GR Book Club - The Picture of DoriAn Gray

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PostRe: GR Book Club - Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
by Knoyleo » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:05 pm

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PostRe: GR Book Club - Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
by Rocsteady » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:18 pm

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PostRe: GR Book Club - Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
by Rocsteady » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:19 pm

Just realised they're in mixed formats so whatever e-reader you have you'll need Calibre to change the file type.
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PostRe: GR Book Club - Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
by Rex Kramer » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:44 pm

Dorian Grey was my choice, mostly because it's short, we have it in the house and I really should have read it. Sometimes I just need a kick up the arse. I'll make a start on it as soon as I've finished the book I'm reading instead of Zazie (The ocean at the end of the lane, which is a most excellent read).
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PostRe: GR Book Club - Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
by Knoyleo » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:29 pm

Finally finished Stars My Destination tonight.

I enjoyed it overall, but really found my interest waning as it went on.

The third quarter of the book just dropped off in terms of believing the characters and their motivations for me. Gully Foyle seems to transform himself from gutter speaking common criminal to high class Fourmyle with virtually no effort at all, just because he had a telesending partner by his side, with virtually no slip ups. I've no idea what the motivations of Olivia Prestign were, or why she decided the Vorga wouldn't save Gully at the start. In fact her whole character felt really poorly realised. She was just the posh, vulnerable, daughter of the antagonist who turns out to be evil just because. There wasn't even any resolution of story regarding her at all.

As had been mentioned already, Foyle was a really interesting, and modern character, but the trouble is, I found his original pursuit of revenge far more interesting than the eventual solar politics twist, and conscience driven transformation he underwent. As I mentioned already, I simply didn't believe his transformation to a high society player, and my attachment to the story dropped off from there.


3/5

I'll get started on Zazie this week, although it doesn't seems like many have enjoyed it, or even bothered reading it.
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PostGR Book Club - The Picture of DoriAn Gray
by Parksey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:23 am

I'm still reading Zasie. Since the Switch came out I've found myself gaming in bed instead of reading so progress has been slow. I don't find Zasie that engaging either. The little essay at the start of the book kept mentioning how she's such a likable iconic character, but I can't warm to her at all.

I'll finish the book, as it's only 150 pages long and the short chapters mean you do progress quite quickly.

I read Dorian Gray not so long ago so might read a book from elsewhere instead.
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PostRe: GR Book Club - The Picture of DoriAn Gray
by <]:^D » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:43 pm

just bought Zazie so will try and get it finished by the end of the week
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PostRe: GR Book Club - The Picture of DoriAn Gray
by Parksey » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:44 pm

I managed to finish Zasie. It was easy enough to get through due to being quite brief and fast-paced.

It made me smirk a few times with a turn of phrase or a touch of the absurd, but it felt a bit like Ulysses-lite at times (I mean, pretty much any work of literature comes under that bracket).

It also felt a bit like a stage play, if that makes any sense. I could easily imagine it being performed by a comic troupe. I think it's probably be much more amusing like that. Not just in the way it was spelt phonetically, but some of the dialogue sounds like it was meant to be spoken out loud.

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