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234 sleeps till Christmas
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:25
I haven't read it, but someone has recommended this to me: TF8&qid=1489414997&sr=1-2&keywords=euphoria

Somewhere in the Austrian Alps, a group of men in their thirties have gathered for a weekend away. When they come down from their cabin, the world has ended.

As the men wander through this destroyed human landscape, Euphoria's nameless narrator reveals only small, shocking details - a crashed helicopter, a boy sitting impassively beside his murdered parents, a provincial nightclub full of charred bodies. Seeking food and fuel for the fire, but finding only the pointless remnants of their suddenly vanished world, the men realise that all they have left is their lives. And are those really worth anything in a world where their future has crumbled away, their past remains only as an empty taunt and their present is reduced to the monotonous trudge of animal survival?

An austere, troubling tale of how quickly men become beasts, Euphoria explores the repressed savagery of human nature and the disturbing meaningless of a world run free from society's restraints.


It's about the EU post-Brexit apparently.
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:30
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Julian Barnes - The Noise of Time.
Hal Incandenza
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:32
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The Sellout
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:42
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Robert Lucas
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:57
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oh excellent useful responses thnx v mch.

Hal - A man after my own heart. I am reading The Sellout. This post is motivated by panic about what I will do when I finish it.

Malonie - you are not the only one to recommend Julien Barnes but I was afraid it would be too sad?

Captain Swing - I will go straight out and buy that Paul de Man book.

286 Sleeps - I like the premise but I'm not buying it if there's cannibalism.

BREXIT - hrmm.
Robert Lucas
Posted - 13 March 2017 14:57
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Don't slack off, the rest of you. Keep them coming.
Posted - 13 March 2017 15:04
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Norman Collins. Both London Belongs to Me and "The Children of the Archbishop" (which seemed to me to be inspiriation for both Hetty Feather *and* The Pina Colada Song)
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 13 March 2017 15:11
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Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch - a history of the Civil Rights Movement in America up until 1963. I started reading this after the Sellout as way to memorialize the last Martin Luther King day before Trump took office.

Wish Lanterns by Alec Ash - documents the lives of several Chinese millenials. What struck me was, despite all that makes China "exotic" and unique, how much in common their struggles and dilemmas have with those of their peers in other countries.
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 13 March 2017 15:12
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commemorate, not memorialize
234 sleeps till Christmas
Posted - 13 March 2017 15:26
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OK, RL, second go:

[a] -Don-Winslow/dp/0099464985[/a]

"The Power of the throws shadows a mile long. Fearless, humane, aesthetically fervent, it's also passionate, unapologetic, gorgeously written and unquestionably authentic." (Dennis Lehane)

"Don Winslow is the kind of cult writer who is so good you almost want to keep him to yourself." (Ian Rankin)

"The first great dope novel since Soldiers thirty years ago. It's frightening and sad, with a superbly sustained intensity. A beautifully compressed vision of hell, with all its attendant moral madness." (James Ellroy)

"It is impossible in a few words to do [it] justice ... It's a huge book, both in size and scope." (Sunday Telegraph)

Book Description
Don Winslow's break-out novel. A hugely ambitious, page-turning thriller of power and revenge, in the tradition of the Great American Novel.

'This is Winslow's masterpiece (so far) and should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb!' Independent on Sunday


'Save my soul from the sword,
My love from the power of the .'
Psalm 22

'It is impossible in a few words to do justice to Don Winslow's Power of the ... Its a huge book, both in size and scope. Spanning almost 30 years, it follows one American agent's fight against the Mexican drug barons responsible for exporting cocaine into the USA. It is a violent, bloody story, exposing incompetence, corruption and political expediency on the part of his bosses, for whom combating first Communism, then international terrorism is more important than stopping the flow of drugs. The hero's determination is passionately portrayed, and his personal crusade makes a memorable and thought-provoking novel.' Sunday Telegraph

'Each book thus has a tremendous impact...this puts even the excellent The Life and Death of Bobby Z and California Life in the shade...This is a sheer whirlpool of characters in all shades of black and grey, of corrupt agencies and souls, tainted do-gooders and psychopaths, a tapestry of violence and despair like no other. No one since James Ellroy has conveyed the morally troubled heart of the American dream with such savage aim, and Winslow cleverly adds a pointed political dimension to his saga. A future classic.' Guardian

'The Power of the is a compendium of human responses - rage, compassion, love, frustration, loyalty, futility - set against a moral landscape that shifts bewilderingly. It's also a damn good read. If you've never read Don Winslow, start now.' Val McDermid

'In The Power of the , Don Winslow creates a vision of living hell that's violent and bloody enough to hotwire Dante upright in his grave. The wonder of it is, beneath this maelstrom of drugs and sex and betrayal, Winslow manages to convince any of us that still give a fig for humanity that beneath it all there exists - just - a beating heart.' John Harvey

'This is Winslow's masterpiece (so far) and should have a place on every crime freak's bookshelf. Superb!' Independent on Sunday
old git roundabout
Posted - 21 March 2017 14:53
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Simon Gough's The White Goddess - An Encounter.

An intoxicating book, like The Magus meets The Go-Between. Set among the circle surrounding Robert Graves in Majorca in the 50s and 60s.