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    Just finished TH White's The Goshawk which I mentioned a few pages ago. Reading H is For Hawk beforehand made sense. It really opened up the subtext of the White book - his repressed sexuality and self-loathing.

    Having just finished s5 of the Vikings I'm now reading Seamus Heany's translation of Beowulf...I'm sure if I applied myself I could read it in an afternoon. Next up are The Once and Future King and The Girl In The Spider's Web...Would welcome any views on those.

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      Once and Future King is astonishing . Fascinating and wise about nature and England. loved it as a teenager. Would like to read it again.

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        Spent the weekend in Lancaster and arrived home yesterday to find my order of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland waiting for me. It's had great reviews so I'm expecting the harrowing story to have been written and researched very well.

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          Just finished The Kite Runner, yeh I'm just 16 years behind. Stunning book though.

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            Time to relax, just finished Alan Moore's Jerusalem, all 1200 pages of small type. An amazing experience that defies description. My best attempt would be part proletarian history of Northampton, part dark children's tale and part philosophical exploration of pre-determinism. For many of the chapters a different narrative style is employed making it an exhausting but still very rewarding read.

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              I'm in a phase I occasionally get of reading a few books at once:

              David Keenan: This is Memorial Device
              Robert Lipsyte: SportsWorld
              Jean Rhys: The Collected Short Stories

              Just finished Ijoma Mangold's brilliant memoir Das Deutsche Krokodil, about growing up half-German, half-Nigerian in Heidelberg while barely being conscious of his skin colour because his Nigerian dad left when he was a baby, and his German mum (he later found out) protected him from the few snippets of prejudice he might otherwise have encountered. Very funny, extremely honest.

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                Been given a copy of Samuel Beckett's First Love and Other Novellas...may read that before I turn to TOAFK...The Beckett is a much slimmer volume!

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                  Originally posted by seand View Post
                  Just finished The Kite Runner, yeh I'm just 16 years behind. Stunning book though.
                  I thought the whole bit with his nemesis was contrived tbh. But it did give me a much better understanding of Afghanistan.

                  I've just started Cibola Burn, book 4 of The Expanse series. I'm not expecting much as the third book wasn't great.

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                    Originally posted by Incandenza View Post
                    Glad to hear
                    The first piece, on The Iditarod, was brilliant. On to Sumo now.

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                      I just started One Of Us by Asne Seierstad. I felt sick reading the prologue, i am not sure i can continue with it.

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