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Jul 03, 2010 07:27AM

25350 Just started E.E. Cummings' only novel, "The Enormous Room". Turns out it is nonfiction though: his memoirs of when he was a prisoner in France for four months during WWI. And it's humorous! Who knew!?
25350 Rick wrote: "I have enjoyed Alistair McLean's novels quite a bit,
as well as Eric Amblers'. Roddy Doyle is a current writer who is also a must read!"


So glad to read you think so, Rick. I just purchased "Paddy Clark, Ha,Ha,Ha", my first by Doyle!

And you guys are making me want to re-read Booth Tarkington -- especially "The Magnificent Ambersons".
I liked "Alice Adams" somewhat less. I think Alice was just too painful to read about! I hurt for her too much!
Jun 25, 2010 08:43AM

25350 Howard wrote: "Not sure if this is the right thread, but perhaps someone can move this if needed. I came across an article, not about what we read, but about how we read it that might be of interest to this grou..."

Many thanks for this information!
Jun 25, 2010 08:41AM

25350 I'm into Banville's "The Untouchable". Wow, can this guy let the language flow! This is my first Banville book, and it was on one of the 1001 Books lists.

I also just finished "The Threepenny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht. He also wrote a novel version of this, but I understand it is quite different from the musical. Has anyone read the novel and/or the opera?
Jun 20, 2010 09:38AM

25350 I thought Gregory Peck was wonderful in "To Kill A Mockingbird" along with the entire cast. I think that the movie, in this rare case, was as good as the book.
Both are favorites!

And how about Steve McQueen? Does anyone remember "The Reivers"? Excellent! The Great Escape, Love with the Proper Stranger, Bullitt, and so many others...
Jun 20, 2010 08:16AM

25350 htgkvkkviholmvobsvzighxofyyzmw wrote: "@Barbara: RR is sad portrait of an American couple hungrily searching for an easier life without having much of a grasp of the people who they are. Although much of the movie feels like a condemnat..."

Do you think they were seeking "an easier life" or just a more exciting and memorable one? They were so afraid of being "ordinary"!
Jun 20, 2010 08:09AM

25350 Sawyer wrote: "Yes, yes, "All About Eve" - I never tire of seeing it, and I worship at Bette Davis' feet! Glad to find this discussion, sometimes I feel rather melancholy, because so many people I talk to haven'..."

Oh, I'm glad someone mentioned Robert Mitchum! He was so sexy! Remember the "War and Remembrance" mini-series as well as "The Night of the Hunter" and so many others...
Jun 18, 2010 09:46AM

25350 I watch old movies all the time. I think my favorite is Katherine Hepburn, but I love Cary Grant, Audry Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Henry Fonda, Alan Ladd and so many more.

The Betty Davis movies I've seen have all been wonderful!

I recently re-watched "The Thin Man" (Dick Powell). Great stuff!
Jun 17, 2010 10:41AM

25350 Maggie wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "Okay, I'm probably going to get bashed for this one...but I was disappointed by The Kite Runner. I don't think it was a bad book at all. But I had heard so much hyp..."
So true, Rose.

Say, did anyone who read "The Kite Runner" also read "A Separate Peace" at some time? I did, and they reminded me of each other.
Jun 17, 2010 10:37AM

25350 Gail wrote: "I am reading two books. Looks up, no the world didn't end!!! I am a one book at a time gal. So I have broken my golden rule because I am buddie readingThe Heart Is a Lonely HunterI fou..."

Is "The Secret River" a true story? I love Carson McCullough's work, btw.
Jun 17, 2010 10:34AM

25350 Hillamonster wrote: "Lyn M wrote: "Judith wrote: "Just started Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock" on the 1001 Lists). I have loved everything I've read by him, but the jury is out on this one so far...I'm only 50 pages i..."

I have quite a list of Greene's books that I really liked: "The Power and the Glory", "The Quiet American", "The Comedians", "The Third Man", "The Tenth Man", "Our Man in Havana", "The End of the Affair", "The Human Factor"...and others. Several of these you may recognize as film titles also, all quite good as well. I have "The Burnt Out Case" on my tbr shelf, which I heard is a four or five star novel also, and I know I'm forgetting a couple of other titles I either have to read or have read.

Probably "The Tenth Man" is the only one I suggest not starting with. It is probably his weakest work as it was more of a fleshed-out outline for a script than a novel in its inception.

I think "The Power and the Glory" is generally considered to be his best novel, and it is very powerful. I recommend him highly!
Jun 16, 2010 02:06PM

25350 Just started Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock" (on the 1001 Lists). I have loved everything I've read by him, but the jury is out on this one so far...I'm only 50 pages in though...

I also just finished a book of essays I've had on my tbr shelf a very long time, "Extremes: Reflections on Human Behavior" by A.J.Dunning. Dunning is an MD, and he looks at the most extremes of human behavior (cannibalism, for instance) and traces it back through history, then feeds it through a filter of what modern science can tell us about it in the 20th century. Interesting stuff! Anyone else read or heard of it?
Jun 16, 2010 07:29AM

25350 I totally agree with the disappointment expressed here about "The Alchemist". I have a copy of "Veronica Decides to Die" on my shelf to give him one more try though...

Also "City of God" by Doctorow. I usually love his work, but this one...so disappointing.
May 24, 2010 09:30AM

25350 PD wrote: "I believe you can't own property. Just the opposite, in fact. The land will own you after you have died and your body has decomposed. The cabin was built by a manitousiwwuk, but it abandoned the pl..."

Stupid questions, huh?
May 23, 2010 10:32AM

25350 I wonder how many places like the one you live in still exist in the U.S....

Did you buy the property for your cabin, if you don't mind my asking? Did you build it yourself? How long ago?

Do you have a dog or another kind of pet? (I couldn't live without one is why I ask.)
May 22, 2010 09:47AM

25350 I'm starting Victor Hugo's "Les Mis" this week and am reading Paul Auster's "The City of Glass" this weekend.
Neither are British authors, I realize; but both are worthy of mention here.
May 17, 2010 09:19AM

25350 Werner wrote: "In terms of impact, I'd say that the history book that probably had the profoundest emotional effect on me was Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. It relates the story of the Indian wars i..."

Very true for me, too, Werner. Heartbreaking, wasn't it?
May 17, 2010 09:09AM

25350 All the books listed in this thread sound interesting to me. I love it when many members list their favorites in a genre.

My most recent impressive nonfiction was Joyce K. Goodwin's "Team of Rivals" about Abraham Lincoln's presidency. I also really liked Geoffrey C. Ward's "Before the Trumpet" about Franklin Roosevelt. McCullough's "John Adams" was excellent as well, but perhaps these books about U.S. presidents and their times don't fit the nonfiction genre others have written about in this thread...Certainly not British, that's for sure!

Still, in case there is someone else interested in U.S. presidents, these are some of the best books about a few of them. I have several about Thomas Jefferson also, but no one particular one stands out to recommend.
May 17, 2010 08:48AM

25350 Melissa wrote: "I'm getting ready to start Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies. I have recently visited Marie Antoinette in France foll..."

Great idea! I love reading about other cultures and countries and their histories too. It's fun to let one book lead you to another as well.
May 16, 2010 10:25AM

25350 Marialyce wrote: "Judith wrote: "Marialyce wrote: "Hi, I am reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Luis Safron. It is great and I loved the wit of the main character. I just finished The Surrendered which I found both t..."

Yes, I've read most of Pat Conroy's work. I didn't connect the two, but you may have something there! I'll keep it in mind when I get to Conroy's latest novel, "South of Broad".
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