Yells attempt to read more - part 3

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Yells attempt to read more - part 3

1Yells
Editado: Dez 10, 2018, 2:01pm

Halfway there so time for a new thread! (Just realised my grammatical error... oops)

2MartinBodek
Dez 6, 2018, 3:26pm

And let me be the first to congratulate you in your new thread!

3Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 2:52pm

Thanks!

501) Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez



I obviously tried reading this book before (as evidenced by the bookmark stuck inside) but I didn't get far and don't remember much about it. I guess this was the right time as I finished it in two days and loved it. Florentino is a poor young poet who falls in love with Fermina, the rich daughter of a well known businessman (who is really a criminal). Needless to say, dad isn't too happy about this so he does his best to keep them apart, and through a series of events, she ends up marrying an up and coming doctor instead. Florentino can't get her out of his mind so while he waits for her husband to die, he sets about making his fortune (and pretty much sleeping with any one available).

The best part of the book is the writing style. It's just so sensual. With every page, you are invited to use all your senses to 'see'. From Fermina's heightened sense of smell to the brilliant colours of the décor in the house to the sounds along the waterways, it all brings the story to life.

4Henrik_Madsen
Dez 8, 2018, 8:30am

Congratulations on the halfway point! So far only a distant ambition for some of us…

No seriously - it really is quite a feat.

5BentleyMay
Dez 8, 2018, 6:49pm

Congratulations!!

6Yells
Editado: Dez 11, 2018, 6:38pm

Thanks everyone! I have had a lot of spare time lately so I was able to make a huge dent in the pile. The new year probably won't be quite so kind with spare time so we will have to see what the numbers look like in a year.

502) Ulysses by Joyce.



I was aiming to make this the magic number 500 but it didn't quite work out that way. What a trip this was! I started almost a year ago by listening to the Re: Joyce podcasts by Frank Delaney. He did a fabulous job unpacking each line and paragraph and really brought the prose to life. Unfortunately, after 6 years and 9 episodes reviewed, the poor man died before he could finish his ambitious project so I ended up finishing with the help of Shmoop.com.

On the one hand, it's a rather simple story about two Dublin residents, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom, going about their day. There are a whole host of other characters who pop in and out throughout as well including Blooms' wife Molly and even the actual novel gets a spot. On the other hand, it's a multi-layered story told in a variety of different ways from stream-of-consciousness to a dramatic play. The last chapter is one very long sentence covering 20 odd pages.

I was dreading this book but by the end, I found myself enjoying it. I think once you get a rhythm going and understand where Joyce is coming from, it's not a hard read. There are a million references that went over my head (he talks a lot about politics and religion) but even without knowing those, it was accessible and enjoyable. At some point when I have another year or two to spend on a book, I might try tackling Finnegan's Wake.

7Yells
Editado: Dez 22, 2018, 4:04pm

503) Captain Corelli's Mandolin by de Bernieres



This book has been on my love/hate list for a long, long time. I honestly don't remember how many times I have started it and stalled. I would get 50 pages in, get bored and set it aside. The stubborn part of me can't completely bail on a book so this time I was determined to finish and get rid of it. You can imagine my shock and surprise when it turned out to be good! Personally, I blame the person who cast Nicholas Cage as Corelli because he totally ruined the movie for me and I think I projected that hate on to the book. Poor de Bernieres didn't deserve it because his book is lovely. It is a love story wrapped up in a history lesson and it made me laugh and cry.

8Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 11:40am

504) Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Hardy



Poor Tess! Honestly, this woman can't catch a break, can she? Her parents are awful, Alec is horrific and even her beloved Angel is an ass. The only happiness she finds is in milking cows on a farm and that gets ripped away.

On a positive note, I am fast becoming a Hardy fan. And there are quite a few on the list...



505) Half of Man is Woman by Xianliang



After reading Wild Swans a few years ago, I have been interested in the Cultural Revolution. This is a semi-autobiographical novel about a writer who is sent to a labour camp because his poems are too rightist. I am always fascinated to read about other people's experiences whether good, bad or otherwise.

