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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler

More Collected Stories

More Collected Stories - V.S. Pritchett Since no description for this book has been entered, here's the blurb from the back of the book, "This collection again brings us a typically diverse and lovingly drawn range of Pritchett characters, from the two hugely fat men who find each other in a pub, "drawn will-lessly together by the magnetic force of their phenomenal obesities"; to the prissy antiques dealer whose major complaint about the war is the lack of gourmet foods, and who finds romance with the holder of extra ration tickets; to the pretentious couple who buy an extravagant house, only to find that the former tenant comes with it." I really enjoyed the prose, which was detailed, imaginative and engrossing, but somehow I just couldn't relate to the stories. It's not just that the book was written in the past. I generally find that easy enough to relate to, loving Maugham, Dickens, Fitzgerald and so on. But I couldn't find anything in common with the characters and didn't really understand their motivations or actions. I got about 1/2 way through and never had any desire to pick the book up again.