  

"I am half sick of shadows" The Lady of Shalott

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Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence Series)  

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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Now I am reading The Assassins' Gate by George Packer -- in the hardcover format that I bought and never got to shortly after it was printed. 

 

If there is anyone out there that sees this and is interested in a bit of discussion about Packer's book,  please do sent a PM or start a thread on the Current Events board

 

I always underline, but this one has much more than usual so far, as I agree, disagree, and react to Packer's claims.

 

 

 

 

I posted the above in 2009 reads, so forgive me for the repeat if you read this there.  But, like The Samurai by Shusaku Endo,  The Assassins' Gate is a book that has very much grabbed my attention.  It has made me aware of how little we understand the world beyond our immediate spheres and makes me ask how we can be responsible citizens of a superpower in a global world. 

 

It is a book that I would recommend for every student in our military academies, not necessarily because it has any particular hold on "truth," but because it provides so many examples of the need to question, of failure to understand, of arrogance, of human decency and of human depravity, of myopia and of far reaching vision, sometimes in collusion, sometimes in collision.

 

I have continued to be profuse with underlining and have even devolved to profanity at points in my marginal notes.  I just say, to any American over sixteen, read it, and then read something else to support your citizenry.   If what you choose contradicts Packer, come here and tell us about it.  I should like to read that, too.

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The Street  Reading this one on recommendation from Peppermill. I'm only on page 4 so I can't glean anything from it yet but so far I'm turned off by the writing style.

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A fun, cozy mystery that I've just started

 

State of the Onion (White House Chef Mystery Series #1)

  

 

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pjpick wrote:

The Street  Reading this one on recommendation from Peppermill. I'm only on page 4 so I can't glean anything from it yet but so far I'm turned off by the writing style.


 

 

I am sorry.  And tell us more.

 

It has been awhile since I read the book and I don't particularly remember the writing style, except that it is what I rather associate with the somewhat earlier Harlem Renaissance writers, although I don't know as if I can accurately describe what that style is.

 

One of the comments that I do remember from our book group discussion was that the violence seemed mild compared with other books that we had read about racial struggles. I remember being surprised and chagrined by that assessment -- I was distraught enough by what the characters had to face and endure in our country.  But, the historical perspective may be part of the value of the book, with whether that perspective is accurate certainly open for discussion.

 

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Peppermill wrote:

 


pjpick wrote:

The Street  Reading this one on recommendation from Peppermill. I'm only on page 4 so I can't glean anything from it yet but so far I'm turned off by the writing style.


 

 

I am sorry.  And tell us more.

 

It has been awhile since I read the book and I don't particularly remember the writing style, except that it is what I rather associate with the somewhat earlier Harlem Renaissance writers, although I don't know as if I can accurately describe what that style is.

 

One of the comments that I do remember from our book group discussion was that the violence seemed mild compared with other books that we had read about racial struggles. I remember being surprised and chagrined by that assessment -- I was distraught enough by what the characters had to face and endure in our country.  But, the historical perspective may be part of the value of the book, with whether that perspective is accurate certainly open for discussion.

 

Ann Petry


Whoops! This is what I get for dinkin' around on the computer when I can barely keep my eyes open. I meant to say I"m NOT turned off by the writing style. Repeat! I'm NOT turned off by the writing style. Yikes. I better re-read that recommendation letter I wrote for a fellow co-worker now. LOL!

 

So far I"m only about 50 pages in and hope to really get a big read in later this evening. I'm enjoying it so far though. The copy of the book I have is one I got from paperbackswap (used copy) and it has proved quite interesting. Whoever owned the book previously has underlined and circled passages and has made notes in the margins (something I never do) and it's as if I have this little mini-book discussion going on as I read. It's very interesting what the previous reader has picked up or interpreted in the story which I haven't.

 

So far, Pep, I think it's a good recommendation! (Sorry I missed typed earlier:smileysurprised:)

 

PJPICK