The Whitest Flower - Brendan GrahamI've just run out of books to read and I cant find the old thread with book recommendations so I'm just looking for some thoughts from other posters.
I don't like chick-lit and in this case I don't want non fiction. Previous books that I've loved for A thousand Splendid Suns or the Bookseller of Kabul and although they're not particularly good books, I love the pageturner quality of crime or suspense like Dan Brown. Any thoughts?
Just finished Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. Wow! What a book! It is captioned Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. That put me off but the duchess insisted I read it. Okay I am always a bit sceptical about a non fiction book with clear good guys and bad guys. The bad guys are launching a Unicorn set-up which claims to have a machine to do blood tests fast and using pin pricks with a view to ultimately being as ubiquitous as the iPhone. The good guys are ex employees who say the claims are mostly bogus. I get sceptical when we are told the good guys were motivated by concern for patients.So, I'm going on my holibobs soon.
So far I have:
The new Tiger Woods book
Michelle Obama "Becoming"
The Spy and the Traitor
I usually get through 5 books so looking for a recommendation!
I also bought The Second World War by A. Beevor. I've started reading this and it's very good but it's a bit big to be lugging around..
Brilliant!Ulysses - James Joyce. It took me 9 weeks to read (all of September, October and sometime into November) including reading a 450 page segment which I read three times. To be honest, I was just as wise at the end of the reading as I was at the start. I don't know what Joyce was on or was it his fear that World War 1 would catch up with him? Or was it something to do with Nora Barnacle? Was it his love for Dublin from afar? My mind is still in confusion of the original Bloom's Day in 1904. I think a dozen languages are represented in the book including some Richie Kavanagh Irish. Leopold Bloom steals the show although I'm still trying to figure out and for what reasons. My own favourite was Stephen Dedalus who was a kind of me nearly 50 years before I was born.
I consulted google for notes. I even reverted to non personal advice from David Norris to read Ulysses as a humorous book. I even took part in a walking tour of the famous day hoping to pick up some information from the tour guide. At the end of all my sought after information I was as wise as ever. Somebody said "Lep, that's it you've cracked it!" I don't know what I cracked; I'm still confused.
I think I'll read it again as now I have the spare time and on a sunny terrace overlooking the Mediterranean to the south and Sierra Cabrera to the north. For anybody in the same confusion as I, I reckon read the first 200 pages, skip about 700 pages and read Molly Bloom's dream/daydream in the last 60 pages. Don't tell David Norris I said that.