9Helenliz
Dez 12, 2018, 1:44am

>8 Yells: Interesting that you're being converted to Hardy. I was put off Hardy with a bad experience at school. The teacher who almost managed to make Shakespeare boring (and we studied both Halmet & Macbeth, so not the dull ones) made Hardy really very very dull. I have since read one of the books Return of the Native but can't say I loved it enough to relish having to read all of the Wessex series. Sounds like you'd say I'm wrong to be dreading them and should just get on with it.

10Yells
Dez 12, 2018, 9:47am

>9 Helenliz: I had to read The Chrysalids in school and hated it. It was boring and confusing. English was never my favourite subject despite loving to read. I hated being told what to read and being told how to interpret it. And sadly, some teachers can make even something like Harry Potter sound boring.

I've since rediscovered Wyndham and love his books including my favourite, The Chrysalids. :)

11Yells
Editado: Dez 16, 2018, 9:41pm

506) Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas



Fantastic! This long novel has a little of everything in it. Adventure, intrigue, romance, deception and lots and lots of revenge. I am sure that Dumas was an inspiration for Jeffrey Archer.

12Yells
Editado: Dez 29, 2018, 2:34pm

507) The Midnight Examiner by Kotzwinkle.



I really do have a warped sense of humour because this made me laugh. A lot. It's about a group of misfits who work for a tabloid and spend most of their lives coming up with new headlines. There is also a porn star, a few mobsters and a little hoodoo thrown in for good measure.

13Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 3:46pm

508) Don Quixote by De Cervantes



At times, I loved this book. It is absolutely hilarious! Picturing him wandering the land in his fake armour, challenging windmills and 'saving' damsels in distress had me giggling for hours. I would have finished this a long time ago if it weren't for the fact that it got rather repetitive. After part one, I was ready for it to end. Brilliant writing but way too long.

14JayneCM
Dez 22, 2018, 1:57am

>13 Yells: No review?! Just getting through it is probably enough! I have started it a few times, but I will finish it one day!

15Helenliz
Dez 22, 2018, 10:57am

>13 Yells: well done. I felt significant relief I'd finished it.

16Yells
Dez 22, 2018, 3:59pm

>14 JayneCM: Ha! When you finish a book like that after midnight, the last thing you are thinking about is reviewing it :)

17JayneCM
Dez 22, 2018, 4:27pm

>16 Yells: How did you stay awake to finish it?! I'm going to give it another try this year.

18Yells
Editado: Jan 19, 2019, 2:42pm

509) The Killer Inside Me by Thompson.



Really spooky look into the mind of a serial killer. Lou is everyone's favourite police officer but in his spare time, he likes to kill people who irritate him and then he frames others for the crimes.



>17 JayneCM: I think the only way to read Don Quixote is a chapter a night. That was the only way i could keep going. Great book but way too long and repetitive.

19Helenliz
Jan 4, 2019, 3:50am

>18 Yells: agree. It took me 4 months to finish. I took a break and read another shorter book in between each of the books. Just to give myself a rest.
I finished with a sense of relief.

20japaul22
Jan 4, 2019, 6:40am

>18 Yells: That is one that I'd never heard of. Sounds like a relatively easy one to read.

21JayneCM
Jan 4, 2019, 7:01am

>18 Yells: I may put Don Quixote off again for a while then! I need to find a time of year where we are not so busy - not sure when exactly that could be!

22Yells
Jan 5, 2019, 12:04am

>20 japaul22: Definitely short and easy to read but oh so disturbing at the same time.

23LisaMorr
Jan 5, 2019, 11:37am

>3 Yells: Love your review of Love in the Time of Cholera - that's how I remember it!

24Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 3:47pm

510) Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.



My first one by him and I loved it. The plot is quite simple: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is a poor man who decides one day to kill the local pawnbroker and steal her money/goods. What he doesn't realise is how much this act will affect him afterwards. I've always been interested in psychology so watching him struggle with his guilt was fascinating. At times he is paranoid, angry, sad, scared and smug but never happy.

25Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 3:47pm

511) Cutter and Bone by Thornburg.



