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Old 19th Jan 2005, 19:50   #1
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Here's asking for trouble.

I've picked five books from my TBR pile. Lets have a vote for which one I should read after The End of the Affair.

I promise to finish it!
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Old 19th Jan 2005, 20:17   #2
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How about GB84? Or Money? Or Catch-22...?

I have gone for the one which may give you the greatest pleasure but will certainly cause you the greatest headache because of its 600-odd page length...
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Old 20th Jan 2005, 8:31   #3
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Well, I seem to be thinking the same way as a few other people on this topic. Wavid, if it turns out to to be the current front runner, I'll be very interested in your impression of it. My significant other is just getting into it and is apparently finding the beginning a little dry, which surprises me.

I also need a little help with what to read next once I finally get to the end of Brick Lane.

Some things I have on the shelf are:

Bleak House
Cloud Atlas
The Line of Beauty
The Remains of the Day
Snow Falling on Cedars
The Impressionist
The Wasp Factory


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Old 20th Jan 2005, 13:35   #4
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I loved The Wasp Factory when I read it several years ago and have long been intending to read it again, though The Remains of the Day is an excellent example of subtly crafted representations of emotion (God knows if that makes sense) and the story unfolds in a beautiful way. Can't comment on the others, nor on any of yours, Wavid.
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o n k ,

I just finished Cloud Atlas. It was overall a great read. The charaters are wonderfully depicted. I was disappointed in a couple of the chapters. I didn't think they lived up to the rest of his writing.

I read Snow Falling on Cedars also. It is a very fast read. I see that you have some really huge books on your list. Snow Falling would be fast but really enjoyable.

The rest of your choices I've not read. Bleak House is on the TBR, near the top.
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onk - I would give Snow Falling on Cedars a miss which, as its rather pretentious title suggests, has its head stuck firmly up its own arse. Any of the others would be more rewarding in my opinion (although I admit to not having read Bleak House yet)
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The Impressionist, The Wasp Factory and The Remains of the Day are all hugely enjoyable and highly accessible. The Line of Beauty and Cloud Atlas are a bit more effort (I found) but also very good. Snow Falling on Cedars I haven't read, and I wouldn't bother with Bleak House - but others would!
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Gosh, lots of good info there - thanks all!

I think I will go with The Remains of The Day. I came to Ishiguro quite late - my first of his was An Artist of the Floating World, which I thought was lovely. I've been sort of 'saving' The Remains of the Day, but I think it could be time to indulge myself.

And speaking of being up one's own arse, can I request 'ono' in preference to 'onk'? I can't stop myself hearing 'onk' as the sound a cockney goose might make.

And if you doubt that such a sound might exist, just take a look at this article.
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How about GB84? Or Money? Or Catch-22...?
But, but, but I am reading GB84 - it hasn't quite stalled yet... And I'm hoping that it will be third time lucky for Money when I next come to pick it up.

Still, I am looking forward to the Irving, and kinda hoped it would be that which everyone voted for. But it is a long one...
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Well it is long but worth it. However I don't blame ono's significant other for finding it dry, as the last time I re-read it a couple of years ago I was surprised at how kind of tough I found the first 200 pages or so. It's not hard as such, just a bit dusty and gray (sic). I was surprised in fact that I had enjoyed it so much the first time, since back in 1990 it was the first 'literary' novel I had ever read and this time round didn't seem such an easy option. But everything I said about it on the Irving thread stands. You will enjoy it.
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