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emason
12-27-2010, 05:09 PM
This. I read Ethan Frome and it turned me off anything else by Wharton. I hate when books give me a stomach-ache, lol!


-Bridget

Blasphemy! I adore Wharton and Ethan Frome is my absolute favorite. I don't get the hate; I think that book is brilliant.

made_in_canada
12-27-2010, 05:16 PM
I've been reading Captain Corelli's Mandolin (my book, which has a film version cover, leaves off the Captain in the title :confused:). It's a little scattered - it jumps back and forth between several different narrators, and it's hard to keep track.


Stick with it, it gets much easier to follow. I felt the same way when I started that book but by the end I couldn't put it down.

modern_muslimah
12-27-2010, 10:26 PM
I remember liking Ethan Frome in high school but not enough to want to read more Wharton.

Wyliefan, you'll be happy to know that I started reading Little Dorrit (The Victorians! group on Goodreads is reading it for January/February). I'm not far into it but surprisingly I like it. I never thought I'd say that about Dickens.

I just finished reading Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz. It started off well and I think what she has to say about the changing job market (more permatemp jobs, jobs without benefits, etc.), mounting student loan debt, lack of healthcare, etc. and they're uneven effect on young people is important to discuss but by the end, I felt she was becoming repetitive and the last three chapters felt unnecessary. Also, her chapter on "solutions" to these problems could've been left out. "Don't get into credit card debt if you don't have to." "Try to not to get into a lot of debt for college." Gee, ya think Anya.

Wyliefan
12-27-2010, 10:34 PM
Wyliefan, you'll be happy to know that I started reading Little Dorrit (The Victorians! group on Goodreads is reading it for January/February). I'm not far into it but surprisingly I like it. I never thought I'd say that about Dickens.


Resistance is futile! :D So glad you're enjoying it. It's my second-favorite Dickens.

Allen
12-27-2010, 10:59 PM
I somehow managed to avoid Dickens until a graduate seminar on Victorian Lit. We had to read Bleak House and I just absolutely despised it. Last year, my partner talked me into reading Little Dorrit, which I surprisingly liked very much. I ended up also reading Great Expectations.

Oliver and I have decided to start reading works from each other's respective time period of research. He's pulling together some Medieval readings for me and I'm getting some postmodern works together for him. I'm interested to see how that is going to pan out.

cygnus
12-27-2010, 11:04 PM
I just finished Greg and Penny King's latest book "The Resurrection of the Romanovs". It's a very well researched, fascinating read about Anna Anderson- the Anastasia claimant. It doesn't argue her case- the DNA evidence has proved that she wasn't who she claimed to be. The book goes into the evidence and her claims and her supporters and discusses how she pulled it off and managed to fool so many people for so long. Interesting reading, and probably the last word on the topic.

IceAlisa
12-27-2010, 11:12 PM
Yes, and the recent exhumation of the bodies of the royal family and DNA analysis confirmed that the Romanovs were all accounted for in that grave, including Anastasia. :(

LordCirque
12-27-2010, 11:18 PM
I always heard there were two missing bodies but that a few years ago, two bodies, believed to Anastasia and Alexei, were found in a grave several miles away or something like that.

IceAlisa
12-27-2010, 11:25 PM
In the end, the whole family was accounted for. No body is missing when all is said and done.

LilJen
12-28-2010, 12:26 AM
I second the recommendation for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Great book, sad book, lovely story, heart-wrenching story.

Got a Kindle for Christmas :) so I'll have to start plowing through all their free stuff first. . . aka Stuff Written by Dead Guys (and Gals) in English. But for $7 I'm enjoying In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith. I just love the phrase "traditionally built."

attyfan
12-28-2010, 01:46 AM
Just finished a Plantagenet/Tudor binge that started early this month ... one about Eleanor Talbot (whose relationship to Edward IV may have rendered his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville invalid, making the children illegitimate); one on Richard III and Hastings; Eric Ives' "Life and Death of Anne Boleyn" and "Lady Jane Grey", along with Alison Plowden's "Danger to Elizabeth" and "Two Queens in One Isle".

ChelleC
12-28-2010, 03:56 AM
I just finished Greg and Penny King's latest book "The Resurrection of the Romanovs". It's a very well researched, fascinating read about Anna Anderson- the Anastasia claimant. It doesn't argue her case- the DNA evidence has proved that she wasn't who she claimed to be. The book goes into the evidence and her claims and her supporters and discusses how she pulled it off and managed to fool so many people for so long. Interesting reading, and probably the last word on the topic.

That definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. Will have to look for it. Thanks!

vesperholly
12-28-2010, 04:35 AM
Wyliefan, you'll be happy to know that I started reading Little Dorrit (The Victorians! group on Goodreads is reading it for January/February).

Ooh, what's Goodreads?! Online book club? I'd like to do a book club but I work nights and my schedule varies so wildly that it's hard to keep a weekly appointment.

galaxygirl
12-28-2010, 05:54 AM
http://www.goodreads.com/

You can keep track of the books you read, join groups, make friends, etc. I've belonged to a couple of groups there (including The Victorians) but I tend to forget that I belong to them so I've never actually joined any of the group reads.

There are also yahoo email lists for reading groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/. It can be kind of difficult to find a good group there, though, since the listings aren't organized too well and there are a lot of inactive groups. The Literature Reading Circle (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LiteratureReadingCircle/) is a list that some of the other reading group lists belong to and to which they send out schedules so it's a good place to start looking for a group.

Evilynn
12-28-2010, 10:30 AM
No, I really appreciate that you took the time to write that, Matryeshka. The cousin who bought the book for me, told me the same basic thing, that I should stop after book 8. She and I have very different reading tastes and her definition of porn is very different from mine, so I wasn't sure if she was just being her semi-prudish self or not.

IRC Hamilton was dissatisfied with her marriage and when it broke up she sort of channelled her...uh...issues, through the books, which apparently didn't make for very good reading. I keep reading them out of order (started with book 8 and very nearly didn't read anymore than that!) and view them as marshmallows for the brain-type reading. I'll be picking up book 4 for a reading challenge on GoodReads in January. :)

I'm still stuck halfway through the Lethem book, but I finished In The Night Garden right before xmas eve, and it improved a lot when you read larger chunks in one sitting. I started book 2 right away and have 150 pages to go. Sometimes I get lost in the structure of thing though. I counted levels of stories within stories within stories and reached seven(!) at some point, so it's a case of not seeing the forest for all the trees at times.