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1konika11
Jan 17, 2014, 7:44 am

I have read four novels since 1/01/2014...

I started the year with W.Somerset Maugham's *The Painted Veil*, an amazing novel by him: has a really beautiful passage/dialogue on undeserving love...fantastic read.

I moved on too Evelyn Waugh's *Brideshead Revisited*, difficult and slow but worth every effort...

I was suggested to read Franz Kafka's *Metamorphosis*, which frankly I was apprehensive of because of my not-so-good experience at reading Kafka's *Trial*. But, surprisingly it was easier and much more interesting. I have to re-read it to digest this amazing work.

The next novel I read was Honore de Balzac's *Cousin Bette*, Balzac is a subtle moralist and an amazing artist describing the Parisian charms with all the flair.

I'm currently reading Kahlil Gibran's *The Secrets of Heart* and the next is W. Somerset Maugham's *The Moon and SixPence*.

I'd love to discuss any of these...

2razzamajazz
Editado: Jan 17, 2014, 9:39 am

Enjoy the joy of reading to the fullest. Classics is the best.

3jfetting
Jan 17, 2014, 9:56 am

Welcome to the group!

Great reading so far this year - Brideshead is one of my favorites, and I am a big Maugham fan as well. I haven't read The Moon and Sixpence yet, but it is on my shelf. Have you read On Human Bondage yet?

4konika11
Jan 17, 2014, 12:15 pm

I wish the same to you #2...

#3: Thank you! I haven't read On Human Bondage yet, I began with his Short Stories and they were fascinating. The problem with Maugham is that I find him difficult to begin, but once you step in you are immersed, completely.

5razzamajazz
Jan 17, 2014, 11:07 pm

The starting point in reading a classics is to make a first plunge(the most difficult step), and afterwards it will be a "smooth" sailing on a "calm" ocean . You are right to say that.

6konika11
Jan 17, 2014, 11:18 pm

>5 razzamajazz: It is. Perhaps because it forces you to think above your natural plane of thinking... What are you reading?

7wookiebender
Jan 18, 2014, 9:54 pm

I do like Brideshead Revisited, and all of Waugh's works, really. :) Am yet to try Maugham!

Welcome to the group!

8konika11
Jan 19, 2014, 9:57 pm

7Brideshead Revisited and I had given up reading it before because I found the starting difficult :/.

9razzamajazz
Editado: Jan 20, 2014, 11:02 am

View first, the DVD version made into a movie, starred Jeremy Irons, British actor.

The movie is a condensation from a BBC TV mini-series of the same book title, Brideshead Revisited.

Waugh's fiction is a bit difficult to swallow as comparable to P G Wodehouse's humor style. I have yet to read Woodhouse's fictional character, Mister Jeeves.

Is Brideshead Revisted is as boring as most of British's dramatic novels ?

10konika11
Jan 20, 2014, 7:21 am

Ha! "...As boring as most of British's dramatic novels" Yes! It required determined perseverence... but worth every bit of it. The writing style is a bit erratic but the story is grasping, so after a while you adjust to the style.

11razzamajazz
Jan 21, 2014, 10:20 pm



Patience & Perseverance are really needed for these very "dry" novels. Having the mood at the right time and place to read these novels. Must be tuned to the writing's style of these literary writers such as E Waugh, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie

12konika11
Jan 22, 2014, 2:42 pm

Rushdie is not difficult though I personally appreciate only Midnight's Children and his non-fiction Imaginary Homelands. I have not yet read anything by Philip Roth, would you suggest something?

13razzamajazz
Editado: Jan 22, 2014, 10:45 pm

A short story, Portnoy's Complaint with other short stories in the same book by Philip Roth .

The story is about coming of age.

Salman Rushdie also wrote the screenplay for the movie's version of Midnight's Children, his style of writing rather intricate, and you need a strong foundation of English vocalbulary. His language is strong in "expression" and very dramatic.

The movie's version was poorly done lacking the touch of "drama". I watched it on DVD format. I will give a poor rating of only 2 stars out of 5 stars. There are no links in the story lacking the continuity of
scenes where you are abled to follow through the story.

The movie should have starred by using some well-known Indian thespians with the smooth direction of the movie with a more experienced movie director( such as Ang Lee, Taiwanese. and also lacking "grips" in the show'

Director Ang Lee handled well with these kind of movie's setting with Eastern's influence,touch or background. He won an Oscar for Best Direction for the movie, Life of Pi with three other Oscar awards.

14whitewavedarling
Jan 23, 2014, 8:10 am

konika11, you mentioned Rushdie's nonfiction, so I was wondering whether you'd read Joseph Anton? I keep on foregoing it for other reads, partly because it's hard for me to imagine how he'll handle his own story when I'm familiar with his weaving of fantasy into his stories (I love both Midnight's Children and Satanic Verses. I am curious, though...

