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#676 Sep 9th, 2007, 17:17
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If you have read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and enjoyed it, then you might find this from somethingawful.com funny

If you haven't read the book yet, but think that you can giggle in the face of unlimited depravity and debauchery --- give it a try!
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Coming back to this thread a bit later, but thanks Raghu and incitatus for enlightenment - years since I studied Latin but all coming back to me! Really interesting info between the pair of you!
Nick - Your favorite read looks an excellent one to add to my list, and global yatri, I have The life of Pi sitting in my cupboard so after your recommendation think will go to that next before I try the Umberto Eco (instead of Agatha Christie!)
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Mark Tully's Indias Unending Journey appears to be another interesting book to consider.
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finished Shantaraam
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So many diff shades of Human Life
Reading "tuesdays with Morrie" . It was on the long TBR list and a fresh one after Shantaraam .
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Agatha Christie? Umberto Eco?

I suppose you could call Umberto Eco an Agatha Christie with hyper-intellectual icing!

One of my favourite quotes. From Nancy Banks Smith, the only TV critic that people have bought the newspaper just to read (I used to read her column even though I didn't watch TV at the time)...

Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman...



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IAgatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman...

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So true.
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Thanks guys for your take on Agatha Christie - I think i mentioned in a previous post I would need something light to read after My Name is Red and then I would get onto your Eco recommendation!! Some time to go yet as I am about 3/4 of the way into My Name - really enjoying it, by the way. When i read another IM'er enjoyed My Life is Pi it looked a short,easy read
with more depth in it to go to after the Pamuk. Life too busy at the moment for long reading!
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I,ve just read Shalimar the clown by Rushdie. I'd gone off him a bit after the Satanic verses which although fascinating was a bit up its arse. I absolutely loved Shalimar, it was as beautiful and warm as Midnights children and although the 1st 50 pages almost put me off i presevered and was richly rewarded. I would absolutely reccomend it and as a metaphor for how the English buggered up it works beautifully. I,ve also just read a bool called Shining hero which was about two brothers brought up on very different sides of the fence, a bit bleak but also lovely. On my way to India in December so reading only novels set there, that way I feel that I can prolong my journey.
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Finished India Unbound and a third of the way through Sacred Games. Great book. I believe Capt Mahajan recommended that one to me. Next, I plan on reading "Into Thin Air".
I didn't realize that Tully had another book out (India's Unending Journey); will definitely have to pick that one up too.
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A year in the merde by stephen clarke ..... hilarious account of a brit's experience in paris
.... Wanderer of Lonely shores....
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I just finished "A Long Way Down" by Nick Hornby (About a Boy & High Fidelity). It starts with 4 very different people who meet because they all have decided to commit suicide by jumping off the same roof on New Years Eve. The 4 take turns telling the story of what happens next. Very funny and brilliant dialogue!
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Nick Hornby is a good writer - I read About a Boy. Will look out for that one, Skell; Lucyl - Once I started Shalimar the Clown couldn't put it down, but as you say the first 50 pages or so were a bit tedious weren't they? I perservered then picked up the 'plot' and enjoyed it but in a very bleak kind of way because it was one of the grimmest books I have ever read.
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i've just finished re-reading " a passage to india" - perhaps the most sympathetic evocation of india during the colonial experience written by an englishman.

whilst reading it i was reminded of a book i read a few years ago by emma smith - "the far cry":

http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/pag...he_far_cry.htm


i wanted to draw attention to this minor masterpiece and encourage any of you looking for something more than just "a good read" to take a look.

persephone are a publisher that should be encouraged.

any observations on either of these books from other contributors?
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Originally Posted by sam371 View Post Finished India Unbound and a third of the way through Sacred Games. Great book. I believe Capt Mahajan recommended that one to me. Next, I plan on reading "Into Thin Air".
I didn't realize that Tully had another book out (India's Unending Journey); will definitely have to pick that one up too.
I'm glad to hear SACRED GAMES is good, since I dragged it home and up the stairs from the library the other day and have been hoping it would be worth its considerable weight! (Well, I did have a few other books...) I'll probably start it on the weekend.

I loved INTO THIN AIR; if you get a chance, after you've read it, see the IMAX film about climbing Mt Everest -- it's the same expedition he writes about in the book. I thought I'd never get warm after seeing the film!
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Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, by Rosemary Mahoney

An awesome, incredible book. The next time a woman tells me she's afraid to go into the big city of Chicago alone, much less India, I will tell them to read this book....

"Rosemary Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Egyptian Nile in a small boat, even though civil unrest and vexing local traditions conspired to create obstacles every step of the way. Starting off in the south, she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a seven-foot skiff and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians. Egyptian women don't row on the Nile, and tourists aren't allowed to for safety's sake. Mahoney endures extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night. Whether she's confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, or coming to the dramaticm realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Rosemary Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her glorious prose, and her wit never fail to captivate."
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