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Forum: Book Reviews 30th Mar 2011, 21:00
Replies: 56
Views: 9,637
Posted By SamG
Re: Jonathan Franzen

I thought Freedom was every bit as nuanced and really quite breathtakingly well-written as The Corrections. I was especially riveted by trying to work out how Franzen’s themes would play themselves...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Mar 2011, 22:54
Replies: 322
Views: 42,211
Posted By SamG
Re: Cormac McCarthy

I’ve now read McCarthy’s Border Trilogy. I found the second book, The Crossing, as harrowing and disturbing and full of grandeur as the first, All the Pretty Horses. The descriptions are so...
Forum: General Chat 18th Mar 2011, 21:41
Replies: 242
Views: 31,388
Posted By SamG
Re: Recent Purchases 2011

Hope you enjoy The Hunger Trace, David. I've bought a copy, too, and I thought Blackmoor was terrific.
Forum: Book Reviews 10th Mar 2011, 23:48
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Sorry, yes, it's called 03, which I gather is the departmental code for the town in which the teenager lives.
Forum: Book Reviews 10th Mar 2011, 23:25
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

I read Jean-Christophe Valtat’s 84-page novella during a train journey this afternoon. I loved it. It’s presented as one long unbroken stretch of prose, the monologue of a clever and gloomy...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Mar 2011, 20:20
Replies: 322
Views: 42,211
Posted By SamG
Re: Cormac McCarthy

Hi David - I do have both The Crossing and Cities of the Plain on my shelves. After finishing All the Pretty Horses I did immediately reach for The Crossing, but then I thought my mind was in too...
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Mar 2011, 20:18
Replies: 322
Views: 42,211
Posted By SamG
Re: Cormac McCarthy

I read All The Pretty Horses last week, finishing the last 200 pages in one fell swoop that ended long past midnight. I can't remember the last time I was so profoundly shaken by a book. The deeper I...
Forum: Book Reviews 25th Jan 2011, 20:26
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Thanks, Ang. I ordered The Illusionist from the bookshop this lunchtime - very much looking forward to its arrival.
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jan 2011, 20:36
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

To my shame, I'd never heard of Jennifer Johnston until browsing in a bookshop one lunchtime I stumbled upon How many miles to Babylon?

It's a beautiful piece of writing, about two young friends...
Forum: Book Reviews 16th Jan 2011, 23:26
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Thanks, John. Not sure that I understand the reference, but if it's in response to something I've said or done to offend, then I'm sorry.

Looking forward to your review, though.
Forum: Book Reviews 16th Jan 2011, 12:12
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

Finished Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic yesterday - a really immersive reading experience: big cast, big themes, hugely readable.

It takes a large chunk of American society - super-rich,...
Forum: Top Tens 15th Jan 2011, 17:20
Replies: 40
Views: 10,023
Posted By SamG
Re: Top 10 Literary Villains

Would Patrick Bateman count as a villain?
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Jan 2011, 23:33
Replies: 82
Views: 15,409
Posted By SamG
Re: 2011 Palimplist Conversations

John - I'm so glad you seem to have enjoyed At Last. I thought it was tremendous. There are sentences from that book that are seared onto my mind, and the ending just kind of undid me: after...
Forum: General Chat 28th Dec 2010, 14:17
Replies: 19
Views: 1,981
Posted By SamG
Re: Your Life in Books 2010

* If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Moons of Jupiter
(http://lizzysiddal.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/a-castle-in-romagna-igor-stiks/)* Your favorite form of transportation: Stoner
*...
Forum: General Chat 28th Dec 2010, 10:13
Replies: 19
Views: 1,981
Posted By SamG
Re: Your Life in Books 2010

Beautiful, Nou!
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 24th Dec 2010, 20:36
Replies: 1,212
Views: 74,857
Posted By SamG
Re: Pub Quiz Relay

It's James! Okay, I'll hand over to someone - anyone! - else now.
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 24th Dec 2010, 16:57
Replies: 1,212
Views: 74,857
Posted By SamG
Re: Pub Quiz Relay

If only! Or Cat, I suppose. If no one's got it by sevenish this evening, I'll let on...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 23rd Dec 2010, 21:25
Replies: 1,212
Views: 74,857
Posted By SamG
Re: Pub Quiz Relay

Thanks, David. I'll have a go, then, if that's okay.

In The Remains of the Day, what is the butler Stevens' first name?
Forum: General Chat 21st Dec 2010, 9:01
Replies: 1,121
Views: 73,754
Posted By SamG
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Have a wonderful day, bill!
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Dec 2010, 18:13
Replies: 17
Views: 5,417
Posted By SamG
Re: Vikram Seth: A Suitable Boy

I think that could be a really astute point, Kevin, or one that applied to me at least, as (several years ago now) I struggled to appreciate fully the novel despite the clarity of Seth's language and...
Forum: Other Reviews 18th Dec 2010, 11:44
Replies: 680
Poll: The Weather
Views: 58,620
Posted By SamG
Re: The Weather

A friend from Northern Ireland tells me they got hit quite badly with snow last night. Hope John and all other NI palimpers are keeping safe and warm.
Forum: Book Reviews 16th Nov 2010, 15:06
Replies: 18
Views: 3,597
Posted By SamG
Re: Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary

I really enjoyed this piece by Julian Barnes in the latest LRB.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n22/julian-barnes/writers-writer-and-writers-writers-writer

It's on a new translation (by writer...
Forum: Book Reviews 16th Nov 2010, 9:57
Replies: 217
Views: 20,686
Posted By SamG
Re: 2010 Palimplist Discussions

On Sunday evening, I finally opened Wells Towers' Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. I can't remember the last time I read a short story collection in one sitting, let alone a debut one. So...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Oct 2010, 13:10
Replies: 217
Views: 20,686
Posted By SamG
Re: 2010 Palimplist Discussions

What did everyone think?

I thought it was fantastic. It sounds platitudinous to say, but I did think it was a great illustration of the destructive fallout that can occur when adult-adolescents -...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Oct 2010, 21:05
Replies: 217
Views: 20,686
Posted By SamG
Re: 2010 Palimplist Discussions

Not that I can recall, spontus, but I do worry - the word isn't too strong! - how much my mood has affected my experience of a book. Was that classic really so overwritten and florid, or was it just...
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