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You guys knew Bukowski?! FAAAAR OUT!

 

Btw, I'm on a huge Doors kick....reading Greil Marcus's book on the Doors now and listening to tons of live Doors, primarily from NYC 1970.

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Yeah, I started that one twice, got about 1/3 of the way through, and both times, abandoned ship. I love the idea of Moby Dick but it's not an easy one to get through! I settled for re-reading The Old Man and the Sea.

 

I'm sorry, that's not going to get you off the hook. (pun intended) Now go finish that thing. :nono

 

Tell me how it turns out.

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Yeah, I started that one twice, got about 1/3 of the way through, and both times, abandoned ship. I love the idea of Moby Dick but it's not an easy one to get through! I settled for re-reading The Old Man and the Sea.

Old Man and the Sea is about the length of a chapter in Moby Dick. Some of the chapters in MB can get a little tedious as it, at times, reads like expository text on the rituals and routines of whaling. However, if you stick with it, it really is a rewarding accomplishment by the end. I really liked the book and was able to nail it the first time 'round in college. I'd still rather read that or The Brothers Karamazov over any James Joyce. I can't handle the Joyce.

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i've been w/ out a book since The Art of Fielding, which i finished in early fall.

like a relationship that ended, that book was so wonderful, I had to digest and savor prior to jumping into the next , ummmm......

anyhoo, that probably comes off weird, but i bet some of you know what i mean.

I had to go on a non-fiction binge after Art of Fielding.

I wasn't quite ready for another novel.

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"Thirteen Moons" by C Frazier.

 

I loved "Cold Mountain", read it when it came out. Not sure why I took so long to look into other stuff Frazier wrote but so far "Thirteen Moons" is an enjoyable read. Now I gotta look more into the whole Trail of Tears thing....

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The opening and closing of Moby Dick are great. The crap Lammy describes is the most tedious prose I've ever read.

 

Wait, some parts of the Bible gotta be worse than Moby Dick......And Herrod begot Leviticus. Leviticus begot Atticus. Atticus begot Snuffleupagas.

 

Double ugh!

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"Thirteen Moons" by C Frazier.

 

I loved "Cold Mountain", read it when it came out. Not sure why I took so long to look into other stuff Frazier wrote but so far "Thirteen Moons" is an enjoyable read. Now I gotta look more into the whole Trail of Tears thing....

Just finished "Nightwoods" by him. Did you read that one? I kept putting it down because I didn't want it to end. Will definitely be reading "Thirteen Moons" soon. Just started this one -- so far it is great:

 

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Wait, some parts of the Bible gotta be worse than Moby Dick......And Herrod begot Leviticus. Leviticus begot Atticus. Atticus begot Snuffleupagas.

 

Double ugh!

I haven't read the whole Bible, but you're probably right. I will say the New Testament has very little of that begat stuff and moves along rather nicely.

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I'm just beginning to wade into this. I love a big, thick, well-written historical book. This one's about Thomas Cromwell & Henry VIII. So far I'm loving it, very well written!

 

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What historical novels/authors would the rest of you recommend?

 

I've just finished reading Roddy Doyle's ("The Commitments") excellent novel, "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha", about a 10 year old Irish boy. It's written entirely from the boy's viewpoint and I was amazed at how well Doyle recaptured what it feels like to be 10. Simply brilliant, at turns comical and heartbreaking. I highly recommend it!

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I'm just beginning to wade into this. I love a big, thick, well-written historical book. This one's about Thomas Cromwell & Henry VIII. So far I'm loving it, very well written!

 

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I just finished that one recently and really liked it. Just like "The Tudors".

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Flipping through the tv channels late last night I came across a Paul Newman movie already in progress. About two minutes in I think to myself that his gruff character reminds me of Sully from Richard Russo's book Nobody's Fool, and then a note appears and it's addressed to - Sully! Made me laugh knowing I love that book and character that I can hone it on it just stumbling across a movie I didn't know existed! Other than Empire Falls, are there any other Russo-adapted movies I don't know about? I'd love to see Straight Man on the screen!

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Flipping through the tv channels late last night I came across a Paul Newman movie already in progress. About two minutes in I think to myself that his gruff character reminds me of Sully from Richard Russo's book Nobody's Fool, and then a note appears and it's addressed to - Sully! Made me laugh knowing I love that book and character that I can hone it on it just stumbling across a movie I didn't know existed! Other than Empire Falls, are there any other Russo-adapted movies I don't know about? I'd love to see Straight Man on the screen!

I'm a big Russo fan. I thought the book and the movie of Nobody's Fool were great. (I think Risk Pool and Nobody's Fool are my two favorite books by him.) I liked - but didn't love - both the book and movie of Empire Falls.

 

I know he has written other screenplays and TV movies but I don't think any of his other fiction has been turned into movies.

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Just finished "Nightwoods" by him. Did you read that one? I kept putting it down because I didn't want it to end. Will definitely be reading "Thirteen Moons" soon. Just started this one -- so far it is great:

 

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Just started Nightwoods.

 

Strayed was pretty good. I followed that book by reading AWOL on the AT

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"More Than Human" by T. Sturgeon.

 

I took Phil Lesh's recommendation on this book from that recent New York Times (?) article. So far, its been an enjoyable read. I like the idea of "bleshing". The kinda freaky thing is finding out that Vonnegut's charactor Kilgore Trout is somewhat based on T. Sturgeon.

 

Oh yeah, Nightwoods was great, I loved that book.

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