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I just love Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy. What a terrific evocation of that period's political, social and scientific history (at least as far as psychoanalysis is concerned). That whole period in history is one I'm just smitten by.
I so know that not finding a book story and it's usually because I gave it away because I like it so much. Sometimes it will be because I sold it. There was a period a number of years back when I actually had to eat by selling off books and LPs. I have occasionally not come across one since and said "I must have eaten that one."


"I feel bad as every Amazon review I read was very positive (though how often do I agree with or go by those?)"

I've had my share of frustration shopping online, having read very positive reviews on books that I immediately find impossible to read on upon receiving them. Now I usually go to the bookstore and pick up the books to see for myself. If I cannot find something, I'll try the used store before hitting that check-out button on the screen!

A couple people at the cafe having been reading Out Stealing Horses, which has won a literary prize back home. I have added it on my list and hopefully to get to it soon. :)


I didn't know there was a new Persuasion out. I think it would take something really special to hold a candle to the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version.

To say The Tudors is "racy" is a bit of an understatement! It's like they are trying to prove the people were frisky even 'way back then.' Ya, we get it already!


I definitely want to look into the Tudors now! I've never thought of Henry VIII as young, or attractive, so it should be interesting.


I hope you find your book - that really is a great one. I missed watching Persuasion but I've heard a lot of mixed reviews of it. I'm going to really try and catch Northanger Abbey though. I love that.
Oh and I'm really curious of what you think of the Eccles book. I like the sound of it.


A couple of times now I've not been able to find a book, ended up buying a second copy and then, lo and behold, the original has turned up instantly without fail! I've also had to set aside a book too, the Janet Todd biography of Fanny Wollstonecraft called Death and the Maidens which I thought would be fab, but which I am just finding confusing. I think it's because I know nothing about the 18th century. I've heard good things about that Margaret Forster novel, however!


There's a new UK version of Sense and Sensibility just finished showing, which was great (one of the actors from Alan Bennet's The History Boys (film version) was Willouby.

Dorothy W.

It definitely seems like the right decision to quit with that one novel -- I need to be more willing to quit on books when they aren't going well. And interesting about the McCarthy; I've decided that reading story collections slowly is the best way for me -- one story at a time. That is working well with the Gallant collection, especially since many of them are quite long.


I read Diary of an Ordinary Woman last year under the impression it was a real diary, then I found out it was a novel. I still very much enjoyed it, Margaret Forster is always good.


Thanks for mentioning the PBS show of Persuasion. I usually watch Law and Order on Sundays. It was a nice break.

Running around. I guess Bath isn't a large place, so she didn't have to go far.

Concerning one of the scenes - Did people really go round and round in circles INSIDE the big hall and talk? Why not sit at a cafe' or something? Was it too cold to be outside?


Thanks for the link, Danielle! One of the things I like about the IMPAC/Dublin longlist is its bizarre and egalitarian range of titles (a little cacaphonic!), but I always find something of interest, and frequently notice titles (especially nominated by foreign libraries) that I would never have noticed otherwise. Most enjoyable.


Ted--How sad to have to sell books to eat. I hope that phase in your life is well over with!! I have heard many things about this trilogy and I know she won the Booker for it. I'm giving up and going to just buy the book as I do want to read it soon.
Matt--When I am not sure I'll like a book I will try and borrow it rather than buy. If it's not for me I don't feel bad returning it unread! You should give the Petterson book a try--I really enjoyed it when I read it last year!
Sylvia--I already have the older Persuasion pulled out to watch this weekend! As for the Tudors, I guess they were trying to really push the idea of Henry's virility? In any case I didn't realize that cable had gotten so explicit!
Eva--I think everyone has an image of him as older, and fat. Didn't he suffer from gout? I have read that in his youth, though, he was quite athletic.
Iliana--I think I am just going to buy it (and no doubt will find my copy later!). I plan on watching Northanger Abbey this weekend, too! And I'll let you know about the Eccles as I hope to start it this weekend.


Litlove--The Fanny W book does sound good. Sorry to hear it is so confusing--that's a problem (for me anyway) with NF books sometimes! And I am really getting in to the Forster book. Milly the diarist is a bit precocious and self absorbed, but she's young so I don't mind. She is likeable in other ways.
Jodie--I plan on reading S&S next, though no doubt it will be on TV before I get to the book. I have seen the Emma Thompson version of the movie several times, though, so I am familiar with the story. I love Emma T, but I do think she seems a bit old for the part. I'll be curious to see the newer adaptation.
Dorothy--I do like the McCarthy book--the writing is excellent. It is very much about the characters, though, and I must be in the mood for more action or something. Also I don't think it is a good idea to read a story collection straight through, so like you, I will just work on a story and then read something else for a while. I think I will appreciate it more that way!
Janice--It would be easy to see this as based on a real person as Forster interjects comments every so often. Either way I am finding it a compelling read.
Isabel--When I read Northanger Abbey it was set partially in Bath and the characters spent a lot of time in the 'pump room'. I had to look it up, but I am assuming it was like a cafe/restaurant and yes they spent lots of time walking and chatting there--seeing and being seen apparently. I guess the same thing is going on in Persuasion. It must have been the popular thing then.
Equiano--I like that it is international as well. A lot of the titles on the list are new to me and they are also varied, which is nice. I didn't realize it was already time again for awards!


I was wondering how much freedom The Tudors would take with the facts, but I can't really resist anything dealing with Anne Boleyn so I'm sure I'll end up renting a copy of it eventually! (see as I don't have cable)


I've also given up on my first book of the year; I read 65 pages or so and it just wasn't doing anything for me. I'm really feeling this year that I don't want to finish books just to finish them, know what I mean? The Shape of Sand and the Forster book are both appealing to me; I hope you'll let us know how you liked them. I agree with you about Persuasion, all the public running around and kissing! were really silly.


Lesley--The Tudors is fun even if they have taken liberties with the facts. I have cable, but none of the movie channels, so I have to rent it to. It does make me want to read some books about them, though, so that has to be a good thing.
Tara--I need to be better about not feeling guilty about not finishing a book, too. There are just too many good ones out there to waste time on something you aren't enjoying! So far I really like the Forster! And I am getting into The Shape of Sand. At first I was a little confused by characters/events, but now that we have 'flashed back' it is more cohesive or easier to follow. I may have to go back later and reread the prologue! I have another Eccles book lined up as well.

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