Advertisement


Currently Reading (Take 2)

LarryD2
Broadway Legend
joined:9/1/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/1/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #901
Posted: 9/1/15 at 2:48pm

I'm looking forward to starting Franzen's Purity tonight. Say what you will about his personality -- he's one of the best writers alive.

 

Anyone else reading anything good these days?

Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #902
Posted: 9/1/15 at 3:40pm

I'm getting PURITY today, too.  Not sure when I'll get to it, soon, I'm sure.

Currently reading Len Deighton's THE IPCRESS FILE and can't tell if it's too cool to bother with clear storytelling or just plain badly written.

 

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick My blog: http://www.roscoewrites.blogspot.com/
Fantod Profile PhotoFantod Profile Photo
Fantod
Broadway Legend
joined:10/3/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/3/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #903
Posted: 9/1/15 at 4:38pm

Finally finished In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. Beautiful stuff, though I miss Lydia Davis's translation skills.

Reginald Tresilian Profile PhotoReginald Tresilian Profile Photo
Reginald Tresilian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/12/08
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #904
Posted: 9/1/15 at 4:41pm

I've spent the summer catching up with some overlooked (by me, that is) American classics; I tend to be drawn to Brit lit.

 

So my current train reading is In Cold Blood.

Fantod Profile PhotoFantod Profile Photo
Fantod
Broadway Legend
joined:10/3/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/3/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #905
Posted: 9/1/15 at 4:43pm

Care to share some of your favorites? I'd love some recommendations.

Haven't read In Cold Blood, but I've seen the movie,

Reginald Tresilian Profile PhotoReginald Tresilian Profile Photo
Reginald Tresilian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/12/08
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #906
Posted: 9/1/15 at 4:44pm

I'd be embarrassed to admit to some of the ones I'm finally catching up on.

Fantod Profile PhotoFantod Profile Photo
Fantod
Broadway Legend
joined:10/3/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/3/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #907
Posted: 9/1/15 at 4:48pm

You have excellent taste, so I still really would like to know.

And I haven't read a single Jane Austen novel yet.

FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/22/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #908
Posted: 9/1/15 at 8:46pm

I say Pride & Prejudice, that's what I say.  

 

I read the first chapter of Richard Blanco's (Obama's inaugural poet who just read a new poem at the re-opening of the US embassy in Cuba) "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood" on vacation  and have been sitting with the excellence of that chapter for almost a month.  I am hesitant to continue because I already don't want it to end.

Can you hear me now? Twitter: @NamoInExile
Fantod Profile PhotoFantod Profile Photo
Fantod
Broadway Legend
joined:10/3/14
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/3/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #909
Posted: 9/1/15 at 9:12pm

I'll be reading Persuasion for my AP Lit class this year. I'll have that be my introduction to her works, then I will certainly read Pride and Prejudice.

hork Profile Photohork Profile Photo
hork
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/28/15
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #910
Posted: 9/2/15 at 1:40am

My favorite Austen is Mansfield Park. I may be unique among human beings, in that regard.

 

I recently finished Mario Vargas Llosa's The Time of the Hero, which I liked a lot. Currently reading Blindness by Henry Green. I'm not really enjoying it, but it's a short book (it feels like I just started it, but I'm more than halfway done with it), so I don't mind finishing it.

Updated On: 9/2/15 at 01:40 AM
Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #911
Posted: 9/2/15 at 9:00am

I've never been able to get past the first couple pages of anything by Jane Austen -- there, I said it.  Dickens, Trollope, Tolstoy all read like the wind compared to the crushing agony of a couple paragraphs by Aunt Jane.  Interesting, because there are films based on Austen that I like a great deal -- it's just that I find her writing simply unbearable.

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick My blog: http://www.roscoewrites.blogspot.com/
Updated On: 9/2/15 at 09:00 AM
Reginald Tresilian Profile PhotoReginald Tresilian Profile Photo
Reginald Tresilian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/12/08
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #912
Posted: 9/2/15 at 9:49am

Roscoe, either you've said that before or I know you too well, because when I saw you'd posted, I knew that's what you were going to have said.

 

Not that there's anything wrong with your opinion, but when I first started reading Austen, I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed her writing and not just her storytelling.

 

But you know I'm right there with you about Dickens. For a few years, I'd start a new--new to me, that is--Dickens every fall. I was otherwise engaged two falls ago (with The Goldfinch) and broke my streak. I need to start again this fall, since there are a number I still haven't read.

Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #913
Posted: 9/2/15 at 10:43am

Reginald, yeah, I know we've had that chat.  I liked Ang Lee's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY a good deal, and Joe Wright's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE even more.  But those damned books, my God.  There's just no way.  And I've tried, believe me -- every few years I pick up P&P and put it right the hell back down.  And that PERSUASION thing, hoo boy.

We'll see how I do with Franzen's PURITY.  I seem to have really enjoyed THE CORRECTIONS but now I have next to no memory of it, and I found his novel FREEDOM to be just not all that interesting.  

My Reading Plan for 2015 is to only read books I haven't read before, or in some cases have only started and never finished.  

 

 

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick My blog: http://www.roscoewrites.blogspot.com/
Updated On: 9/2/15 at 10:43 AM
hork Profile Photohork Profile Photo
hork
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/15
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/28/15
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #914
Posted: 9/2/15 at 11:23am

Interesting. I actually avoided Austen for years because I didn't like Ang Lee's movie. But then I finally broke down and read S&S and liked it, then I read P&P and liked it even more, then read Mansfield Park and liked it even more. To me, she's just like a more flowery Dickens.

