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I have been learning how to read lately, and surprisingly it is not Cosmo or chip packets.

Yes indeed, a real book.

The book in question is "Eleven Minutes" by Paulo Coelho... It is about a Brazilian chick who moves to Geneva and becomes a hooker. It actually made me blush on the train this morning.

Has anyone read it? Or does anyone have any recommendations as to what book I should devour next?

If you liked that, you'll probably enjoy this too . http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-One-tra...7978462&sr=8-1

You can also read her Blog online.
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A really good gift book, that feels and look as good as its content is "Table Talk" Oscar Wilde Compilation of Short Stories and Fables.

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Old 18.12.2007, 13:51
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Oscar Wilde is the cat's meow.
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"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. "


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Old 18.12.2007, 14:19
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:28
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

i agree with the earlier poster about the time traveller's wife... sure - it's been heavily marketed by the tv-bookclub-juggernaut - but is nonetheless unique and very emotionally involving. likewise a million little pieces. finished it on the train to zurich and struggled not to cry like a little girl.
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finished it on the train to zurich and struggled not to cry like a little girl.
You so cried.

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Old 18.12.2007, 14:30
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I have been learning how to read lately, and surprisingly it is not Cosmo or chip packets.

Yes indeed, a real book.

The book in question is "Eleven Minutes" by Paulo Coelho... It is about a Brazilian chick who moves to Geneva and becomes a hooker. It actually made me blush on the train this morning.

Has anyone read it? Or does anyone have any recommendations as to what book I should devour next?

If you like some more hooker stories The Respectful Whore by Sartre

even though my favorite one is
The Devil and the Good Lord again by Sartre
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:31
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likewise a million little pieces. finished it on the train to zurich and struggled not to cry like a little girl.
Did you believe anything about 'A million little Pieces" I read it after all the controversy surrounding it and it is sooo far fetched, the author just wanted to big himself up - wasn't impressed at all
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i also read american psycho recently and didn't even have nightmares. so there.
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:34
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nicky - yes, of course, but if you are going to read a book that has a bit of science fiction as the premise, you have to be able to grant the necessary artistic license. maybe you didn't like the idea of combining genres? personal taste of course, but it worked for me.

edit: ummm... wrong book.

okay, million little pieces: yes. i read a newer print with author note (in which he is quite frank about what he did, admitting details about things they wouldn't have found out), and had already read all the stuff about it as it happened. i believe that the vast majority of it is true. but at the end of the day, it's would still be good as a work of complete fiction for me.
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:44
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nicky - yes, of course, but if you are going to read a book that has a bit of science fiction as the premise, you have to be able to grant the necessary artistic license. maybe you didn't like the idea of combining genres? personal taste of course, but it worked for me.

edit: ummm... wrong book.

okay, million little pieces: yes. i read a newer print with author note (in which he is quite frank about what he did, admitting details about things they wouldn't have found out), and had already read all the stuff about it as it happened. i believe that the vast majority of it is true. but at the end of the day, it's would still be good as a work of complete fiction for me.
As complete fiction yes but he touted it as his memoirs it got huge recognition off the back of Opras book club, he sold millions and made a wad of cash from it then decided to admit a lot of it was bullshit, that he wasn't as tough as he'd like to have made out - I think he had himself down as Bruce Willis's character in Die Hard when he wrote it.

For a start which airline would allow someone in his supposed state to board an aircraft on his own bleeding all over the place and high on drink and drugs.... so far fetched - again if it was fiction then fine but I read it on the premise that it was his memoirs.

Sorry the book really irritated me...

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EDIT: this makes interesting reading http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive...amesfrey1.html
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

One hundred Years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Probably the greatest book ever written by the greatest ever author, not that I have strong opinions on it.

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One hundred Years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Probably the greatest book ever written by the greatest ever author, not that I have strong opinions on it.
Totally agreed!
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Old 18.12.2007, 14:55
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Re: Top reads [book recommendations]

well, i don't really care how much money he made off it, good luck to him. i wouldn't turn down an appearance on oprah if i was an author.

i think the question you have to ask is whether taking some subjectivity, some parts of other people's stories and some fiction to combine for dramatic purposes means that it's not valid in some way. it remains a deeply moving and inspirational story. i think it says more about the sad state of the publishing industry that one word on the cover had to be changed to get it signed to be honest.

i don't mean this as badly as it sounds, but to me your view is bit like the "i don't like that band, they sold out" argument.
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Old 18.12.2007, 15:00
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well, i don't really care how much money he made off it, good luck to him. i wouldn't turn down an appearance on oprah if i was an author.

i think the question you have to ask is whether taking some subjectivity, some parts of other people's stories and some fiction to combine for dramatic purposes means that it's not valid in some way. it remains a deeply moving and inspirational story. i think it says more about the sad state of the publishing industry that one word on the cover had to be changed to get it signed to be honest.

i don't mean this as badly as it sounds, but to me your view is bit like the "i don't like that band, they sold out" argument.
I don't like being duped, it says it was his memoirs, it wasn't at the end of the day, if it was just a story then i would have read it under the impression of it being just a story but i was reading it thinking it was true to life - admittedly whilst reading it I felt it was too far fetched to be real and then discovered later it actually wasn't - did you read the smoking gun article?

I am currently reading a book about a lady who has been sectioned in an asylum, interesting story, quite similar to a million little pieces in how its written and describing every day life but its compete fiction, like Freys book was complete fiction masquerading as his memoirs
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i read the article when it came out, but can't remember all of it. i also read some of the follow-up blogging/articles and the impression i got was that there was a bit of an overreaction. having read it long after all this it wasn't a problem for me... but i'm not sure it would have been anyway. in his introduction he says that he considers memoirs to be subjective anyway (well, obviously!). i kind of agree to an extent. did you feel duped by fargo?

i think i've heard about the book you're reading - which is it?
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Old 18.12.2007, 15:07
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i read the article when it came out, but can't remember all of it. i also read some of the follow-up blogging/articles and the impression i got was that there was a bit of an overreaction. having read it long after all this it wasn't a problem for me... but i'm not sure it would have been anyway. in his introduction he says that he considers memoirs to be subjective anyway (well, obviously!). i kind of agree to an extent. did you feel duped by fargo?

i think i've heard about the book you're reading - which is it?
anyway glad you enjoyed it

It's called 'But inside I am screaming'

not the greatest book but it reminds me of A Million Little Pieces without the hype
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yes, less arguing. i'll check yours out.

now... literally "the big one": anyone read infinite jest? i started it... ran out of bookmarks... tried again... moved on to something that didn't make my brain hurt so much. i was enjoying it - i think most people criticise it for being boring or pretentious and i didn't find that to be the case. i'm just too stupid. was going to try again at christmas.
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I'd recommend Milan Kundera's anthology of short stories 'Laughable Loves' (no blush-inducing scene in there though, or maybe I'm just thick skinned).

The funniest sex scene I've read is in 'Choke' by Chuck Palahniuk. (The book is about a sex addict who regularly pretends to choke in a restaurant so the person who 'saves' him feels obligated to take care of him and send him cheques.) Hope I'm not mixing it up with another Chuck book.

Where did you read what you thought was the funniest sex scene written, anyone?
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