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Absolute Beginners

Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes Absolute Beginners was published in 1959 and set in the summer of 1958.  At face value it is a vivid sketch of a particular place at a particular time (the unfashionable post-war sprawl of west … Continue reading

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After the ride of 253

Did everyone have a pleasant journey of 253? 253 added another layer to the experience of Writing the City. It may have been the most London novel read so far in the London Reading Club. Unlike the condensed index of … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap – 253

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Discussing Brick Lane

As Brian has said, we had a lively discussion on Friday; always the sign of a good book. I wanted to leave the discussion with some quotes from the book, which really highlight the contradictions and dilemmas facing the characters … Continue reading

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Brick Lane (and Absolute Beginners)

Thanks for an interesting read & lively discussion, Pete.  The note about “authorship” I referred to can be found here.   http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/17/ian-jack-jiri-kajane-albanian-hoax?INTCMP=SRCH I also mentioned that in the absence of other volunteers, I’ll introduce the third session on Fri 16 March … Continue reading

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Fate and Free Will in Brick Lane

Imagine your fate has been decided for you from day one. A teenage Nazneen comes to London from Bangladesh as part of an arranged marriage. Her husband Chanu, who is twice her age as well as twice her weight, is … Continue reading

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The London Reading Club: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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