 

Agree about the Franzens. The Corrections was good, but Freedom was kind of a waste of time. And it seemed like everyone was reading it at the time.

Jay Lerner-Z Profile PhotoJay Lerner-Z Profile Photo
Jay Lerner-Z
Broadway Legend
joined:4/4/11
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/4/11
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #915
Posted: 9/2/15 at 2:55pm

Currently reading Carol by Patricia Highsmith, in anticipation of the upcoming Cate Blanchett movie. Also known as The Price Of Salt. I made the mistake of reading the introduction which more or less gave away the ending, though it's not her usual style of suspense/thriller so maybe it doesn't matter so much.

 

Sick, pathetic POS
The Glenbuck Laird Profile PhotoThe Glenbuck Laird Profile Photo
The Glenbuck Laird
Featured Actor
joined:8/25/13
Featured Actor
joined:
8/25/13
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #916
Posted: 9/2/15 at 3:22pm

Current reading Going to Sea in a Sieve, Danny Baker's autobiography part I. Just finished Go Set a Watchman. I liked it.

sabrelady Profile Photosabrelady Profile Photo
sabrelady
Broadway Legend
joined:5/16/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/16/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #917
Posted: 9/2/15 at 5:57pm

Just finished Longbourne- the servants in P & P stories. At 1st I was a little TO'd at the very socialistic tone @ the beginning,   but  got into the story more when we got into the "stink" for lack of better word of people's lives, how hard the servants worked to keep the perfect existance of the upper class. Nicely writtten, does not ry to be a pastiche of P & P, more of a different perspective.

Words that confuse censors:Fecund,penal,taint, titmouse, cockatoo,coccyx, ballcock, cockeye, prickly,kumquat, titter,cunning linguist, insertion, gobble, guzzle, swallow, manhole, rimshot,ramrod,come, fallacious, lugubrious,rectify,Uranus, angina, paradiddle,spotted dick,dictum, frock,cunctation, engorge,turgid,stiff, bush, uvula, crapulence, masticate, Dick Butkus, gherkin and of course the always bewildering lickety split. As you can see, context is every thing. Chuck Lorre Addendum: 555 382 5968 "Sexarama, Hexarama, Queeriosis, Feariosis!" Alec Baldwin “I’m going to have to science the shit outta this.” The Martian
Jane2 Profile PhotoJane2 Profile Photo
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/13/04
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #918
Posted: 9/2/15 at 6:56pm

SAVAGE HARVEST, the account of the death of Steven Rockefeller at the hands of the cannibals of 

papua New Guinea.

 

<-----I'M TOTES ROLLING MY EYES
Glittergrrl Profile PhotoGlittergrrl Profile Photo
Glittergrrl
Leading Actor
joined:4/20/14
Leading Actor
joined:
4/20/14
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #919
Posted: 9/2/15 at 9:38pm

Mister Matt said: "Silver Shoes sounds quite interesting. I'm planning on starting Was next week by Geoff Ryman. Anyone have any thoughts on it?"

I read Was a million years ago because I love all that is Wizard of Oz.  It's an interesting take on the characters' backgrounds, but it's so dense.  If you like a ton of description down to the teeniest detail of something arbitrary like a door knocker-you'll love it.  

 

Oops.  I just realized this is a super long thread and this entry was way old.  Don't come to this forum much... So forget it. I'm not currently reading anything.  Just started back to school.  Hopefully I'll start something when things settle in.  It's a little hectic right now.

Updated On: 9/2/15 at 09:38 PM
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/22/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #920
Posted: 9/2/15 at 9:45pm

I don't think there's anything wrong with talking about Ryman's dense novel all these years later.

Can you hear me now? Twitter: @NamoInExile
Steve C. Profile PhotoSteve C. Profile Photo
Steve C.
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/07
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/10/07
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #921
Posted: 9/2/15 at 10:06pm

I'm currently re-reading Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton and will read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, before I see the adaptation next month. History can be kewl at times.

I Can Has Cheezburger With This?
NYadgal Profile PhotoNYadgal Profile Photo
NYadgal
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/18/04
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #922
Posted: 9/3/15 at 5:19pm

Currently reading Ron Chernow's Hamilton, also.  

"Two drifters off to see the world. There's such a lot of world to see. . ."
Reginald Tresilian Profile PhotoReginald Tresilian Profile Photo
Reginald Tresilian
Broadway Legend
joined:6/12/08
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/12/08
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #923
Posted: 9/3/15 at 5:40pm

The Chernow is on my nightstand (along with dozen others, but it's on top).

SweetLips Profile PhotoSweetLips Profile Photo
SweetLips
Broadway Legend
joined:1/23/13
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/23/13
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #924
Posted: 9/7/15 at 2:09pm

Perfume-The story of a murderer   by Patrick Suskind

Read the book-don't bother with the film-but it tried,especially the finale.

The descriptive imagery was like 3D in your head[the book].

Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #925
Posted: 9/8/15 at 12:47pm

I read some of PURITY, but put it down.  Hard to say why, I wasn't particularly engaged, and there was just one little snarky moment that pissed me off, when Franzen tells us of the heroine that (I'm paraphrasing, but not by much) "having never watched television as a child, she had good language skills."  An easy snarky little joke that somehow pissed me off big time, maybe bigger time than it should.  But damn, I just wanted to toss the book in Franzen's face and say, "Sorry Frannie, but I guess I'm just too television-damaged to want to bother with your bull**** any more."

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K. Dick My blog: http://www.roscoewrites.blogspot.com/