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I just finished Christopher Isherwood's slender novel A Single Man, whose main character is a man called George ("Geo" to some of his friends, though I'm as a loss as to how that's meant to be pronounced). The book follows George through the course of a typical day, from the moment he wakes up in the morning until he's back asleep again that night. Unlike the last couple of books I read, this one takes place practically in my own back yard; George lives in a beach community that's probably meant to be either Santa Monica or Malibu (although Venice Beach is another possibility), and he teaches at a small state college on the other side of Los Angeles. The time is the 1950s or early 1960s. It's a deceptively simple novel, and I have to thank jenni_snake for suggesting I read it. I'd read Isherwood before, but never this work.

Now I really have to pick up the pace of my reading if I want to manage fifty books by the end of the year (something I used to do easily pre-computer). Maybe I should go back to reading on the trip to and from work every day (or at least on the trip home in the evening, when the people I talk to online are fast asleep).

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lark_about
Apr. 3rd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Isherwood book
Was it good? Would I like it? I'm getting ready to read "Rebecca" on the advice of someone who thinks my writing needs more metaphors and images.
aswanargent
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Isherwood book
*boggles* You've never read Rebecca???

Would you like the Isherwood? I honestly don't know. Really the closest thing I can compare it to is the 1950s section of The Hours (the Julianne Moore section if you saw the film). I wouldn't think to give the Isherwood to you as a gift....
lark_about
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Isherwood book
Maybe I can look at the book sometime, then. I did like that part of "The Hours."

You'd be amazed what I've never read. I had a really lame ass set of classes in high school. I'd get put into the advanced English class, say, and then the teacher would say "Oh you know all this stuff already" and not assign any work. I'm only just reading "Gatsby" too, for the same reason.
aswanargent
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Isherwood book
Let's try this again.

I have a copy of the Isherwood, so you can borrow it anytime you want. I'm sure the central library would have it, but probably not the branches.

I like Gatsby.

Have you read Brideshead Revisited? If not, you should. :-)
lark_about
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Isherwood book
Never read Brideshead either. Well parts of it but not the whole thing.
jenni_snake
Apr. 3rd, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Well of course I have to come comment on this - glad you liked it! I really have to read it again, perhaps when I get home, since I've decided to stick to French books (after my P.D. James binge) while I have them at my disposal. I'm currently in the middle of Relations amoureuses entre les femmes du XVIe au XIXe sciècles' (though it was actually due back at the library just under a week ago, but they technically haven't told me yet, so...) and George Sand's Lélia, oh, and I have started Foucault's Histoire de la sexualité. I got eight books in for March, which I figured is only fair since I'm working part time, that I should try for 100 books over the year... this will be severely hampered in Ukraine, however, as I will be trying then to read in Russian. So if I only finish one book, that will be why!

p.s. I am also going to break my LJ silence for one post only because this election is killing me, and I'm hoping that the three eligible French voters who have me listed as a friend will take the time to read it.
aswanargent
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'll link to your post, as I have a few more French people on my flist.

What would you say if I told you I've stumbled across (thanks to a review in yesterday's New York Times) a murder mystery that's set in Gleneagles during the 2005 G8 conference? Three guesses as to what Tavi's getting for her birthday.
jenni_snake
Apr. 3rd, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I would say 'oh my lord'.

Linking? I should then probably provide you with a translation so you know what you're linking to...
aswanargent
Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't expect anyone apart from the French-speakers (I should say the French people) on my flist to care enough about the election to follow the link, so the translation would be primarily for my benefit. ;-)
lark_about
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, title and author of mystery?
aswanargent
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Ian Rankin. The Naming of the Dead.
crazybutsound
Apr. 8th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Unrelated but am not at home and I just remembered today is your bday so am borrowing anatsuno's computer quickly to come wish you a happy birthday. Hope it was a good one. :-)
aswanargent
Apr. 9th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jem. It was a cold and dreary day (literally; not a bit of sunshine); I spent it substituting for a friend at the Getty.
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