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Forum: Book Reviews 8th Mar 2016, 16:26
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A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

A Manual For Cleaning Women – short stories by Lucia Berlin

There’s a note at the back of my library copy of A Manual For Cleaning Women (Picador) about Lucia Berlin’s life. And what a life it...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Feb 2016, 12:07
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Views: 5,576
Posted By vencut2
Re: Palimplists 2016

February
12. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro - currently reading
11. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - ***00
10. At Hawthorn Time - Melissa Harrison - **000
9. The Thrill of It All - Joseph...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Feb 2016, 12:03
Replies: 5
Views: 1,763
Posted By vencut2
Re: 2016 Palimplist Conversations

It drove me a bit potty. I read it late last year (library), and there were things that startled, and compelled, and drove me on to finish it. I can't say I LIKED it, though.
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Mar 2015, 16:01
Replies: 2
Views: 1,603
Posted By vencut2
Re: 2015 Palimplist Conversations

Haha JunkMonkey I did laugh at this from your Palimplist:

Brilliant move, I'd say. I don't know this one but my eldest boy laughed himself silly when we read The Treasure Seekers and Five Children...
Forum: Other Reviews 11th Feb 2015, 18:38
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Views: 152,413
Posted By vencut2
Re: Decent Telly

I've not read the books (yet?) and I know very little of anything historical, but I am enjoying the comparative stillness and slowness of Wolf Hall on TV.

I've also been watching the rerun of...
Forum: General Chat 5th Jan 2015, 9:08
Replies: 5
Views: 1,984
Posted By vencut2
Re: Recent Purchases 2015

Thanks to Canongate's 60% off sale in mid-December I now have Lists of Note and The Living Mountain to enjoy (Robert Macfarlane was on TV a few weeks ago talking about the latter).
Both books - one...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Jan 2015, 9:03
Replies: 18
Views: 7,373
Posted By vencut2
Re: Palimplists 2015

December
48. The Reflection - Hugo Wilcken - ****0 and a bit
47. Public Library - Ali Smith - ****0
46. Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - ****0

November
45. Spill Simmer Falter Wither -...
Forum: Book Reviews 11th Oct 2014, 11:11
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By vencut2
Re: IMPAC shortlist 2014

Finally read The Sound Of Things Falling. Atmospheric and interesting, but it didn't fire my enthusiasm as much as The Detour and Traveller of the Century, which are among my favourites so far this...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Oct 2014, 18:28
Replies: 10
Views: 3,733
Posted By vencut2
Re: Nobel Prize in Literature 2014

Peter Englund, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, acknowledged today that Patrick Modiano is not well known outside France.

He suggested "Missing Person" would be a good place to start...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th Oct 2014, 20:46
Replies: 10
Views: 3,733
Posted By vencut2
Re: Nobel Prize in Literature 2014

Here's an article about the most likely winners of the Literature Nobel this year as far as Ladbrokes is concerned (yes, really)
...
Forum: Book Reviews 25th Sep 2014, 16:48
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Views: 39,379
Posted By vencut2
Re: Recently Abandoned

Thanks Nou, might try that one then.
Forum: Book Reviews 23rd Sep 2014, 11:14
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Views: 39,379
Posted By vencut2
Re: Recently Abandoned

Help! I'm in a sort-of bookgroup (winegroup) where members take turns to suggest books. And this month it was Stephen King's 11.22.63. Time travel, changing history, that sort of thing. And it's an ...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st Jul 2014, 15:12
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By vencut2
Re: IMPAC shortlist 2014

Just to say (after some delay) that the winner was The Sound Of Things Falling, written by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Colombian). A book originally written in Spanish and translated by Anne McLean...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Jun 2014, 13:22
Replies: 18
Views: 3,842
Posted By vencut2
Re: Bookaday - June 2014

This is fun... thanks for starting this.

I became a fan of gerunds and gerundives thanks to Molesworth...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Jun 2014, 12:32
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By vencut2
IMPAC shortlist 2014

The IMPAC award for 2014 is to be announced on 12 June. There are ten books on this year’s shortlist, five of which have been translated into English. They are nominated by certain invited public...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Jun 2014, 12:07
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Views: 980
Posted By vencut2
Traveller of the Century

Traveller of the Century by Andres Neuman, a hefty novel by a writer born in Argentina who grew up in Spain, is set in a mysterious fictional town in Germany called Wandernberg at some time in the...
Forum: Other Reviews 6th May 2014, 15:47
Replies: 9
Views: 3,905
Posted By vencut2
Re: Bonkers, Brutalism & Bloodymindedness - Jonathan Meades

Postscript: I have finally got round to hearing Jonathan Meades on Radio 3's Private Passions (available as a podcast) from which I learnt a few things:

- he LIVES in the Unite d'Habitation,
...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th Apr 2014, 15:36
Replies: 3
Views: 1,207
Posted By vencut2
Re: Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl

Hallo Col - I got Gone Girl at the library after hearing so many people exclaiming about it, and thought it was good nasty fun. I agree, everyone in it is awful, and this is perhaps why I enjoyed...
Forum: Book Reviews 28th Mar 2014, 22:01
Replies: 0
Views: 1,046
Posted By vencut2
Nicholas Nickleby

Did you have to read Dickens at school? Did you like it? Not me. But I’ve recently begun a return to him after many (MANY) years – at the rate of about one a year, so far. This time round I read...
Forum: Other Reviews 7th Mar 2014, 21:50
Replies: 9
Views: 3,905
Posted By vencut2
Re: Bonkers, Brutalism & Bloodymindedness - Jonathan Meades

Agreed, Junkmonkey. Admiring a cooling tower from afar (and I do) is rather different to negotiating the unwelcoming passageways of a deteriorating shopping centre, for example. I do think there's a...
Forum: Other Reviews 5th Mar 2014, 13:20
Replies: 9
Views: 3,905
Posted By vencut2
Re: Bonkers, Brutalism & Bloodymindedness - Jonathan Meades

Update: I've finally got round to watching the second programme on the Bonkers Bunkers tour. (Thanks for the encouraging comments about the first).

Meades starts part two by laying into Le...
Forum: Other Reviews 19th Feb 2014, 13:08
Replies: 9
Views: 3,905
Posted By vencut2
Bonkers, Brutalism & Bloodymindedness - Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades is back on TV at the moment and this time he’s talking about Brutalism. But if you turned on the telly for the first part of his (two-part) series expecting him to defend concrete...
Forum: Book Reviews 21st Jan 2014, 15:11
Replies: 9
Views: 2,317
Posted By vencut2
Re: 2014 Palimplist Conversations

Hallo Lucoid, I've actually been reading Meeting the English which *is* fiction (and entertaining it was too) - but I did also read Watching the English by Kate Fox when it came out in pb in 2005,...
Forum: Book Reviews 7th Jan 2014, 17:03
Replies: 22
Views: 13,033
Posted By vencut2
Re: Palimplists 2014

December
53: Claxton - Mark Cocker - ****0
52: Stories - Jane Gardam - ****0
51: Germany: Memories of a Nation - Neil MacGregor - ****0
50: Showing the Flag - Jane Gardam - ****0

November...
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Jan 2014, 13:01
Replies: 0
Views: 1,042
Posted By vencut2
A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing

Oh. This. Tricky strange and. Strange beautiful but grim.

The story is by turns brutal and desperately sad and normally I wouldn’t even start a book with such a plot, but the reviews I read...
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