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Darren (dazburns) | 648 comments Mod
Categories open for nomination for May 2019 are:

War & Travel and Crime

to help with choosing nominations, I have updated the threads containing the full list of books in each of these categories, showing which books have already been read - hopefully these are useful:

War & Travel List

Crime List

so let's have those suggestions...

Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments W&T: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Crime: The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren

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Christopher (Donut) | 234 comments War and Travel:

South Wind

(Not guessing the Guardian blurb will win anyone over, but here it is:)

Norman Douglas: South Wind (1917)

In 1916 Douglas was arrested when a boy made a complaint to the police for (as Douglas said) "kissing [him] and iving him some cakes and a shilling". He jumped bail, fleeing to Capri, whose salubrious atmosphere inspired this captivating song of praise to the beauties of the Mediterranean and the pleasures of hedonism. Often criticised for having no plot, South Wind is a mystifying, but still enlightening, conversational novel, full of entrancing discussions of love, pleasures and scandals that together form a touching plea for tolerance and fantastic evocation of bohemian life.
Sam Jordison


The Friends of Eddie Coyle

George V Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972)

An unblinking and convincing depiction (the author was a criminal lawyer) of the gritty criminal underworld of 1960s Boston, memorable for Higgins's extraordinary ear for Massachusetts street talk. Coyle, a small crook, is being set up, although he doesn't know it, by his friend, the barman and snitch, Dillon. Coyle tries to live by a code — he will go down rather than rat on his accomplices, even though it means losing his freedom and his family when his latest offence comes to court.

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Darren (dazburns) | 648 comments Mod
ooh Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of my all-time fave movies
I read the book a few years ago and it was superb too!
I can maybe feel a re-read coming on... ;o)

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Phil (lanark) | 433 comments War & Travel
Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé

No Orchids for Miss Blandish.

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Darren (dazburns) | 648 comments Mod
I would be happy with most of the Crime suggestions, but have read most of the W&T so will add

a nomination for War & Travel: De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage

"Hage’s first novel, a blistering portrait of adolescent swagger set against the Lebanese civil war, came from nowhere to win the Impac award. War-torn Beirut has been a childhood playground for Bassam and George; now the former is dabbling in petty crime to fund his escape, while the latter looks for status and purpose with the local militia. In prose that is brutal, tender, bitter and deadpan by turns, Hage sketches a fresh and utterly convincing portrait of war’s brutalising effects."

De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage

Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments Hm...I may withdraw my W&T nomination and go with DeNiro. I bought a library discard copy of it a few months ago.

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Fay Roberts | 363 comments I hate the War and Travel category so will leave it in expert hands.....

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Darren (dazburns) | 648 comments Mod
Fay - I'm sure you'd like Tintin In Tibet! ;o)

Nominations will close tonight, and Polls will go up tomorrow...

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Fay Roberts | 363 comments I think I might like Tin Tin.....

message 12: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 648 comments Mod
so the "Guardian 1000" Group Nominations for May are:

War and Travel:
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (1949) 342 pages
South Wind by Norman Douglas (1917) 416 pages
Tintin in Tibet by Hergé (1958) 62 pages
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (1951) 560 pages
De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage (2006) 288 pages

The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren (1949) 464 pages
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins (1972) 216 pages
No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase (1939) 189 pages
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) 320 pages

Polls are up!

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