Another new-to-me author off the 1001 list. This one is a thriller that takes place in 70s American after the Vietnam War and follows two men as they try to find peace with their demons. Richard Bone and Alex Cutter are reluctant friends who live together in poverty. Bone was all set up to live a fairly prosperous life but now finds himself penniless and unemployed (his 'employment' these days is using women for sex and money). Alex Cutter returned from Vietnam minus a few body parts and spends his time drinking and drugging to forget the horrors of the war.

One afternoon, Bone is out walking when a car screeches to a halt in front of him and a man throws what looks like a set of golf clubs in a trash can. He soon realises that this was a body dump and he is the only witness. He doesn't want to become involved at all but begrudgingly tells the police what little he knows. The next day, while reading the newspaper, he sees a picture of a man with the same build as the killer and even though he didn't see the man's face, he realises that this is probably the killer. Cutter instantly dreams of blackmailing the man and convinces the others to go along with it despite the fact that they really don't want to and what follows is part madcap adventure/part searing indictment of the war.

26Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 4:37pm

512) Moscow Stations by Yerofeev.



What a surreal look into the mind of an alcoholic living in 70s Soviet Russia. I am sad to see so many negative reviews on Amazon because this is a fascinating novella. It's part autobiographical and chronicles the trip of Venya Erofeev as he travels home by train to his wife and child. There are no chapters per se but instead the prose is broken up by train stops along the route. When he gets on the train in Moscow, he is rather lucid but he travels with a suitcase full of liquor so as he travels the countryside and drinks, his thoughts become more and more bizarre. He has numerous debates about the politics of the time but it's not always clear as to whether he is debating himself or actual people. I really enjoyed this novel and will keep it as I think it's one to revisit.

27Yells
Jan 8, 2019, 3:48pm

>23 LisaMorr: Thanks! It was a weird and wonderful novel.

28Yells
Editado: Jan 16, 2019, 6:59pm

513) Midnight's Children by Rushdie.



Somehow I missed logging this one so my spreadsheet didn't match. Lovely writing but I wasn't all that impressed with the story. Oddly enough, I enjoyed the movie better. I found that the movie incorporated the midnight children better (they seemed like an after thought in the book - I know what he was going for but it didn't really fit).

29JayneCM
Jan 8, 2019, 4:52pm

>28 Yells: I have never read any Salmon Rushdie which is strange considering the intense controversy around him at one time. This is the one I have on my list to read first as I love books about India.
And it seems that every time I have googled a book recently, I have found a movie adaptation. There is one of this book too, which I will hopefully find to watch after reading the book.

30Yells
Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 9:33pm

I liked the movie but wasn't as enthralled with the book. Beautiful writing but odd storyline.

This was my first Rushdie novel as well!

31JayneCM
Jan 8, 2019, 7:36pm

>30 Yells: Sounds intriguing! I found a secondhand copy so it is on the pile.

32Yells
Editado: Fev 18, 2019, 5:02pm

514) The Man Who Loved Children by Stead



Everything about this book annoyed me to no end, I hated the characters, was bored by the storyline and ever so happy to finally finish. I will need to dig out my book to see this is on the list.

33Yells
Editado: Jan 19, 2019, 2:36pm

515) Farewell, My Lovely by Chandler



I really enjoy these older crime noir novels. Modern crime writers have to rely on twist after twist in order to stand out (and the story can get really weird and complicated) while older writers, who were busy inventing the genre, were able to be creative in different ways. The story is still complex but without all the 'biggest twist yet!' or 'you won't see this coming!' My only issue is the racism. I understand that that was life back then but it still makes me cringe a lot when reading. This book seemed to be a lot worse than some of his other stuff.

34Yells
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 6:02pm

516) The Long Goodbye by Chandler



I am beginning to love Marlowe. He is blunt, crude and honest (And racist and misogynistic but I am trying to ignore that). He says whatever is on his mind and doesn't take crap from anyone. This is my favourite one so far. He does what he thinks is a good deed but it lands him in the middle of a big old mess. He is actually not trying to solve a crime and spends most of the novel trying to extricate himself from it all but nonetheless, he gets sucked in anyways.

