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Wavid 11th Jan 2006 16:02

The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
1 April 2006: Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates

1 May 2006: The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene

1 June 2006: Lilith, George MacDonald


1 July 2006: Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian

1 August 2006: The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw

1 September 2006: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K Dick

I know this is very early to start - but when you think that the first book needs to be read during March it isn't so premature, and the process always takes a while.

Also, we can have some discussions about the types of books we are after this time round before we get to specific titles.

Can I suggest that the two book Wells experiment wasn't terribly succesful?!

Also, following Dance, Dance, Dance - that BG books should all be sub-300 pages?

John Self 11th Jan 2006 16:04

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
No to the sub-300 pages idea, or not so restrictive a figure anyway. I didn't read the Murakami simply because I didn't get time, not because of the length...

I nominate Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road.

Stewart 11th Jan 2006 16:06

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
I'll suggest The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw since it won the Whitbread First Novel prize and nobody here, as far as I know, has read it yet.

Wavid 11th Jan 2006 16:07

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by John Self
No to the sub-300 pages idea, or not so restrictive a figure anyway. I didn't read the Murakami simply because I didn't get time, not because of the length...

Aren't the two kinda linked?! Fair enough though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Self
I nominate Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road.

Good choice that man.

John Self 11th Jan 2006 16:11

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wavid
Aren't the two kinda linked?!

Actually no! I meant I didn't get time to buy it (but didn't say that for some reason). If I had bought it I would have read it.

Paul 11th Jan 2006 16:34

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
I would second (or third) Revolutionary Road. I bought it a few months ago and am very excited to read it after the various glowing Palimpreviews.

Colyngbourne 11th Jan 2006 16:39

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
Ditto Paul. Every time I am in a bookshop with a Yatesian section, I can never remember which book all the Yatesites thought was his best.

m. 11th Jan 2006 21:16

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wavid
Also, following Dance, Dance, Dance - that BG books should all be sub-300 pages?

Sorry, I haven't checked the length before proposing this book - but it's a quick read. Apologies too for not posting my impressions, and that after announcing this my book of the year... I'll eventually get to it, just not now.

Stewart 11th Jan 2006 22:01

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wavid
Also, following Dance, Dance, Dance - that BG books should all be sub-300 pages?

So Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy will never be a book of the month?

amner 11th Jan 2006 23:09

Re: The Book Group: April 2006 - September 2006
 
I'd vote for A Suitable Boy if anyone suggested it. Anyway, I know I've not read any choices this season, but sod that, I'm still going to nominate a couple. One of them, the first, is just 85 pages long. They are, this:

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

...and this:

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P...2.LZZZZZZZ.jpg


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