Liz Liz's Comments (member since Aug 23, 2009)

Liz's comments from the UK Book Club group.

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Jun 18, 2016 03:58AM

21875 Caroline? Really? Never?
Jun 18, 2016 03:56AM

21875 Em, how's it going? I'm always nervous that others won't enjoy my recommendations....
Jun 02, 2016 07:41AM

21875 Tom wrote: "Helen wrote: "Gone with the Wind, why did I buy this years ago and why did I finally decide to read it. way too many hours lost on that one!"

Helen, my dear, I don't give a damn!"

Jun 01, 2016 06:36AM

21875 Tania, I hadn't heard of that one, but I have read Out of Africa which is Karen Blixen's memoir (it's good). I suppose this one goes into more detail on Dennis? Let me know if it's any good :)

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
May 28, 2016 11:43PM

21875 Getting stuck into Cold Mountain. There's beautiful description and excellent character-building already. I think I'm going to like this better than the film - Renee Zellweger's (sp?) oscar-winning performance really grated on me.

I can't disassociate the characters from the actors who played them - are you finding that with your film tie-ins?

I had completely forgotten that Donald Sutherland was in the film, until I started reading about Ada's father and his face immediately appeared in my mind.

Must get back to it.....
Room 101 (770 new)
May 28, 2016 07:38AM

21875 It's interesting seeing the EU drama playing out from Singapore. Most people here (and I'm talking not just the Brits, but folk from all around the globe who are currently housed on this little island), think that the UK would be bonkers to leave the EU. If we stay in Europe, we will still have a say how Europe is run. We loose our influence if we leave...

I don't really want to get into a heated debate as I understand people feel strongly in both directions. The newspapers and political 'personalities' are just stoking the flames, not providing any real arguments. I really feel they're just trying to build careers and sadly don't seem to give two hoots how potential outcomes might actually affect the people.
May 28, 2016 07:15AM

21875 Leni wrote: "Liz wrote: "69). Chile: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara. As he travels with his mate, Alberto, along the West Coast of South America on the back of a very unreliable old motorbike...

What was that one like? I'm intrigued. I had no idea this existed. I see you gave it three stars. Worth reading, or just see the movie instead?"

It's good, there are some wonderful passages and anecdotes, but (not surprisingly) it often feels a little episodic and repetitive.

To be honest, I think this is one case where the film really builds on the book and produces something even better. It's really made me want to watch the film again, and soon!
May 28, 2016 07:06AM

21875 Leni wrote: "Both of those look like good options, thanks! Maybe especially the one about the cat. Not because it's about a cat, though that is an unusual twist, but because I already know a bit about the Scott expedition and nothing at all about the Shackleton expeditiona..."

They are both very good, I'm sure you'd enjoy whichever you choose.
May 27, 2016 07:37AM

21875 Ian wrote: "And The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen by Viet Thanh Nguyen which won a Pulitzer and sounds great."

That does sound good. Let us know how you get on...
May 27, 2016 07:34AM

21875 OK where next? I have books lined up for Zimbabwe, Mongolia and Kazakhstan.....

Heading off to South Africa next week (for real!) What a pity I've already read my South Africa book (The Grass Is Singing). There are plenty of others I could read, but I'd like to finish the challenge first.

I think I'll take something from the same continent....
May 27, 2016 07:26AM

21875 69). Chile: The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. As he travels with his mate, Alberto, along the West Coast of South America on the back of a very unreliable old motorbike, there are several countries that could work for this memoir. However a significant section takes place in Chile (it is very long after all), so I'll plump for that one.

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
May 27, 2016 07:18AM

21875 Leni wrote: "I'm still hopeful that I'll be on the South Pole by the end of the year. What I will read when I get there is another matter. I've already read At the Mountains of Madness, so what else is there? Something non-fiction about the Amundsen and Scott race, perhaps. ;) ..."

Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge is great. I also loved Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition. Both are concerned with Antarctic exploration.

Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat by Caroline Alexander
May 23, 2016 06:40AM

21875 So the genre for June will be Spy/Espionage. This can be fiction or non-fiction, whatever you fancy.

I have a soft spot for spy novels. I love John Le Carre's Smiley books and Graeme Greene is another favourite. He's also very good for 'Round the World', so I might read The Comedians and get Haiti...

Last time round I read Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal which was very good, and if I'm going to read another non-fiction title then perhaps I'll try A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (both by Ben Macintyre).

I've just spotted another contender on my to-read list: A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess, which is about the Elizabehan Playwright/Spy Christopher Marlow. If I try that one, I'll get 16thC for the time traveller challenge too...

I know I have a load more possibilities... descisions, decisions. What are you going to read?

The Comedians by Graham Greene Agent Zigzag A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre A Spy Among Friends Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess
May 23, 2016 06:22AM

21875 Leni wrote: "Here now, no need to be hasty! We have a week left. A week and a day, even! Though there's nothing wrong with preparing for next month, I suppose. .."

Lol! You can still read this month's genre - I have only justed started myself :(
May 23, 2016 06:21AM

21875 Kate (Trojanhorse) wrote: "I have holiday booked for the beginning of June so would love to know what the theme is early so I can pack the right books!"

So have I, hence my forethought...
It's Spy/Espionage for June. I will go ahead and post the thread :)
May 22, 2016 11:25PM

21875 Leni, if you want a book about The Borgias, I'd recommend Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant. I really enjoyed it, she really emerses you in the period.

Blood & Beauty The Borgias by Sarah Dunant
May 22, 2016 11:20PM

21875 Once again, the end of the month is fast approaching and I will have to give the random genre generator a whirl.....
May 22, 2016 11:17PM

21875 Just as I make a start on Cold Mountain, The Motorcycle Diaries (which I reserved weeks ago) becomes available at the library. Looking forward to both :)

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara
May 22, 2016 06:59AM

21875 68). UAE: The Dog by Joseph O'Neill. The awfulness of expat life in Dubai. Good, but not great.

The Dog by Joseph O'Neill
May 14, 2016 06:44AM

21875 Leni wrote: "Uh oh, maybe you should. I mean, careful with the throwing, especially if it's a hard cover, but putting it down and reading something else for a bit might help you finish it later. ..."

Unfortunately it's a library book, so I can't get violent with it, plus I need to finish it for book club next week. I know one of my friends has already abandoned it in frustration, but I now have less than 100 pages to go, so.....I......m mm..ust.......f ffin.........ish.........

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