"This will be Fine but I'm not Buying it"

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This is the thread where you log the books that you saw while browsing and you thought - erm this looks interesting, it will be solid and all but you've read a bunch in your life (you know what's what) and its not going to do anything beyond make for a nice, diverting afternoon, when you should be aiming for better.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:57 (two years ago) link

At the local Oxfam:

Domenico Starnone - Lies. Clearly a Ferrante cash-in (allegedly its her husband). This will be good ~150 pages but you know his wife writes better.
J.M.Coetzee - Waiting for the Barbarians. I like Disgrace. I also like cranky crit this guy churns out, and this is before his Nobel (not that authors ever write masterpieces after they win the Nobel I wouldn't know about that), but...you know...

Obv you don't need to put in an explanation its just to expand on the thread premise.

Please shout if these are masterpieces. I might re-consider.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 March 2018 17:02 (two years ago) link

Thread title re anything more about WWII (just saw Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedon in library ffs)

dow, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 01:30 (two years ago) link

I approve of this thread as a psychological trick to make me think "hmm, if I DON'T buy this I can post about it on ILX later" rather than "if I do buy this I can post about it to ILX later".

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:09 (two years ago) link

Shit! I'm too late for this thread. I'm a sucker for over-glossy, Vanity Fair style reporting on movies, so I just bought The Devil's Candy for a pound. And Interpreter of Maladies for 99p. Both were recommend on ILB/E at some point, I think.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:17 (two years ago) link

Next time I'll do better.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:17 (two years ago) link

Please do :)

Leonardo Sciascia - Council of Egypt. A master of euro fiction but historical novels are not what he is known for. Don't believe he'll pull it off.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:23 (two years ago) link

You messed up - “The Council of Egypt” is amazing. (You can borrow my copy).

Tim, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:47 (two years ago) link

J.M.Coetzee - Waiting for the Barbarians -- this is really good. But his most recent novels are well worth missing, they seem to be exercises in removing absolutely any elements that might give the reader pleasure.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:35 (two years ago) link

Tim, might do that :) I might try the Coetzee too if its still there.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 29 March 2018 07:45 (two years ago) link

The only Coetzee I've read that I could vaguely describe as pleasurable is Elizabeth Costello,

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:43 (two years ago) link

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