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Tiabelle, I could loan you the land of a thousand suns.

That would be great. Thanks
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Old 13.01.2009, 10:54
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Dawkin's The God Delusion
The Long Way Down - Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
Margaret Thatcher's The Downing Street Years
Assorted motorsport magazines.
Loads of tripe on internet fora.

I am a voracious reader and often have several books on the go at the same time.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Henning Mankell's "The Pyramid"

I'm a Wallander addict and I love the bleak depiction of Swedish life.
It makes even Switzerland look cheerful.......
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Amazon here I come

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Old 13.01.2009, 12:22
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Henning Mankell's "The Pyramid"

I'm a Wallander addict and I love the bleak depiction of Swedish life.
It makes even Switzerland look cheerful.......

I lived for quite a while in the part of Sweden that Mankell writes about, it wasn't that bleak :-)
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Old 13.01.2009, 12:35
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I just finished The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It is written from the perspective of a murdered girl who watches her family from heaven. It's a strange book in the way it is written but it works & I found it hard to put down.
I thought this was a great book. I sobbed my way through the last couple of chapters. Not sure how its going to convert to film though...
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Henning Mankell's "The Pyramid"

I'm a Wallander addict and I love the bleak depiction of Swedish life.
It makes even Switzerland look cheerful.......
me too, love Wallander. Have you seen Kenneth Branagh's Wallander, was on TV before xmas - wasn't expecting much but I was gobsmacked at how good it was.

My favorite books at the moment are the Historian C. J Sansoms' mysteries set in Tudor England, vibrant and really good reads.
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Old 13.01.2009, 12:43
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

I recently came back from India, and as a result am currently reading:

The Ramayana - Ramesh Menon.
White Mughals- William Dalrymple.
The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri.

I really recommend The Namesake. Reading it... You know when you cut open a pomegranate, and your hands stain red with the juice of the pips inside? And then you shake the shell and there's a rain of ruby coloured seeds?

That's what the book is like. A rain of gemstones. Its just stunningly crafted.

And that is a strange metaphor.

<bows out>
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Old 13.01.2009, 12:45
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Peter Watson: Ideas - a History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud

A bit heavy-going but extremely interesting

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I lived for quite a while in the part of Sweden that Mankell writes about, it wasn't that bleak :-)
So - it wasn't as bleak as Mankell depicts it - or -
it wasn't as bleak as Switzerland is?????

Only joking!!
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So - it wasn't as bleak as Mankell depicts it - or -
it wasn't as bleak as Switzerland is?????

Only joking!!
Ha! Isn't Mankell's descriptive bleakness all about Wallander reflected in the landscape - reminds me a bit of the young Pip trapped in his life and the bleak Landscape described by Dickens in Great Expectations..

What I loved about the TV adaptation of Wallander was the depiction of the light and how it highlighted the dishevelled and life-beaten Wallander(Kenneth Brannagh..) amazing, they got it just right
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Agree fully.
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Old 13.01.2009, 15:33
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Ha! Isn't Mankell's descriptive bleakness all about Wallander reflected in the landscape - reminds me a bit of the young Pip trapped in his life and the bleak Landscape described by Dickens in Great Expectations..

What I loved about the TV adaptation of Wallander was the depiction of the light and how it highlighted the dishevelled and life-beaten Wallander(Kenneth Brannagh..) amazing, they got it just right
Haven't seen that but I can imagine Brannagh being good at the role. My memories of Sweden are fond, it has a wildness about some parts of it but there's great beauty in the land.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

I would also compare prices against www.bookdepository.co.uk as they dont charge postage and will send worldwide their prices are reasonable and shipping is quick. Im reading Danny Wallace "Friends like These".

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I would also compare prices against www.bookdepository.co.uk as they dont charge postage and will send worldwide their prices are reasonable and shipping is quick.
I second that. amazon.de also sends free to CH.

Right now I'm reading 'Cesar's Way' by Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer and 'A Cook's Tour' by Anthony Bourdain.

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Old 13.01.2009, 17:03
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

I just got a present of A Thousand Splendid Suns, am looking forward to get a start on it. Read Kite Runner in record time last year. For me it's always a feast or a famine.
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Old 13.01.2009, 18:04
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

I am currently reading:

The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
Glassbooks of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
Abarat by Clive Barker

Can recommend all of them.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

Have just dashed through all eight Wallander mysteries in french . Pinched from Mrs. Zappa's bedside table. The first ever novels I've read in that language. They were gripping enough to get me to take the plunge, after only 20+ years of speaking .

Having "run out of road", I've moved on to "The Voices" by Arnaldur Indridason. It's Icelandic and excellent for any Wallander fans.
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Re: What are you reading at the moment?

I currently read on iPhone 3G using eReader "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper, which is quite tough read considering the descriptive language:

"Mine ear is open, and my heart prepared:
The worst is wordly loss thou canst unfold:
Say, is my kingdom lost?"

-Shakespear

This classical novel keeps you busy while on SBB.
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Wallander 3 -part TV series starring Kenneth Branagh has won more awards I'm sure they'll adapt more of the books soon - something to look forward to
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