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Author Topic: Books to Read During Quarantine  (Read 3942 times)

Lennys Tap

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #75 on: August 22, 2020, 12:06:38 PM »
Obviously, since I just got through saying Garp was a fave, I disagree that Cider House was better. But I liked it. Irving’s Hotel New Hampshire and Owen Meany also excellent reads.

The World According to Garp was Irving’s masterpiece - absolutely loved it. A Prayer for Owen Meany had parts that were brilliant. Other books by him ranged from OK to good IMO.

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #76 on: August 23, 2020, 09:38:16 AM »
I just finished “Killers of the Flower Moon” and it was fantastic. It’s about the Osage tribe murders and the FBI. Interesting read based on current times of how white people treated minorities only 100 years ago.

Quick read that read a bit like a Law & Order episode.

A close friend just read it and he recommends it also.

vogue65

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #77 on: August 23, 2020, 09:42:16 AM »
In retirement, I finally found the courage to read LAST STAND at KHE SANH.
My O.C.S. class is all over the book.
My Khe Sanh friend who has a service dog is in the book.
I can read it until my eyes water up.


LloydsLegs

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #78 on: August 26, 2020, 09:41:45 AM »
Obviously, since I just got through saying Garp was a fave, I disagree that Cider House was better. But I liked it. Irving’s Hotel New Hampshire and Owen Meany also excellent reads.

I made the Irving rounds around 25 years ago.  Owen meany (I still have Owen meany’s wrecked and ALL CAPS voice in my head ) and Garp were my favorites. Good collection of short stories too.  Love his characters, and the narrative, although his bringing all plot points together was a bit facile, if humorous

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #79 on: August 26, 2020, 09:43:32 AM »
Yes!  See my comment above  Still can’t get him screeching about the armadillo out of my head.

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #80 on: August 26, 2020, 07:36:27 PM »
The Owen Meany movie was pretty good too. Didn’t have the star power of Garp (Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow), but still entertaining. Hotel New Hampshire (the movie) was a dumpster fire.

Edit: For clarification, the movie based on Irving's "A Prayer For Owen Meany" was called "Simon Birch."
« Last Edit: August 27, 2020, 01:31:44 PM by MU82 »
“They are dying. That’s true. It is what it is.”

"It affects virtually nobody.”

“I’ll be right eventually.”

warriorchick

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #81 on: August 26, 2020, 08:05:34 PM »
The Owen Meany movie was pretty good too. Didn’t have the star power of Garp (Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow), but still entertaining. Hotel New Hampshire (the movie) was a dumpster fire.

Eh, it just disturbed you that you found yourself attracted to Rob Lowe dressed in drag.
Have some patience, FFS.

MU82

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #82 on: August 26, 2020, 10:14:44 PM »
Eh, it just disturbed you that you found yourself attracted to Rob Lowe dressed in drag.

Not at all. He had the legs for it. (Unlike Lithgow in Garp!)
“They are dying. That’s true. It is what it is.”

"It affects virtually nobody.”

“I’ll be right eventually.”

GooooMarquette

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #83 on: August 27, 2020, 12:55:20 PM »
I rarely watch movie adaptations of books I've read, because when I did in the past they were always a disappointment. One notable exception was Hidden Figures - the book was better, but the movie still held its own.

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #84 on: September 06, 2020, 11:47:33 PM »
Asymmetry - Lisa Halladay.

Just started The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.

Looking forward to taking some suggestions from earlier and reading Say Nothing and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us.

The Great Believers is the best book I've read in a couple of years. Strongly recommend.

GooooMarquette

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #85 on: September 08, 2020, 04:05:04 PM »
Just finished Owen Meany. Remarkable book; probably my new favorite by John Irving.

Next up is Straight Man by Richard Russo. I enjoyed his writing in Empire Falls, so I decided I would try another of his books.

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #86 on: September 08, 2020, 04:23:19 PM »
Finishing Black echo,  the first Bosch novel.  (Michael Connelly)

Having watched and enjoyed the series, the book is different yet equally good.
And I am not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? There's no reason for it – you've got to go sometime.    — Gerry O'Driscoll

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Re: Books to Read During Quarantine
« Reply #87 on: October 02, 2020, 09:44:48 PM »
Just finished Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley.

Highly recommended.