15konika11
Jan 23, 2014, 10:06 am

#13 I will check out the Philip Roth work you suggest.

I had no idea about the screenplay, I find the movie-version of a book always a bit of a let down :/. Though in regards to the lack of drama in a movie made on Midnight's Children, it must have been such a disappointment.

#14 I didn't get around to reading Joseph Anton, it must be quite intriguing since Rushdie handles magic realism with perfect ease so can he abstain from fictionising the reality he faced would be interesting to analyse, right?

16whitewavedarling
Jan 23, 2014, 10:31 am

I'll let you know if I get around to it before you do!

17konika11
Jan 24, 2014, 4:40 am

Sure!

18konika11
Jan 24, 2014, 4:43 am

I finished Kahlil Gibran's work and have skipped Maugham and moved on to Patrick White's Voss, a novel which deals with the life of an Australian bushranger.

19bryanoz
Jan 24, 2014, 6:39 am

Hi konika11, a Salman RushdieI enjoyed but hasn't been mentioned yet was The Moor's Last Sigh, also hope you enjoy Voss who was an explorer, not a bushranger, still a classic Australian novel.

20konika11
Jan 24, 2014, 9:47 am

Hi bryanoz: I began withRushdie's Enchantress of Florence which failed to interest me, infact I refused to read Midnights Children because of my utter disappointment. Luckily I had to read Midnight for my master's, I have on hold his Satanic Verses which also has failed to interest me yet (after 70 or some pages).

Thanks so much for correcting the mistake, I just began reading voss, I especially loved the dialogue between Laura and Voss on religion. And White's ruminations about life and love are scattered throughout.
What are you reading?

21bryanoz
Jan 24, 2014, 7:48 pm

Hi konika11, I am finishing Dog Boy, teenage story of a boy who lives with a pack of dogs, recommended by a friend, and ok.
About to start Berlin Alexanderplatz, 1929 German classic that is meant to be awesome.
As for Patrick White I have also read The Tree of Man and A Fringe of Leaves, both fine reads.
Cheers !

22konika11
Jan 25, 2014, 12:22 am

Wow! Sounds interesting like a tamer version of The Jungle Book , dogs instead of wolves?
This is my first Patrick White work, there's this another book I have Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang, it is supposed to be the true story of an Australian busranger. Have you read it?

23bryanoz
Jan 25, 2014, 12:51 am

Sure have, great novel (although I'm not sure how true the story is) also his Illywacker and Oscar and Lucinda are excellent.

Just noticed your Philip Roth question, I 've read The Human Stain and American Pastoral, both good reads, though some might find his writing a little confronting at times.
Cheers.

24konika11
Jan 25, 2014, 7:53 am

I had randomly picked up White's work from the library and I thought it would be something like Maria Campbell's Halfbreed, both are totally different books on entirely different continents, different time scale; yet the sense of dissociation, the inability to belong haunts both (though I'm still on chptr 6, there are 16 in Voss).

Thanks for the suggestions! I checked them out and they seem to be a part of a series, can they be understood by themselves too? I'm fascinated by the reviews of The Human Stain.
Happy Reading!

25wookiebender
Jan 28, 2014, 5:42 am

Oh, I recently read and enjoyed True History of the Kelly Gang (which is about bushrangers, rather than explorers :).

If you're curious about the Kelly Gang book, it's worth reading the Jerilderie Letter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerilderie_Letter) which is what Carey used as a style guide to his novel. And is worth a read on its own, I think.

26konika11
Jan 28, 2014, 8:42 am

Wow! Thanks a lot wookiebender. I'll check this out and let you know what I think about it.
What are you reading?

27wookiebender
Jan 28, 2014, 9:28 pm

Currently reading Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon which is a British sci-fi novel from the 1930s, written as if it's a history from the far (and I mean *far*) future. Dry as anything, as it's all "and then the British culture fell apart due to reasons x, y, and z, allowing the Italian culture to expand over Europe..." (and I really miss having a plot, and some characters, and some character development and oh yeah, some action would be nice). I'm classifying it as "interesting" and am going to make a jolly good effort to finish it because my Big Issue seller gave it to me, but I may end up skimming the last few pages.

28bryanoz
Jan 29, 2014, 7:29 am

#24 The Roth books can be read individually, I certainly enjoyed The Human Stain and look forward to your thoughts.

29konika11
Jan 29, 2014, 10:56 am

#27 That soes sound tiring. Science, history and fiction...well, a book like this certainly makes you appreciate the existence of coffee, right?
The Jerilderie Letter was fascinating to read! Thank you for the background. I know nothing about Australian Literature, this gave me a heads-up.

30konika11
Jan 29, 2014, 11:01 am

#28 That's a relief. I'd love to discuss it! Happy Reading!