a really fabulous fiction book

Old May 4th, 2001, 04:16 AM
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YOu really must read Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Its not fiction but the true tale of 3 generations of chinese women. It is absolutely fabulous and utterly compelling.
 
Old May 4th, 2001, 05:56 AM
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I a very excited to say that Corelli's Mandolin is opening TODAY in London, and, in one week exactly I will be there again... and you can bet I'll see the movie while I am there...

anyone else looking forward to it?
 
Old May 4th, 2001, 07:13 AM
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Gina---

I have great recommendations for you:

1. I Know This Much Is True: Wally Lamb
Do not be scared about the thickness of this paperbook--900 pages. This is one of the BEST books I've ever read...A book with a lot of heart about twin identical brother: one "normal" & one scizophrenic..and how the normal brother has been his brother's keeper for his whole life, and the dynamic of their relationship, how it's affected their family dynamic...just wonderful.

2. The Poisonwood Bible: by Barbara Kingsolver

Another fanastic book about a family sent to the Belgian Congo as missionaries...how the father, a baptist minister made the decision for the whole family to uproot their lives and go to Africa in the 50s, how each member adjusts and changes, etc. This isn't a historical boring book. It's fiction, with the right amount of historical background to set the tone for the events that happen.

Books that I've read on vacation lately:

1. Sophie's Choice: William Styron
2. The Executioner's Song: Norman Mailer
these are a little "heavier" though.

I strongly recommend "I know this much is true"

Happy Reading!!

d.
 
Old May 4th, 2001, 08:33 AM
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topper!!
 
Old May 4th, 2001, 09:06 AM
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I see this original post is a year old, but I still have some suggestions for anyone traveling. Reading is my number one passion after travel and alot more accessible. Try The Big Picture by Doug Kennedy. Incredible plot and good for men or women. The Genesis Code by John Case, and anything by Tess Gerritsen if you like Medical mysteries. After reading all the raves about Corellis Mandolin, I'm going out to by it!
 
Old May 5th, 2001, 01:56 PM
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I wonder if there is a Guinness book of World Records shot for the longest running thread here??? Woohoo.

Top Three....

1. A Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin
~669 pgs
Long, lovely and all about New York and New Jersey when it was still marsh. One of my all time faves, given as a gift by a dear friend. I really did think a woman wrote this book as I was reading it - sorry guys no offense!

2. Gospel - Wilton Barnhardt
~800pgs
Amazing historical fiction dealing with the lost gospel of Mathias which takes you through Ireland, Italy, and the Middle East. The research for this book must have been tremendous. I could kick myself for already having read this as it would be perfect for my trip to Italy! Come to think of it, it inspired the trip to Italy!

3. Snow Crash and/or Cryptonomicon -- by Neal Stephenson.
Snow Crash being a must for the the techies in the crowd and Cryptonomicon a feast for the historical fiction lover a la code breaking during WW2. Another man with a brilliant mind and funny as hell.

Enjoy...

Kate
 
Old May 7th, 2001, 12:56 PM
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I've just quickly skimmed this thread and from what I've seen, no-one has mentioned THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas. I read it many moons ago in high school and am going to re-read it again on my trip this summer. It is a total page-turner and is also very long. However, the length will vary depending on the version you buy. The unabridged version wouldn't even fit in your suitcase - I think it's something like 5 volumes!!
Thanks for the great thread! I'm trying to limit myself to only 2 books as I tend to zone out when I'm reading and am afraid I'll miss something utterly fantastic!
 
Old May 7th, 2001, 02:59 PM
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"The Far Pavilions" by M.M. Kay. This was such a great book that as I neared the end I was sad -- I never wanted it to end.
 
Old May 8th, 2001, 07:35 AM
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Old May 8th, 2001, 11:35 PM
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Another vote for 'Lonesome Dove' by Larry McMurtry (sp??). Fantastic.

'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire. It is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from her point of view. Great idea, and great book.

Right now I am reading 'The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay' - can't remember the author. I've been purposely taking the train to work this week vs. driving so I can keep reading.
 
