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Disgrace - by JM Coeztee. Started reading it yesterday to figure out why this guy's the first person ever to win the Booker Prize twice, and believe you me, it's that good.
Okay, said I, if Boerseun thinks it is that good, I will take a gander at it. Googled it. Amazon dot Com let me read the first two chapters. Wow. :) It is that good. It is mesmerizing. How does Coeztee do it? Except for the word "uxoriously", he used the same words as I do. But his writing is like a precisely focused laser beam, compared to my sputtering candle flame.


Uxoriously. :doh:


Thanks, Boerseun!!!!!!!!! :)

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Looking up Coeztee now...


I've finally rediscovered my passion for reading books of the paper kind. :)

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Finally getting around to reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, again.


I read it many, many years ago, but found the "Uncut Version" in a bookshop over the weekend. I can't remember the one I read years ago being this fat! Quite a bit more flesh to this story (a good two/three hundred pages, by the looks of it) than the first one.


Humans raised by Martians only to get back to a totally alien (to them, at least) Earth? You betcha. Got me some readin' to do!

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Umberto Eco is awesome! Spine-tingling, brain-warping awesome!

He's in the same league as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera)


I'm nearly finished reading the latter, Love in the Time of Cholera. Amazingly marvelous. Marvelously amazing.


The Name of the Rose was done into a movie some 10 or 20 years ago. Starring Sean Connery. It was a pretty good movie, but totally lacked the genius, the warped comedy, the historical intensity of the book's author. It was like they made the movie from the Cliff's Notes of the Reader's Digest Condensed Version of all the odd numbered chapters of the original book.


Still, it starred Sean Connery, so it couldn't really be "bad". :hihi:

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