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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 6:41 am

JR8 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Depends. I was only 14 the first time I read it. (as well as the Fountainhead). It was a landmark year for me as I consumed more heavy literature that year than probably the next 25 years. Mein Kampf, The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich, and Darwin's Theory of Evolution were all on the same reading list. Wonder if that might be part of the reason I left organized religion the same year???? :-|




Have you read Crime & Punishment (Dostoevsky), All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque), Our Man in Havana (Greene), Brave New World (Huxley), 1984 (Orwell), Farenheit 451 (Bradbury), Rivers of Time (Swain), Vanity Fair (Thackeray), Heart of Darkness (Conrad), Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), History of the world in 10+1/2 chapters (Barnes) and Birdsong (Faulks)? And so on, and so on, so many more... All enriching classics IMHO.


The blue ones I not touched. Not for any particular reason, other than "never got around to it".

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 8:41 am

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote:Parkview Square
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkview_Square



'Locally, the building is often referred to as "Gotham building", due to its Art Deco architectural style that resembles the fictional Gotham City of Batman legend.'


Wow.... so it's not just me then.... genuine lol!


Yep, I thought the same thing the first time I saw it. It is so out of place here. It looks ridiculous.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 5:26 pm

zzm9980 wrote:Yep, I thought the same thing the first time I saw it. It is so out of place here. It looks ridiculous.


Yes, and if it looks ridiculous now, how totally ridiculous is it likely to look in 25 years time .... hmmm. Quite how a decision was reached to build that design totally escapes me... !


p.s. @ SMS - Give Graham Greene's 'Our man in Havana' a go.
http://www.amazon.com/Our-Man-Havana-Pe ... +in+havana

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'This 1958 novel was a complete surprise to me. I'd read three books by this author before and found them dark and introspective. But "Our Man in Havana" is a satirical spoof and I found myself giggling throughout. It deals with a theme that Greene has revisited on many occasions - that of a spy in a foreign country. But this time, it's all in fun, although between the 220 pages of this slim volume, he manages to say a few important things about social class, the Catholic Church, and the absurdity of international relations.

The hero of the story is Jim Wormold, a divorced vacuum cleaner salesman from England in pre-Castro Cuba. His 17-year-old daughter is growing up fast and he finds he needs money. So when the British Secret Service recruits him, he invents a whole world of secret agents and intrigues just to keep the money flowing. He is even sent a secretary, which introduces a bit of romance to the outrageous plot. All of a sudden, the lies he has invented seem to be coming true and the plot thickens, moving along at a breakneck pace. I was totally involved, and found myself laughing out loud at times. What a delightful read! Highly recommended.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 5:52 pm

Slim one? Might give it a try. Will look through my Daughter's paperbacks. She's like I used to be when still working offshore.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 9:53 pm

JR8 wrote:Continuing the theme how about the (now demolished) Concourse building on Beach Road...
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sit ... kSniszB-M0

I recall 2 similar buildings (not that tall) in this the area around KKH but can not find them via street view at this moment.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 9:55 pm

JR8 wrote:
nakatago wrote:Parkview Square
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkview_Square



'Locally, the building is often referred to as "Gotham building", due to its Art Deco architectural style that resembles the fictional Gotham City of Batman legend.'


Wow.... so it's not just me then.... genuine lol!

I have always called it a Batman House and nobody understood me :( Thank you JR8, no you are not alone.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:28 pm

I've called it the Gotham City Hotel ever since the day it was built.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:44 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Slim one? Might give it a try. Will look through my Daughter's paperbacks. She's like I used to be when still working offshore.


My paperback copy is '220 pages'*, standard size, and about 1cm thick. (Since you raise the question, out of interest I checked: Most books on my shelf are under 1" thick! hmmm). Don't know how fast people read, but it shouldn't be more than a casual hour or so a day over the course of a week.

I don't like huge 'epic saga' books either, as most of it is just unnecessary 'filler'. Greene (like most authors of his time) get to the point without waffle. I can think of no other author I have read who has the ability to needle the feel of a country, a town cafe or bar or whatever, the local crowd, and the precise situation, in such an effortless manner. He is a genius, without being intellectually overbearing, so you are carried along. That is why he remains my favourite author.



* Why is such a book called say 220 pages, when what is meant is 220 sides, i.e. 110 pages.


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