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0599 | The Woodlanders | Thomas Hardy

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:23:03 +0000

Context: read this at the lovely Cataract Hotel in Aswan on the Nile Six down and one more to go of Hardy’s from the 1001 Books List. Unbeknown to me at the time, I actually finished it to within an hour of 80 years and a day since Hardy passed away. Fans of Hardy will […]

0598 | Everything is Illuminated | Jonathan Safran Foer

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:40:50 +0000

Context: another book finished as I commuted backwards and forwards to Saudi each day. This is at once one of the funniest and also one of the most tragic novels I’ve experienced in a long time. Safran Foer’s tale of the history of his own Jewish family’s experience in Ukraine is told from two very […]

0597 | The Forsyte Saga | John Galsworthy

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:31:58 +0000

Context: read this while we visited Japan and did something I never did in 6 years living there: watch sumo! The last book of 2017 is the one and only book of the year that reaches the lofty heights of the 90%+ rating needed to enter Arukiyomi’s Hall of Fame. And deservedly so. This study […]

0596 | The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night | Anonymous

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:15:51 +0000

Context: read this epic while I lived through another as the two-year process to take me on direct hire at my company came to a successful end. Right, first off, if you’re going to read this, you should do it unabridged. Let’s face it, if you don’t, you’ve not read the 1001 nights but 648, […]

0595 | Silk | Alessandro Baricco

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:03 +0000

Context: read this as I landed back from a trip to the UK. This is a tiny jewel of a novel and, like a jewel, I felt that it deserves to be looked at for longer than it’s size perhaps might initially indicate. I certainly spent longer looking at it than I might otherwise have […]

0594 | Murphy | Samuel Beckett

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:34:51 +0000

Context: Was listening to this while Curly was prevented from producing lots of little Curlies. My, this was a strange one. Having not read any Beckett before, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Being Beckett though, it seems that, even halfway through, it was typical that I still wasn’t sure what to expect. Murphy […]

0593 | Women in Love | D.H. Lawrence

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:59:45 +0000

Context: endured this across the bridge to Saudi on my commute. Back when I lived in another world, I listened to The Rainbow, the first of this two volume story of the Brangwens of Nottinghamshire. Rainbow scored 59%. This one has scored 58%. Neither of them were enjoyable and, when I’ve spoken to people who […]

0592 | Cause for Alarm | Eric Ambler

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:40:29 +0000

Context: Listened to this in the car with the wife (who also thought it was pants.) Dear me, this hasn’t aged well at all, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of this one. According to Wikipedia, Ambler is known for his thrillers. I can’t say I was thrilled at any stage while […]

0591 | Buddenbrooks | Thomas Mann

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:32:54 +0000

Context: Had a record year for photography sales which finally saw me get out of the red and make a profit. Now this was a Mann novel I could get into. This masterfully told epic of generations of a German family shows their demise from a close family of business leaders self-secure in their wealth […]

0590 | The Adventures of Augie March | Saul Bellow

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:57:27 +0000

Context: While listening to this, we got a third kitten… for the second one to play with. That should do it. Another Bellow, another fellow. This time it’s Augie, a Jewish kid from the ghetto who we follow entirely randomly as he grows and flows out into the world and all it has for him. […]