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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason It's kind of true what you say about past memories being shelved, but not necessarily in chronological order. I often need cues to recall when a particular thing happened. Like, in such-and-such a memory, I know I was living in this apartment, so therefore I've narrowed down the timing of it.


message 2: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek The cue helps you place it in a queue.


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason Don't be cute.


message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason (I'm not very good at this game.)


message 5: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek For a moment, I was wondering if it was a subcutaneous comment designed to get under my skin.


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason You and Richard should have a pun-off!


message 7: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) I enjoyed your review more that I enjoyed this book. Nice soundtrack. You should add Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time.'


message 8: by Mala (new)

Mala "We might think that technology and social networks will increase the known and decrease the unknown, but we all retain our secrets, some personal mystery, a kernel that cannot be known or understood by others.

This unknown might constitute some element of privacy in our relationships with government and corporations, but it can frustrate communication, understanding and harmony within our peer group.

As long as we do not completely understand each other, there will remain scope for incomprehension, dispute and disharmony."

I think it's desirable that we retain some privacy,some sense of self from others. Why this desire to see people completely naked for the sake of understanding & harmony? Relationships are not/shd not be conducted in confession booths.
Btw wonderful review,have saved it so i can read it time & again :-)


message 9: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Jenn(ifer) wrote: "I enjoyed your review more that I enjoyed this book. Nice soundtrack. You should add Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time.'"

Thanks, Jenn. I've added it to the Soundtrack, but it actually gave me some other ideas.


message 10: by Kris (new)

Kris I agree with Jenn - great review (it's making me think that I should re-read this sometime), great soundtrack. I like the recent additions.


message 11: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Mala wrote: "Btw wonderful review,have saved it so i can read it time & again :-) "

Thanks, Mala, I've added a song, "Time and Again".


message 12: by Ian (last edited Jul 14, 2012 01:53PM) (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Kris wrote: "I agree with Jenn - great review (it's making me think that I should re-read this sometime), great soundtrack. I like the recent additions."

Thanks, Kris. (1)

I would love to get a Proust Reading Group together, so I could get motivated at least the first instalment.

I have an analogue friend called Odette, who has agreed to read with me here.

(1) I've added some footnotes to my review.

I was originally thinking of making a PowerPoint slide. I might still do that, if I can work out how to insert it in the review.


message 13: by Kris (new)

Kris Count me in for the Proust reading group if you plan a virtual component as well- I've been eager to start, and have the first 4 volumes staring at me.

And BTW, I love your footnotes. :)


message 14: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Great review Ian. Now, where is the Nick Cave? not that I want to influence your playlist...OK, I do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpzxf_...

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now


message 15: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Moonbutterfly wrote: "So what did you think of the PowerPoint Presentation. I'm one of those IT people who hate PowerPoint, so to see it in a book made me cringe. LOL. "

I actually liked the PowerPoint Presentation, though I question whether that is how a 12 year old in 202- or any time would communicate (unless they had to do it for an assignment).

One of my headings says what I felt about it as well ;)


message 16: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie oh, you did add Nick...


message 17: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Kris wrote: "Count me in for the Proust reading group if you plan a virtual component as well- I've been eager to start, and have the first 4 volumes staring at me.

And BTW, I love your footnotes. :)"


Thanks, Kris. What translation have you got?

I've got a nice deluxe edition of the Lydia Davis translation of Swann's Way.

Haven't worked out what to do about the remaining volumes. I'll probably end up with at least two translations.


message 18: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Moonbutterfly wrote: "I thought the first chapter was brilliant."

That pickpocketing scene is relived later in the book as well.

One day, I'll re-read it to work through the intersections of the stories.

Probably when it's made into a film/TV series.


message 19: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek B0nnie wrote: "Great review Ian. Now, where is the Nick Cave? not that I want to influence your playlist...OK, I do"

O. K.
Just a little pin prick.
There'll be no more AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


message 20: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Ian wrote: "B0nnie wrote: "Great review Ian. Now, where is the Nick Cave? not that I want to influence your playlist...OK, I do"
O. K.
Just a little pin prick.
There'll be no more AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"


LOL, that really loses something in the translation...


message 21: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) If you start a group for Swann's way, let me know! That's on my 'to read soon' list.


message 22: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) Oh cool, I got a shout out in your review. I am honored! One more: Time (clock of the heart) by Culture Club!


message 23: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls Er, where's David Bowie's "Fashion?" (also, top review)


message 24: by Kris (new)

Kris Ian wrote: "Thanks, Kris. What translation have you got?

I've got a nice deluxe edition of the Lydia Davis translation of Swann's Way.

