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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The wind-up bird chronicle, surreal, very interesting. I really enjoyed it. Only to find out it could have been better but for the english publishers 'editing'
Pity the clowns who published it in english decided to cut it down, because in their opinion english speakers/readers don't like to read long books. When I found out what the plonkers cut I was in shock. Its a pity the author didn't tell em to get lost unless they were willing to publish his novel in full.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is interesting for any body into James Joyce - http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003676758/

the family census return for 1901 in ireland

it is interesting  that while the  brothers have student beeside their name, there isn't for the sisters
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Foucault- The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

".it belongs to the same analogical cosmography as the comparison, classic in Crollius's time, between apoplexy and tempests: the storm begins when the air becomes heavy and agitated, the apoplectic attack at the moment when
our thoughts become heavy and disturbed; then the clouds pile up, the belly swells, the
thunder explodes and the bladder bursts; the lightning flashes and the eyes glitter with a
terrible brightness, the rain falls, the mouth foams, the thunderbolt is unleashed and the
spirits burst open breaches in the skin; but then the sky becomes clear again, and in the
sick man reason regains ascendancy. The space occupied by analogies is really a
space of radiation. Man is surrounded by it on every side; but, inversely, he transmits
these resemblances back into the world from which he receives them. He is the great
fulcrum of proportions - the centre upon which relations are concentrated and from
which they are once again reflected."
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

currently:

salman rushdie - midnight's children
reinaldo arenas - singing in the well
fintan o'toole - ship of fools (this non-fiction about conflicts of interest and such that caused the collapse of the irish economy)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankie Boyle - My Shit Life So Far.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still reading Beryl Burton's biog. School hols means less time for reading (and cycling)!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still reading Churchill - The Gathering Storm and I don't have school hols as an excuse, it's just hard work and my head hasn't been able to take a lot of it in. Been reading it on and off since Christmas and just got over halfway. I've got 5 more Volumes of his other War Year books - I'll be at least 100 before I finish them all.
My mate had a quick look at it and said "You know that the Allies won the war don't you" . Great! So now I already know the ending!!!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i finished midnight's children by salman rushdie on saturday, a day before the indian independence day
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
Still reading Churchill - The Gathering Storm and I don't have school hols as an excuse, it's just hard work and my head hasn't been able to take a lot of it in. Been reading it on and off since Christmas and just got over halfway. I've got 5 more Volumes of his other War Year books - I'll be at least 100 before I finish them all.
My mate had a quick look at it and said "You know that the Allies won the war don't you" . Great! So now I already know the ending!!!!! Wink


Lol - if it's hard work then I wouldn't bother - there are better war fiction books on the market.

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it" Winston Churchill.

A good non-fiction war book is 'The Black Bull: From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armoured Division'
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I know, but it was a present from my Mum and I kind of feel obliged to read it as she bought it off my Amazon wish list after having ballsed up the previous year by buying me the Mama Mia DVD, which she said was on my wish-list. I mean, puuuuuulease!!!!! I guess she clicked on an advert not realising.

Anyway, it's just a hard read and my head hasn't been in the right place for a while, but I seem to be getting into it and hope to finish it by Christmas 2010!!!!!

I tend to persevere with books that I think are important to read. I was even trying to finish reading 1984 on New Year's Eve 1983!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Party-pooper!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
I know, but it was a present from my Mum and I kind of feel obliged to read it as she bought it off my Amazon wish list after having ballsed up the previous year by buying me the Mama Mia DVD, which she said was on my wish-list. I mean, puuuuuulease!!!!! I guess she clicked on an advert not realising.


lol

my mother just tells me to order what i want for myself for my brithday and christmas from amazon myself
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nolte wrote:
MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
I know, but it was a present from my Mum and I kind of feel obliged to read it as she bought it off my Amazon wish list after having ballsed up the previous year by buying me the Mama Mia DVD, which she said was on my wish-list. I mean, puuuuuulease!!!!! I guess she clicked on an advert not realising.


lol

my mother just tells me to order what i want for myself for my brithday and christmas from amazon myself

Yeah, but then it's not a surprise! We always have fun at Christmas as I often send presents for other people to my Mum's place, c/o Maillot Jaune, so when I ask her to open a package from Amazon addressed to me, so that I can wrap it,  she'll say "Oh, it's such and such a cycling book" - obviouslyfrom  one of my mates or family for my Christmas. Thereby spoiling the surprise for me on Chrimbo Day! Oh, how we laughed!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As some of you may or may not know, I do some writing (Currently finishing my second novel).  Someone told me of a website where I could submit a few paragraphs of my writing and it would be analysed and I would be told which famous author my style resembled.  So I tried with a section from my second book, and I was told my I wrote in the style of James Joyce - I find him unreadable!  So I tried again with a portion of my first book, and this time it came up with Stephen King!  - Someone else I don't like very much Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
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Congrats on finishing your second novel - where can we buy it?????

I think that website probably just generates random names of authors - at least you are in esteemed company - it could have said you writing style was like Pam Ayres (no offence Pam!)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the novel is basically finished, but now the hard work starts - the editing, proof-reading etc.

It's almost impossible to get published without paying up yourself unless your name is Jordan, or Beckham or Blair in the current economic climate.  But I write because I enjoy it (although making some money out of it would be nice, of course!)
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kathy wrote:
As some of you may or may not know, I do some writing (Currently finishing my second novel).  Someone told me of a website where I could submit a few paragraphs of my writing and it would be analysed and I would be told which famous author my style resembled.  So I tried with a section from my second book, and I was told my I wrote in the style of James Joyce - I find him unreadable!  So I tried again with a portion of my first book, and this time it came up with Stephen King!  - Someone else I don't like very much Laughing  Laughing  Laughing


i got Joyce too for  this and this

other writings of mine got Cory Doctorow (who?) twice, Agatha Christie, Vladimir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk, William Shakespeare, mario puzo
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, what did you write to get Nabokov, Nolte?

Laughing  Laughing

Actually, I could probably get him by putting in certain sections of my books!

Although Lolita's probably considered a bit tame nowadays!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know you were an author Kathy.

What genre - or are you hard to pigeonhole?!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now, what did you write to get Nabokov, Nolte?


the second last post on this page - http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/sutra97449.php

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Actually, I could probably get him by putting in certain sections of my books!

Although Lolita's probably considered a bit tame nowadays!


never read any nabokov myself. we can blame that on tolstoy for putting me off russian literature (i did not like ressurection)
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I didn't know you were an author Kathy.

What genre - or are you hard to pigeonhole?!


I suppose  .... you would call it chick-lit, although there is adventure along with the romance.  Not the sort of stuff you guys on here would fancy reading, I don't think Laughing

Nolte, I must have missed that - very good, and I see where Nabokov comes in.  He is as different to Tolstoy as chalk and cheese!  And you mean you've never read War and Peace Shocked


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