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17 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

I think you have confused A Room of One’s Own and A Room with a View. The latter is E.M. Forster, the former Virginia Woolf. Inread Room with a View recently too, and enjoyed it, although its not Forster’s best by any means - more a statement on how i rate his other work than a criticism of the text though

Yeah, that's it. I was actually aware of the Forster book, but for some reason it never clicked until now that their titles were actually different. This explains why a previous conversation with my Dad was so confusing though...

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4 hours ago, Leap said:

Yeah, that's it. I was actually aware of the Forster book, but for some reason it never clicked until now that their titles were actually different. This explains why a previous conversation with my Dad was so confusing though...

I’m confused, which one have you read? :P 

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John Le Carré's latest (2019); not a Smiley or Smiley people or Cold War or WWII.  It's all BREXIT Trump Russia etc. and the entire utter clusterfuck that is politics + intelligence -- and it is savage.  Like the author, the narrator views himself as a European, and the deliberate back turn on Europe and democracy in favor of a very few people in Russia, Saudi, US, etc. plundering all of it for power and obscene wealth, has him spitting angry -- and he despises them all.  With very good reasons.

Still, it is Le Carré, who has lost nothing of his writing power, and it is enthralling and page turning.

 

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4 hours ago, Leap said:

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I was following the jokiness down the hole.

"Which book?"

"That one."

"He read it?"

"...listened to it?"

 

Just being silly for silly's sake! 

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I listened to S.C. Gwynne's Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. Impossible to discuss the final year exclusively. excellent narrative and packed with detail. Backgrounds on key figures, campaigns, politics and society. I found the information on Clara Barton and battlefield hospitals and medicine extremely interesting. Also found Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and struggles with Mosby, about whom I knew relatively little.

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I finished Iain Banks' The Crow Road. I thought it was a good book, it does take quite a while for it to become clear where the plot is heading but even the early stages which feel more like a series of vignettes of things that happened to various members of the McHoan family is entertaining. Prentice is an entertaining narrator, it can be frustrating as he makes a sequence of incredibly poor decisions but he does at least develop as a character as the story moves along. I also liked the flashbacks to the previous generation, particularly those following Prentice's father in his younger days, I think some of the best writing in the book comes from Kenneth McHoan's storytelling to the children. While the book's main theme is death and how people cope with it, it didn't feel like a particularly gloomy book, there is plenty of humour in here (even if some of it is a bit morbid), and while the ending may be bittersweet it at least has some hopeful elements.

Now I've moved on to Ian McDonald's novella The Menace From Farside, a spin-off from his Luna series.

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10 hours ago, Astromech said:

I listened to S.C. Gwynne's Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. Impossible to discuss the final year exclusively. excellent narrative and packed with detail. Backgrounds on key figures, campaigns, politics and society. I found the information on Clara Barton and battlefield hospitals and medicine extremely interesting. Also found Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and struggles with Mosby, about whom I knew relatively little.

This sounds to be something I want to read.

 

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2 hours ago, Zorral said:

This sounds to be something I want to read.

 

Yes, you do want to read it.

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