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Nov 02, 2012 08:09AM

970 It's enough to make you give up. Is there a list of books that never, ever change across every list that has been published?
Jan 03, 2012 03:43AM

970 Have restarted 'Cranford' by Gaskell. It's so dry...
Dec 28, 2011 03:44PM

970 Drew wrote: "Zee, I totally agree about Kundera, although I've only read T.U.L.O.B, so I'm not sure I'm qualified to judge.

Ulysses is definitely a lot different from Dubliners, but the main difference is that..."


Wow Drew, thanks for your insightful recommendations. I really liked 'Midnight's Children', especially the idea that he wasn't even born yet.
Dec 23, 2011 08:44AM

970 Inder wrote: "I found it to be quite depressing (the stupidity of the human race! gah!), but Vonnegut is so brilliant and clever. The backwards movie segment left me gasping for air, it was so beautiful and hear..."

'Cat's Cradle' was such a gem. I'm so glad I read it. Bokononism made me laugh a lot.
Dec 23, 2011 08:43AM

970 Ellie wrote: "Me too, Ana-Maria-on Slaughterhouse-Five's brilliance and on how books like the Vonnegut became relatively easy after House of Leaves! Of course, it's the kind of book I'm ..."

Totally agree. House of Leaves was real 'brain pain'. I loved it. So 'Slaughterhouse 5' was nothing, I just breezed through it.
Dec 23, 2011 08:40AM

970 Bryan wrote: "Just finished #126 last night. I'm trying to complete the consolidated list from all three editions (1294 books!). At my present pace, I'll need to live into my 90's, but the pursuit is worth. So m..."

Bryan, wher can I find such a list? I would dearly like to attempt the same thing.
Dec 23, 2011 08:41AM

970 At the moment I have 120... that's only the latest list though. I did have the previous two lists but they are stuck on my old hardrive. I have 71 TBR's. 2012 is going to focus on the 1001 list. I want to be as close to 200 as possible.

Why can't we get access to the old lists anymore? I searched on Arukiyomi's website and was disappointed that they no longer existed.
Dec 23, 2011 08:36AM

970 Ellie wrote: "It's true. I remember it took me 100 pages to click into The Name of the Rose & then I adored it."

I'll make a mental note of that Ellie. It's one I'm looking forward to getting into in the new year. I have yet to read Eco. I hope he doesn't turn into another James Joyce!
Dec 23, 2011 08:35AM

970 Judith wrote: "I've been thinking about this topic for a while and couldn't come up with a book that has been particularly difficult...

This morning I suddenly remembered how hard it was to get through Rushdie's..."


I fear Satanic Verses. No real reason, but I fear it.
Dec 23, 2011 08:33AM

970 Mikela wrote: "The hardest book for me was American Psycho. I detested that book from the first to last word and all those in between. I understand I'm in the minority on this but I felt dirty whil..."

Oh dear, I know what you mean. It shocked me like no other book ever has. But I learned a lot about different literary concepts and was surprised that I was able to finish it. I won't be hurrying back to it any time soon, but it is a very important and notable book purely for the WAY it is written. With 'American Psycho' I learned that I could respect the author's literary talent even if my brain revolt against the subject matter. Truly a singular book!
Dec 23, 2011 08:30AM

970 Sonia wrote: "Zee wrote: "I think I'll leave that one till last then lol!

Seriously... so far for me it's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was unbearably boring... I had to force myself because..."


Oops, coming back to this thread 9 months later :) It was for creative writing class at Uni. I hated it. I don't think I will ever like Kundera's work. I simply do not understand it.

Having said that, I also disliked Dubliners by James Joyce. It was really dry. Sorry people. I just hope his Ulysses is a lot different even if it isn't a lot better.
Jan 01, 2011 07:52AM

970 Just finished 'wind up bird chronicles' by Murakami. I think it's on the list!
Dec 31, 2010 03:14PM

970 Chris wrote: "Zee wrote: "It's funny you should say that Chris, but I believe it took Roy quite a while to write this book and it went through many edits. Incidentally it took me 2 goes to actualy get into the s..."

Actually, after I posted my reply i went and checked and Roy has said that she never edited it. However I read somewhere that she did! I was told by my creative writing instructor that when authors say they never edit or draft their work, they're LYING. There's no way on earth a person can write a bestseller without revising it.
Dec 13, 2010 05:49AM

970 It's funny you should say that Chris, but I believe it took Roy quite a while to write this book and it went through many edits. Incidentally it took me 2 goes to actualy get into the story, so maybe it's one of those novels that you need to put away and come back to at a later time.
Dec 06, 2010 04:46AM

970 Regine wrote: "I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The prose is beautiful. Roy creates imagery so strong, that I felt like at times, I was there.I could smell the jungle, see the little wooden boat from the childr..."

I've only just got round to reading Rushdie 'Midnight's Children' and can see how Roy might have borrowed from his style. Now that I'm wel into book 2 of MC, it occurred to me that I much prefer Roy's prose to Rushdie. Her writing has a finesse to it.
Dec 06, 2010 04:42AM

970 Words cannot explain how wonderful this book is. I loved it.
Dec 06, 2010 04:39AM

970 Just started Haruki Murakami's 'Wind-Up Bird Chronicle's and Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children'.... I intend to finish the year with a 1001 book.

I'm about 30 % into both books.
Oct 31, 2010 06:39AM

970 wow, what an interesting topic! I've got to think a little on this one. There's bound to be some 1001 books out there like this.
Sep 22, 2010 11:59PM

970 ok... finally got 10%, which means I've reached my goal for this year. That's 98 books.

OK, I'm going to take a little break from it.
Sep 17, 2010 04:53AM

970 Madame Bovary... it took me like, just over a month! But it was worth it.
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