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Red Riding Quartet- has anyone read them?

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deaddei Sun 11-Oct-09 21:33:38

I have just finished reading the first one(1974)- wow. What a rollercoaster of a book. Have now begun the 2nd- (1977).
I saw the tv versions and was very impressed, and must get it on dvd, as I will probably understand it better.
Very "noir" and bleak.

Pyrocanthus Sun 11-Oct-09 21:53:40

Thanks for that, I was wondering whether to give them a go.

LissyGlitter Sun 11-Oct-09 22:00:05

My DP keeps trying to get me to read them, but he says I should only read them if I am feeling happy, or I will probably throw myself off a bridge!

FlyingMonkey Mon 12-Oct-09 17:32:23

I've read 1974 and thought it was brutal. Not keen to read the rest.

PutDown Mon 12-Oct-09 20:17:25

Have read them all.
Very dark and brutal,but very good.
Not 'feel good' reading at all.

LowLevelWhingeing Mon 12-Oct-09 20:21:56

Ooh, I was looking at these the other day. I'm after something a bit outside my usual genre of Booker shortlist types (this is only because my mum buys me the shortlist for my birthday every year!).

But. How grim are they? I stopped reading Half a Yellow Sun because it got a bit grim, so maybe I'm too soppy for Red Riding?

PutDown Tue 13-Oct-09 20:08:03

Lots of swearing,lots of sex,lots of violence.
A sort of unrelenting grim auragrin

deaddei Tue 13-Oct-09 20:49:30

Yes you don't read them for a laugh.
I like Sean Bean on the front of mine smile

deaddei Sun 18-Oct-09 20:29:58

Just finished 1977- the one which wasn't filmed- and have to confess I didn't understand the ending. Anyone?

PutDown Sun 18-Oct-09 20:54:52

I think you have to read them all,tbh.
The stories are all interlinked.
Liked 1977 least,actually!

deaddei Sun 18-Oct-09 21:05:17

Yes I'm about to start the next one. Fine bedtime reading!!!

CrystalQueen Fri 23-Oct-09 22:21:25

Agree with flyingmonkey. I read 1974 and thought it was well written, but grim. I felt like I wanted a shower afterwards. My DH has read three so far and loved them.

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