This Article is similar to one in the Movie thread about terrible reviews.
I must admit in the film one and this one amongst the idiocy I agree with some of it.
I mean I just can't read Ulyssees, ewven though I've tried. Sorry
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.
Read Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata by the late Iain Banks over the last week or so. Not the best of his Culture novels, but still entertaining and enjoyable.
Have never liked complex universes with too many characters. Prefer a well told story about the lives of a few people. With too many, character development and soliloquies become rare and difficult.
For example, have always found The Hobbit to be a better read than LOTR.
~ Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference ~
Weird comparison when you list character development as one of the distinguishing traits tbh
do you think people will be allowed to make violins?
who's going to make the violins?
Haha, yeah, you can barely call the "characters" in The Hobbit, or LOTR, as characters at all.
There really are no female characters with any internal lives in those books. There are a few characters that are developed but most are relatively cardboard. If anything, those books are the perfect examples of "complex universes" - I mean the dude created whole languages and a mythical history of the planet....
Recently finished reading India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. Recommended reading for those interested in Indian history post independence, a period that is not touched in school text books.
Many of us went to school in the previous century so a lot may have changed
EDIT: And as far as Mandal commission is concerned, I am old enough to have memories of the events when they occurred. I did not know much of the period from Independence to when VP Singh became PM.
Edit 2: One criticism of the book can be that it dedicates far too many pages on the Nehruvian era and much fewer on latter eras. In particular, rise of militancy in Punjab and India's role in Sri Lankan civil war were glossed over quickly. Would have liked a chapter on each.
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Huge fan of Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. The Orange Girl and the Ringmaster's Daughter being favourites atm.
Reading The Ghost by Robert Harris. Love his work tbh
Just read Young Men in Spats by the incomparable Wodehouse. I read one every few years, just to remind me of sublime comic writing. I read oodles of them when I was yoinger, and I'm not sure if I'm re-reading, but really does it matter?
After all you kind of know the plots, some young bean is thwarted in love-at-first-sight with the pastors daughter Ginnifer Upington-Smythe, of the Dorset Uppington-Smythe's,rum lot by all accounts, by some dashed unfortunate happenings, involving elderly matrons and patrons of his and theirs.
It's the writing that makes you pour over everything, the plots are of course accidental really.
Excerpt from first story, in drone club.
A pale faced Egg with heavy circles under his eyes rose at this point and excused himself.Originally Posted by crumpet
(Sorry, the 'local boy makes good' paragraph of the Norwegian constitution stipulates that all citizens must comment on any mention of a compatriot's achievements.)
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