CurrerBell's doorstoppers for 2016

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CurrerBell's doorstoppers for 2016

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1CurrerBell
Editat: nov. 29, 2016, 1:30am

Don't know how many I'll get to, but I'm making a serious effort to reduce my ROOTS backlog this year, and some of them are definitely doorstoppers. My first book of 2016 (a carryover from a couple hundred pages I read last year) is Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost, which comes to just about 1300 pages, and I should get it finished in the next couple or three days.

January 9: Norman Mailer, Harlot's Ghost
January 20: Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
March 20: P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection
May 29: Thucydides (ed Robert Strassler), The Landmark Thucydides
July 16: John Steinbeck: Novels and Stories, 1932-1937: The Pastures of Heaven....
July 17: T.H.White, The Once and Future King
July 24: Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors
August 4: Colette (trans Antonia White), The Complete Claudine
September 8: Mark Twain: A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, & Other Travels
October 6: Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Norton Critical Edition)
October 15: Dan Simmons, Drood
November 14: Gore Vidal, Lincoln
November 29: Shirley Jackson, The Magic of Shirley Jackson ed Stanley Edgar Hyman

2johnsimpson
gen. 5, 2016, 4:44pm

Good luck with Harlot's Ghost Mike, I have it on my to be read pile and may get to it later in the year. Welcome to the group Mike.

3CurrerBell
gen. 10, 2016, 12:17am

Finished Harlot's Ghost and I'm starting on another doorstopper that will qualify for this month's Reading Through Time theme Women in Command ... Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.

4CurrerBell
març 6, 2016, 2:19pm

I'm just starting The Tale of Genji — the unabridged Everyman edition — and so far I've read the translator's introduction. Just 1178 pages to go!

5MissWatson
març 7, 2016, 6:35am

Ah, one of the terrifying tomes! Who is the translator?

6CurrerBell
març 7, 2016, 7:21am

>5 MissWatson: Edward Seidensticker. It's newer than Waley and includes some explanatory footnotes, though it could do with more. I got it in pristine condition for $5 at Central Books in Doylestown PA long enough ago that it also qualifies for this year's ROOTs. I must have picked it up because I'd heard of the book for so long and I really do like those Everyman editions.

7MissWatson
març 8, 2016, 4:29am

>6 CurrerBell: Sounds interesting.

8bryanoz
març 9, 2016, 7:44pm

Good luck CurrerBell, I read the Penguin unabridged Tale some years ago, remember it being slow but with many fascinating details and observations.

9CurrerBell
maig 20, 2016, 11:59pm

>8 bryanoz: I've put off on Genji for now (and for quite a while to come). I think I'll get back to it in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Reading Through Time group's quarterly period-read will be the Middle Ages and I can combine Big Fat Book with Reading Through Time.

10CurrerBell
maig 29, 2016, 8:28pm

Just finished The Landmark Thucydides, which clocks in at 625 pages when you include the appendices (which are very legitimate to include since these are a big feature of the "Landmark" editions).

11CurrerBell
oct. 1, 2016, 12:39am

I just finished a reread of Moby Dick for the Reading Through Time group's September theme (Water, Water Everywhere). Moby Dick, however slow a read it can be, doesn't qualify as a doorstopper by length; but I'm using Moby Dick (Norton Critical Edition) which does qualify, and I should finish up the supplementary materials in a week or so.

12rainpebble
oct. 3, 2016, 10:09pm

Hi Mike. I have very few but I DO love the Norton Critical Editions. I know you are hooked on them. Hope you enjoyed your Melville reread. I have tried so many times and have yet to finish this one. Just have 'reader's block' regarding Moby Dick, I guess.

13CurrerBell
oct. 4, 2016, 6:36pm

>12 rainpebble: Just have 'reader's block' regarding Moby Dick, I guess.

You've sort of got ... hmmm ... that sinking feeling?