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7 minutes ago, Gemmill said:

Aye I read it last year. Good read. I'm on Morrissey's autobiography atm which is even more pompous than anyone could imagine. 20% of the way through and the giant ponce has only just left school. 

That looked fucking horrific to me. Tooj was saying it's littered with unintentional Partride moments.

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5 minutes ago, Alex said:

That looked fucking horrific to me. Tooj was saying it's littered with unintentional Partride moments.

 

It's pretty bad. He clearly sees himself as a genuine literary figure rather than just some bloke who used to sing in an 80s band. He has a nice enough turn of phrase but what comes over more than anything else is what a shitty outlook he has. 

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Just now, Gemmill said:

 

It's pretty bad. He clearly sees himself as a genuine literary figure rather than just some bloke who used to sing in an 80s band. He has a nice enough turn of phrase but what comes over more than anything else is what a shitty outlook he has. 

I've thought that for a while from interviews etc. I think he said he'd only let Penguin publish the book if it was released as a Pengiun Classic. They should've told him where to go

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Currently really enjoying these two, which is no surprise given they came highly recommended from people I trust:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rap-Year-Book-Important-Deconstructed/dp/1419718185

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homo-Deus-Brief-History-Tomorrow/dp/1910701874

 

Will try to remember to update when I finish them.

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16 minutes ago, Dr Gloom said:

not so closet xenophobe too isn't he, these days

He never was, but aye, even more so these days.

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Just picked up Shays autobio , going start it and report back

Shay: Any Given Saturday: The Autobiography

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Speaking of "autobiographies", Norm MacDonald's is hilarious after finishing it today. He has a disclaimer at the start that basically says "This is largely how I remember it but nobody can ever remember every detail" and then proceeds to chronicle his career and life in the most fantastical, stupid way possible.

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10 hours ago, adios said:

Currently really enjoying these two, which is no surprise given they came highly recommended from people I trust:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rap-Year-Book-Important-Deconstructed/dp/1419718185

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homo-Deus-Brief-History-Tomorrow/dp/1910701874

 

Will try to remember to update when I finish them.

Homo deus was a struggle at times yet still interesting enough to want to plough on. (Read it vast majority of times before bed and was nodding more than churchill the dog). Basically the futures fucking bleak for most of mankind especially knackers like me. :)

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6 hours ago, Dr Gloom said:

Just finished the goldfinch. Best novel I’ve read in a long, long time. 

I might give that a go. I loved The Secret History. Just been re-reading the excellent Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Must be about 25 years ago I first read it

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Finally got around to the last two Margaret Atwood novels and they're typically excellent. I prefer The Heart Goes Last as it has a more wicked sense of humour but Hag-Seed is a fine retelling of The Tempest, even if I do tend to find retellings of Shakespeare boring as sin.

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On 30/03/2018 at 07:03, Alex said:

I might give that a go. I loved The Secret History. Just been re-reading the excellent Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Must be about 25 years ago I first read it

I enjoyed the secret history. The goldfinch is even better. It’s an epic Bildungsroman - and it’s got the lot: tragedy, comedy, death, drugs, crime, unrequited love. It’s a chunky length but I couldn’t be put it down from the first page and finished it inside a few days. Can’t remember the last time I was so absorbed by a novel.  

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Have read up a bit about Alex Supertramp / Christopher McCandless but not actually read Into The Wild or read the book. He seems to divide opinion with some people seeing him as a romantic hero and others and just someone who was clueless about survival and took completely unnecessary risks (a map would've saved him).

https://evaholland.atavist.com/chasingsupertramp

 

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