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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 01:16:02 AM EST) Reading, LHusi (all tags)
LHusi beers. Reading: "Saturday".


LHusi beers
Attending, that I remember:
  1. gazbo
  2. hulver
  3. Dr Hoffman
  4. Dr Thrustgood
  5. Vulch
  6. ambrosen
  7. komet
  8. motty
  9. 256
  10. misslake
  11. ni
  12. jump the ladder
  13. TheophileEscargot
  14. Phage
  15. BadDoggie
  16. Breaker
  17. Herring
  18. TPD
Good night. Guzzled down the beer a bit too quick at first, so faded out pretty early. Surprisingly, virtually no hangover this morning though.

What I'm Reading
Finished Saturday by Ian McEwan. Covers one 2001 day in the life of a neurosurgeon, where he avoids an anti-war protest and gets involved in a road rage incident.

Superb novel. First, it's brilliantly observed. UK literary novelists generally find life outside their charmed circle very hard to write about: either the characters are professors/novelists or else their ignorance of what actually goes on in an office or factory becomes painfully clear. The main character Perowne's life here is utterly realistic, though his upper-middle class idyll isn't exactly universal.

The book also lightly references the issues of the day, without ever becoming preachy or obvious. Overall it's just a brilliantly balanced book between the personal and the political, everyday life and extraordinary events. Highly recommended.

Review, review.

YouTube
Yorkshire Airlines.

Sign language explained.

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Your title by alien zero (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 11:55:50 AM EST
is evocative.  Is it from something?

Google says no.


The "sign language explained" link [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 12:14:21 PM EST

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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Ach! The shame! by alien zero (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 02:48:25 PM EST
My bad (twice).
  1. Saw youtubery,  thought meh.
  2. Oops.  wrong google
I will now subject myself to a thrashing.


Ian McEwan is great by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 12:43:37 AM EST
You've spotted my big bugbear with him though - it's just so bloody upper middle class, which I think makes his characters very hard to relate to at times. Haven't read Saturday, but in some of the previous obooks there's a lot of middle class masturbation about food, wine and interiors.

That aside, he's great. Have you read any of the early stuff, like Concrete Garden and Butterflies? They're very different.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

I quite liked "The Cement Garden" by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 10:02:34 AM EST
But like you say, I think he's a bit too limited to his own class: don't know if I'd bother going through all his books.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Butterflies is worth it by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 12:50:51 AM EST
It's an early short story. It's along the same lines as the Cement Garden and everything else he was writing at the time, just the best example of it. Very haunting and creepy.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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