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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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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!
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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.
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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 3 days ago at Nonsuch Book
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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Bellezza and Tom are discussing Little, Big by John Crowley this month. A little on the late side, I decided to join in as the title has been on my to-be-read radar for years. And years. But the oddest things... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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Wonderful! We are happy to read with you. A really nice size group now.
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Hmm. Of generic contempt, maybe, but not of contempt that grows more quietly in a marriage, and as in this case, especially with one person in the marriage seemingly oblivious to that growing feeling. I like the one on the left on several levels including that is it simply more aesthetically pleasing to me and that bag that sits alone in the middle of the floor struck me as either an imminent departure or a lack of consideration in a relationship that is but one small piece of the larger map of inconsiderate choices. The cover image on the right strikes me as the denouement, the unpacking of the boxing gloves. Wow. That was a big answer for a small matter of preference. :)
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Just design your own cover and tape it over. I'm certain you'll think of something clever and only mildly offensive. :)
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It was Bellezza that saved me from ugliness today. As excited as I am about this shared read, I was less than enthusiastic about the cover design on the right. But then this post popped up in my aggregator. Saved.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
Delighted!! A lovely group of five for this one! More are always welcome of course but this is certainly enough to make me happy. Hugs and kisses right back at you.
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I do remember. I am a ridiculously optimistic person And will continue to be so. :) The Little Black Classics are readily available for us in the states from Book Depository for a song. I plan on amassing all 80 but have been sneaking them into the house 10 at a time. And yes, next time we should read together from our respective places! I had never participated before and wound up feeling that it was wonderful to have read so much in the day but I had no real conversations about what I was reading.
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Oh, it does make my head spin! Initially I thought I would read them in numerical order but then realized that that would be overwhelming and some really tricky reading shifts to make. Hope that we can all read together in October!
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Thanks, Audrey! You too.
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Just nutty. But heady and fun to just dream of the possibility!
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I share that feeling. I really, really hope you can join us! Miss reading with you.
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And what a welcome addition to the group you make! Always appreciate your humor and insights.
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Fantastic. Happy to have you with us. And now you have me curious about the film. I really appreciate houses as characters in books and films.
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Just look below! Two absolutely smart and lovely people have joined us. I'm looking forward to this too!
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Richard and I have been chatting about missing the old days of reading together with The Wolves, and decided to pick a new shared read. And here you have it. Contempt by Alberto Moravia, an author we have both enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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The back cover of Little Black Classic No. 23, Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen, references that the contained fairy tales "propelled their troubled author to international fame and revolutionized children's writing." This struck me as odd in that it doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Nonsuch Book