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si: 2018 ROOTs


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Edited: Mar 1, 2:12pm Top

Target 24 books.

While focusing on older ROOTs, as last year, I will be including anything on my TBR list.

Dec 28, 2017, 10:41am Top

Welcome back, Si! Happy ROOTing

Dec 28, 2017, 10:47am Top

>2 connie53: Thanks Connie. Looks like this is going to be a very active group.

Edited: Jan 5, 9:29am Top

Dec 28, 2017, 11:26am Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

Dec 28, 2017, 11:38am Top

Good luck with 2018 rooting!

Dec 28, 2017, 12:06pm Top

Welcome back and happy reading!

Dec 28, 2017, 5:41pm Top

Dec 28, 2017, 8:11pm Top

glad you're with us again!

Dec 29, 2017, 9:34am Top

Hi Si, nice to see you here - good luck with your ROOTing in 2018!

Dec 31, 2017, 3:01am Top

Have fun with your 2018 ROOTing!

Jan 1, 3:28am Top

Happy New Year, Si!

Jan 1, 3:08pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Si!

Jan 2, 2:11pm Top

Thanks for all the messages and happy new year everyone.

Jan 4, 10:10am Top

Happy New Year and Happy ROOTing!

Jan 5, 9:55am Top

First ROOT of 2018 finished.

The Cricket Match by Hugh De Selincourt

An English village cricket match, on a hot August day in 1921, between two rival villages. The story simply follows the home team of Tillinford as it's members, all of differing ages and backgrounds, gather for the game; briefly coming together as a team before, after the last ball is bowled, separating again and returning to their everyday lives.

Originally published in 1924. I read an illustrated edition published in 1990; which I picked up last year. Not earth-shattering, but an enjoyable read.

Jan 9, 2:18pm Top

Second ROOT

The Disappearance of Signora Giulia by Piero Chiara

Chiara is a well-known writer in his native Italy, but this is apparently the first English translation of one of his novels.
This is a short mystery novel. Corrado Sciancalepre is our dogged, if uninspired, detective who retraces the missing woman's steps and questions the men who fall under suspicion. There are twists and turns which bring the second half of the story to life after a steady start. Perhaps one turn to many at the end, but overall an intriguing read.

Jan 26, 6:36pm Top

Third ROOT

Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith

Third of five Tom Ripley novels published between 1955 and 1991.

The relationship in this book between Tom Ripley and Jonathan Trevanny is a brilliant achievement. While the plot pushes against credibility the main characters - Ripley, Trevanny and their wives Heloise & Simone - make the story seem whole credible, even inevitable.
The second book, Ripley under Ground, has memorable set-pieces, but the characters, apart from Ripley, don't always convince. A problem not repeated in Ripley's Game.
In some respects this book even surpasses The Talented Mr Ripley.

Edited: Mar 1, 2:15pm Top

Fourth ROOT

The Height of the Scream by Ramsey Campbell
Short story collection by the Liverpool writer. I've read one other book by Campbell, of which I remember very little. Which is probably why this collection has gone unread for many a year. That said Campbell is obviously a talented writer even if these stories too feel a little under powered.

Apr 30, 6:35am Top

Eighth ROOT

Death of a Nobody and The Man In The Street by Georges Simenon

Looked like being a Rootless month but I've just sneaked a short book in under the wire to stay on target.

May 5, 6:24am Top

9. Pump up the Volume by J S Feliciano

10. Bon Voyage, Mr President and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I've had 'Pump up the Volume' since 1998; the Garcia Marquez since 2014.

May 5, 8:24am Top

>22 si: Excellent work on reading the 1998 ROOT! That must have been satisfying to take it down off the shelf.

May 5, 10:43am Top

>22 si: extra kudos for the 20 year old tome - well done!

May 5, 5:53pm Top

>23 rabbitprincess: >24 floremolla: thanks. They can't run but they can hide!

May 5, 6:55pm Top

>25 si: haha!

Edited: May 17, 10:50am Top

11. The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilisation As We Know It

Screenplay of the 1977 television comedy written by John Cleese, Jack Hobbs & Joe McGrath. Illustrations and stlls from the show enliven the book, but overall the humour hasn't aged particularly well. I did find the show on YouTube, so may re-watch it, at some point, out of curiosity if nothing else.

Jul 12, 2:49pm Top

12. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Halfway point, in Roots finished if not days gone.

Very enjoyable book, a seemingly effortless mix of social comedy and the harsh realities of poverty, religion and politics in a newly independent India.

Jul 12, 3:46pm Top

>28 si: That is one of my all-time favourite books. I cared about every single character, even the more unpleasant ones. I was a bit disappointed with her eventual choice though! (although maybe if I reread it I would see him differently).

Edited: Jul 15, 9:13am Top

>29 Jackie_K: I had the same reaction to Lata's choice, but I put that down to us not really being told Lata's outlook on life, her hopes and plans for the future. After accepting 'his' proposal Lata explains her reasons and it's only then you start to see the adult she hopes to become. And then it ends with so many unanswered questions.

I wanted to read this after listening to an interview Vikram Seth gave on Radio 4 earlier this year. He did talk a little about 'A Suitable Girl'. Next year? Perhaps. It's set at a later date with mainly, but not all, new characters- the children and grandchildren...

And a television version is on the way link

Edited: Jul 15, 1:28pm Top

13. Once upon A Time In The North

Philip Pullman tells the tale of the first meeting between Lee Scoreby and Iorek Byrnison, two of the most memorable characters from His Dark Material.

Jul 25, 2:16pm Top

14. Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories

Eleven short stories by Annie Proulx set in Wyoming. The opening and closing stories are brilliant; others stories work less successfully but Proulx's writing style and these often brutally dark tales match perfectly.

Jul 29, 6:46pm Top

15. The Portobello Road and Other Stories by Muriel Spark

Four short stories - title story + 'Bang-bang You're Dead', 'The Seraph and the Zambesi' & 'The Dragon'.
I've read a few of Muriel Spark's novels over the years, but she continues to wrong-foot and surprise as a writer.

Aug 10, 3:08am Top

>31 si: I love Pullman. One more of his books to read on the shelves here. Maybe soon.

Aug 14, 1:41pm Top

16. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Non-fiction account of the author's obsession with Arsenal Football club from the 1969 to 1992.
I've had this book about two years; the new football season seemed a good time to pick it up.

Edited: Sep 3, 9:07am Top

Just about staying on target.

17th Root: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Find myself double-checking every sentence I type since reading this guide to punctuation.
Very funny at times and filled with interesting snippets.

Bought at a local charity shop in 2011.

Sep 18, 7:03am Top

18th Root: Enigma

Second novel by Robert Harris involves spies & code-breakers; a beautiful blonde who's disappeared and a flawed, unstable but brilliant mathematician who has to solve the mystery while winning the war. The real-life elements keep the story on the right-side of plausible and I enjoyed the book a great deal more than Fatherland.

Today, 11:33am Top

19th Root. The Hunting Gun

A novella from the start of Yasushi Inoue's long writing career.
A poet writes a short piece for a friend's hunting magazine based on someone he once passed while out walking. The man concerned, reads the poem and then writes to the poet; passing on three of his own letters, written to him by three different women, which tells the story of his affair from his wife's, his lover's and his lover's daughter's point of view.
Complicated set-up for an interesting idea.


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