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Judge Dee and the case of the giant carrots?

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Judge Dee and the case of the giant carrots?

I'm sure it's a mandrake root, but why it wants to steal a pearl is a bit obscure to me.

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TIME FOR A TIGER - Anthony Burgess. First book in his "Malayan Trilogy." Have always found Burgess interesting. Have read "A Clockwork Orange" (Kubrick's movie might very well be better than the book) and the Enderby books (due for a re-reading). Has anyone dipped into the Malayan books?

I found his autobiographical volumes, Little Wilson and Big God and You've Had your Time fascinating. Of course, the fact that he was from Manchester was of special interest to me - he had the "look" of people from round here. Saw him once arriving in a limo with his exotic Italian wife for a book signing.

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TIME FOR A TIGER - Anthony Burgess. First book in his "Malayan Trilogy." Have always found Burgess interesting. Have read "A Clockwork Orange" (Kubrick's movie might very well be better than the book) and the Enderby books (due for a re-reading). Has anyone dipped into the Malayan books?

I found his autobiographical volumes, Little Wilson and Big God and You've Had your Time fascinating. Of course, the fact that he was from Manchester was of special interest to me - he had the "look" of people from round here. Saw him once arriving in a limo with his exotic Italian wife for a book signing.

I'm always amazed by people like Burgess, who seem to live enough for several lives, and nothing humdrum about it. Yes, a most interesting life. The Burgess Society headquarters and museum are located in Manchester; might be an interesting place to spend an afternoon.

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TIME FOR A TIGER - Anthony Burgess. First book in his "Malayan Trilogy." Have always found Burgess interesting. Have read "A Clockwork Orange" (Kubrick's movie might very well be better than the book) and the Enderby books (due for a re-reading). Has anyone dipped into the Malayan books?

Oh yes, read those over twenty years ago. I liked 'em.

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TIME FOR A TIGER - Anthony Burgess. First book in his "Malayan Trilogy." Have always found Burgess interesting. Have read "A Clockwork Orange" (Kubrick's movie might very well be better than the book) and the Enderby books (due for a re-reading). Has anyone dipped into the Malayan books?

I found his autobiographical volumes, Little Wilson and Big God and You've Had your Time fascinating. Of course, the fact that he was from Manchester was of special interest to me - he had the "look" of people from round here. Saw him once arriving in a limo with his exotic Italian wife for a book signing.

I'm always amazed by people like Burgess, who seem to live enough for several lives, and nothing humdrum about it. Yes, a most interesting life. The Burgess Society headquarters and museum are located in Manchester; might be an interesting place to spend an afternoon.

Must look in someday!

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Conductor, farmer, now a writer of very long books. He'll be doing his own cookery programme next.

Really enjoyed the 2 hour doc he did on Bach around last Easter, from the same sources as this. Some nice context setting in the first 50 pages.

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Jo Nesbo: Cockroaches (finally in English)

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Judge Dee and the case of the giant carrots?

It's a mandrake!

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Biography of novelist and short story writer Elizabeth Taylor.

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The story involves mandrake root, and it looks very similar to ginseng. Of course the cover is an anthropomorphic stylization.

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Well, I finished Anthony Burgess' Malayan Trilogy: Time for a Tiger, The Enemy in the Blanket, and Beds in the East. I found it quite interesting and sufficiently entertaining. The books likely had a topical interest at the time of publication, at which time the British were ceding control of their southeast Asian possessions, but is still relevant now as Burgess expends a good deal of attention on Moslem culture. The novels are filled with a sort of mordant humor, always a bit mocking in tone. Burgess' love of wordplay and vocabulary is already evident. Within a short span of pages, I noted the following words: hypnopaedia, crepuscular, rhotacigmus, omphalic, ingurgitation, exopthalmic. It's not all like that, but a reader is likely to trip over one of these every handful of pages or so.

A segue to Joseph Conrad's southeast Asian fiction would probably make sense, but I'll stick with Burgess for a while. Just starting:

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THE DOCTOR IS SICK - Anthony Burgess

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013

About what I expected from a year's best anthology like this - a few that I truly enjoyed; a few that were ok; and a bunch that were forgettable.

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No, it's one of the latest (the first though in internal chronology) of a series of novels about "Quarry," a Viet Nam vet turned professional hitman that Collins has written. Quite nice escapist fun to read, for me at least, I've read all the novels previous to this I believe.

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A graphic novel?

GGA!!!

Lon - have you read anything by Connie Willis?

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Since you bring up Connie Willis, has she written anything that doesn't involve time travel? I have To Say Nothing of the Dog and Doomsday Book, but both are time travel stories, and I loathe time travel stories. I just gave up this week and moved them off of the "to be read" shelf.

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No, I've never read any Connie Willis.

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