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    There are few books I disliked reading more than 'The Great Gatsby'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    There are few books I disliked reading more than 'The Great Gatsby'.
    It is definitely a deeply American work of literature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemyst View Post
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    There are few books I disliked reading more than 'The Great Gatsby'.
    It is definitely a deeply American work of literature.
    Okay, but I'm sure plenty of non-Americans have enjoyed it. It is a beautifully written work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhivago View Post
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    There are few books I disliked reading more than 'The Great Gatsby'.
    It is definitely a deeply American work of literature.
    Okay, but I'm sure plenty of non-Americans have enjoyed it. It is a beautifully written work.
    One hundred percent agree, but I can see how it could be a challenging book for the previous poster.

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    Perhaps it was just me being too young when I read it.

    It was required reading during my last year (Year 12) at high school short on the heals of 'Great Expectations'. What I saw was two social critical novels. One from the 19th century and the other from the 20th century. I ended up being required to write a paper on that theme after making the comparison to our teacher.

    Quite frankly, I thought then that Dickens did the better job.

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    I just finished my son's first book - Culled - check it out on Amazon kindle. (if you'd like) Of course I think it is brilliant.
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    Donna Tartt: The Secret History. Wonderful writing. A modern classic.
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    Just finished The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung and Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson.
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    Billy Budd by Herman Melville. As great as stories are, the flowery writing-style by many 19th-century American novelists hurts my brain. I have to agree with Mark Twain on that score.

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    Peeps At People by John Kendrick Bangs (1899 Pub. Harper & Brothers New York & London). The (fictional) adventures with real people, of Miss Anne Warrington Witherup a very determined American lady journalist.

    Rather funny.

    Now turning my attention to Steven Hull's Mabie Todd book - which is as I expected excellent.

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    Just started The Many Lives of Jan Six, about the Amsterdam art family. The first Jan Six was a good friend of Rembrandt, who painted two portraits of him.

    Not yet readily available in the US. As a lover of Amsterdam, I gladly paid to have it mailed from the Netherlands.
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    Donna Tartt: The Secret History. Wonderful writing. A modern classic.
    Currently my favorite writer. I do wish she’d write another book!
    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"?—Mary Oliver

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    I just finished my son's first book - Culled - check it out on Amazon kindle. (if you'd like) Of course I think it is brilliant.
    I took a look, but too scary for me...but congrats to your son on his first!
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    Donna Tartt: The Secret History. Wonderful writing. A modern classic.
    Currently my favorite writer. I do wish she’d write another book!
    Oh, me too! I'm at present spinning out The Little Friend for as long as I can.
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    Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"?—Mary Oliver

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
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    I just finished my son's first book - Culled - check it out on Amazon kindle. (if you'd like) Of course I think it is brilliant.
    I took a look, but too scary for me...but congrats to your son on his first!
    Thank you! I don't find it nearly as spooky as Stephen King however
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    Agota Kristof: "Hier"

    ...I am deeply impressed and just ordered another book of her: "le grand cahier"

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