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16 May 2019, 5:05 pm

The classic satire Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.


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17 May 2019, 7:00 am

AnonymousAnonymous wrote:
The classic satire Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.

Re Vonnegut's cynicism - did you know he joined the Army for WWII. still in USA went home for Mothers Day, his mother hanged herself that day. A week later his sister died in a car accident. A week after that his brother-in-law died in a train accident. Vonnegut decided there is no God, which he stuck to for the rest of his life. Do you think this cynicism might have coloured Slaughterhouse 5?



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17 May 2019, 7:45 am

All That Is - James Salter

Started well. When the main character reaches middle age it gets a little dull, I'm hoping that it picks up again.



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22 May 2019, 2:46 pm

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Holland, Nick, and Emily Brontë. Emily Brontë : A Life in 20 Poems. Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2018.

I'll forgive Mr Holland just this once, for quitting The Brontë Society.



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25 May 2019, 12:13 am

Heinlein's Rolling Stone(s) and Autism in Heels and also How Write a Damn Good Novel.... and ;-)



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25 May 2019, 4:17 am

A Dignified Exit by John Asher



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25 May 2019, 5:41 am

The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith



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25 May 2019, 9:48 am

"everything beautiful", teen fiction

Riley rose, a "bad girl" atheist gets tricked into Christian camp

She meets Dylan

Dylan is in a wheelchair

Dylan tried and failed to commit suicide

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It's totally fascinating



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25 May 2019, 3:28 pm

Catrin Collier- One Last Summer.

This is meant to be a novel fiction about the Great-grandmother of the author who had to endure and flee Soviet ravaged east Prussia, although she was a German. It includes diary entries of those she encountered and family members who fought for Nazi Germany.
Not really sure I'm keen on the style or write -up of this author, but if she's trying to re-interpret her ancestral past, through author based character description, she's retelling loads of other lives as well. It doesn't bear a shade to me on Harry Patch, the actual biographical account, as he was a fighting tommy, and WW1 veteran.
I'm still trying to get to the end of this, and seeing as I know all the characters names and could see that she lived amongst the upper classes who had to bite down on their ration sizes to supplement the army, I am trying hard not to see the reality of the fact that a few ton of war savaged Russian POW'S had to really go without food, as they were being forced into fields to starve and labour without rations. Some stole cats to eat, because her great granny was forbidden to feed them, being in charge because her pa died. She did face down the threat of being arrested, by cajoling officers into making sure they got washed and deloused because of a possible typhus outbreak as well as feeding them so they could manage the estate.
The whole echoing back to the past thing, is because she was on her deathbed and wanted to see her beloved Allenstein, before she departed from this life.
The fact is the book goes on and on, back to the present, then to the past. She is saying farewell to all her family, and her granddaughter has to be her guide back to her roots.
Next few books I read, will be back on terra firma.. hopefully more emphatic than the last.



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25 May 2019, 4:51 pm

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05 Jun 2019, 11:27 pm

Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck.

Decided to finally read this classic of tragic, doomed friendship.


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06 Jun 2019, 2:33 pm

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The Victorians by the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, son of the late Baron William Rees-Mogg, once editor of The Times.



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06 Jun 2019, 6:56 pm

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo in the Grishaverse series :mrgreen:

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07 Jun 2019, 3:40 pm

I'm on holiday so I read Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence.

I'm just starting In Search of Anne Brontë, Nick Holland (History Press, 2017).

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08 Jun 2019, 4:54 am

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert Creamer.


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