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Frances
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What a bummer! I hope that you feel like yourself soon! Richard and I are both a little less than taken with Boredom so I would really recommend just skipping it and moving on the Spanish Lit Month. And how can one even respond to "I liked dog doodoo in the road better than Gone Girl..." except with laughter. I completely understand!
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I had sympathy for the secret drinking, drinking on a train, drinking on the streets, drinking... Well, you know. A sad thing for sure but my eyes began to roll a bit with the frequency and emphasis and lack of subtlety in capturing. Just didn't work for me for many reasons. That's a whole lot of reading in your summery future! Happy reading, Ti!
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It would be a great RIP read! Any of the Highsmith titles actually. I really enjoyed the Highsmith bio by Joan Schenkar too - The Talented Miss Highsmith.
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Thanks, Nadia! Glad to know that I'm in good company not enjoying those two.
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Just don't listen to me. You may love it as many have. Or if not, you can always sell or trade it somehow.
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Well, that makes me happy to hear!
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I know the feeling! Everyone said that The Girl on the Train was such a huge surprise ending but I guessed it less than halfway through the book. And I get that "missing out" thing. Probably the reason I cave to the temptation of these books all the time.
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It does seem a fun little book! I saw it yesterday at Politics and Prose and could not resist. I'm also tempted by a New Directions edition of The Illogic of Kassel which was also just published. Will need to read a little faster than my current pace to keep up with my wishes.
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I was looking forward to it also! And maybe I'm just being cranky and you should go ahead and read it. The beginning had shades of Elegance of a Hedgehog, and I longed for some revelation about just how this literary apothecary grew to read people so well. I enjoyed all the book references as well. But then they dried up a bit and everything sunk into trite stereotypes. One blogger I read said that she was mad that she had been "tricked into reading a romance." :)
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Richard and Stu are once again hosting a Spanish Lit Month this July, and I am very excited to be participating with at least 15 or so other folks it looks like. "All you have to do to attend the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nonsuch Book
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I appreciate how spare the Maigret books are, and am hoping I find the other offerings the same. The author is not present in his text. Maigret is not even fully present at times. Deeply psychological. Makes me curious as I read. I find myself reading quickly not for the solution to the crimes but the motivations.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2015 on simenon this summer at Nonsuch Book
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Excellent! Annabel (Gaskella) is also reading quite a bit of Simenon this summer so I will be in good company. Really excited to dig into some non-Maigret titles as well.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on simenon this summer at Nonsuch Book
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Just a handful of days left on the school calendar. Optimism (a foolish level of optimism perhaps) about what I will have time to read this summer is the mood of the day. And Georges Simenon works are on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
Actually I wasn't joking at all. But I won't continue to tease you on that point. And I am looking forward to a full-on look at some of these postwar elements you have brought up when we get to Boredom where this is supposed to be even more pronounced especially as regards gender politics.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on contempt by alberto moravia at Nonsuch Book
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To. The. Point. Always happy to read with you!
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on succumbing to boredom july 3-5 at Nonsuch Book
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Ready for more Moravia? Richard and Bellezza and I thought we might try another after our holiday weekend read of Contempt. In Richard's case, he could not put off indulging in more self-alienation a moment longer, and has already picked... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
I do love reading with you and your passionate reactions to text! I was laughing at a tweet you posted about half way through the book because I could tell that the protagonist was really getting on your nerves. Really appreciate your point about timidity as I missed that in my reading but see it clearly now that you bring it to the forefront. His interior monologue is not nearly as timid as his actions and I think I became lost somewhere between the two. Happily looking forward to Boredom in July with you!
Toggle Commented May 27, 2015 on contempt by alberto moravia at Nonsuch Book
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I can't imagine why this one did not strike the right note for a holiday weekend! Maybe Moravia's Boredom in July with us? This was not my favorite Moravia of the three I have read. The Conformist and Conjugal Love were both more enjoyable reads. I think that most prefer the former of those two but the latter really struck me.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2015 on contempt by alberto moravia at Nonsuch Book
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There is a passage midway through Contempt in which Battista, a movie producer intent upon producing a highly profitable film version of the Odyssey, rails against the neo-realistic film trend he presumably fears his writers will embrace. "When I say... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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Of course. But this is not just speed. A different type of connection or lack of connection that I'm still working through.
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So we will just keep reading. :) I completely get the otherworldly part and how the writing emphasizes that but this is something else. Put clumsily, I can't hear the voice here sometimes. Words I read don't run through my head in my own voice but in various voices that the text suggests for me. Those suggestions are faint at times...
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Thanks, Christy! I'll check them out.
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I'm enjoying it now but just keeping wondering... The thought that I am being deliberately slowed down as part of the author's craft just seems unlikely to me somehow. The author's voice, I think, is unique enough that I can't hear it in a compelling way in a consistent way and I feel less attached to the text. Maybe. I will just keep reading. Good luck with the unread!
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I have to think that we all have this at some point. :) And your home and link and have been fixed in the sidebar. Thanks for the heads up!
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Unfortunately, it seems like lots of folks have moved on to other things. I'm assuming that others have replaced and I have been so removed I don't know them yet?
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