All New *All Singing/Dancing* London Bookgroup Welcomes New Members thread

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Pickman's model, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    we're reading nana for our next meeting, which will be next thurs at a venue to be decided. if you want to join, please post on the thread and come along! you don't need permission from anyone to join!
  2. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    My collected thoughts on Nana todate are provided below:

    "Well I've started it and am enjoying both the 3rd person narrative and subtle interplay of the characters."

    "I am also intrigued in Zola's attention to light in describing scenes. I wonder if this is a refection of what was happening in French painting at the time. It will"

    "Well, so far my favourite character is that sleezy banker."

    "I recommend perservering with Chapter two.. it gets better.. err, yes.."

    "This book is great. Zola is so subtle. You think nothings happening.. but then you realise its all happening. More episodic than linear."
  3. LDR

    LDR kiwitanga

    I need to start reading stuff again. Count me in. :)
  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    welcome aboard, ldr! :)
  5. jms

    jms The Lagoon (Jazz)

  6. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious


  7. Lysistrata

    Lysistrata Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm, well, I've read one book by Zola and all I can say is: "na na, na na na na, na na na na, na na na na naaaaaaaaa".

    :) L
  8. zora

    zora true to the crab

    This might be of interest, too, to possible newcomers:

    Since then, there's been: Fear and Loathing on the CampaignTrail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, The Automated Alice by Jeff Noon,Something something Ho Jeeves by P,G.Wodehouse, The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende, Dispatches by Michael Herr, Granny Made Me An Anarchist by Stuart Christie and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

    The next meeting, thursday 18.08., is apparently chez Citydreams et Onemonkey (a very fine venue indeed). BYO cheese and wine, PM the aforementioned for address details.

  9. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    If I manage to leave my stupid office within the next week and get the book, I will come:)
    I have read loads of books but none on your list. :(
  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    The book is online somewhere...
  11. bluestreak

    bluestreak HomosexualityIsStalin’sAtomBombtoDestroyAmerica

    i'd like to join in but i don't know if i've got the time for a month or so. but i will partake eventually.
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Oh shit, I don't think I can make it - maybe this means I can put the book down and read something else.......
  13. LDR

    LDR kiwitanga

    I'm not going to have time to buy nana and to read it by Thursday.

    Keep me updated as to what the next book will be and I'll pop along to the next meeting having had time to read it.
  14. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    What! :mad: You're not gripped and thrilled by it!?! You're going to be in trouble with Hollis you are! :eek:
  15. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    It's alright but I read it at university and I have a book about geology to read that looks thrilling.
  16. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Tectonic plates move significantly faster than a Zola scene so I can't blame you for your choice...
  17. zora

    zora true to the crab

    Wait till you get to the wife bashing :eek: :eek:

    I made quite a good start on the book and was hopeful to actually finish it by thursday, but was too busy this weekend to do much reading, what with work and one thing and another.

    Still, am over halfway through and look forward to thursday lots.
  18. Lysistrata

    Lysistrata Well-Known Member

    My point exactly.
  19. zora

    zora true to the crab

    Are you still coming along for the wine and cheese though, Lysistrata? :)
  20. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Sorry, I can't make this now.

    I will finish Nana though.. Honest.
  21. Daff

    Daff .

    Does Nana remind anyone else of Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus? (I think Nights was done by the group a while ago.)
    Maybe Carter was making some kind of link? Some of the scenes with Nana at the theatre seem similar. I'm probably reading too much into this!

    See you tommorrow! :)
  22. onemonkey

    onemonkey winmonkey

    yep the whole thing doesn't really get going until about page 200.

    the lesbianism is ok too.. ;)
  23. onemonkey

    onemonkey winmonkey

    the thought hadn't even crossed my mind.. but i am sure you are right.. (and i also know which one i prefer :D )

    nonetheless, have a gold star >> *
  24. Pieface

    Pieface New Member

    I'm loving this book but my mate Jess has decided to come and visit me tonight so I won't be along - I'll wankered somewhere in Brixton instead.
    Have fun kids :)
  25. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Sometimes I question your commitment to this bookgroup Mrs Eye :mad:
  26. Major Tom

    Major Tom Mentalist Wierdo RIP

    There's no way I'm reading Nana beyond chapter three. I can't stand it.

    But I tried, I ended up reading chapter three three times - and its just not going in.

    Therefore, I will pass on tonight's meeting and hope we do something more interesting next time.
  27. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Yeah.. could I suggest that books for the next 2 months are picked.. it makes it easier for those of us who find one a month abit much sometimes.
  28. Major Tom

    Major Tom Mentalist Wierdo RIP

    Good idea - I can start October's book tomorrow! :D

    To be honest I'm reading about three or four books at once at any one time, and find it very hard to wedge another one in, unless its unputdownable. Nana is unpickupable.
  29. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    I put Nana on the shelf yesterday and found another copy I'd had for years - anyone want a spare? :)
  30. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    I also read the first three chapters before it became unbearable Major TOm. I then skipped to the end and read bits of the last two.

    I'll be there tonight though.

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