Topic: Books you've been meaning to read for ages

Just started Bonfire of the Vanities. Shit film but heard nothing but good things about the book. So far so good. Not sure why I left it so long.

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Cos the film was garbage, as you say. 25 years ago I was talking to my ex boss and I mentioned I had seen this really shit film, Bonfire of the Vanities. He said, I`ll bring the book in, you`ll love it. I told him not to bother, he brought it in anyway.

At the time I was living at Fulham Broadway and had to change at Earls Court, used to piss me off, having to change tubes, as I really got into it. Not normally like that about books, but this one had me hooked.

If I had read the book first, the film would have been a comedy, come to think of it, it still is.

Tom Wolfe - great book.

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Great book, was reading the Beat stuff 30 years ago and got to Electric kool Aid Acid Test, then Bonfire came out, loved em both. Right Stuff also great

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I read Right Stuff - The Astronauts - but I have a really shit copy. On a bit of a quest to read New York books right now. Got Bright Lights Big City and Underworld lined up after this.



Zico, I knew someone on here had read Bonfire before but the old memory's not what it was.

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Cuts wrote:

Just started Bonfire of the Vanities. Shit film but heard nothing but good things about the book. So far so good. Not sure why I left it so long.

From memory isn't about 900 pages long?

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Bonfire Of The Vanities is on my list. I say list, it's a little black book I keep by my bed with recommendations and books I should read in it. I tick off a couple a year and add ten more. In fact it would make a good book.

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The book is ace.........the film is fucking dreadful.

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Cuts wrote:

I read Right Stuff - The Astronauts - but I have a really shit copy. On a bit of a quest to read New York books right now. Got Bright Lights Big City and Underworld lined up after this.



Zico, I knew someone on here had read Bonfire before but the old memory's not what it was.

Never finished Underworld. The first section, which was published on its own as a novella (Pafko at the Wall) is absolutely wonderful, one of my favourite pieces of writing.

Sorry, massively unhelpful when people say things like that, isn't it? I still have my hardback copy of Bonfire, survived countless moves, etc. Never seen the film.

Charles Jackson's The Lost Weekend is a great New York novel, Ralp Ellison's The Invisible Man, also, if you can stop yourself humming 'rat a tat a tat', Manhattan Transfer (Dos Passos), but not to everyone's taste.

Reading lots of Joan Didion at the moment. Incredible writer.

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Moby Dick, Ragtime, + The Shining are 3 I've still never got round to//

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I'd put Moby Dick at the back of the queue if I were you.  Fuck my old boots, it's hard work.

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I'd put Moby Dick at the back of the queue if I were you.  Fuck my old boots, it's hard work.

Yes! Went whale-watching a few months back when I was in New York. Wonderful experience, soon as I got back on dry land thought 'right, have to read Moby Dick'. Shitting norks, it's dull.

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Anyone who's not read Joan Didion, there's a PDF of Slouching Towards Bethlehem here (30-page-or-so article, one of her most famous pieces, looking at the grim reality of the late 60s Haight-Ashbury scene):

http://nstearns.edublogs.org/files/2012 … 84kxww.pdf

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Got the app Classics on my phone, read em on the train in bits n pieces - read Treasure Island, Dracula, The Time Machine, Robinson Crusoe, and Call of the Wild over the past couple years, all great, indeed classic. Slowly getting through The Jungle Book now, w Frankenstein and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in reserve.

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Length of a book is unimportant really, not something that puts me off giving it a go. Especially if you read regardless. Three short ones v one 700 pager?

I gave up on Infinite Jest because I didn't gave a clue what was going on not because it was a big book.
Moby Dick is a great book. Didn't find it dull save for the whale terms section. Having said that I had put it down at some point so maybe I did find it dull on first go round.

Never heard of Joan Didion so thanks for that.

Great idea that Mike, the classics. Kim is good stuff. I never read as much as when I moved to NY. Not much to see pout the train window is there?

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Mike Jones wrote:

Got the app Classics on my phone, read em on the train in bits n pieces - read Treasure Island, Dracula, The Time Machine, Robinson Crusoe, and Call of the Wild over the past couple years, all great, indeed classic. Slowly getting through The Jungle Book now, w Frankenstein and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in reserve.

I had one of those apps - rattled off The Road by Jack London, Three Men In a Boat and Call of The Wild.

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Cuts wrote:

I read Right Stuff - The Astronauts - but I have a really shit copy. On a bit of a quest to read New York books right now. Got Bright Lights Big City and Underworld lined up after this.



Zico, I knew someone on here had read Bonfire before but the old memory's not what it was.

I wouldn`t worry mate, I remember what I was wearing, boxing day 1987 at Man City, but a few hours ago couldn`t remember what I had for my tea yesterday.

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