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Old 30th Jun 2004, 15:01   #1
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Default Palimpsest made me want it...

I'm on a bit of a roll here with coming up with good(ish) questions, so we had all better make the most of it...

Having had a flick through the Book Review pages, within five minutes I had come up with a list of books I want to read. Here's a few:

* Something Happened - Jospeh Heller
* The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
* A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

Does anyone else have Palimpsest-inspired must-reads on their shopping list?
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Old 30th Jun 2004, 15:08   #2
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David Peace, though I have this sinking feeling that as I get older I will relish the black and bleak less and less - so I had better hurry up.
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Old 30th Jun 2004, 15:13   #3
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David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Jeanette Winterson - that new one with Silver and the lighthouse keeper
Martin Amis - at some point, something of his
Howard Jacobson - one of my favourite columnists on the Saturday Indy
Charles Dickens - Bleak House, because everyone says it's great.
JRR Tolkein - Roverandom because Amner said it was a good, weird story for children.
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Old 30th Jun 2004, 17:08   #4
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Timoleon Vieta Come Home

It's not just books - I have Morrissey's You are the Quarry in my Amazon basket as we speak.
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Old 30th Jun 2004, 17:51   #5
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I'll have to second, third, and fourth Roverandom to you, Col. I either gave or recommended Amner's copy to him.

Middlemarch currently, on recommendations from Amner and Col, after abandoning the pants Kipling book I had started

Also will be joining the Book Group in an effort to read things I normally wouldn't track down myself.

If I find myself with more free time, I plan to scan other people's recommendations here regularly.[/i]
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Wavid, don't even bother with Joseph Heller's Something Happened - you'll only come away disappointed....
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Sacrilege! Persecute the heretic!

However it's all a matter of taste and as Wavid does like bleak and black stuff like David Peace, I think he'd love it.
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I am rather concerned that all of the three books I chose above seem to be somewhat grim, which must mean something, I'm sure.
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If it's any consolation, Wavid, Owen Meany is uplifting and humorous as well as having its darker moments.

I really must re-read it sometime.
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Under the Greenwood Tree

Not that I liked it, but Palimpsest did make me try it ....

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