35Yells
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 6:02pm

517) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez.



Genius writing but I'm afraid my muddled brain just wasn't in the right frame of mind to truly appreciate it all.

36Yells
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 6:01pm

518) David Copperfield by Dickens.



My favourite Dickens book so far. Poor David/Doady/Trotwood/Davy never knew his father and loses his mom early as well. To escape his mean stepfather, he runs away and ends up living with his aunt. The story follows him throughout his schooling and into marriage.

37Yells
Editado: Fev 4, 2019, 6:03pm

519) Invention of Curried Sausage by Timm.



A neat little book about WWII and food. A journalist in Hamburg sets out to prove that curried sausage was invented in his hometown by a local woman who runs a street cart, instead of in Berlin as was commonly thought. He tracks her down in a retirement home years later to get the truth but she has another story to tell first. She recounts her life at the end of the war when she starts an affair with a much younger deserter and the curried sausage part quickly becomes secondary.

38JayneCM
Fev 4, 2019, 12:36am

>37 Yells: That sounds fantastic! I love quirky books like that. Did you enjoy it?

39Yells
Fev 4, 2019, 9:57am

>38 JayneCM: What I love most about reading this list is finding gems from around the world that I never would have heard of otherwise. This was definitely one of them.

40Yells
Editado: Fev 16, 2020, 10:22am

520) Lady Chatterley's Lover by Lawrence.



Okay then... scandal aside, did Lawrence ever actually have sex? He seems fascinated by it but I have to wonder if he is mixing it up with like darts or something. The poor, poor man...



41gypsysmom
Fev 12, 2019, 12:45pm

42Yells
Editado: Mar 23, 2020, 10:52am

521) A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.



I finally read a 1001 book! And an odd one at that. I was getting a little confused about the politics going on in the background so I had to do a little brushing up on Wikipedia. Overall it was an interesting read but not my favourite Dickens (that would be David Copperfield).

43Yells
Editado: Mar 23, 2020, 10:53am

522) G by Berger



For the 'read a book written the year you were born' challenge, I had two choices: this one or a Calvino novel. I think I may have chosen the wrong one as I am definitely not in the right frame of mind to tackle this one properly. I don't do well with experimental novels to begin with, but one that focuses on the sexual awakening of a young man in Milan at the turn of the century? Not generally my cup of tea. I did a bit of research into Gardibaldi so I had a basic understanding of the time period.

44Yells
Editado: Mar 23, 2020, 10:53am

523) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde



A fascinating look at a man's descent into madness.

45Yells
Editado: Mar 23, 2020, 10:53am

524) The Age of Innocence by Wharton



An interesting love triangle between a married couple and the wife's mysterious cousin who is running away from a bad marriage. While the rest of society shuns her, Newland finds himself drawn to her indifferent attitude towards everything.

46Yells
Editado: Mar 23, 2020, 10:53am

525) Where Angels Fear to Tread by Forster



Poor Gino! I know he married for money, but good grief, the day he got involved with this nutbar family....

47Yells
Editado: Mar 28, 2020, 10:54pm

526) The Professors House by Cather



I've just rediscovered Cather and have been on a bit of a kick lately. I have read O Pioneers and I am halfway through The Song of the Lark. I'm not sure why I started this one on top of the others, but when I was browsing e-books, it jumped out so I figured why not. It is really different from the pioneer trilogy and shows a very different style of writing. It was a great book to read at this particular moment in time as part of it was about a man who is undergoing a life change and having trouble dealing with it. He clings to the familiar much to his family's dismay. I'm feeling a lot like that with this whole social isolation thing. Under normal circumstances, I would have probably rolled my eyes at his antics, but this week, I totally understood where he was coming from.

48Yells
Editado: Abr 12, 2020, 5:54pm

527) Howards End by Forster



I read A Passage to India and A Room With a View years ago and while I liked them, I found the writing to be a bit difficult at times (I was so bored with the middle section of APtI but loved the first and last sections). I wasn't really looking forward to reading more Forster but took a chance with this one and Where Angels Fear to Tread. I probably shouldn't have read them so close together as the characters started to intermingle. Howards End is a sweeping drama about class and prejudice set at the turn of the century. The story is built around Howards End, a charming country home that everyone seems to love and want to have.

