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    The English lakes Ol 5 North eastern area is my current go to read, as I try to work out my plan of attack on the Wainwrights rather than just going at them at random.

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    Heh - of course - map reading is definitely reading!! Good luck with your plans

    On a similar note, I've been reading my friend's book The West Yorkshire Moors - a hand drawn guide to walking and exploring the county's open access moorland - by Christopher Goddard - which despite the personal connection I have to say is sublime!!

    https://christophergoddard.net/produ...rkshire-moors/

    I would highly recommend all Chris' work - the Woodland book is excellent too - and while totally unique they are also reminiscent of the classic Wainwright guides!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
    Haha, that's incredible DazTheSlug, one book every 3 or 4 days?
    Travs has just mentioned that he has visited a few more Wainwrights (he's been gradually ticking them off for some years now), and I was thinking of making a witty comment to the effect that some people just go up to the Lake District for a week to do all the Wainwrights; but instead I will make a bizarre analogy.

    It appears that DazTheSlug's approach to books is similar to the Birkinshaw/Tierney approach to the Wainwrights, whereas my approach to books is very much in the Travs style.
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    not definitive, but a quick grab from a (very roughly) sorted spreadsheet, has these as top twelve:
    Coming Of The King, The Tolstoy, Nikolai
    Underworld DeLillo, Don
    Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
    Leopard, The Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe
    Tree Of Man, The White, Patrick
    Beloved Morrison, Toni
    Life: A User's Manual ("La Vie Mode d'Emploi") Perec, Georges
    Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy Undset, Sigrid
    Horse's Mouth, The Cary, Joyce
    Darconville's Cat Theroux, Alexander
    Confederacy Of Dunces, A Toole, John Kennedy
    Trial, The Kafka, Franz
    Scramble the rock face through the glare of morning sun — to run

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazTheSlug View Post
    not definitive, but a quick grab from a (very roughly) sorted spreadsheet, has these as top twelve:
    Coming Of The King, The Tolstoy, Nikolai
    Underworld DeLillo, Don
    Nostromo Conrad, Joseph
    Leopard, The Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe
    Tree Of Man, The White, Patrick
    Beloved Morrison, Toni
    Life: A User's Manual ("La Vie Mode d'Emploi") Perec, Georges
    Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy Undset, Sigrid
    Horse's Mouth, The Cary, Joyce
    Darconville's Cat Theroux, Alexander
    Confederacy Of Dunces, A Toole, John Kennedy
    Trial, The Kafka, Franz
    I'm doubly impressed.

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    Nice one DazTheSlug

    Thanks for sharing, I've read just 2 of those, some I haven't even heard of!! All noted


    I just picked up a copy of The Running Hare from the local bookshop!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
    Nice one DazTheSlug

    Thanks for sharing, I've read just 2 of those, some I haven't even heard of!! All noted


    I just picked up a copy of The Running Hare from the local bookshop!!
    Excellent - enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
    I forgot to reply to this before; that's great - Ulysses is wonderful, it's much more accessible than FW and gives you a lot of hints as to what is to come.

    My recommendations:

    1) avoid trying to understand FW and just let the words flow over you - like a river!

    2) Accept that you could read it 1000 times and still not understand it all.

    3) Read it out loud. This works especially well in groups, we did this as a lunchtime activity for a year and every single time we would all be crying with laughter by the end of our meeting, if not at the text itself, then at each others attempts to read it.

    4) Realise that it is a comedy - it is hilarious!

    5) If you like a paragraph or section, read it again and again and again.

    Good luck, I hope you enjoy it as much as you did Ulysses
    I started it last night!

    I've read three on Daz's list

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    I finished The Running Hare today - dare I say it was very enjoyable!?

    It made me feel angry and delighted all at the same time, the beautiful and tragic brutality of nature ever evident but this is totally eclipsed by the erm... actually words fail me in describing the sheer scale of the exacting destruction caused by the relentless war against nature that is modern agriculture!

    It definitely changed my understanding and perspective, introduced me to a great number of 'new to me' words, which is always good, and made me laugh and cry more than once - also the sign of a great writer!

    I also want to plant wheat - regardless of how totally impractical this would be - the desire is there!

    I want to read his other books - thanks again for the recommendation
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    A much better summary of the book than I could have given. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
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