Books 2010

Books 2009

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Sunday, 04 January 2009


I love reading serial novels and watching characters and events over years. I'm re-reading Trollope's Barset books at the moment. I'm always interested in other options, so will be interested to hear about Snow's books.

I'm a bit of a completionist and have to read earlier Le Carre before his latest, but hope A Most Wanted Man is good as I will get to it one day.

I really thought you would have reread your Powellian series and was eagerly looking forward to read what you would have to tell us about it this year. I just need to be a little more patient.
I am glad to see that you are about to try some Paul Auster and look forward to read what you will write about it. I'll say no more because I don't want to influence you in a positive or negative way before you start.
And don't forget to tell us if you have decided to finish or give up Tristram Shandy. I have now my copy of it but haven't decided yet when I'll start reading it.

I have paused for breath about half way through "A Dance to the Music of Time" but hope to complete the course by Easter. Setting this deadline should keep me the right side of temptation - like Uncle Julius once the trout season gets properly under way I find the lure of the water....

Lovely to see what other people are reading. Enjoy.

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