I'm reading Call Me By Your Name at the moment, I'm definitely enjoying it even if I find it a little over-written at times *hides*.
I just finished that. I agree that it is over-written in places, but it's so beautiful and hauntingly poetic that I forgive it for that.
After a few pages, I stopped looking at plot and where the characters were going, and just let the prose wash over me. I thought it has some wonderful insights about passion, the effects of memories on us, obsession and intimacy.
Very introspective and internal, but it held such a spell over me that I finished it really quickly.
LOVED it, and can't wait for the film!!! The clips seem to really do it justice.
Also just started The Beautiful and Damned, by F Scott Fitzgerald.
It's a biography on Ann Woodward who killed her rich husband in the 1950s after mistaking him for a prowler. Truman Capote and Dominick Dunne wrote fictional accounts based on this famous case. It's kinda interesting to think that a complete stranger, unrelated to her, inavertently caused the action that would destroy her whole life. There's something almost Hitchcockian about it.
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Post by Christ_Ian_Bale on Apr 2, 2017 0:50:04 GMT
With everyone around me talking about the trailer for the new movie, I dug out my old copy of It and am revisiting it. When I was younger, I always thought King went overboard with overwriting so I'm surprised to find how nicely I feel it flows now. I can't get enough of it.
Reading Liars in Love by Richard Yates. After this I just have one more novel to go until I've read everything he published, which will then mean I can read his biography.
His stories offer the same immediacy of the devastation in someone like Carver. Yates is possibly the classic example of someone who produced the same work of art over and over again but god damn was it a great piece of art.
Read Tad Williams': The Heart of What Was Lost. A follow-up to his magnificent Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Well, you can't compare it to this, which is in my eyes maybe the greatest fantasy saga of all time, cause it's just a short book. But it's an interesting intro before his long expected Sequel series "The Last King of Osten Ard".
Now I re-read Haruki Murakamis "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle". Most of his books are great, but this is very probably his best. Fascinating and of course totally strange ideas, full of great characters, moving, mystical, philosophical, amusing, reads the souls of people so well. Absolute masterpiece.
The Ballad of Black Tom, a Jazz Age Lovecraftian tale written by Victor LaValle, an African-American author who grew up loving Lovecraft's work but hating how it was couched in virulent racism, and how he sought to examine that cosmic horror milieu through the eyes of the people that the xenophobic Lovecraft feared. It's actually a pretty engaging page-turner, the sort that would work wonders with a moody director like Robert Eggers or Alan Parker.