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message 6801: by Alxandra (last edited Sep 23, 2012 02:35PM) (new)

Alxandra | 7 comments I've editted my comment to put behind spoiler tags what someone was concerned was a spoiler.

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Lisa James (sthwnd) | 352 comments I just turned the last page of Far from the Madding Crowd

Being Hardy, I knew already from reading Tess & Return of the Native, that it wasn't going to be a "happy" book. However, all I will say is that this one, unlike Tess & Native, it DOES have a happy ending! His characters tend to end up being rather unforgettable once you read the books....


message 6803: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) Why are we talking about endings in this thread?


message 6804: by Lauli (new)

Lauli | 263 comments Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. First spy book I've ever read. Definitely a page-turner, though not my favourite genre.


message 6805: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 21, 2012 09:31PM) (new)

The Age of Innocence

It was amazing, and I still want to punch something.


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Colleen | 91 comments A Prayer for Owen Meany

Really really enjoyed this despite not knowing anything about it to begin with - very pleasantly surprised :)


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Judith wrote: "The Pigeon - Suskind

The Pigeon"


How is it? I heard the style was too different from Perfume, and it sparked a debate on whether it was his.


message 6808: by Yrinsyde (last edited Sep 22, 2012 04:16AM) (new)

Yrinsyde | 165 comments I finished reading Robinson Crusoe and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it and will probably read it again one day. Click here to read my review.


message 6809: by Mikela (last edited Sep 22, 2012 10:48AM) (new)

Mikela | 379 comments I just finished re-reading The White Tiger and liked it as much the second reading as I did the first. Too bad though that I can only mark it off the list once.


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Melanti | 41 comments Zanahoria (Taly) wrote: "How is it? I heard the style was too different from Perfume, and it sparked a debate on whether it was his."

I'm not Judith but it reminded me a lot of Poe or Kafka. Since I love both of those guys, I did like it, but Perfume is the better book.

I can see where people might think they were written by two different people. The writing styles are very different, though IMO, that's not a definitive way to judge things.


message 6811: by Pepita (last edited Sep 22, 2012 10:30PM) (new)

Pepita | 2 comments Recently finished White teeth by Zadie Smith...wasn't sure what I expected after the first couple of chapters but really enjoyed it and found insights interwoven into farcical characters and plot; fun. And prior to that Farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway....


message 6812: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen (MissBelgravia) Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Why are we talking about endings in this thread?"

Why not?


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Danyellemastro | 170 comments The midwife cuckoos by John Wyndham. Pregnancy freaks me out at the best of times without worrying I might have accidentally fallen asleep for an entire day and have an alien in my belly!


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Riona (rionafaith) | 39 comments Kathleen wrote: "Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Why are we talking about endings in this thread?"

Why not?"



Because most people don't like having the ending of a book spoiled for them before they've read it?

Goodreads has spoiler tags for a reason, guys!


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Katioush | 2 comments Where can we see the LIST? I can't seem to find the right one!


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Karina | 267 comments I finished The Big Sleep yesterday on my plane ride back home. I feel like Chandler added way too many twists and turns and felt like it didn't make much sense. I prefer Christie to Chandler.


message 6817: by Liz M (last edited Sep 23, 2012 04:49AM) (new)

Liz M Katioush wrote: "Where can we see the LIST? I can't seem to find the right one!"

Please keep in mind, there are three different editions of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, published in 2006 (original, Western focus), 2008 (updated with a more global focus) and 2010 (almost identical to the 2008 edition -- only 11 books were changed).

On the homepage of this group there is a folder labeled "1001 List". The first topic, 1001 Books You Must Read List: 2006 & 2008 & 2010 Versions has links to several places to find the various lists.


message 6818: by Katioush (new)

Katioush | 2 comments Thank you very much... I'm not familiar with GoodReads yet :)


message 6819: by Judith (last edited Sep 23, 2012 03:35PM) (new)

Judith (jloucks) | 1203 comments Zanahoria (Taly) wrote: "Judith wrote: "The Pigeon - Suskind

The Pigeon"

How is it? I heard the style was too different from Perfume, and it sparked a debate on whether it was his."


It is a very detailed account of what is going on in a neurotic character's mind one day when his routine is disturbed. The writing reminded me of some of Paul Auster's writing more than Kafka. I had a hard time getting interested in this character, but I stuck with it and am glad I did. It's quite good, and quite short as well.

I didn't know about the debate about the style...Many authors write in a number of styles so the change from Perfume's did not bother me, but Perfume is the better novel.


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Beth (eparks4232) | 141 comments Mikela wrote: "I just finished re-reading The White Tiger and liked it as much the second reading as I did the first. Too bad though that I can only mark it off the list once."

Loved that one.


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Beth (eparks4232) | 141 comments Just finished Disappearance by David Dabydeen. Liked it. Here's my review: http://bethslistlove.wordpress.com/20...


message 6822: by Deanne (new)

Deanne | 687 comments Finished After the Death of Don Juan, recieved the copy of 1001 for 2012 and so far found 11 books not on the list before, have to have a closer look.


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Melanti | 41 comments Just finished the audiobook of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Both an wonderful book and a excellent narrator.

The format and style reminded me of Rushdie's Midnight's Children but much more accessible.


