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Old 11th Jan 2006, 16:02   #1
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Default 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?
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Default 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.
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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.
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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.

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I nominate Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road.
Good choice that man.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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:



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