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Topic: Halfway through June. . .which books are you reading?

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Subject: Halfway through June. . .which books are you reading?
Date Posted: 6/19/2012 10:19 AM ET
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I have finally finished the enormous book of Poe's complete short stories and poems. I do NOT recommend reading everything Poe wrote..

I have also finished Wilkie Collins' Armadale: LOVE this author!

I will be starting a book of Dorothy Parker short stories and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

How is June going for the rest of you?

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Date Posted: 6/19/2012 10:25 PM ET
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I just finished The Fountainhead.  Goddamn but someone needed to edit that book.  It's two thirds too long and the author uses the word 'bromide' about nine times too many.  Also the main characters were tragically dull.

 

In other news, so far I haven't met any Poe I didn't like, which ones would you recommend avoiding, Obsessed?

Date Posted: 6/20/2012 2:47 AM ET
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There were 72 short stories in the book. At least 30 of those were almost unreadable: they were oblique, obscure, and did not include human characters. This book is being donated to the library sale.

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Date Posted: 6/26/2012 1:55 PM ET
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Rose:  After finishing (and being entertained by) reading Graham Greene's Travels With My Aunt, I cast about for the 'next book'.  A copy of The Time Traveller's Wife came into my possession, and I read the first couple of chapters.  I had heard quite a few recommendations of it  so I was anticipating an interesting read.  But something about it just turns me off , , , I guess I dislike utter implausibility more than I realized, plus,  new novels seem to feel it requisite to put in "sexercises" . . . so I'm nixing this one.   I also read the first couple of chapters of The Idiot, by Dostoyevsky, and I may go ahead with that one.  Of course, one has to "shift gears" literarily, when reading those 19th century writers.  But I can do that . . . . so in a way, I'll be doing a little "time-travelling" myself, setting aside the 21st century in the USA and 'visiting' Russia in the 1800s, for about 600 pages' worth . . . . .



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