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Old 24th Aug 2006, 21:25   #21
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Would love to read some Patricia Highsmith - been meaning to for ages.

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hunched at work still inside his shop. But the streets neer the waterfront were for the most part deserted.

Paris stood in the rain looking towards the open sea. Lanterns of ships out in the road winked through the moist air. The Liverpool Merchant was there with the others, riding on the dark water. For some moments, as he stood there, the night was hushed around him, there were only the winking lights across the water and the silent rain. Then he heard the running of the tide, the scream of a late sea-bird, voices raised and lowered again from a tavern further along the quay.

He tried to think of Africa, tried to imagine the lives of Africans, lives that would be changed, more even than his own, by the ship. But it was too far away. There was only the rain on his face, the sense of solitude. The door of the tavern opened, two men came out and stood talking there. In the yellow light from the open door the rain had become suddenly visible. Paris saw the glint and swarm of it and without warning was transported to the summers of his childhood, insects round lamps at night in the garden or over river water in dying sunlight, rising and falling as regular as breathing in the last warmth of the day.

The door closed, the bright swarm was extinguished. But the vision of those lost summers remained with him, like the sum of all loss. Standing there, looking across to the lights of the ships, one of which was to take him to a future of sorts, Paris could think only of the past.
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Old 25th Aug 2006, 3:35   #22
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I propose Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz, in Danuta Borchardt's translation (of course).

Here is the 69th page.

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This kettle popping up like a jack-in-the-box, without rhyme or reason, on its own, gratis, a luxury of disorder, a splendor of chaos. Enough is enough. My throat tightened. I won’t be able to swallow all this. I won’t be able to handle it. Enough. Turn back. Go home.
She took off the towel. She had no blouse. Nakedness assailed me from her breasts, her shoulders. Bending her nudity she began to pull down her stockings, the husband spoke again, she answered, she took off a stocking, he placed his foot on a chair and was unlacing his shoe. I delayed my retreat, I though that now I would find out what she’s like, what she’s like with him when naked, is she vile, mean, dirty, slippery, sensual, sacred, tender, pure, faithful fresh, attractive, perhaps a coquette? Perhaps just easy? Or profound? Perhaps just obstinate, or disillusioned, bored, indifferent, passionate, cunning, evil, angelic, timid, impudent, I’ll finally see! Then her thighs showed, once, twice, I’ll soon know, I’ll finally find out, finally something will reveal itself to me…
The kettle.
He picked it up, moved it from the table to the floor and went to the door.
The light went out.
I looked closely but saw nothing, with my unseeing gaze piercing the darkness of the cavern I kept looking, what could they be doing? What were they doing? And how were they doing it? At this moment anything could be happening there. There was no gesture, no touch, that would not be possible, the darkness was truly inscrutable, she writhed or she didn’t writhe, or she was embarrassed or she loved, or else there was nothing, or something entirely different, or it was baseness or horror, I’ll never find out anything. I began to climb down and, letting myself down slowly, I thought that even if she were a child with very blue eyes she
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Old 30th Aug 2006, 1:02   #23
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Just a thought, maybe we should put all the 69th pages up before voting? Informed opinion and whatnot...
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Smart idea, rick.

Anyway, any more suggestions for titles?
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Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne?
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Yep, well done, should've said that if I'd been on the ball.

I'll also throw in Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend.
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Suggestions, * ce moment *:










Any more for any more?
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I'm very happy with six of those seven.
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I'm very happy with six of those seven.
Which is the odd one out, Col? Or is that too invidious a question?
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The Cordwainer Smith, I think - not that it isn't probably a good read, but I wasn't inspired to read the Palmer Eldritch similarly, and it sounds rather in the same vein. And speaking of veins, I like the addition of I am Legend, of which I have a copy somewhere downstairs.
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