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What I'm Reading (And Not Reading) [Oct. 6th, 2012|10:00 am]
Tony Grist
Since I abandoned The Satanic Verses part way through I've also abandoned In The Shape of a Boar and The Black Book. I was thinking this was because I've grown blase about not finishing novels (ars longa, vita brevis) but then realized it's also because I've been choosing to read outside my comfort zone.  The Black Book taught me a lot about Turkey- ancient and modern- and was a chore from beginning to (near the) end. It's odd how you can become a revered- even classic- novelist and not know (or care) about story-telling. 

The books I have managed to finish in the past week or two have all been by Henning Mankell. I suppose I identify with Wallander. Last night's nasty episode-when I lay awake and fretted about growing old and lonely and helpless- may well have had something to do with him. 
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2012-10-06 10:01 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying now The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. It's got a bunch of social commentary in it....which I am generally not thrilled with...but it is holding my attention. Have you ever read it?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-06 11:45 am (UTC)
I know it by reputation, but that's all.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-06 11:49 am (UTC)
I don't like Rushdie. I find him tedious, self-indulgent, lazy etc etc. I decided I'd spent enough time in his company.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-06 03:58 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. I just don't like the guy.
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