- Manchester, No, UK
- member since May 12, 2012
Hi Yvonne! Thank you for joining my group,though I haven't seen any posts from you yet.Do join in,I was hoping that you would be involved with sharing some of the great classics you have read.Your reviews are always so good. I will probably be opening a 1001 Books thread to discuss the books off that list soon,but it has been hectic getting the group up and running.I am really delighted with the response,and hope you will soon participate.If not I'm sure you will enjoy reading the lively posts.Happy reading!
Do you enjoy your time without internet or do you feel like you are going through withdrawl? I do not mind when I don't have it but I think my daughters would lose their mind if we went without it for too long. Looking at all those unread posts could take a huge chunk out of your reading time! :) I am just starting to get into reading mode again so that is good. I just started my third book in the past week and it's been a long time since I did that.
Hi Yvonne, I am really sorry I haven't responded to your message earlier, I have been fairly non-existent on Shelfari recently. The Lost Generation is a phrase assigned to writers who were adults during World War I. Writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald and T.S Eliot. I think it's something you can really feel in their writing - sadness and loss.
There is a little story about how ithe term came about on its Wikipedia page, I think Gertrude Stein describes it very beautifully (and that is me being very magnanimous because I HATE Gertrude Stein's poetry) :)
Hi Yvonne1.How rude of me.I just noticed that you have been following me a while,and somehow I had not reciprocated :)Better late than never!Thank you for coming over to the Booknabbers group,hope you are finding good recommendations and useful info there.Sadly it has become a very quiet group these days.I think for the most part people tend to gravitate to specialist genre groups,like paranormals,mystery etc,but I enjoy general groups,you come across a wide variety of books,and,as you may have noticed from my shelf,I am nothing if not eclectic :)
You are doing exceptionally well on the 1001 group.I am doing only occasion books which fit in with other challenges etc.I have picked a mini list of 50 books,which I will probably read over 3 years,but I am not keeping up with BOTM etcToo much experimental stufffrom the 2000s on that list,not my cup of tea at all.You are really keen,I am in awe of the heavyweight stuff on your shelf.I read a lot of classics etc when I was younger,but now I reserve the right of an old lady to read popcorn and fluff to my heart's content.Happy reading,Yvonne!
Hi Yvonne, I'm currently writing a review for my blog and will let you know when it's finished. Ōe is a nobel prize winner and the book is a collection of 'four short novels' - or long short stories. Most circle around the end of WW2 and family tensions arising out of it. Ōe had a disabled son and this is a major theme as well. There is violent and sexual content, he translates the psychodramas into a very physical world. Death, madness and grudges haunt the stories - he is a great Flannery O'Connor fan and you can see her imprint on one of the stories - Prize Stock, which is set in a rural village with trappers and even a man with an artificial leg. (I don't know if you've read O'Connor - she's a magnificent writer.)
I'm hooked and will be reading more Ōe books as I find them.
How are you liking Poisonwood Bible ? I read it several years ago and loved it ! I keep seeing more books on here that others are reading that I read in the past. Sure wish I would've kept better records of all I've read throughout the years .
If you like Poisonwood, and haven't yet read it,there's another book that reminds me a lot of it . Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux .
I have finally finished it but it really dragged on for me. I enjoyed the story very much, both the love story and the war story but I tired of Tolstoy's pontificating. Frankly the epilogue was the hardest to get through because I was so ready to be done. Great story, he could have used an editor. :)
Awesome, I'm glad to know you like that type of writing; I absolutely love Kerouac and Thompson. Though the addictiveness of the 1001 club really sets me back on reading them haha. Fight Club definitely should have made it right! Have you read Choke? That was added to the list and then removed, but I don't think it is as good as Fight Club.