Post by wordswordswords on Jan 31, 2005 21:32:10 GMT -5
I just finished Complete Stories: 1864-1874 by Henry James. This was two boxes of cassette tapes, or over 900 pages. It has taken me a while.
If anyone here is a Henry James reader, these are his earliest published stories and in many ways not typical of his better-known fiction.
More comments on this are on my blog, the least known of all blogs, but I enjoy it anyway. It's only for people who read books, I guess. One comment just called it "boring," and I'm not much of a hand at clever effects (which cost $$$, as it turns out, in the blogging world).
Free blogs like mine have a way of turning into something you didn't want, too. I had larger fonts all set up there, but the Powers That Be changed them to much smaller ones. Now I can't even read my own blog.
Post by RobertGraves on Feb 6, 2005 2:49:14 GMT -5
I just started Martin Amis' 'Night Train' - which is not my usual genres at all - but I do like Amis. Well, actually I like his non-fiction and enjoyed one of his novels. I don'y know that his is shaping up to be much chop at all.
I've just finished reading Shopgirl by Steve Martin. Pretty good actually. I was expecting it to be more humorous. It was almost more of a social satire. He dealt mostly in stereotypes. It's the story of Mirabelle, low on the totem pole of shopgirls working at Neiman Marcus. She's an artist who lacks confidence in herself and suffers from depression. When a wealthy older man becomes interested in her, both of their lives change.
It's short and sweet. Not what I expected but enjoyable nonetheless.
Is it too little too late?.... Robert, I read The Secret History by Donna Tart several years ago and enjoyed it.... it's a psychological thriller of sorts.... cerebral cum creepy, I guess... the plot is a bit disjointed at times and leaves some loose ends, but not enough to spend the time to nit-pick... a good book to take with you on a long trip....
"If a monkey jumps on your back, drop your bananas and walk away." ~ Nulla
I believe I’ve mentioned on previous sites anyway, that I am very fond of Le Carre’s work. I’ve just now finished his latest, “Absolute Friends”.
I rate this among, or even above his best.
This is really an epic, viewing the Cold War from its beginnings through to the present and perhaps a year or two into a very grim future. This view of our recent history is a spy’s view, from the inside out. It is not kind to the US, but no less kind than we perhaps deserve.
The protagonist, Ted Mundy, is a few years younger than I but our memories span the same events. My perspective was from the outside, looking in; wondering just what the hell was going on in there. Mundy’s perspective was from in there; unfortunately confirming some of my worst speculations.
I'm having a literary break back to mystery stories and have half finished Patricia Cornwall's latest book, 'Blowfly'.
She seems to have gone from writing about forensic pathology to writing about psychopathic serial killers and after getting almost to the half-way mark I decided that enough was enough and I really don't want to know in detail what psychopaths do to their victims before and after they kill them.
Needless to say, I do not intend to finish the book and will not be reading any more of her books in the foreseeable future.
I'm returning to Jodi Picoult and all her works with sighs of relief.
An optimist is a person who does crossword puzzles with a ballpoint pen.