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1 hour ago, Bleep1673 said:

100 years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez seems appropriate. 

Everybody criticised me for having a kindle, now during isolation I can download loads to read.

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Bowl, sleep, repeat. Jimmy Anderson England cricket players autobiography great insight into pro sportsman life

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I know reading more than one is strange but I find with almost any book I need a rest from it, a bit like people's conversation at a party, (remember them?) going for a drink or food gives you a breather before round two.

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Jean de Florette by Marcel Pagnol

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5 hours ago, The Future is League said:

Just finished reading " The catcher in the rye" for the 2nd time.

I first read it many many years ago and for me it's terrific read

I read it for the very first time a couple of months ago. One of those books I'd always meant to get round to reading.

Worth waiting for. 

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On 04/04/2020 at 15:34, Mumby Magic said:

Zlatan's autobiography. Worth a read.

Is it as deranged and narcissistic as I'd dearly love it to be?


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I've just finished reading two books about actual spies by the same author: Ben Macintyre.  One was about Kim Philby (obvs!) and I enjoyed it but the other I found utterly gripping.  It's called The Spy and the Traitor and is about Oleg Gordievsky, a colonel in the KGB who ended up spying for MI6 until he was betrayed, and he was spirited out of the USSR in the kind of operation which had Hollywood written all over it.  How they succeeded I don't know but they did, and Gordievsky is still alive, living somewhere in the UK under an assumed name (and with a 24 hour armed guard since the Skripal poisonings). 

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1 hour ago, Saintslass said:

I've just finished reading two books about actual spies by the same author: Ben Macintyre.  One was about Kim Philby (obvs!) and I enjoyed it but the other I found utterly gripping.  It's called The Spy and the Traitor and is about Oleg Gordievsky, a colonel in the KGB who ended up spying for MI6 until he was betrayed, and he was spirited out of the USSR in the kind of operation which had Hollywood written all over it.  How they succeeded I don't know but they did, and Gordievsky is still alive, living somewhere in the UK under an assumed name (and with a 24 hour armed guard since the Skripal poisonings). 

If you like the spy stuff, this short read might interest you: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EOER0G0/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title


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I've just finished reading "The iron horse" by Edward Marston.

A nice light and enjoyable read. Certainly something different to what i normally read, but i needed to change my reading habits.

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13 hours ago, The Future is League said:

I've just finished reading "The iron horse" by Edward Marston.

A nice light and enjoyable read. Certainly something different to what i normally read, but i needed to change my reading habits.

Only if you want to.

There is nothing wrong with nice and light and that may be more important in these times.

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2 minutes ago, Oxford said:

Only if you want to.

There is nothing wrong with nice and light and that may be more important in these times.

Absolutely. And there's a current trend to judge quality by length and darkness/grittiness. Not just in books, but other forms of entertainment, and it has led to a regrettable tendency towards wallowing in angst and pages/hours of blatant padding.

Being light, witty and uplifting is seen as the mark of a lesser talent. It isn't. If that was the case, we'd be overwhelmed with Wildes, Sakis, Perelmans and Wodehouses. And we aren't.


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39 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Absolutely. And there's a current trend to judge quality by length and darkness/grittiness. Not just in books, but other forms of entertainment, and it has led to a regrettable tendency towards wallowing in angst and pages/hours of blatant padding.

Being light, witty and uplifting is seen as the mark of a lesser talent. It isn't. If that was the case, we'd be overwhelmed with Wildes, Sakis, Perelmans and Wodehouses. And we aren't.

I think we probably are overwhelmed with those very writers but the fashion for Turgid prison sentences instead is a mark of intellect like dense long drawn out pieces of music with no lyrics. They may come to light later on.

What made me laugh was that awful Sky Yawn pundit trying to include kick & Clap as an indication of of its iclusion in that kind of group. Having far too many rules that makes the game almost incomprehensible is not a sign of intelligence so much as  group of people who can't be @rsed to fix it, and who have never been happy with change.

Anyway are you and yours alright, everything okay?

 

 

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On 06/04/2020 at 22:37, Saintslass said:

I've just finished reading two books about actual spies by the same author: Ben Macintyre.  One was about Kim Philby (obvs!) and I enjoyed it but the other I found utterly gripping.  It's called The Spy and the Traitor and is about Oleg Gordievsky, a colonel in the KGB who ended up spying for MI6 until he was betrayed, and he was spirited out of the USSR in the kind of operation which had Hollywood written all over it.  How they succeeded I don't know but they did, and Gordievsky is still alive, living somewhere in the UK under an assumed name (and with a 24 hour armed guard since the Skripal poisonings). 

I read the Spy and the Traitor last year on Kindle, it's a great story, well written


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I'm also still reading a book about British Lighthouses, when my Kindle can be assed to charge up, and a book by Antony Beevor, About Operation Market Garden the story of Gen Montgomerys ego trip to beat the Yanks into Germany in WW2, Arnhem, filmed as A Bridge Too Far.

 

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19 minutes ago, Bleep1673 said:

I'm also still reading a book about British Lighthouses, when my Kindle can be assed to charge up, and a book by Max Hastings(?) About Operation Market Garden the story of Gen Montgomerys ego trip to beat the Yanks into Germany in WW2, Arnhem, filmed as A Bridge Too Far.

 

That is incredibly coincidental, just a few minutes ago I was reading the Wikipedia article for Wolf Rock Lighthouse in Cornwall. I had my reasons. 

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20 minutes ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

That is incredibly coincidental, just a few minutes ago I was reading the Wikipedia article for Wolf Rock Lighthouse in Cornwall. I had my reasons. 

Wolf Rock is in the  book,  history and design. 


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12 hours ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

That is incredibly coincidental, just a few minutes ago I was reading the Wikipedia article for Wolf Rock Lighthouse in Cornwall. I had my reasons. 

Seashaken Houses by Tom Nancolis.

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3 hours ago, Bleep1673 said:

Seashaken Houses by Tom Nancolis.

Looks interesting, think I'll get that. Reason I was reading about Wolf Rock was cos I was watching a documentary about horrible jobs and they talked to a former keeper of that lighthouse and how he dealt with the mental strains of being so isolated. 

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Just finished 'The Nanny State Made Me' by Stuart Maconie, couldn't say I disagree with any of it, lot's that the so called 'enlightend' will however time has proved otherwise.

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18 minutes ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

Looks interesting, think I'll get that. Reason I was reading about Wolf Rock was cos I was watching a documentary about horrible jobs and they talked to a former keeper of that lighthouse and how he dealt with the mental strains of being so isolated. 

Yeah, quoted in the book.

In these strange days of Lockdown, we are all Lighthouse keepers, not knowing when, of if releif is coming.


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