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do you ever try to read HIGH BROW??

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ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 14:29:22

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SkiBunnyFlummy Mon 18-Apr-05 14:30:41

War and peace - utter drival

Shakespear - unnecessary, over wordy

Jane Austen - neurotic women, bit like cosmo

flamesparrow Mon 18-Apr-05 14:31:57

John Steinback - The Grapes of Wrath... it seems dull when you focus on the story, but it was the emotions that got me.

triceratops Mon 18-Apr-05 14:40:11

I love Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood and I love romance so I am a fan of Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte. I loved "Red earth and pouring rain" by Vikram Chandra. I generally like the language and the poetry in modern indian writing.

When I am feeling like reading something immediate I like the Princess Diaries and Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.

Good books in my opinion are easy to read. I never bother struggling through something that I am not enjoying, I have never found it rewarding.

flamesparrow Mon 18-Apr-05 14:41:37

I'm the other way - with the exception of bloody Jane Eyre (school one though so was probably put off by that!!), I have to finish every book I start. No idea why though

Think I'm just too stubborn.

Demented Mon 18-Apr-05 14:43:43

ambrosia, I've heard a few people say The Promise of Happiness wasn't that great (grrr as I've got it on my book shelf waiting to be read).

I have recently read and enjoyed, Life of Pi by Yann Martell (in fact I think this is my favourite book ever), Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugindes, The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer, Angel's Crest by Leslie Schwartz and many more. None of them chick-lit but all of them easy reads.

You might like Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller.

yoyo Mon 18-Apr-05 14:45:10

ambrosia - I read the Justin Cartwright too and didn't think much of it. It was a nice enough tale but hardly innovative. Learnt a bit about glass windows I suppose and felt like visiting the coast but that's about it. I also wondered if I'd missed something - the characters were nicely observed if slightly unbelievable, and growing old when children have left home was realistic.
Just finished My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell which was very good. Excellent atmosphere created throughout. Also loved Light on Snow by Anita Shreve.

suzywong Mon 18-Apr-05 15:10:20

I feel like i have a big gap in my reading list, am trying to get more highbrow so will watch this thread with interest

flamesparrow Mon 18-Apr-05 15:16:48

I went on the big read site and printed their 100 books off... went with the theory that oodles had voted, so might be worth a go.

flamesparrow Mon 18-Apr-05 15:17:40

big read list

beansprout Mon 18-Apr-05 15:24:01

Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina were two of the best books I have ever read, and much easier than I thought they would be!!!

beansprout Mon 18-Apr-05 15:24:29

Posh chic-lit basically!

cori Mon 18-Apr-05 15:32:17

Jane Austen is quite easy to read.

I have Madame Bovary, but havent read it. Looked hard, but will give it a go.

Enid Mon 18-Apr-05 15:49:32

I though the first chapter of Promise of Happiness was great - then it went seriously down hill.

Has anyone read:
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

I have read all the top 100 list apart from the kids ones I think.

flamesparrow Mon 18-Apr-05 15:51:55

Read the kids ones too - some are surprisingly good

I have the shellseekers, not gotten round to it yet though.

ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 16:16:06

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yoyo Mon 18-Apr-05 18:01:09

One of my favourite books is Stella Gibbons' "Cold Comfort Farm". Definitely one that will be re-read until my dotage.

I thought William Trevor's "The Story of Lucy Gault" was excellent too.

ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 18:03:46

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yoyo Mon 18-Apr-05 18:09:35

Just looked at list too. Reminded me that my first boyfriend bought me "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" as a gift and I still have it somewhere. Romantic socialist that he was!

Also spotted "A Prayer for Owen Meany" which I bought for everyone when it came out as it is brilliant.

Yorkiegirl Mon 18-Apr-05 18:17:54

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TinyGang Mon 18-Apr-05 18:19:02

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola is good if I remember rightly. Keep meaning to re-read it.

Hazellnut Mon 18-Apr-05 18:41:22

Looking at the top 100 list, my faves would have to be Rebecca (kept me up half the night reading it I was so gripped), I capture the Castle and A suitable boy (looks a bit daunting as sooooo long but is quite an easy read). I would recommend all of these !

ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 18:46:28

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flamesparrow Tue 19-Apr-05 07:52:22

My fave on the 100 has got to be His Dark Materials - amazing books and easy to read.

Ooh, read Perfume because of that too, odd book, but very good.

Smurfgirl Thu 21-Apr-05 02:57:07

I have not read many on that list (about 30?) and I am doing an English degree, good grief!

Some books I have read this year for my degree that I liked-

Atonement - Ian McEwan, The Sea The Sea - Iris Murdoch, Watt - Beckett, Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey's short stories, The Unconsoled - Ishiguru, Jude the Obscure - Hardy, The Time Machine - Wells, Child of the Jago - Arthur Morrison (obscure but fab)!

Mostly I think all the deep novels are a bit crap though.

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