OldVin is not currently reading any books.
I’m male, from France. I’ve been a DailyLit member since April 29, 2009.
I haven’t started reading any books yet.
The BBC's "Pride and Prejudice", the original ITV "Brideshead Revisited" and "Far From the Madding Crowd" (Christie, Bates, Stamp & Finch)
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. The Go-Between, L.P. Hartley.
I'd like to offer the opening line of The Go Between - L.P. Hartley:
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
The Whitsun Weddings - Philip Larkin
I'd like to spend several months in the USA (NY and Boston for preference) probably via an exchange. I really want to experience and appreciate the American way of life - and my wife wants to see the Red Sox!
Wearing waterproofs in the promenade shelter.
In terms of classics, George Eliot is up there, particularly "Middlemarch". I like Susan Hill, particularly the Simon Serrailler novels and PD James - both write good yarns with style.
It is rare for me to give up on a book but Martin Amis' "London Fields" forced me to surrender. If ever a book was over-hyped (band-wagon riding, i guess), this has to qualify. I'm not a prude by ANY means but the foul language seemed entirely gratuitous to me and as for plot........
On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
Charlotte Gray - Sebastian Faulks
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
The White Hotel - DM Thomas
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." The Go Between - L.P. Hartley
I reached the German line but then disaster struck. The rain had made the ground so slippy that I tumbled the eight feet into the trench and landed on my back. Imagine my horror when a huge German stood over me, ready to bayonet me. He fell, shot from behind.
The Eagle has Landed - Jack Higgins
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris
The opening of "Of Mice and Men" is a good call but I would offer Hardy's Wessex novels in many of which Egdon Heath almost assumes the mantle of an additional - and awesome - character.