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What are you reading? April 2012

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon April 9th, 2012, 3:40 am

I'm getting "The Flower Reader" from BF, so I get to join the fun soon!

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Post by writerinthenorth » Mon April 9th, 2012, 9:23 am

Project Gutenberg is such a boon for Kindle and other e-book users. So many great books for free. I'm just re-reading Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary', coming back to it after many years. Just fab.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon April 9th, 2012, 10:11 am

[quote=""rebecca""]Nearly finished My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.

Bec :) [/quote]

[quote=""Madeleine""]I love this one too, it often gets overlooked but I think stands up well next to Rebecca.[/quote]

[quote=""rebecca""]I actually liked My Cousin Rachel better than Rebecca....I think it is because Rebecca can seem a little odd and rather patronising in tone to the new Mrs DeWinter....In My Cousin Rachel, the time period works better and the book flows a lot easier.

Bec :) PS: Now I have to decide what to read next :confused: :rolleyes: :D [/quote]

I loved them both, but Rebecca just pips My Cousin Rachel to the post for me. I didn't find Mrs DeWinter's voice patronising at all. I thought she came over as shy but determined.
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Post by fljustice » Mon April 9th, 2012, 2:17 pm

Finished Hillary's Choice by Gail Sheehy...quite interesting. Starting The Paris Wife by Paula McClain.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon April 9th, 2012, 4:59 pm

I'm just about to start The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall.
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Post by SGM » Mon April 9th, 2012, 5:37 pm

[quote=""writerinthenorth""]Project Gutenberg is such a boon for Kindle and other e-book users. So many great books for free. I'm just re-reading Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary', coming back to it after many years. Just fab.[/quote]

I read Madam Bovary in my teens and remember it vividly today -- so vividly I could not bare to watch the BBC version of a view years ago. Immediately afterwards read Sentimental Education which I seem to remember enjoying but I can't remember a single thing about it which is most peculiar.
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Post by annis » Mon April 9th, 2012, 8:22 pm

Recently re-read Flaubert's Salammbô, a magnificently surreal experience. Think Fellini crossed with Spartacus: Blood and Sand :)

Utterly addicted to Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series - now on the third one (God bless Kindle)! Not HF but contemporary crime stories; plenty of unexpected twists and turns and wonderfully wry comic touches amid the tragedies of damaged lives linked in mysteriously strange ways to each other.

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Post by rebecca » Tue April 10th, 2012, 1:20 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I loved them both, but Rebecca just pips My Cousin Rachel to the post for me. I didn't find Mrs DeWinter's voice patronising at all. I thought she came over as shy but determined.[/quote]

Oops perhaps I didn't explain properly...I felt that Maxim, his sister etc treated the second Mrs DeWinter in a patronising manner.....But for me MCR pips Rebecca...Has anyone read more of her work? And if so what is the next best book written by Daphne?

Bec :)

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Post by Vanessa » Tue April 10th, 2012, 10:04 am

Yes, Maxim is a bit brusque but the tables do turn slightly towards the end of the book.

I'd recommend The Scapegoat, The House on the Strand and Jamica Inn.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue April 10th, 2012, 10:09 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]Yes, Maxim is a bit brusque but the tables do turn slightly towards the end of the book.

I'd recommend The Scapegoat, The House on the Strand and Jamica Inn.[/quote]

I haven't read The Scapegoat but can recommend the other two. Frenchman's Creek is also worth a read, although it's lighter than the others, but it's ideal for a summer holiday read.

A lot of people also recommend The King's General.

There's a TV version being made of The Scapegoat, so I must have a look at this one.
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