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#21

Apparently Kim Jong il managed to finish it 5 times. So it is possible.


#22

A very impressive man, he also managed in his first ever round of golf to finish 38 under par with 11 holes in one, if only we had a leader like that !


#23

I originally got through War & Peace when the original TV series (the Anthony Hopkins one) was scheduled- did it by reading one episode’s worth at a time before the televised equivalent. On that basis I’ve just downloaded Les Misérables to Kindle in the hope of finally cracking it. (As far as W&P is concerned, it’s probably fairer to say that I read Peace & skipped over War.)


#24

I rather like Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton series. Set 1920s and genuinely fulfil the “good read” description.


#25

Totally agree that Christmas is a great time for reading, my list to Santa was all books! I’m re-reading one of my favourites at the moment:

Where’d you go Bernadette? – very funny take on the pace of the modern tech driven world and and bit of a mediation on mental health and artistic genius.

Of the Christmas ones I’m looking forward to:

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon – I missed this one when it first came out, meant to be a cracker.

The cabaret of plants – I’m a sucker for a good botany read, last year it was Lab Girl, looking forward to this one this year!

On war and peace, I loved it, thought it was superb, but it took a really long time to get through!


#26

I know what my Christmas present will be because it has already arrived from Amazon. It is ‘1000 years of annoying the French’ by Stephen Clarke. Could be fun!


#27

I have two weeks off:


It’s possible these may not be enough…


#28

Have just ordered the first Maisie Dobbs! Should arrive just in time for Christmas. Thanks for the recommendation :+1:


#29

I did the same a couple of years ago, after decades of building myself up to that point. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mind you, I happily watched the BBC’s adaptation of W&P too so I might still get around to reading it one day.


#30

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I tackled this one, I think I read it back to back with The Catcher in the Rye and emerged with a much more cynical view of American culture than before I started.


#31

I have read about 60% and struggling a bit, not my usual type of read. Catch 22 is the next on the list.


#32

I’ve started out on his 44 Scotland Street series. Not being very familiar with Edinburgh I found it very refreshing reading a series based there. His character observations are very good and, yes, he can be very funny.


#33

I have not read any of his books, but that is the series that my wife is currently reading and enjoying.


#34

As you might be able to tell, I’ve been making an effort to catch up on ‘must read’ books too!

For me a real page turner - I didn’t want to put it down. Very thought provoking too, as befits its reputation.


#35

Thoroughly enjoyed Catch 22. Confession time- I’ve started Moby Dick three times and failed to get beyond page 100. Probably the only book I’ve failed to finish.


#36

Moby Dick is on my list so that does not bode well. :sweat_smile:


#37

I also found Moby Dick an incredibly tedious book. Same with Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. I just couldn’t get into either, and never finished them.
My least favourite ‘classic’ book of all times though is Nostromo, by Joseph Conrad. I was tempted to fling it off Beachy Head a number of times (sorry, Prof. Watts!!)… :grimacing:


#38

Ah number 74 on my list, oh dear.


#39

I love Hemingway. Old man in the sea is only about 50 pages! Failing to finish it is an achievement in itself!


#40

And the*. Old man in the sea is way sadder