What book are you reading right now?

Just been re-reading some of Le Carre's mid-late novels.He is, in my opinion, one of the best English novel writers, not just a spy writer.

His use of language (for descriptions of people, and for speech) is sometimes almost poetic, his heroes (often anti-heroes really) are interesting, and of course his stories are very well crafted.

 

"A perfect spy" and "The Russia house" are 2 good examples.

 

However, I prefer to read to a background of silence, or soft instrumental music, so not sure reading is compatible with serious music listening - unless you can multi task (which I can't!)

An absolutely gripping account of the First Afghan War of the 1830s and 1840s -which ended in Britain's worst military defeat of the 19th Century. The army of the most powerful nation on earth was defeated by a raggle-taggle group of local tribesmen.

 

It's all in here: incompetence, derring-do, hubris, arrogance, unbelievable courage, violence. Great writing. Bought it after hearing extracts on Radio 4.

 

Originally Posted by Kevin-W:

An absolutely gripping account of the First Afghan War of the 1830s and 1840s -which ended in Britain's worst military defeat of the 19th Century. The army of the most powerful nation on earth was defeated by a raggle-taggle group of local tribesmen.

 

It's all in here: incompetence, derring-do, hubris, arrogance, unbelievable courage, violence. Great writing. Bought it after hearing extracts on Radio 4.

 

Thanks for posting it. Hopefully I can find it here.

Keith Richard's  LIFE ,  interesting tales of learning blues guitar and then forming Rolling Stones.  He has some great observations, I am half way thru, just finished the Altamont fiasco. Got out my 4 early recordings,  they were on the radio so much I never bought their albums, wish I had way back when.

 

The middle (and in my opinion the best) volume of McCarthy's border trilogy. Reading it for the third time enjoying it even more, knowing that I will get back to it again in the future.

 

Winky, despite not being a horse person, I think that you will appreciate the writing and its outdoors scenes.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

"Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers."

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