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Subject: Re: Book Recommendations

Jamie O'Neill
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Date Posted: Sat, Jun 12 2004, 7:22:49 GMT
In reply to: Liz 's message, "Re: Book Recommendations" on Wed, Jun 02 2004, 21:45:19 GMT

Fire from Heaven is my favourite of that trilogy. But I think her (Mary Renault's) Last of the Wine is the best.

Best? Stop, stop. Not best at all, not merely best. It was the first book I came across that said you can be (and having read me, shall yearn to be) loving and noble and strong and courageous and, yes, even misguided: but most of all, loving, as your heart tells you can and should be. A great book. An only now, in my late years, have I realized there's humour there, too. Jo, you're dead right.

Persian Boy I like, but it's not really me. Odd, that it's usually trumpeted as her best work. Did anyone ever read the final "book" of that trilogy? I can only hope she died writing it, and some fool of a publisher gathered her materials together, ever to sully her name with his mishmash. Dire.

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Date Posted: Sat, May 21 2005, 6:29:37 GMT

Have just finished "In the Absence of Men" by Phillipe Besson. Maybe it lost something in the translation from French, but I thought it was pretentious, up its own arse, tosh. Not for me I'm afraid. Thank God it was short and in big type!

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