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Randy Give me a title and let me know why you picked that certain title!

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Blindness seems to be the Saramago everybody digs...

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Sally (mrsnolte) | 17322 comments Mod


...too much pressure.

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Kate (katiebobus) | 7 comments I read The Gospel According to Jesus Christ first and was glad I did so. It has plenty of his usual magic realism, but it was one of the few books in that genre that I have ever liked. The second (and last, so far) I read was The Double, which was very interesting but a lot denser than Gospel. I wish I could weigh in on Blindness, but I haven't read it yet!

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Randy Thanks Kate! You musta been really swillin' the coffee to get that triple post, wow!

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Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I'll bet TC's acting up for her. It does that on occasion.

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Sally (mrsnolte) | 17322 comments Mod
Heh. I hate when GR is all wonky.

message 8: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Yup - ya clicks da buttons and nuttin' happens until ...cha! ya got three of 'em

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Kate (katiebobus) | 7 comments Woo, sorry! Good thing for the delete option!

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Lori I loved Blindness and actually didn't find it a hard read at all, even tho there's no quotation marks which usually drives me NUTS!

Kate, thanks for the Gospel recommendation, that'll be the next Saramago then.

Never read any Coelho.

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Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments I haven't read Saramago but I really like Coelho. I just finished Brida, but I don't think that would be a good starter. The Alchemist or Eleven Minutes A Novel are probably better bets for that. Coelho has a beautiful if simple writing style, and he writes about spiritual, if not religious, topics.

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Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) I don't care for Coelho and his spiritual mumbo-jumbo; he's a fine writer, though, despite his topics. Saramago, on the other hand, is one of my favorite writers ever. I concur that Blindness is perhaps the book to start with, because it's a masterful work of hope in the face of unspeakable horror, right up there with Wiesel's Night and McCarthy's The Road.

His most recent work, Death Without Interruptions is also brilliant. Its' premise is brilliant; imagine if it becomes impossible to die; what does Death do with all this time now? Poignant, funny and deep. Read it.

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Welcome to TC Kate!

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Félix (habitseven) Jim wrote: "Welcome to TC Kate!

I second that.

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Now I have the song with "I second that emotion" stuck in my head.

message 16: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Aw. Sorry.

message 17: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Don't be sorry. There are far worse songs to have stuck on your head. Like anything sung by Fergie, for example.

message 18: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Or John Mayer.

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Sally (mrsnolte) | 17322 comments Mod

message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 7 comments Thanks, gang! Glad to be here.

message 21: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) It's not always this nutty, Kate. Usually it's much more so.

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Kate wrote: "Thanks, gang! Glad to be here. "

Wait till you get to know us! ;-D.

message 23: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Yes, Kate, wait until you're on a thread that, at first, discusses James Joyce and ends up making references to kung fu, Bruce Campbell, and poop.

message 24: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Bruce Campbell is cool. No doubt about it.

message 25: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Oh I was thinking of Bruce Willis. Never mind.

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Kate (katiebobus) | 7 comments Poop is especially cool. Right?

message 27: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 7 comments Oh I was thinking of James Joyce. Never mind.

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Gouda, Jarlsburg, Cheddar & Mozzarella.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I'll kung fu fight you for that cheese, Jim!

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::Just hands it over - assumes Jackie is Fast as Lightning::

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Jim wrote: "::Just hands it over - assumes Jackie is Fast as Lightning::"

Yep - like a cat! ;)

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::Hoping to use the element of surprise now, while handing over the cheese, does a quick leg sweep::

message 33: by Félix (last edited Aug 06, 2009 12:09PM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) Kate wrote: "Poop is especially cool. Right?"

I have a stinking suspicion you might just fit in here, Kate.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments :::does a back flip over leg, while snatching cheese away, lands on ficus:::

Uh oh...

message 35: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Kate wrote: "Oh I was thinking of James Joyce. Never mind."

Just like that, right?

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::grabs cheese back while Jackie fights with the ficus, does a cartwheel back to the middle of the room::

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments :::picks the ficus back up, scoops dirt back into pot, hides behind it with the Jarlsburg Jim overlooked:::

message 38: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments What's the plural of "ficus"? We need more than one.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Hopefully, it's just ficuses...

message 40: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments You're a smart guy. Look it up.

message 41: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments No. You.

message 42: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) You can order them from Amazon.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments n., pl. ficus or -cus·es.
Any of numerous tropical trees, shrubs, or climbers of the genus Ficus, having pearlike multiple fruits.

message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

::eats a piece of Gouda, and realizes there is no Jarlsburg on the plate.....thinks to himself how did the crafty librarian pull off this stunt?::

message 45: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) You answered your own question, Jim. (crafty librarian)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments :::slips up silently behind Jim while he's distracted by Larry, and spirits the mozzarella away:::

message 47: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Ooooh, she's good.

message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

::takes a piece of cheddar and sets the plate down and slowly walks away, mind in a daze as to what went wrong::

message 49: by Félix (last edited Aug 06, 2009 12:22PM) (new)

Félix (habitseven) Another one bites the dust. :::librarian blows on the end of her index finger:::

message 50: by Heidi (last edited Aug 06, 2009 12:23PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Randomanthony wrote: "No. You."



Jackie, thank you.

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