49Yells
Editado: Abr 19, 2020, 7:00pm

528) Oliver Twist by Dickens



You know, I think I might be becoming a bit of a Dickens fan. This one is right up there with David Copperfield - an intriguing story with lots of twists and turns. It gets a little far-fetched (everyone in London is apparently related) but it was a neat story to lose myself in for a few days.

50gypsysmom
Abr 13, 2020, 3:18pm

>49 Yells: If you like audiobooks try listening to Dickens on audio. To me it is the perfect way to experience his novels.

51Yells
Abr 13, 2020, 3:54pm

>50 gypsysmom: I love audio books but I'm often too impatient to wait for it to unfold - I half listen, half read (and honestly, these days I have the attention span of a gnat so I need to finish faster to prevent forgetting everything). I've just discovered serial books and paid for the upgrade so I can go fast or slow, depending on my mood. It's a great way to read Dickens in much the same way the books were originally published.

52Helenliz
Abr 14, 2020, 8:45am

I agree, I used to listen while commuting, and there's something in the listening in an episodic manner that replicates the original reading experience. Then I changed job and cut down the commute to only 2 days a week and I wasn't prepared to wait 4 days for the next instalment... That and a 40 hour book would take 10 weeks!

53Yells
Editado: Abr 19, 2020, 7:04pm

529) The Good Soldier by Ford



I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I questioned the motives of every single character. I think I would have strangled Edward.

54Yells
Editado: Out 18, 2020, 7:56pm

530) The Jungle by Sinclair



Probably not the most uplifting book to read at this point... these poor people went through hell. I'm glad something good came from it's publishing.

55Yells
Editado: Maio 7, 2020, 9:45pm

531) The Torrents of Spring by Turgenev



My first Turgenev. It was okay. Interesting story, but nothing out of the ordinary.

56Yells
Editado: Maio 17, 2020, 2:16pm

532) Sister Carrie by Dreiser



I never really knew what this book was about, and thought it was published long before it was. What a treat to discover. The whole time I went from liking Carrie to hating her. At some points, she seems so innocent, but at other points, she knows exactly what she is doing. Very well done.

57Yells
Editado: Maio 10, 2020, 11:04am

533) Iron Heel by London



Very similar to The Jungle, but oh so exhausting to read. I think London is actually more angry than Lewis!

58Yells
Editado: Maio 17, 2020, 2:15pm

534) Homo Faber by Frisch



While I really enjoyed the story, and the writing was beautiful, I was rather annoyed by all the coincidence. He travels all over the world and always seems to find that one person who he is connected with? All the connections were necessary for Faber's journey, but Frisch could have made them a little more plausible.

59Yells
Editado: Jun 5, 2020, 9:22pm

535) King Solomon's Mine by Haggard.



Racism, sexism and trophy hunting aside, this was quite the yarn! He definitely packs a lot into his adventure tales.

60Yells
Editado: Jun 5, 2020, 9:21pm

536) She by Haggard



King Solomon's Mines, but with more magic.

61Yells
Editado: Jun 17, 2020, 9:46pm

537) Father and Sons by Turgenev



I started this one because it was short, but ended up reading it twice because my mind wandered a lot. Not the fault of Turgenev at all; it was actually a well-written novella about family, love and one really annoying know-it-all. Unfortunately, my mind is all over the place, so I am finding it hard to concentrate. C'est la vie!


62Yells
Editado: Jun 17, 2020, 9:47pm

538) Pere Goriot by Balzac



My first Balzac, but definitely not my last. I love the detail he puts into everything. The story takes place in a rundown boarding house and his description of the furniture and the food really brought into the moment. I felt like a resident living there with everyone around me. And Goriot can be my father.


63Yells
Editado: Jun 17, 2020, 9:48pm

539) Love Medicine by Erdich



I really liked this one. I found it to be like a jigsaw puzzle; each story was a piece in the overall puzzle. I loved how each page seemed to build on the story and add new details. I did have to refer to the family tree a lot so I'm glad it was included.

