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What are you reading at the moment?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Boab, Tuesday July 5, 2011.

  1. Thank's for that. I will certainly root out my copy of Last Exit at the weekend. The trouble is, so many books so little time.
     
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  2. I have had a bit of a Maigret binge since Christmas. Iain (@Digimonkey) and I recently discussed how important books are in our life’s, and I tend to reach for certain types of books according to my frame of mind. I first picked up a Maigret novel in the mid 80’s when I was stressed out over an impending deadline for an essay at uni. I always tended to leave essays to the very last minute and the more panicked I became the more likely I was to dive in to some fiction. Maigret was perfect for this form of escapism. Over the years I have probably read around 30 of the Maigret series. I was gifted a couple I hadn’t read for Christmas and was thrilled to be reacquainted with the Inspector. So much so that I decided to go right back to the beginning of the series and start all over again. There are over 70 in total. I genuinely believe that Simenon was one of the great writers of the 20th century. Deceptively simple little stories which somehow illuminate the human condition. And Maigret is my hero! So I’m going to allow myself one more adventure with the Inspector before I get back to what I’m hiding from - ‘Lanark’. Iain sent me a copy of Alasdair Gray’s novel before Christmas and it sits on my bedside table glaring at me every night.
     
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