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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #555 on: July 29, 2009, 07:49:12 PM »
Dunno if this is the right thread but the opening paragraph to this review is amazing:

http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/58062/

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #556 on: July 30, 2009, 08:07:47 AM »
That's hilarious.  And now I'm reading Sam Anderson's other reviews...

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #557 on: July 30, 2009, 11:56:17 PM »
i'm almost done with Wettest County in the World, which will finish up the Nacho's Summer Reading list.  after that, who knows?  L is still trying to get me to read the Corrections, but I just don't want to right now.  I've ruled out going back to Dune.  Maybe it's time to read some really big-ass classic i've never read. 
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #558 on: July 31, 2009, 10:10:30 AM »
Three Musketeers!

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #559 on: July 31, 2009, 01:13:40 PM »
oh god!  nothing french.
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #560 on: July 31, 2009, 03:15:15 PM »
Crime and Punishment!
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #561 on: July 31, 2009, 03:17:13 PM »
actually after reading Wettest County in the World, I might try to find some Sherwood Anderson.  I've been reading all this early 1900's history but none of the fiction.  maybe some sinclair lewis and that guy who wrote main street.  never paid much attention to any of those. 

or maybe finally read some faulkner?  do we have any closet faulkner fans on the board?
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #562 on: July 31, 2009, 09:07:12 PM »
I saw lots of Anderson on the shelves at McKeown's.  And, yes, I want to read Anderson as well... Though I imagine Matt is romanticizing much and the normal reaction to a work by Anderson will cause you to drown yourself.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #563 on: August 01, 2009, 09:10:07 PM »
well, they had Winesburg, Ohio, and as soon as I picked it up and read the table of contents i lost all interest.  They also had the Third Translation, which is Bondurant's first book, but it's all about Egyptian hieroglyphics and a professor unlocking secret codes and mystic cults and whatnot.  supposedly it's really good, but I just didn't feel like reading a history mystery right now.  so i got this instead:

Oyster by John Biguenet

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The oyster-rich bayou country of Louisiana in the 1950s is the setting for this remarkable first novel by Biguenet, author of the O. Henry Award-winning collection of short stories The Torturer's Apprentice. The bitter family rivalry between the Bruneaus and the Petitjeans, deeply rooted in their entangled past, leads to tragedy from the outset. A marriage arranged between young Therese Petitjean and the Bruneau patriarch to shore up the Petitjeans' finances ends violently in the first chapter, and matters don't improve from there. Day-to-day life for the oyster fishermen of the period is realistically portrayed as this tale of two doomed families unfolds. Colorful characters and a story line that rips along make this work captivating from start to finish. Comparisons to Faulkner might be a stretch, but Biguenet's steamy Southern flavor is memorable.

Looks good.  Did anyone ever read the Torturer's Apprentice?  when I went to check out the guy immediately started gushing about it and went to look for a copy, but they didn't have it.  but this book sounds like the kind of mood i'm in right now.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #564 on: August 07, 2009, 05:29:11 PM »
A friend is making me read:

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And, so far, it's great.

Ugh... So it didn't stay great.  Very simple, write-by-numbers stuff.  No surprises, everything predictable.  But if you're a sucker for this formula, then here it is.  Worth reading.  Otherwise...pretend this post never happened!

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #565 on: August 10, 2009, 11:04:11 AM »
So Wettest County in the World was far from a perfect book...but Bondurant has a certain style.  He knows how to write, and he's got a voice.

Along with the dreadful Hard, Hard City, my friend dropped off The Third Translation -- Bondurant's earlier work that's essentially a moody Da Vinci Code with good writing and likable characters and a better story.  Just 20 pages in, but really digging it.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #566 on: August 10, 2009, 08:41:47 PM »
why wasn't wettest county a perfect book?  i'm already hating the book i'm reading right now because it's not as awesome.
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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #567 on: August 10, 2009, 08:52:46 PM »
I think Bondurant got a little bit lost in the "fictionalized biography" of it.  It's probably just because I know him and he's annoying.

The deeper I get into Third Translation the more I'm ready to call him a genius.

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #568 on: August 21, 2009, 10:37:36 AM »
And it begins!

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Re: What You're Reading
« Reply #569 on: August 21, 2009, 11:11:43 AM »
i hate you!

really, until I read the book I'm going to have to abandon this thread unless we get a spoiler tag thing going.
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