That's some catch that catch-22...

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  1. Paul in Colorado

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    I saw the movie and read the book a long time ago. I should probably re-read it.

    I remember reading "Something Happened" and thinking it should have been called "Nothing Happened." Either that or I missed the whole point of it. Or maybe that was the whole point of it.
     
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  2. Harry Styron

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    Walker Percy’s first published novel The Moviegoer, se in 1950s New Orleans, is a slim masterpiece. Percy’s Love in the Ruins is a great comic novel about the New South as dystopia. Read them both!
     
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    read moby dick once a year for 25 years. great book. gets better every time you read it.
     
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    Dante and Christina Rossetti, like Donny and Marie, were brother and sister.

    Percy and Mary Shelley were spouses.

    Getbent’s analogy of the Rosettis to the Osmonds is quite correct.
     
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    There are so many great books. Enough that it wouldn't be necessary for another to be written. However, I'm glad no writer believes that logic. I reread some books, but not as many as I should. I do look forward to new ones because the perception of humankind is ever evolving and it is interesting to see it described.
     
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    I find that i change so much over the years that it is seeing the world with new eyes each time... someone turned me on the the mackinaw logging books last summer and man, I LOVED those!

    I'm gonna re read Barry Lopez Arctic Dreams this summer.. it is my present for myself... I will have read it 20 times in my life.
     
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    Didn't even know there was one?
    Does it start with a detached human arm dangling out a window?
     
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    It’s been 30 years since I saw it, but I only remember that scene at the end. As I recall, the book starts with this scene then flashes back.
     
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    you'll like the movie.
     
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    some great memories triggered here guys.22 is such a great read.it's been so long since i read it but it seems so fresh in my mind.thanks for the thread op.have to re read moby dick.
     
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    I’m recalling that the movie was doomed by a title deemed too long for marquees. It was renamed “Boom” at the last minute.

    I should hunt it down.
     
  12. charlie chitlin

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    Great cast.
    I saw a couple clips on youtube.
    Crazy intense scene where Joby drowns.
     
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    agree on both being great, I taught the Moviegoer (teaching prisoners college courses when I lived in Co) it is a great book fo sho.. Love in the Ruins is very, very good.. but for that exhilarating WOW... I think Thanatos Syndrome (death lovers) does some things that few try and and even fewer succeed at...
     
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    I am about 20 percent through. Kindle version on Amazon is only 2 bucks. The guy is a fantastic writer, has great insight, and the book is simply a pleasure to read. Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    My favourite book of all time and the only one I've ever re-read.

    Funny, inventive, brilliant satire and sadly a relevant parable for our times.
     
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    While we have readers here....
    Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban.
    The whole time I was reading this, I had the feeling that the author was some kind of initiate who could tap into serious cosmic streams.
    Gives me chicken skin just thinking about it.
    NOT an easy read, though.
     
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    In my incipient dotage, I'm re-thinking my position on re-reading books.

    It's not that I wasn't a reader--I was--before, but when I went back to school (at 40) to earn my teaching certificate I took a class in American literature, and the rabid enthusiasm of the professor caught me upside the head. I committed myself then to reading all the great books I'd only pretended to read in high school and college: I began what became a large "timeline" collection of used paperbacks; and I committed myself to always having a book going, and to reading every day, even if not for very long. My bookmark became my best friend.

    In the 25 years since, I've read a lot of great books, and lots of other books, too. Most of the time, as I read, I read also the introductions and afterwords whenever there were any, and googled for information about each author, and so gained some depth of understanding especially of the "classic" ones, but I always kept plodding forward, like Dobbin following his nosebag. No real focus, no really deep study, and no re-reading, ever. There were so many books to read that it didn't seem like there was time for reading any of them over again.

    I'm changing that.

    I think it started at retirement last year, when I ordered big hardcover sets of Vonnegut, Twain, and Steinbeck and worked them in to my reading habit, even though I'd read much of the material before. Right now I'm re-reading Sterne's Tristram Shandy, one of the weirdest most wonderful books ever, 'way ahead of its 18th-century time (blame Sterne if I seem to digress here).

    Re-reading this thread right now (forgive the bump, but it's a great thread), I just ordered a hardcover copy of Catch-22, which is one of the very few books I've read twice, because this thread has convinced me that it needs another look or two. I might do a lot more re-reading now, with what time I have left before I can't see, can't read, can't think, can't remember. . . .
     
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    Some books you can read every 7 years.
     
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    Yeah, I read that they don't like Catcher In the Rye anymore either. They think Caulfield just needed Prozak.
     
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  20. Charlie Bernstein

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    Hilarious book. Too bad they forgot to make the movie funny. If a director can't make Alan Arkin funny, there's no hope.

    Redford's treatment of The Milagro Beanfield War had the same problem. Turned another of the mid-century's funniest books into drama. Dull, dull, dull.

    The book I read most often is another ruthlessly funny mid-century novel, Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. Only the vultures win.

    Hope no one ever makes an unfunny movie out of it. It happens.
     
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