I Can Never Remember the Title

You just LOVED the book, but for whatever reason the title didn't/doesn't stick with you and you wind up stammering.... Uhhh the book where there's this girl and she's in love with this.....uhhhh freak, but....But by that time all in the room have left or fallen asleep.
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message 1: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Yeah, for some reason Tom Waits' "Murder in the Red Barn" springs to mind when I think of that book... Really great read though, amongst other things it was nice to learn the origin of "And they wear no pants/ In the Southern part of France"!

Can't think of any elusive titles myself, but if I do I'll let you know! Bibs.


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bibliotheque wrote: "Yeah, for some reason Tom Waits' "Murder in the Red Barn" springs to mind when I think of that book... Really great read though, amongst other things it was nice to learn the origin of "And they we..."

What is the title of that non-fiction book that talks of Arthur Conan Doyle coming to the aid of an Anglo-Indian gentleman wrongly convicted of mutilating cows. Loved that book....just can't remember the title. If you know, put it on or tell me and I'll put it on. Thanks, T.


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thom wrote: "Bibliotheque wrote: "Yeah, for some reason Tom Waits' "Murder in the Red Barn" springs to mind when I think of that book... Really great read though, amongst other things it was nice to learn the o..."

There's a site for that:

http://www.whatsthatbook.com/

You describe what you know about the book and people try to help you figure out what book it is.


message 4: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque ARTHUR & GEORGE, by Julian Barnes? Haven't read it yet, but saw an interesting documentary on the case (CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENCE) and plan to give it a try.




message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Thanks, Bibs, I put it up as a monument to my forgetfulness, pretty sure I'll forget it again. I note that message 4 above yours Lobstergirl gives website--just went there and registered. Still, I like the idea of this list. Be interested to see if people have the same problems I do remembering titles


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Not especially. If I loved the book, the title usually sticks in my head. But if it's just a poor to middling book, I often forget the entire plot too.


message 7: by Marius (new)

Marius van Blerck I wanted to post a book but couldn't remember the title. It's about these people who do something or other in this place, and then some other person somehow gets involved. Eventually, there's some sort of major event involving a thingamabob, and the leading character is upset or ecstatic or possibly indifferent. Can anyone help out here?


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Marius wrote: "I wanted to post a book but couldn't remember the title. It's about these people who do something or other in this place, and then some other person somehow gets involved. Eventually, there's some ..."

I READ THE SAME BOOK !!!!, Loved It...now what WAS the damn title. If I recall, Marius, I'll let you know STAT. Thom


message 9: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Is that the same book with the doodad that those other people are all jazzed up about and then everyone ends up happy at the end? Cause that was a good read indeed!!


message 10: by Marius (new)

Marius van Blerck Dammit, why can't I remember? There was even a movie of it starring that guy with the hair and the actress with the two big thingies.



message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Marius wrote: "Dammit, why can't I remember? There was even a movie of it starring that guy with the hair and the actress with the two big thingies.
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And discerning readers will have caught the subtle political allegory at work--more pronounced in the book than the film.



message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Kathy wrote: "Is that the same book with the doodad that those other people are all jazzed up about and then everyone ends up happy at the end? Cause that was a good read indeed!!"

Well, we may part ways here, because I thought the ending in the book was more ambiguous than in the movie, but I AM prone to misread, especially where such depths of emotion are involved.


message 13: by Marius (last edited Oct 12, 2009 08:55AM) (new)

Marius van Blerck It's perfectly true that the ending in the book was more ambiguous than in the movie, but the beginning of the movie was more ambiguous than the book. In the middle part, both were equally ambiguous. It's odd, but almost the only thing I can remember about either is the level of ambiguity. That, and the incident involving the obstinate hamster and the exploding bidet.



message 14: by Thom (last edited Oct 13, 2009 05:05PM) (new)

Thom Dunn Here's a good example of what we're all on about here. I got exasperated skipping over questions about something called "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" that I decided to read it. I checked out the back cover and discovered that not only had I read it, it was one of my favorite recent novels.....I had simply not connected up the content with the title. Sometimes the title is not memorable. Sometimes confused with other titles. Sometimes oblique. All the time I am oblique. --T.D.


message 15: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Thom wrote: "Here's a good example of what we're all on about here. I got exasperated skipping over questions about something called "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" that I decided to read it. I check..."

I avoid this problem by not reading books with titles like "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress."

The genre most habited by endless books with unmemorable titles is mystery. After reading A Time for Death, Deliver Us From Evil, Careless in Death, Murder Most Deadly, Death Is Evil, Murder Is Evil, With No One As Witness, Dead and Gone, Dead Until Dark, Payment in Blood, Blood Witness, Witness To Death - etc., how could you possibly remember who wrote them and what the plots were?


message 16: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Thom wrote: "Here's a good example of what we're all on about here. I got exasperated skipping over questions about something called "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" that I decided to rea..."

To say nothing of Murder By Death (movie); Make Death Love Me; Gone, Baby, Gone; Innocent Blood; It Will Have Blood; Blood Music; Dr. Death; The Death of Doctor Island and Other Stories and Other Stories......Arrrgghhhhhh !!!!!!

Your exhausted bibliomaniacal friend, Thom D.


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