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MaKettle Thu 07-Feb-13 11:42:34

Cote You're right, of course, about not being put off just by that: I think I'd probably already decided that I didn't like the narrative voice, and used the hyperbole as an excuse to jump ship.

CoteDAzur Thu 07-Feb-13 11:25:49

I don't remember that description, MaKettle. A bit of hyperbole in an otherwise interesting book wouldn't have put me off, tbh.

It depends on what you like, I guess. I am not a fan of "feeeelingggs" type of girly books, but enjoy a more analytical style. This guy's observations about stuff around him (especially re car parks, iirc) reminded me of J G Ballard's style. It wasn't the story that hooked me, in other words, but the "voice" of the narrator.

MaKettle Thu 07-Feb-13 11:05:20

Cote, I started Netherland and couldn't get past the description very early in of his wife vomiting with fright at the noise of a motorbike in the street below. Srsly? Vomiting with fright? (Awaits hoardes of people recounting the times they have done this very thing...)

Lamazeroo Thu 07-Feb-13 11:04:33

We've just done The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Never in a million years would I have picked this up but it was fascinating and I've since recommended it to loads of friends. My DH really enjoyed it too.

MaKettle Thu 07-Feb-13 11:00:16

Thanks, Tilly: yes it's a club of congenial souls, and definitely wine!

CoteDAzur Thu 07-Feb-13 10:49:47

I also read Middlesex for book club, thinking it wasn't for me, but ended up both enjoying the book and admiring the author's writing skills.

Other pleasant surprises were:

Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
Garden Of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng
So Much For That - Lionel Shriver
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes

tillyfernackerpants Thu 07-Feb-13 10:07:42

My book club has just read Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. I've picked it up a couple of times but thought it's not really for me. Ended up enjoying it, very well-written.

Hope you enjoy your book club, I recently changed to a different one so now the women are more my age & we have a drink, so a bit more fun!

MaKettle Thu 07-Feb-13 09:45:54

If you're a member of a book club, were there any books that you would never have chosen to read that you ended up enjoying? (Not so far for me, but I've only just joined one.)

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