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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:36 pm 
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I found the thread... Hooray for literature :lol:

Well, I have just started reading 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury. After that I have 'The woman in white' by Wilkie Collins. It's apparently what spawned 'The woman in black'.

Has anyone read 'Anna Karenina'??

I have so much love for Fahrenheit. I wrote a senior thesis on it and everything.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:36 pm 
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I'm reading about books on a cat forum 8)


:lol: :lol: :roll: :lol: .......
As instructed I have just started reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood. I'm told its very good. :)
I read that for A level, very good but very deep for bedtime reading.

Just finished 50 shades, to understand what all the fuss was about. I can conclude that aside from being poorly written; I would beat Mr. Grey senseless!!


ROTFL....ditto! What a wimp! ha ha ha.....

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:47 pm 
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exoticcatlover wrote:
I found the thread... Hooray for literature :lol:

Well, I have just started reading 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury. After that I have 'The woman in white' by Wilkie Collins. It's apparently what spawned 'The woman in black'.

Has anyone read 'Anna Karenina'??


I wondered how long it would take you to find this thread!!! :D Well you are not entirely correct. Wikie Collins "The Woman in White " did not spawn Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black"...but it does have a bearing. Susan was being clever and playing on words...just as she does alot with other things in that novel, which if you have the time to research add yet another dimension to the storytelling. For example...Chapter 10 "Whistle and I'll Come To You" is adapted from another ghost story, "Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You, My Lad" written by M. R. James. Its quite clever because in M.R. James novel, the whistle brings the spectre to the protagonist whereas in her chapter it is the other way round, the whistle lures the dog (and thereby the protagonist) to the spectre. Its a game of opposites. There are many other references within that book, such as to Hamlet, King Arthurian legends, Dickins "Great Expectations" and more even subtler references. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:48 pm 
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I was just thinking about what this thread needs...it may be more beneficial if when writing what you are reading to give a brief outline of the plot and your rating on it...then we can all decide if it appeals and is worth reading. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:09 am 
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A post script....I appreciate this is a Bengal forum...but would it be worth asking the moderators for a permanent book fixture? We are all here because of our loves for Bengals but that said, sometimes it is good to talk about other interests which in my humble experience of forums can be a topic area to keep people chatting when other threads go a bit stagnant. Only a thought!!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:09 am 
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A post script....I appreciate this is a Bengal forum...but would it be worth asking the moderators for a permanent book fixture? We are all here because of our loves for Bengals but that said, sometimes it is good to talk about other interests which in my humble experience of forums can be a topic area to keep people chatting when other threads go a bit stagnant. Only a thought!!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:44 am 
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I just got The Spinoza Problem by Irvin Yalom in the mail last night, so will add that to my list. Irvin Yalom is my counselling/psychology hero, I hoover up everything he writes. Can't wait to get into this.

When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe, his idol, was a great admirer of the Jewish seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Long after graduation, Rosenberg remains haunted by this “Spinoza problem”: how could the German genius Goethe have been inspired by a member of a race Rosenberg considers so inferior to his own, a race he was determined to destroy?

Spinoza himself was no stranger to punishment during his lifetime. Because of his unorthodox religious views, he was excommunicated from the Amsterdam Jewish community in 1656, at the age of twenty-four, and banished from the only world he had ever known. Though his life was short and he lived without means in great isolation, he nonetheless produced works that changed the course of history.

Over the years, Rosenberg rose through the ranks to become an outspoken Nazi ideologue, a faithful servant of Hitler, and the main author of racial policy for the Third Reich. Still, his Spinoza obsession lingered. By imagining the unexpected intersection of Spinoza’s life with Rosenberg’s, internationally bestselling novelist Irvin D. Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by 300 years. Using his skills as a psychiatrist, he explores the inner lives of Spinoza, the saintly secular philosopher, and of Rosenberg, the godless mass murderer.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:23 am 
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minx wrote:
exoticcatlover wrote:
I found the thread... Hooray for literature :lol:

Well, I have just started reading 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury. After that I have 'The woman in white' by Wilkie Collins. It's apparently what spawned 'The woman in black'.

Has anyone read 'Anna Karenina'??


I wondered how long it would take you to find this thread!!! :D Well you are not entirely correct. Wikie Collins "The Woman in White " did not spawn Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black"...but it does have a bearing. Susan was being clever and playing on words...just as she does alot with other things in that novel, which if you have the time to research add yet another dimension to the storytelling. For example...Chapter 10 "Whistle and I'll Come To You" is adapted from another ghost story, "Oh Whistle and I'll Come To You, My Lad" written by M. R. James. Its quite clever because in M.R. James novel, the whistle brings the spectre to the protagonist whereas in her chapter it is the other way round, the whistle lures the dog (and thereby the protagonist) to the spectre. Its a game of opposites. There are many other references within that book, such as to Hamlet, King Arthurian legends, Dickins "Great Expectations" and more even subtler references. :)


Do you know, Waterstones, the book shop gave me that information on 'The woman in black'. I'm not happy that they have told me wrong information :roll:

I may correct them next time I stop by.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:26 am 
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I have so much love for Fahrenheit. I wrote a senior thesis on it and everything.[/quote]

Hooray someones read it. I have only just started and I'm already hooked. The writing style is superb and the use of language is wonderful.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:34 am 
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HUGE Bradbury fan! :)

I agree adding some info about the books would be helpful as we share. While I love books I have to admit I've always been a bit intimidated by book clubs. I get very excited & enjoy talking about the books and hearing what others think but am not very good about proper literary terms or formal analysis. Guess I just wanted to throw that out there to ask for a little forgiveness in advance. ;)

Max makes it hard to get back into my reading routine. He wants to nibble on the corners of rhe book or lay right in front of the page. Anyone else's bengals like to "read with you"?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:59 am 
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If I could major in anything without worrying about jobs, I would major in literature. Formal analysis and I are great friends. I just got out of a Shakespeare class from my last semester, which I enjoyed an awful lot (though I'd enjoy it more if our professor had been... different).


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:26 pm 
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I am a massive true blood fan, and my dad got me a book token for my birthday. So I brought the first 2 Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I read in 2 days! (teacher- school holidays!!!) i think i may go to waterstones today and get the next two. The first two were very hard to put down! :D


I LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse series! The show is ok, I'm not too thrilled with how far they have strayed from the books. The authority stuff seems silly to me. How are you liking the books? I love me some Eric :lol:

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I'm rereading Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, totally love them!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:07 pm 
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I'm reading Fireman Sam, The Runaway Santa :wink: I have been reading it every night for the past month even though the little monkey knows it word for word. I normally fall asleep just after reading it so never get to read anything else. I am a book-a-holic too, my OH bought me a kindle so it would take up less space. It sort of worked, but I've lost it in the house move & I still buy loads of books that I never get round to reading :roll:

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