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Postby atticus » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:16 am

Trying again with the Swarb Book Club.

1. What are you reading now?

2. What is the best bookyou have read this year?

3. What is your favourite book?

(Audiobooks listened to will count)


I will set the ball rolling:

1. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid.

2. Atonement by Ian McEwan*.

3. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.


*My mother was his maths teacher one year.
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Re: Book Club

Postby dnm » Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:41 pm

1. Night School by Lee Child
2. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
3. Chance by Amir D. Aczel (a book about the mathematics of gambling and other odd things)

I have also read longitude by Dava Sobel. I enjoyed it too.

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Re: Book Club

Postby 3.14 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:53 pm

Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire (and writing an essay on it.) :(

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Re: Book Club

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:42 pm

1. Revolution, the fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's majestic history of England. I am also reading the Network Rail Kent, Sussex and Wessex Routes Sectional Appendix which is not quite as thrilling as it sounds.

2. Probably Nicholas Crane's The Making of the British Landscape, although I can also recommend Greg Jenner's A Million Years in a Day and Peter Frankopan's Silk Roads.

3. Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, or maybe the same author's The Ancestor's Tale. Though everyone should also read On the Origin of Species.
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Re: Book Club

Postby shootist » Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:46 pm

1. What are you reading now?

Lieutenant Hornblower (C.S. Forester)

2. What is the best book you have read this year?

Stranger in a Strange Land (Heinlein)

3. What is your favourite book?

Johnathan Livingstone Seagull (Richard Bach)
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Re: Book Club

Postby shootist » Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:52 pm

I would be interested in your opinion of Atonement. I have not read the book, but have seen the TV film, which I believe was a reasonable effort.
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Re: Book Club

Postby atticus » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:00 pm

Excellent book. Ian McEwan writes beautifully. I often stopped to read passages again for the pleasure of the writing.
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Re: Book Club

Postby shootist » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:28 pm

As I have not read the book I cannot comment. However, the film I though verged on the disgusting in the warped sentiments it tried to offer on the part of the woman who so easily wrecked a man's life, and waited nearly to her death before angelically explaining what really happened and disguising her shittyness by making things right in a novel, as if it ever could.
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Re: Book Club

Postby atticus » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:29 pm

Read the novel, then.

Did you spot the significance of the title?
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Re: Book Club

Postby tph » Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:37 pm

3.14 wrote:Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire (and writing an essay on it.) :(


I read it a couple of months ago. Very interesting. I can imagine there is quite a bit upon which you could write an essay.
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