64Yells
Editado: Jun 19, 2020, 12:26pm

540) Blaming by Taylor



Another first. An interesting story about a woman who is trying to deal with middle age, loss and a whole lot of guilt. A well written novel.

65Yells
Editado: Jun 20, 2020, 6:32pm

541) A Lear of the Steppes by Turgenev



I needed something short to read so figured I'd give this one a go. Very similar to Pere Goriot - strange that I read both at the same time.

66Yells
Editado: Jun 24, 2020, 10:57pm

542) What I Loved by Hustvedt



Having no idea what this book was about, I started it and immediately figured it would just be a saga about the lives of two intertwined artistic families living in 70/80s New York. In the second section, the book took a rather unexpected turn and I couldn't put it down.

67Yells
Editado: Set 18, 2020, 12:33pm

543) Siddhartha by Hesse



I think I will re-read this when I am in a better state of mind. My frazzled brain was a little too frazzled to be calmed by this meditation.

68Yells
Editado: Set 9, 2020, 9:26pm

544) Princess of Cleves by de La Fayette



Interesting bits and boring bits. Again, probably not the right choice for my brain right now.



69Yells
Editado: Set 9, 2020, 9:28pm

545) Water Babies by Kingsley



This is more like it! A light and airy read. Maybe I should stick to kids/YA books until COVID fades away.

70Yells
Editado: Set 16, 2020, 4:59pm

546) Tarka the Otter by Williamson.



Reminded me a lot of Watership Down. Cute animals doing some cute and non-cute things. It's kind of nice to read stories that don't make animals into Disney characters.

71Yells
Editado: Set 18, 2020, 12:32pm

547) Clarissa by Richardson.



1500 or so pages to tell a story that could have been told in 200 or so. I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would (I remember Pamela to be a horrible novel). I hated most of the characters, but I didn't really hate the book.

72Yells
Editado: Set 30, 2020, 9:01pm

548) Billy Liar by Waterhouse



A short novel about a compulsive liar who you can't help but kind of like.

73Yells
Editado: Set 30, 2020, 9:01pm

549) Rickshaw Boy by Lao



To watch this poor guy go from a young optimist to a beaten down grump was rather painful to read.

74Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:16pm

550) All the Pretty Horses by McCarthy



I just saw someone else sum this book up as 'a road trip, with horses' (Lenjoy). I couldn't have said it better myself.

75Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:18pm

551) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Stein



I don't know a lot about Stein so this was my first foray into her world. At times really fascinating, but humblebragging got a bit much other times. I will read some more of her before I pass judgement.

76Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:20pm

552) Riddle of the Sands by Childers



My husband is a naval historian and loves this book. Usually that's enough to make me look elsewhere, but I found myself enthralled by the adventure. Maybe he's rubbing off on me after 15 years?

77Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:20pm

553) Turn of the Screw by James



A short, spooky tale perfect for a rainy afternoon.

78Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:23pm

554) Nervous Conditions by Dangarenbga



An industrious young woman in 1960's Rhodesia fights for an education amid the politics of a country in transition. I will have to seek out the rest of the trilogy at some point.

79Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:24pm

555) Erewhon by Butler



Dystopia or utopia? I love reading about different worlds and what people think makes for a utopia.

80Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:32pm

556) Beloved by Morrison



Beautifully written and horrifically sad.

81Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:28pm

557) Oroonoko by Behn



I think this could have been written by Shakespeare. Very clever little tale.

82Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:31pm

558) Troubling Love by Ferrante



A daughter tries to make sense of her mom's death by tracing her life. A sad story about domestic abuse.

83Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:34pm

559) Vanity Fair by Thackeray



84Tess_W
Jan 15, 10:50pm

Making great progress!

85Yells
Editado: Abr 17, 12:34pm

560) Suitable Boy by Seth.



After many starts and stops, I’ve finally set aside enough time to finish this one. A brilliantly written look at India post-partition through the eyes of a few intertwined families. I had wished to start reading more from the list, but that didn’t quite work out this winter. Perhaps finishing this monster and feeling spring in the air will help.

86Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:27pm

561) The 42nd Parallel by dos Passos. Part 1 of 3 of the USA trilogy. I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Loved the interconnected stories, the news headlines and the mini biographies, less enthused about the camera eye sections.

1919 by dos Passos. Part 2 looks at the war years and the effect it had on various characters.

Big Money by dos Passos. In Part 3 we move on to the post war years and the roaring 20s. Interesting experiment overall but I’m glad I’m finished the trilogy.

87Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:28pm

562) Hideous Kinky by Freud



Read it for the monthly read. Interesting look at Morocco but the laissez-faire parenting made me cringe a little.



563) Veronika Decides to Die by Coelho



This is one that I would have loved as a teen (when Celestine Prophesy was the best book ever). I don't think I'm a Coehlo fan.



88Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:28pm

564) They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by McCoy



I'm glad I was reading this lying down instead of taking part in that dance marathon.



565) Labyrinths by Borges (actually read in 2016 and somehow missed)





Love, love, love Borges.

89Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:28pm

566) At Swim-Two-Birds by O’Brien



Probably a brilliant book but my brain was not in the space to appreciate most of it. It did make me chuckle at times.

90Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:29pm

567) Annie John by Kincaid



A beautifully written coming-of-age story.

91Yells
Editado: Maio 11, 10:29pm

568) Play It As It Lays by Didion



A depressingly sad read about a depressingly sad group of people.

92Yells
Editado: Maio 21, 1:41pm

569) Journey to the Alcarria by Cela



An amble through the countryside. Now with extra dog kicking....

93ursula
Maio 11, 6:58am

>87 Yells: I've seen the movie of Hideous Kinky, I'm curious to read the book.

And I'm dreading the Coelhos on the list, I read The Alchemist a number of years ago and it made me so angry. Celestine Prophecy, indeed.

94Yells
Editado: Maio 21, 1:42pm

570) A Severed Head by Murdoch



Good grief... you’d think there were only six people in the world. I might have a little whiplash.

95Yells
Editado: Maio 14, 9:21pm

>93 ursula: Does mom come across better in the movie? She’s not winning any ‘mom of the year’ awards in this book.

96Yells
Editado: Maio 21, 1:45pm

571) Blood Meridian by McCarthy



Yikes, that IS a violent book. Is it brilliantly written? Yes. Was I in the mood to read about that much violence right now? No. I probably should have held off reading this one until well after COVID. I need happy thoughts these days.

97Yells
Editado: Maio 30, 8:48pm

572) The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick by Handke



Not really sure what to make of this one. It felt like one long sentence about an aimless man who does things without really thinking about what he is doing.

98Yells
Editado: Maio 30, 8:57pm

573) Thousand Cranes by Kawabata



I've been picking some strange books lately. A man learns about his father by befriending and sleeping with his mistresses. And then drinks tea.

99Yells
Editado: Jun 2, 8:27am

574) Max Havelaar by Multatuli



When I read a review touting this as the Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Dutch Indies and a scathing indictment of colonialism, I thought I was in for a treat. I expected The Jungle but got a weird convoluted mess. To be fair, the Kindle version I bought was horrible; no proper punctuation and really odd formatting, which made reading rather challenging at times. Maybe it was the translation or maybe I'm just not the right audience, who knows.

100Yells
Editado: Jun 5, 9:09pm

575) Saga of Gosta Berling by Lagerlof



This was quite a romp! Reminded me of Don Quixote a bit (without the crazy duelling windmills).

101Yells
Editado: Jun 5, 9:05pm

576) American Rust by Meyer



I really enjoyed this one. A murder is committed and the novel explores the consequences of that crime as it affects different people in a rural, financially depressed town.

102Yells
Editado: Jun 13, 11:02am

577) Cakes and Ale by Maugham



Not a lot of substance but a fun, light read.

103Yells
Editado: Jun 13, 11:03am

578) Platero and I by Jimenez



A lovely, lush tale of a man exploring a remote Andalusian village with his faithful sidekick, Platero.

104Yells
Editado: Jun 15, 8:57pm

579) Intimacy by Kureishi