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Old 06-07-2003, 04:44 AM   #31
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Hello,

Last week I finished Herbert Asbury's The Gangs Of New York. Now I'm reading a Dutch novel by Harry Mulisch: Het Stenen Bruidsbed (I've looked in Amazon.com but I cannot find an English translation for it, something like The Stone Bridesbed or whatever...). He has also written The Assault and The Discovery Of Heaven (2 books which might be a bit more popular in foreign languages).

Since I finished my thesis I have lots of time to read books, so I'm also a bit on a book-buying spree. It does create some problems though as I don't have any room to store even more books. Switching to CD's won't help as I don't have any room to store those too. I need to move to my new house soon!

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Old 06-07-2003, 10:38 AM   #32
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I'm reading Ian McEwan's "Atonement" at the moment. I want to get it done before Harry Potter is released.
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Old 06-07-2003, 11:16 AM   #33
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Memoirs of a Geisha - There was a lot of hype surrounding this book when it came out but, frankly, I've found it kind of slow going. I don't know when I'll pick it up again.
see, now that's funny. i couldn't put it down. i finished it in two days.
i thought it was one of the best books i've ever read.
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Old 06-07-2003, 11:35 AM   #34
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i plan on finally finishing my copies of white oleander and fast food nation.
Fast Food Nation

I wouldn't recommend reading it if you are a compulsive Drive-Thru eater. Other than that... good stuff to know.

I'm still working through Bandit Country by Toby Harnden... I just don't have the patience to read it quickly.
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Old 06-07-2003, 12:22 PM   #35
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i sat by the pool today reading the rum diary by hunter s. thompson.


girl, too weird. i went garage saling today and bought a copy of this for $3!


i also picked up One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Brave New World


I'm all set now for my summer reading.
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Old 06-07-2003, 12:40 PM   #36
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i would also highly recommend alice walker's the temple of my familiar. it is an absolutely stunning book.

and i definitely agree with the f. scott fitzgerald girls. i adore him. i have the beautiful and damned waiting for me on my bookshelf as well.
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Old 06-07-2003, 12:58 PM   #37
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I thought Memoir of a Geisha was great, too. And I also remember it as a quick read. Wasn't Madonna going to turn it into a movie?

I also remember reading This Side of Paradise over a Memorial Day weekend spent at a cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks...oh my salad days.
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Old 06-07-2003, 04:10 PM   #38
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I thought Memoir of a Geisha was great, too. And I also remember it as a quick read. Wasn't Madonna going to turn it into a movie?
Yeah, I don't know what it is about Geisha that makes it not terribly transfixing to me. I do feel that Golden pulled off the narrative successfully, but I feel like many of the scenes in the novel are sort of repetitive. Hell, I dunno, maybe I'll give it another shot. It definitely fills the bill of being summer reading. On another note, I think I remember reading the Steven Spielberg optioned the book and was going to make a movie.
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I'm reading Watership Down again and Sam and I are re-reading the Harry Potter books in anticipation of book 5 (got our tickets to the midnight release party thing here in Norwich today). I also got Bill Bryson's Made In America.
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I'm also super-excited about the new Harry Potter. In fact I'm literally counting down the days until it's release.
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Old 06-07-2003, 09:55 PM   #41
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Well, I took a Shakespeare class in May so I've read a lot of that. Also, Persuasion, The Day My Butt Went Psycho which is a gross book aimed at like, 12 year-olds but was so funny that I couldn't put it down, and 2 Dave Barry books that my dad sent me. I'm presently reading Tom Jones, Gulliver's Travels, and Cien Anos de Soledad.
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Cien anos de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude for you non-espanol-habla-ing folks) is an *amazing* book. I read it a few years ago, and although it took me over a month to read, it was a very rewarding experience. The mere mention of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's name takes my breath away.

Has anyone read Love in the Time of Cholera? I want to read that one.

I'm a little more than halfway through Beloved now, and I think I'll start The Lovely Bones next.
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I'll tell if no one laughs...It's called "When we're in public, pretend you don't know me"...

"Surviving your daughter's adolescence so you don't look like an idiot and she still talks to you."

The way I see it...if the kid would shut off the rap music and listen to some decent tunes, she'd be fine
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Brave New World =

For Toni Morrison fans, I recommend Song of Solomon. It was my favorite of hers.

I've also been interested in Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Must add one of his to my list, too!
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I recently finished Kurt Vonnegut's "Galapagos"

I'm about 3/4 of the way through "Anna Karenina" by Tolstoy at the moment. It's awesome!

oh and pubbie, give Geisha another chance. It's quite good. I read it in one day.
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