Thursday, 15 November 2012

GROUP READ - It's Raining in Mango - Thea Astley

As there is a problem with the Group Read page, shall we continue our discussion here?  Please re-post your 'lost' comments.

29 comments:

  1. On 13 November 2012, Madeleine wrote....

    Disagree with you Jaywalker. It's a bit like a comic book - large bubbles of reminescence tied together with a very frail genetic string - no more!
    Moi Moi Where are you Moi... please arbitrate

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    1. On 14 November 2012, Madeleinea6 wrote....

      Yes, Jaywalker - I agree its clever (structure) and works well, but I still see it as a lot of memories tied together by a thin genetic string (thin but long)
      Glad I didn't live in those times or places. All 5 generations of it.. I have always been a 'city dweller' and enjoyed it!
      Incest in the book too - writing there reminded me a bit of "The Thornbirds"

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    2. Moi has been called interstate for a few days. She asked that I make her apologies.

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    3. This snippet from a review in the Los Angeles Times, to my mind describes the book perfectly:-

      "Thea Astley's powerful 10th novel follows a white Catholic family from the 1860s to the 1980s through immigration, settlement, desertion, suicide and rebirth. Shards of family legend intersect at provocatively odd moments. It resembles an album in which photos that seem carelessly placed actually establish a revealing psychological order."

      I love the image of a photograph album.

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    4. Yes, that describes it perfectly. Why don't I think of such apposite comments!!

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    5. My feelings exactly! It's a gift I wish I had.

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  2. Yup - I agree with that summing up.....still reminds me a little of 'the Phamtom' Comic book though - but noone could call his family 'a group of nutters'

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  3. Have we exhausted/finished with this book? If so, what's next. This is a good site, Sanmac, never thought about disecting the contents of a book before- just underlining phrases for quotes...

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    1. Moi was planning, before her trip, to add more. She may not have had the time. Meanwhile, yes! another group read please. It must be your turn to choose a book. I'm delighted that you are enjoying the discussions. Your comments are great reading - to the point and thought provoking.

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  4. Group Readers

    My apologies for disappearing for a few days. Did not mean to desert the camp. Family issue arose which required attention

    Enjoyed reading all your comments.

    I look forward to the next read

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    1. Welcome back, Moi...and compliments. Astley was a great choice, weighty without being a heavy, onerous read. What's next, Madeleine?

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  5. I have an ambition to read a 'Stephen King' What do you all think?

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    1. King writes gripping page turners. Did you have a title in mind? Some of his books are great for discussion. 'Misery' for instance, explores the psychology behind the action. There must be others. Any suggestions?

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  6. Saw the film Misery - it was wonderful.... I'm happy with that book - and there is 'The Shining' or can someone name another in the long long line of books he has written.
    Jaywalker - I hope you are okay with it - he's American, but part of the process of widening our reading

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    1. How could I have forgotten Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile? Both great movies, too.

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    2. I read his early ones many years ago and saw the movie of Misery and sort of felt I'd grown out of them so happy to read one but would prefer one of his more recent ones if possible.

      Notes on all his books here:

      http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/k/stephen-king/

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    3. Idsn't it just great they we are going from one genre to another . Bring it on !

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    4. I guess that means you are 'in for King' - High Five!

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  7. Jaywalker, Kings latest is 11/22/63 - JFK's assassination. It looks more sci fi than horror. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it.

    11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy which occurred on November 22, 1963 (the date of the novel's title). The novel was announced on the author's official site on March 2, 2011.[1] A short excerpt was released online on June 1, 2011,[2] and another excerpt was published in the October 28, 2011 issue of Entertainment Weekly[3] The novel was published on November 8, 2011,[4] and quickly became a number-one bestseller. It stayed on the list for an additional seventeen weeks. 11/22/63 won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the 2012 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel,[5][6] and was nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel[7] and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.[8]

    The novel required deep research to accurately portray the late 1950s and early 1960s.[9] King commented on the amount of research it required, saying "I've never tried to write anything like this before. It was really strange at first, like breaking in a new pair of shoes."[9] The novel's time-travel premise marks it as science fiction, specifically the alternative history subgenre, although the extensive period research undertaken by King, dealing with real-life events and people between 1958 and 1963, gives it a strong feeling of historical fiction.

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  8. Doesn't have to be his very latest - here are the ones from 1995 onwards. Rose Madder or Lisey's Story sound interesting and a bit different. I'm really not into horror, fantasy and the macabre so if I start and don't like it I don't promise to finish but will give it a go.

    Rose Madder (1995)
    Desperation (1996)
    The Green Mile (1996)
    Bag of Bones (1998)
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
    Dreamcatcher (2001)
    From a Buick 8 (2002)
    The Colorado Kid (2005)
    Cell (2006)
    Lisey's Story (2006)
    Duma Key (2008)
    Under the Dome (2009)
    11/22/63 (2011)

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  9. Sanmac - I was looking for Stephen King on amazon and discovered they have a lot more free e-books than they used to have. A lot of them rubbish but you might find something useful Go to amazon.us and search for free ebooks.

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    1. I haven't done much on Amazon. I thought I needed a Kindle app (which I can't find) to read on the Sony. Or does Calibre convert the file? Btw, thanks very much for that recommendation. I find it very useful.

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    2. You can't download kindle books on to the Sony but I think Calibre converts them. I haven't done it but will find out. The kindle app is only for ipads.

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  10. I'd be very happy to read 11.22.63 - I remember the day JFK's assasinaton was announced very clearly. What about other members?

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    1. 11/22/63 it is! Recently published, it should be readily available and it seems that no-one has read it so it's new to all of us.

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  11. Book still hasn't arrived - although I was notified a week ago it had been posted..... ah Christmas!

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    1. Picked up my copy from the local book shop this morning. Not the normal read I would have chosen for a hot lazy Christmas......but part of the fun is sampling different fare, isn't it ?

      Thankyou one and all!

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    2. I borrowed a copy from the library and am part way through. I'd forgotten how good a writer King is.

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