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  • eine
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    Graham Greene is acer, I think. Heart of the Matter very good. Pynchon liked to parody that postwar well-read British international high power milieu... Fleming and Greene... novelists who had 'lived'.

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  • eine
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    I do think GR is both brilliant and boring. Once the excitement of the first chapter has gone, it gets impossible to understand for a while before breaking through again into someplace amazing. If you've got the time and you're in the right place to put the work in... I think it's worth it, in the same way that Moby Dick, Crime & Punishment and Ulysses are worth it. All have moments of great tedium in them (shut the fuck up about the damn whale already, we now how white it is), but all have moments of sublime transcendence, almost as a pay-off from the hard work you put into them. That's why great literature is, in my opinion, a pursuit best suited to the young, the old and the rich (or those with time on their hands).

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  • mp3000
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    Gravity's Rainbow is the best thing ever, obvs, but V. is... just a little dull.
    I usually find your music tips useful so I'll try to give Gravity another try, it bored the hell out of me about a decade ago.
    Currently on a Graham Greene kick. Started Heart Of The Matter after reading The Quiet American. That guy could write.
    Last edited by mp3000; 04-11-2012, 02:08 PM. Reason: removed irrelevant image

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  • Tsundoku
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    Originally posted by relkeel View Post
    Pier Paolo Pasolini - A Violent Life.

    What a cover!

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  • eine
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    (Image win, Ashra!!!!)

    I couldn't put Lunar Park down, but I feel a bit dirty now. I liked the autobiography into horror story and there were a few chapters in the middle which were amazing, but far too campy on the finish. What was the point?

    Also, this again:



    Gravity's Rainbow is the best thing ever, obvs, but V. is... just a little dull.

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  • relkeel
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    Pier Paolo Pasolini - A Violent Life.



    Also just finished my first Hans Fallada novel - Once A Jailbird. Willi Kufault what a character!

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  • babycart
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    Never read any Chester Himes, although I have a few 'to read'. Recommendations?
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    The Real Cool Killers is about my favourite of his 'normal' crime novels, although they're all fun. Blind Man is just chaos.
    Never read his straight novels, but I have read his short stories, some of which are excellent and stick in the mind.

    I get my books mostly off aeroplanes these days, and have been enjoying a few of Jo Nesbo's crime novels, which are well-translated and genuinely funny.

    Swedish and Danish plussers, please rep your favourite national crime novelists to change my opinion that Norway is whupping your asses in the 'blood and snow' genre.

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  • double shot
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    Recommended reading.....The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock n Roll by Preston Lauterbach...... entertaining and educational history of the characters and the network of venues that sprang up from the 1920s onwards allowing black artists and especially black entrepreneurs to thrive. It doesn't go much beyond the 1950s but it will appeal to most fans of American music. A thumbs-up from me.

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  • eine
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    Also dipping back into this on the side --



    Judge Anderson rules man! Big up!

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  • eine
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    Never read any Chester Himes, although I have a few 'to read'. Recommendations?

    Originally posted by babycart View Post
    From when Tom Stoppard was good, Travesties is great fun and covers Tzara and Lenin in Zurich, stirring in Joyce who was also knocking around at the time, for good measure.
    Yeah the book mentions that play, and throws in a little Joyce as well. I seriously recommend it - best book I've read in ages.

    Have just read this for the Sheffield connection



    Not bad, and will be useful to teach KULTUR to new students in Sheffield, but you have to be either a fan of Pulp or Sheffield to really dig it. It could also have done with a proofread. Am onto his latest now,



    I am very jealous of his writing style. It's effortless and yet clever and funny.

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  • babycart
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    It's a book about the OG Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich 1916... about DaDa, the twentieth century, art, socialism gone awry, poetry, funny haw-haws, state oppression, words, all framed around an imaginary chess game between Lenin and Tristan Tzara (the daddy of DaDa). Sounds in danger of being po-faced wanky shit?? It does, I give you that... but it's a quick, fun, entertaining, enlightening read. And cheap - get hold of a copy!!
    From when Tom Stoppard was good, Travesties is great fun and covers Tzara and Lenin in Zurich, stirring in Joyce who was also knocking around at the time, for good measure.



    I read this again. Himes' last Coffin Ed and Grave Digger book, and the one in which the lid finally bursts off the pressure cooker.

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  • eine
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    ...and I haven't been reading this. But new Michael Chabon US cover looks like this:



    And for the promo

    The novel, planned for a Sept. 11 release, is set in Oakland, Calif., in 2004, and in it, main characters Nat and Archy run a used-records store called Brokeland Records that is threatened by plans for a new megastore nearby on Telegraph Avenue.

    To launch the book, the Harper imprint's marketing team plans to convert Oakland bookstore Diesel into a pop-up store called Brokeland Records. From Sept. 7 to Sept. 14, the pop-up store will sell used jazz records provided by an independent record dealer named Berigan Taylor.

    Harper is creating exterior Brokeland Records signs to temporarily replace the Diesel signs, as well as Brokeland Records bags, buttons, and stamps for book purchases made during the week. There will also be a landing page for "Diesel in Brokeland" on Diesel's website.

    On Sept. 12, the pop-up store will host a launch party for Mr. Chabon that will also serve as a fundraiser for 826, a nonprofit organization that provides writing classes and tutoring for students. Mr. Chabon will donate an 8-track player and a "Telegraph Avenue" mixtape that will be raffled off as prizes.

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  • eine
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    I can't recommend this enough:



    It's a book about the OG Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich 1916... about DaDa, the twentieth century, art, socialism gone awry, poetry, funny haw-haws, state oppression, words, all framed around an imaginary chess game between Lenin and Tristan Tzara (the daddy of DaDa). Sounds in danger of being po-faced wanky shit?? It does, I give you that... but it's a quick, fun, entertaining, enlightening read. And cheap - get hold of a copy!!

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  • jahshabby
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    The Berman most definitely. Have been meaning to read that for an age, but just cant get past Rob Young's Electric Eden. It's massive and I can only manage about a page a night before I'm asleep.

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  • jakartajive
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    Have been reading almost more than I've been listening to music of late.
    The last four books I have read were these:



    All highly recommended if any of the subject matter should be of interest.

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