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Dock

If you could recommend one book to other people.......

..................what would it be?

Fuck off Mick/Codge!
ashthepash

Fever Pitch
Mick McCann



What y'mean?

Mine would just have to be Shadow Of The Wind.
Butts

Rabbit, Run - John Updike
bearing

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
fartcatcher

Catch 22 or Catcher in the Rye.

I realise this is 2.
bearing

fartcatcher wrote:
Catch 22 or Catcher in the Rye.

I realise this is 2.


22
lebowski

Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
Frazier Cranium

Dock, i've never been so insulted in all my life (today), you cheeky fecking scampi breathed twonk

Seriously, it would depend on who I was making the recommendation to.  If it were you frinstance, I'd recommend the bible you devislish rogue, to teach you a bit of compassion and humility for struggling artists, for one thing

Lord of the Rings / Lord of the Flies / Hi Fidelity / Kes / The Damned United / Red Riding Quartet / Join Me / The Commitments / and yes, even Mick's last or Clavane's, though neither are fiction of course.

And I've often been scolded for not shouting out louder about my own stuff, so there.  And this is one more such occasion
Frazier Cranium

lebowski wrote:
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding


Oh I found that really hard work, having been a fan of the film for ages.  Seriously, it was more labourious than Crime & Punishment!
Frazier Cranium

Forgot to mention Great Expectations and Oliver Twist - worth the trek though not as good as the original films.

How cheap does that make me sound, saying that the above tales aren't as good as the films?
lebowski

Frazier Cranium wrote:
lebowski wrote:
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding


Oh I found that really hard work, having been a fan of the film for ages.  Seriously, it was more labourious than Crime & Punishment!


Aye, well, one mans meat another mans poision, and all that.
Butts

Frazier Cranium wrote:
lebowski wrote:
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding


Oh I found that really hard work, having been a fan of the film for ages.  Seriously, it was more labourious than Crime & Punishment!


Interesting this, it was one of the first ever novels. It changed literature for ever and paved the way for the likes of Dickens to start publishing his novels (by instalments) in monthly periodicals - explaining why there are so many mini-climaxes and plot cliff-hangers at the end of chapters.

I had a tutor at Uni who could, literally, recite every line of the book without reference to it, he had made such a lifetime's study of it. The other important one around the same time was Tristram Shandy bu Laurence Stern.

and... Crime and Punishment was 'unputdownable' for me  
Dock

Some of my favorites already mentioned on here like 'Shadow of the Wind' and John Updikes 'Rabbit' books. I really should read some Dickens, Mrs. D is a fan but I have never read anything by him. I have picked a few up in the past and the one that intrigues me most plotwise is 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

Books I think would recommend and which I think are truly great in scope and originality would be:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
A Man in Full - Tom Wolfe
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
lebowski

A tale of two cities is well worth a read, Dock.

Also, a plug for my distant forbear, I loved 'Far from the madding crowd' by Thomas Hardy.
Cutsyke

Klondike Fever Pierre Berton.
Dock

Cutsyke wrote:
Klondike Fever Pierre Berton.


I have just had a look at this on the American Amazon site (due to there only being one review on .co.uk). Looks good Cuts. Ta!

Speaking of factual book recommends, this is one of the best I have ever read. Before I went to study in the U.S. I was emailing Prof. Joe (my mentor whilst I was to be over there) about reading matter. I mentioned to him that I liked Mailer and other couldn't-give-a-fuck journo's, and he highly recommended this book. I still think of certain things from it now even though I read it ten years ago. Can't rate this book highly enough:

http://www.amazon.com/Murrow-Boys...TF8&qid=1321733917&sr=1-1
Cutsyke

I'm not much of a fiction reader these days. There's just to many great real life stories out there for me.

Klondike Fever I've bought many times and given away to people. I've yet to hear anyone say anything less than complimentary about it. What's so stunning about it all besides the hardships, the fortunes won and lost is the time frame; it all happened discovery, boom, bust, all gone in a few short years. I find it amazing.

Another excellent book I've read many times is Jean Poter's The Flying North which is an old book, a history of bush pilot pioneers in Alaska. I'm a sucker for anything that pits man against nature/the elements, ever my Mrs says I was born out of time.

I gave away my last copy of The Flying North to a guy I knew who's traveled a bit 49 states - the one he'd missed was something you wouldn't expect like Ohio or something, not Alaska or Hawaii, big reader. I tried to buy a new copy again recently, it's a ting paper back, $40s! Managed to track one down for $16s in the end but you can pick both books up second hand n eBay. Indeed the last copy of Klondike Fever I bought was off eBay and cost $10s it's a beautiful hard back in a nice greenish dust jacket. Nicest copy I've ever owned. Trouble is my daughter put it down somewhere and it's not been seen for a while...


Fiction, I'd maybe go for Wallace Stegner's Big Rock Candy Mountain. The subject matter dovetails nicely with the Klondike stuff. I guess I don't have much imagination.
Dock

Cutsyke wrote:
I'm not much of a fiction reader these days. There's just to many great real life stories out there for me.

Klondike Fever I've bought many times and given away to people. I've yet to hear anyone say anything less than complimentary about it. What's so stunning about it all besides the hardships, the fortunes won and lost is the time frame; it all happened discovery, boom, bust, all gone in a few short years. I find it amazing.

Another excellent book I've read many times is Jean Poter's The Flying North which is an old book, a history of bush pilot pioneers in Alaska. I'm a sucker for anything that pits man against nature/the elements, ever my Mrs says I was born out of time.

I gave away my last copy of The Flying North to a guy I knew who's traveled a bit 49 states - the one he'd missed was something you wouldn't expect like Ohio or something, not Alaska or Hawaii, big reader. I tried to buy a new copy again recently, it's a ting paper back, $40s! Managed to track one down for $16s in the end but you can pick both books up second hand n eBay. Indeed the last copy of Klondike Fever I bought was off eBay and cost $10s it's a beautiful hard back in a nice greenish dust jacket. Nicest copy I've ever owned. Trouble is my daughter put it down somewhere and it's not been seen for a while...


Fiction, I'd maybe go for Wallace Stegner's Big Rock Candy Mountain. The subject matter dovetails nicely with the Klondike stuff. I guess I don't have much imagination.


Coincidence. BRCM is on a list of a few books I want that I wrote out today for Mrs. D's Dad as he wanted some direction on what to buy me for Christmas.

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