Haven't worked out what to do about the remaining volumes. I'll probably end up with at least two translations. "


I've got the Lydia Davis translation as well. I always like the idea of two translations for comparison.


message 25: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek MJ wrote: "Er, where's David Bowie's "Fashion?" (also, top review)"

Thanks, MJ. I've put "Fashion" in the first list.


message 26: by Ian (last edited Jul 14, 2012 06:18PM) (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Since working on my chapter and character summaries, I've discovered two websites:

Character Timelines (without years):

http://goonsquadtimelines.weebly.com/...

Chapter and Character Summaries (with years):

http://readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.com...

I've conformed a few of my years to the second page.

I'm still not a 100% confident that they're right. There aren't many cues in the second half of the book.


message 27: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine This was one of those books that was so omnipresent that I must've just tuned it out to the point of never even considering that it'd be of any interest to me. I can see that I was waaaay off the mark.

And I need to say that I am quite enjoying how you incorporate music into your reviews. Two great tastes, etc.

Count me in for the Proust group, too! I've had "Swann's Way" waiting in the wings for a while now. My recreational reading time'll be a little scarce for the next month or so but I'm always down to challenge the limits of how much I can cram into a single day.


message 28: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Thanks, Madeleine. This is very much a novel in and about and around music. Ironically, I hardly touched upon this in my review (possibly because I was worried that Egan might have stolen the thunder of a private project of mine, not that there isn't room for both and more).

Music supplies the timing and the beat and the melodies of life.

I can't imagine life without it. Even if I went deaf (from standing too close to the speaker on the left too many times for too long), I would imagine music in my mind.


message 29: by Steve (new)

Steve I’ve had to repartition my hard drive to organize all your great reviews, Ian. In this one I particularly liked your thoughts on time (chronologically vs. experientially) and your uplifting conclusions.

You and our musical friends are great at this soundtrack biz, too. This book lends itself well to the concept. As a related aside, I just listened to “Something Anything” the other day and was struck by how well it has stood the test of time.


message 30: by Tuck (new)

Tuck fantastic ian


message 31: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Tuck wrote: "fantastic ian"

Thanks, Tuck.


message 32: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Steve wrote: "As a related aside, I just listened to “Something Anything” the other day and was struck by how well it has stood the test of time. "

Thanks, Steve. The funny/ironic thing is that I remembered the album and this song (one of my favourites from my teenage years), because I started googling "sometime anytime".


message 33: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek 'What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.'

Gabriel García Márquez


message 34: by tim (new)

tim I Wanna Be Adored gives me shivers every time, especially that return from the pause. Really great review, Ian. You've convinced me to place this back on my mental to-read list.


message 35: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek tim wrote: "I Wanna Be Adored gives me shivers every time, especially that return from the pause. Really great review, Ian. You've convinced me to place this back on my mental to-read list."

Thanks, tim. I Wanna Be Adored is a perfect song. Here's a cover by one of my favourite bands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF91Qx...


message 36: by S. (new)

S. i just realized that thanks to the wonders of internet technology, i get to simultaneously intrude onto a six month old conversation and make a statement about time at the same time.


message 37: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek ...and done with poise notwithstanding the pause.


message 38: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek ...and done with poise notwithstanding the pause.


message 39: by S. (new)

S. i'm still working my way through your playlist, but the first thing that comes to mind is that you don't promote An Horse, although they're Brisbaners. too emo, I suspect ? ha New Order and Stone Roses are of course timeless. I still have Joy Division somewhere on one of my playlists.

as for the issues you bring up, I *think* the Semisonic Closing Time pause is at 3:10, although it isn't a pause per se just a single note being held. this might be an easter egg (?)-- i.e., author is deliberately making an "error" in order to generate discourse.

anyway it's great to have your rock expertise online. hopefully all us Gen Y'ers with our shoegaze and emo aren't too vomit-inducing for you ha


message 40: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Michael wrote: "i'm still working my way through your playlist, but the first thing that comes to mind is that you don't promote An Horse, although they're Brisbaners. too emo, I suspect ?..."

Well, I thought I was doing OK...


message 41: by S. (new)

S. you're doing great!!!!!


message 42: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek You'll still be standing there
Though you think you did the job wrong
You did it great

www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ukY7CuAdg


message 43: by S. (new)

S. Paper back writer (paperback writer)
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It's based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxVlNy...


message 44: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek It's a perfect song and a fave of mine too.


message 45: by S. (new)

S. i'm tempted to go rent a car just to listen to rock music on the motorway with the windows down


message 46: by Ian (last edited Apr 29, 2013 03:31AM) (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek For many years I used to listen to Rock 'n' Roll Animal when I was in that sort of mood.


message 47: by S. (new)

S. i am the rocker!
I am the roller!
I am the out-of-controller!

they call me nightrider. I'm a fuel injected suicide machine!


message 48: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Reilly That girls' version of Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" is incredible. Never seen it before, THx.


message 49: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Tracy wrote: "That girls' version of Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" is incredible. Never seen it before, THx."

It's really worth checking out the Raveonettes.


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