My problem is that I'm actually involved in so books at once that I can neither continue reading the ones I'm already on, nor start afresh with any of them, or start on any new ones, I'm too impatient. I'm like a sampler, one moment I get a taste for this, then the next minute I get a taste for that, and then I get another taste for something else, my God it's overwhelming! I mean I adore books, I want to gorge myself sick on books, but I just get the feeing that there's so much good stuff out there that I don't have the time to read any of it (not that I can read a book properly, anyway, but then you can't blame me for being ambitious, can you?) It’s all just become one big haze and I’ve managed to defocus my mind and loose track of myself in some kind of strange papery-void.
As an example of what I'm currently trying to get through, here's a mash of the books that are currently confusing me (including comics): The Prince; The Trial; Cassavetes on Cassavetes; The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol; Nausea; The Code of the Woosters; Ginger Geezer; Elia Kazan: A Life; The Glass Graduate; David Boring; The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Life, The Universe and Everything; The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner ....And I'm constantly tempted to read more! I may have to scratch out my eyeballs to stop myself going any further (or give myself a smack round the head with a hammer, that ought to do it!)
A book called 'Sparkles' by Louise Bagshawe... hey im only 15, not into all these great books full of knowledge and symbolism yet hehe!
Never too early to start! I had read the collected works of Proust by the time I was nine.
(yes, I'm joking)
Hey Alba, have you read William Boyd?
I think it's going to be my next one. Just need to get through the Glen Duncan book first.
Just started reading "Shame" by Jasvinder Sanghera, is really really good. Cant put it down, nearly finished it
Its about her life and how her parents tried to force her into marrying someone, then they disowned her when she was a teenager, so its all about her life and struggle to look after herself, her sisters 'suicide' etc. Really recommend it. Thought it would be really religious but it isnt, and Im really enjoying it.
naivesincerity - re Boyd, I've read Nat Tate, having as I do quite a love of the literary hoax. Would you recommend any others?
Alba- I havent read all of them, I've skim read some but to me def. the best is the one I'm reading now, 'Stars and Bars'. There's quite a lot in it, maybe a little too much, but it's got good characterisation and is VERY funny in places, and really well written too.
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
^^ I have that on my bookshelf to read. looks good.
Alice Hoffman - The Probable Future
Melvin Bragg - The Adventure of English
Umberto Eco- Foucault's Pendulum
I'm finding it really hard to get into which is annoying.
One of my fav books is by Eco. The name of the rose is cool.
read the first 200 pages of hitchhikers guide in 2 hours on a train.
It's just too good. I know I'm going to read it too quickly
There's no such thing as "too quickly" when reading Douglas Adams. Fact.
Except that you finish it too soon and feel bereft.
naivesincerity, I'll take your advice. Boyd has too long been a literary blindspot of mine.