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Comment on July’s People by Nadine Gordimer by funnyapple

Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:40:21 +0000

I found this book extremely difficult to read and piece together. When reading it for a second time I took notes which I thought would help me understand the book better but it didn't help. However, I have read articles and summary's of the plot which really helped me get to grips with the book. I do however recommend this book but I simultaneously recommend readers to read a plot summary before reading the book and it will lighted the work-load (reading a summary for this book will not ruin the story or string of events over the course of the book as nothing really happens). I really despised Gordimer's writing style. I don't think it does anything for her as a writer and it certainly does not help the reader. However, I must pay her some credit as she sticks to her own style and has not let anybody influence this unorthodox style.

Comment on A Walk On The Wild Side, by Nelson Algren by theliterarylollipop

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:16:50 +0000

So tragic. I absolutely loved this book... the moment at the end when the crowd turned against Schmidt was just... hard to stomach.

Comment on Why don’t men read books by women? The debate… by Albert Wood

Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:54:40 +0000

Hi, I am arriving to this party late. I happen to read more books by men then women because the subjects that they write about and the way the story moves and is constructed interests me. However I have read a chick book this year, just to read one. It was hysterical. I read for 6 chapters waiting for the story to start. Then it occurred to me that there was no story. Each chapter was about the women thinking about the man, a chance meeting, the man thinking about the woman, a chance meeting. What did she mean? What did he mean? Finally making love and happy ending, after it looked like all was lost. It was a hoot but I do not wish to read another one of those. What I was hoping to find was a list of books by women authors which men enjoy to read. JK Rowling’s is one sure one. I read every one of the Harry Potter books , listened to them all on cd and saw every movie. I also read One For The Money and liked it, but I hated the second one and I tried number 11 and hated that one too. Somehow the first one captured something that interested me as a man, but the later ones lost that edge and were uninteresting. Perhaps it is the fact that the character never seemed to develop, nor did her relationships with her two lovers, past the first book. And eating donuts does not interest me in the least. It would be real helpful if someone, perhaps you since you have become knowledgeable about this, would take a shot at making a list of books written by women that men love to read. All I can pretty much get one line in my search is a bunch of complaints that men do not read women authors. Yada yada yada. I would like to read more women and am looking to do so. But I need authors that write stuff that I as a man am interested in reading with a story that moves in a way that grabs my interest. Plus someone to help me to the gems. At least there are always librarians to ask.

Comment on The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller by Nose in a book

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:22:48 +0000

I completely that this book is wonderful. It was one of my favourite books last year and as more time that passes and it stays with me I realise it's shaping up as one of my favourites ever. Hopefully that won't make me scared to re-read it!

Comment on July’s People by Nadine Gordimer by ELIAH PACHA

Sun, 12 May 2013 00:01:01 +0000

I appreciate the author! but when you read the book and your an African person you can not extremely feel happy and its because of what SA faced.

Comment on July’s People by Nadine Gordimer by parmesh

Wed, 01 May 2013 08:50:47 +0000

i'm still reading this book and it seems very heart touching tale....

Comment on How To Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran by Novel Insights on Savidge Reads #1 | Savidge Reads

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:30:46 +0000

[...] was first introduced to Caitlin Moran when I read her entertaining take on feminism – How to Be A Woman which was so funny that I chuckled out loud to myself more than once in public. Similarly [...]

Comment on First Resolution of the Year: Not Blogging! by Novel Insights on Savidge Reads #1 | Savidge Reads

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:30:42 +0000

[...] end of last year I decided that I didn’t want a whole blog to myself for reasons I noted down in my final post. It was definitely the right decision for me, but also rather poignant. Imagine my delight when [...]

Comment on Five Feel-good Books by novelinsights

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:23:08 +0000

Hi Marco, thanks for your kind comments. Depends what sort of book you're in the mood for. Let me know and I'll see if I can think of something to recommend.