Old May 9th, 2001, 08:49 AM
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Leslie -- the author is Michael Chabon. He is one of my favorites (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is one of my all-time favorite books, and Wonder Boys was good as well, as are his short stories.). I haven't read "The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay" yet -- tell me what you think of it. I was a bit put off by the subject matter (comic books and the Holocaust?) but I know it's won some awards & I do love his writing so I'll probably get around to it...
 
Old May 9th, 2001, 08:52 AM
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Also, walking by a bookstore this morning I noticed that another one of my favorite authors, Anne Tyler, has a new one out -- has anyone read it yet? Can't remember the title at the moment.
 
Old May 9th, 2001, 06:38 PM
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Really missing Italy and still have four months before heading there. Anyone know a good book set in or about Italy? Recently finished both of Frances Mayes Tuscany books. Thanks in advance
 
Old May 9th, 2001, 07:34 PM
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Hi,
Really GREAT recommendations! I also enjoyed "Pears on A Willow Tree", rather a woman's read, I think. Enjoy anything by John Irving or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also.

Some finds:

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

If going to Italy, read anything by Natalia Ginzburg, who was imprisoned by the Nazis in Abruzzo with other writers during WWII. If going to France, read anything by Simone de Beauvoir, a nice hefty read would be "Mandarins".
Good reading to all!
 
Old May 10th, 2001, 12:48 AM
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Hi Lisa -

Like you, I was a bit hesitant due to the subject matter (not much of a comic book fan, and the Holocaust can make for a depressing topic) - but after I saw the book won the Pulitzer prize I decided to give it a go.

Without revealing too much of the plot, it involves 2 Jewish cousins in NYC (one recently escaped from Prague in late 1930's) who create a comic book character called 'The Escapist'. One cousin uses The Escapist as his way of dealing w/ the struggle of trying to get the rest of his family to safety, while the other cousin struggles to deal w/ his feelings of inadequacy and a sense of not belonging. Add a couple of love stories, some history of NYC during that time, and a few brief appearances by actual historical figures - and you've got an enjoyable read.

Only about 100 pgs to go, and I haven't quite worked out the ending yet. I have really been enjoying it, and have several of my co-workers lined up to borrow it when I finish.

Also, speaking of NYC - another fantastic book was 'The Alienist' by Caleb Carr.
 
Old May 10th, 2001, 04:48 PM
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Some of you may be interested to know that the Oprah people are conducting a poll of the all time favorite book club book. Most of them have come up on this list! Here's the link:

http://www.oprah.com/obc/favoritebks...ebks_poll.html
 
Old May 10th, 2001, 04:56 PM
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Bridget Jones' Diary. Both my traveling companion and I read it on our trip to the UK last summer. She brought it along and was laughing out loud the whole time. I am not at all a fiction reader, but this book was so engrossing neither one of us could put it down. Even if you have seen the movie the book blows it away ! Enjoy !
 
Old May 13th, 2001, 02:49 PM
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This has been one of the best threads I've seen! In fact, I have copied it into my computer so I can go back over it.
So mant of my favorites, Birdsong, Solider of the Great war, divine Secrets of the ya ya sisterhood. And so many of my favorite authors,. I'm a great fan of ruth rendell(barbaraVine) , P.D.james, Elizabeth george, any English mystery,
I didn't see any mention of the wonderful Pat Barker WW1 trilogy, Regeneration, Ghost Road , and eye in the Door, a really moving series of traumatization of soldiers of the war. Joanna trollope is another favorite.
I have just started the new P.D.James, Death in holy orders , think its going to be one of the best.
hope the Ya ya fans have read Little Altars Everywhere !
I,Claudius should be on my reading list, but we bought the videos, in fact my husband no longer tells me to be careful when I leave the house, he tells me "Don't eat the figs!!!" We watch the whole thing about 3 times a year, great rainy day entertainment.
I have marked corelli's Mandolin down on my library list . really MAD that "Da Wind Be Gone" willnot be published without a fight !!!
 
Old May 15th, 2001, 02:43 PM
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Another recommendation for 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver. Not the easiest book to get into but persevere......I did and now count it in my top three all time favourites.
 

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