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Old 12-13-2008, 11:15 PM   #91
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The Edge? (I googled) OK, I remember this book. Kind of, lol.
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:30 PM   #92
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The Edge? (I googled) OK, I remember this book. Kind of, lol.
Yup, that's the one. That book was.......get ready for it......on fire. Sorry.

Did I include Cryptonomicon on my list? If not, let's add it.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:48 AM   #93
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That's more a function of encroaching senility than anything else, really.

Hurrah for encroaching senility I say . . . makes life MUCH more fun
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:32 AM   #94
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what worries me much, much, more than that is the complete lack of interest in any reading in today's world. One or two of my friends do not read AT ALL, apart from perhaps the sports pages of newspapers, or things they are required to read for work.
rejoice, financeguy, for we agree.
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rejoice, financeguy, for we agree.
I'd hate to meet the people that straight up disagree.
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Hurrah for encroaching senility I say . . . makes life MUCH more fun
Yeah, but then a few days later, you forget entirely what you did to have so much fun.
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I like a lot of John Irving when I'm reading him, but other than Prayer for Owen Meany and Cider House Rules, none of them stuck with me. I didn't much like 1984. I did like Animal Farm.
What about "The World According to Garp"? I loved that book, I think it's my favourite whereas Irving is concerned.

I also didn't care for 1984 that much but liked Animal Farm.

And I didn't like Catcher in the Rye, which is one of those books that everyone reads and loves. Except me, seemingly.

I also really love each and every one of Paul Theroux's travel books.
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And I didn't like Catcher in the Rye, which is one of those books that everyone reads and loves. Except me, seemingly.
I didn't like Catcher in the Rye either. Holden Caulfield is easily the most insufferable narrator in twentieth-century American literature.
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What about "The World According to Garp"? I loved that book, I think it's my favourite whereas Irving is concerned.

I also didn't care for 1984 that much but liked Animal Farm.

And I didn't like Catcher in the Rye, which is one of those books that everyone reads and loves. Except me, seemingly.

I also really love each and every one of Paul Theroux's travel books.
I disliked Catcher in the Rye the first time I read it in HS. Re-read it as an adult and liked it even less.

I liked Garp a lot but it did not impact me the way Owen Meany did.
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I didn't like Catcher in the Rye either. Holden Caulfield is easily the most insufferable narrator in twentieth-century American literature.
Thank you!!

And I actually do agree about Owen Meany - that one stayed with me a long time, it's just that I had a better time actually reading Garp.
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I'm trying to remember which John Irving book was the first I disliked. The Fourth Hand, likely.
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Did I include Cryptonomicon on my list? If not, let's add it.
I started that book three or four times before finally getting over the hump and really into the book. I dug it.

I also feel the same way as you do in regards to Garp vs. Owen Meany. Those are the only two Irving books I've read.
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I started that book three or four times before finally getting over the hump and really into the book. I dug it.

I also feel the same way as you do in regards to Garp vs. Owen Meany. Those are the only two Irving books I've read.
I rarely have this happen to me, but with Cryptonomicon, I did start and stop. Revisited it a year later, and fucking loved it, and now I've read every Stephenson title outside of Anathema, which I am currently reading.
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I have Snow Crash in my to-read stacks; I've heard good things about that one.
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I have Snow Crash in my to-read stacks; I've heard good things about that one.
Snow Crash was a lot of fun.
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