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Craig | 240 comments The Time Machine --Wells

Fun, short read. Much better than I had expected.


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Drew Billingsley | 58 comments Rachel (Sfogs) wrote: "I've just finished Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.
This long winded book, never seems to come to any point.
Which would have been fine if the story was good, but for me it was just very boring. W..."


I am slogging through this one, as well, and having similar issues. I like the writing, but I have really not found much to latch onto in the charcter, plot or themes.


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Deborah | 40 comments Alxandra wrote: "I've editted my comment to put behind spoiler tags what someone was concerned was a spoiler.

Thanks. Much appreciated!


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Mandy | 154 comments Just finshed Diaries of Jane Somers by Doris Lessing. Certainly made me think.


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Deanne | 687 comments Just finished Threepenny novel by Brecht, much better than I expected, read a bit like Trollope or Dickens. Murder, plotting and machinations.


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Rachel (Sfogs) | 222 comments Drew wrote: "Rachel (Sfogs) wrote: "I've just finished Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey.
This long winded book, never seems to come to any point.
Which would have been fine if the story was good, but for me it ..."


Slowly working my way through Cloudsplitter it's a big book with tiny writing, through I'm enjoying it alot more than Oscar and Lucinda.


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Melissa Kohlhof | 19 comments I just finished Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. This is the third book I have read from her. Not as good as the others, but still a good read. Plus it was only 200 pages! If you know of Atwood her books can be very long. Atwood also makes many appearances in 1001.


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Kev Bickerdike (KevBickerdike) Just finished A Passage to India. I was dreading it, having hated it at A Level, and was utterly surprised to thoroughly enjoy it this time. I had read To the Lighthouse and Nightwood just before it, so was expecting it to be contemporaneously similar to read. I didn't think it was.


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Craig | 240 comments Germinal -Zola

Wow! This was epic on all levels. Easily one of my all-time favorites. Visceral and tragic.


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Aileen | 78 comments No 77: Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. A 2 star rating. I enjoyed the storyline, but I had to work hard to put it all together!


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Lori (lollyworm) | 28 comments The Terror: A Novel, Dan Simmoms. Loved it


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Maryann (amaryann21) | 50 comments Just finished Before Night Falls... meh. I understand its significance, but I didn't like it.


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Sandi | 233 comments Finished Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris, aka Flowers for Mrs. Harris. A cute harmless read that I enjoyed, but I don't really see why it's on the list.


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Ashani Irunika  Hettige (iruAIH) | 4 comments I've just finished "Zlata's diary" :) !!!!


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Sofia (sosanma) | 18 comments Just finished Of Human Bondage


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Judith (jloucks) | 1203 comments Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens

Enjoyed it, nice ending also.


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Mikela | 379 comments Sofia wrote: "Just finished Of Human Bondage"

I read this book many years ago but there sections still vividly in my memory. I loved this book!


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Andrea | 90 comments Sofia wrote: "Just finished Of Human Bondage"

Props to you. I tried to read it maybe like 5 years ago and didn't make it through. I have it on my list to try again.


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Mikela | 379 comments Just finished House of Leaves and feel totally wrung out. Good read!


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Sophia | 24 comments Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. I wouldn't consider him a favorite author, but I've now read 5 of his books. I thought this was one of the better ones.


message 6845: by Jen (new)

Jen | 14 comments I recently finished: "The Ghost Road" by Barker - really liked this trilogy and read #2 though not listed. For those who wonder - Books #1 & 3 as listed were easily read without #2. I picked it up b/c I have rarely read any novelizations of WW I. Well worth the time!!

Kind of off topic: do any of u use the iPhone app for tracking the 1001 lists & variations? I currently am working through the "All 3" lists combined category, but also enjoy being able to see all the changes.

Cheers to all!
Jen


message 6846: by Deanne (new)

Deanne | 687 comments Finished A Visit From The Goon Squad by Egan, really enjoyed it, no navel gazing or taking itself far too seriously.
Jen, loved The Ghost Road, so sad knowing what happened to some of the men like Wilfred Owen, remember studying his poetry in school when I was 15.


message 6847: by Catherine (new)

Catherine (catjackson) Jen wrote: "I recently finished: "The Ghost Road" by Barker - really liked this trilogy and read #2 though not listed. For those who wonder - Books #1 & 3 as listed were easily read without #2. I picked it ..."

Does that come in an Android app? I may try it if it does.


message 6848: by Dana (new)

Dana Resch | 23 comments Just finished ~In Watermelon Sugar~ by Richard Brautigan...it was short but had so much in it! Worth a reread in the future, absolutely.


message 6849: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Catherine wrote: "Does that come in an Android app? I may try it if it does...."

If Jen is referring to Arukiyomi's 1001 app, it was only for iphone (the andriod version was pending), but he had to stop offering it at the behest of the publisher.


message 6850: by Jen (new)

Jen | 14 comments I do have the iphone app; wish it were on android. i love having ready access since the spreadsheets recently had to be pulled back. My only complaint is lack of an easy back-up with Dropbox or Evernote. It includes nice summaries of list books accomplished via number & percentage, ability to rate each title, & quick link to Wiki or LibraryThing to get info (among other features). It is still up and running for 2006, 2008, & 2010, as well as for additions & deletions for each year.
Cheers!


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