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191. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting Insane

I recently read 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' by Marina Lewycka, its really funny in parts !! Its a quick entertaining read... perfect for sunny days

Your saying that you can read? or did you just look at the pics? ;)

192. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

Quoting Guinness

Quoting Insane

I recently read 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' by Marina Lewycka, its really funny in parts !! Its a quick entertaining read... perfect for sunny days

Your saying that you can read? or did you just look at the pics? ;)

you cheeky so and so ! of course i can read !!! the only picture was the cover unless you count the ones that the descriptive naration put inside my imagination....

193. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting Insane

Quoting Guinness

Quoting Insane

I recently read 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian' by Marina Lewycka, its really funny in parts !! Its a quick entertaining read... perfect for sunny days

Your saying that you can read? or did you just look at the pics? ;)

you cheeky so and so ! of course i can read !!! the only picture was the cover unless you count the ones that the descriptive naration put inside my imagination....

Me, cheeky? now I would never do that !!!!
But, only a paddy could have "descriptive naration put inside my imagination" when reading a book about Ukranian tractors .

194. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

google the book and you'll see it has barely anything to do with tractors !

what v ?

[ Edit: Edited at May 15, 2006 7:57 AM by Insane ]

195. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

mmm, the new work for today is............
Varely
- made up by Insane
- means? well we don't know
- can be used in ....
varely anything to do with tractors?

196. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Got this link from a friend of mine:

What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/21/books/fiction-25-years.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Jeremy Mercer's top 10 bookshops
http://books.guardian.co.uk/top10s/top10/0,6109,1659513,00.html

Guardian's Top 10 Literary Blogs
http://books.guardian.co.uk/links/areas_of_interest/general/links/0,6135,1406190,00.html

Enjoy!

197. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

I really do enjoy all the books from Bryce Courtenay, especially the serial Potatoes factory, Tommo and Hawk and the solomons song. Power of one and Tandia from the same author are excellent too.

For anyone working in the Hotel industry a must read is Hotel Babylon from Imogen Edwards Jones. For the others it´s an eye opener on the backside of the five stars hotel industry.

Enjoy your reading

198. Posted by RebeccaF (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

What a great thread! I love book recs... Here are some books that made me want to visit the countries mentioned:

The House of the Spirits - Isabelle Allende: Made me want to visit Chile. Allende was the niece of the late president Salvadore Allende and had to flee the country after the '72 coup. She is an amazing author and all of her books are wonderful. Also check out "Paula" (I cried at the end)

A Moveable Feast - Hemingway: Paris, France in the 30's (?) an autobiographical account of the great ex-pat literary figures of Paris. THis book is an easy read and totally amazing.

Dubliners - James Joyce: Made me really want to see Ireland. This book is not a difficult read and he really captures the everyday lives of different types of people in Dublin.

The Concubine's Tattoo - Laura Joh Rowland: A cool, sexy mystery novel set in seventeenth century Japan.

Any mysteries by Martha Grimes - they are all named after actual pubs in England (although one is set in the US). The mysteries are great and the characters are memorable (especially Melrose Plant and any of the Crips family). Makes me want to go on a pub tour.

Dreams of My Russian Summers - Andrei Makine: A really beautiful and engrossing story with a suprise ending. I love all books Russian and this is a terrific story that is not as bleak as many believe Russian lit to be.

I hope someone finds enjoyment from these reads!

199. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Velocity, by Dean Koontz. Absolutely incredible; I'm re-reading it at the moment. This guy finds a note on his windshield, basically saying, if you do this, so-and-so will die, but if you do that, such-and-such will die. He keeps getting notes left, and he has to decide who dies next. Excellent read.

My favourite book of all time has to be Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything - basically a science book for those who couldn't stay awake in high school physics.

200. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min - how a girl down on her luck becomes concubine to the Chinese Emperor, lives in the forbidden city and goes on to be the most powerful woman in China.

Really relevant for me as l have just returned from Beijing and have visited the Forbidden City so it so much more real in my mind

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