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  1. Everything but the girl - I don't want to talk about it
  2. I read this book a couple of years ago and recommended it towards the begining of this thread. It can't really be reviewed, as explaining what it is about will spoil the read. It is very disturbing and you're absolutely right that it's the acceptance of the narrator that makes it so thought provoking. My reading update is that I'm half way through This Thing of Darkness and am really enjoying it.
  3. I've read it. I thought it was fantastic although very disturbing. I've read most of Cormac McCarthy's books and this one is very different, being set in a post apocolyptic world. Some of the themes and grittiness are similar to his earlier books, as is his wirting style, which I love but I know it's not to everyone's taste. My favorites are his wild west books. I think I recommended the Border Trilogy on an earlier version of this thread a few years ago. It's three books set in the 1940's as the cowboy way of life was ending and takes place on both sides of the USA/ Mexican border. McCarthy is in the Faulkner vein of American writing - almost Gothic! I'd reccomend the Road. It stayed with me for ages. You'll have to let us know what you made of it Eddie. I've just ordered This Thing of Darkness on Sidders' and Colin's recommendations.
  4. We're here already. We've been up for 10 hours are are now waiting in our hotel for the room to be ready so we can have an afternoon nap and be ready and refreshed for the festivities tonight. See you all later, hopefully!
  5. I know we'll have a great time wherever we go, but I do think the places we could go are very boring. I was hoping for the former Yugoslavia or a ex soviet state. Belgium, Easter France and Denmark don't fill me with that much enthusiasm.
  6. Strasburg is on the Nacy line not saltzburg that's miles away
  7. At half time all the smokers must have lit up three at a time as it was unbelievably smoky down in the concorse. It was so bad, I even went back to my seat before the end of half time and stayed up there for the second half!
  8. This Summer I've read: Non-Fiction: Margrave of the Marshes - John Peel autobiography finished by his wife when he died. I absolutely loved it, but guess most John Peel fans will have read it by now. I'm a bit behind the times. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote. About aftermath of the murder of an all American family in the small town USA in the late 50's. Focuses on the two murderers and was really controversial at the time it was written and is viewed to have changed the way that non-fiction is written. Nothing at all like the film Capote which is based on it being written. Fiction: The Blood Meridian - Cormac McArthur. Gruesome unromantic tale of cowboys, Indians and scalping expeditions set in Texas and Mexico in the 1840's. I love Cormac McArthur's Wild West stories. Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris. Really easy reading book about the revenge against a minor public school. With a twist. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro. Can't really say what it's about without spoiling the book. It's really unusual and I would really recommend it. Everyone I have passed it on to has found it really interesting too. The Sleeping Voice - Dulce Chacon. A book about the Spanish Civil war from the point of view of a group of women prisoners. I re-read For Whom the Bell Tolls last year and this is a really good contrast to the Hemmingway's machismo.
  9. I read this article on Sunday in the Observer and understood it to be a list of the 50 albums that most changed music, rather than the best 50 albums. I spend much of Sunday muttering about how cross I was that the Kinks weren’t in the list. I think they have had loads of influence on modern English pop music and you can trace their influence through the Jam, the Smiths, Billy Bragg, Pulp, Blur, Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys. I’ve got 16 of the 50.
  10. 150 million, won F**k all now thats funny I'll get yer coat....
  11. Tris is fine. GAv spoke to him earlier
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