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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
15 Feb 2013, 09:23 AM | Post: #31

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

Susanne, is it usual for remote Scandinavian railway stations to have large walk-in freezer rooms, or was that all part of the fantasy?
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

(15 Feb 2013 09:23 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  Susanne, is it usual for remote Scandinavian railway stations to have large walk-in freezer rooms, or was that all part of the fantasy?

Of course, Barry. Then, if you happen to have a frozen chicken in your bag and the train is delayed, you can pop it in the freezer room while you wait for the train! All part of the service. Tongue
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(15 Feb 2013 09:39 AM)Susanne Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 09:23 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  Susanne, is it usual for remote Scandinavian railway stations to have large walk-in freezer rooms, or was that all part of the fantasy?

Of course, Barry. Then, if you happen to have a frozen chicken in your bag and the train is delayed, you can pop it in the freezer room while you wait for the train! All part of the service. Tongue

And on a hot day I could eat my ice cream in there without it melting and running up my arm. It was such a bizarre invention (inserting
a freezer room into a remote station just so that someone could be frozen to death) that I confess I did wonder whether there could possibly be any truth in it. I had visions of fish being caught in all those beautiful char-filled lakes and left in station freezers on their way to market. I almost wish I hadn't asked and I could have continued deluding myself. Wink
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

(15 Feb 2013 10:35 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 09:39 AM)Susanne Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 09:23 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  Susanne, is it usual for remote Scandinavian railway stations to have large walk-in freezer rooms, or was that all part of the fantasy?

Of course, Barry. Then, if you happen to have a frozen chicken in your bag and the train is delayed, you can pop it in the freezer room while you wait for the train! All part of the service. Tongue

And on a hot day I could eat my ice cream in there without it melting and running up my arm. It was such a bizarre invention (inserting
a freezer room into a remote station just so that someone could be frozen to death) that I confess I did wonder whether there could possibly be any truth in it. I had visions of fish being caught in all those beautiful char-filled lakes and left in station freezers on their way to market. I almost wish I hadn't asked and I could have continued deluding myself. Wink

This convenient but improbable plot assist isn't the only aspect of it that's amateur. I read the book 'how not to write a novel' which was funny and brilliant. This novel seems to have broken all the rules (perhaps it's symbolic!!). The thing that confused me was that most of the characters' names seemed to begin with the letter 'B'.

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

(15 Feb 2013 10:55 AM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 10:35 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 09:39 AM)Susanne Wrote:  
(15 Feb 2013 09:23 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  Susanne, is it usual for remote Scandinavian railway stations to have large walk-in freezer rooms, or was that all part of the fantasy?

Of course, Barry. Then, if you happen to have a frozen chicken in your bag and the train is delayed, you can pop it in the freezer room while you wait for the train! All part of the service. Tongue

And on a hot day I could eat my ice cream in there without it melting and running up my arm. It was such a bizarre invention (inserting
a freezer room into a remote station just so that someone could be frozen to death) that I confess I did wonder whether there could possibly be any truth in it. I had visions of fish being caught in all those beautiful char-filled lakes and left in station freezers on their way to market. I almost wish I hadn't asked and I could have continued deluding myself. Wink

This convenient but improbable plot assist isn't the only aspect of it that's amateur. I read the book 'how not to write a novel' which was funny and brilliant. This novel seems to have broken all the rules (perhaps it's symbolic!!). The thing that confused me was that most of the characters' names seemed to begin with the letter 'B'.

RK

Reading this convo, has made reading the book all the more worthwhile! lol thanks guys.
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

Go for it, Liza!
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(15 Feb 2013 01:17 PM)lizashaw Wrote:  Reading this convo, has made reading the book all the more worthwhile! lol thanks guys.

You might just love it!
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16 Feb 2013, 03:24 PM | Post: #38

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

Hooray I've just finished. It really was hard going but after all the comments i wanted to finish it. I have read another book inbetween about the Princes in the Tower.

I found the book rather long and that it could all have been said in fewer words. On the plus side I did have a couple of laughs and it was quite interesting how Allan always ended up in world hot spots but always fell on his feet.

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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

I read about half of it before I got a bit bored. But I was enjoying the "now" bit, so I flicked past all the "previously" bits.
I did rather enjoy it a bit better. I liked where it went and enjoyed the ending.
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RE: Bookclub: The discussion of The Hundred Year Old Man Who ... (contains spoilers)

Finally finished. I found it overlong and sarcastic in tone. I did wonder, as others have said, if it is just a bit lost in translation and that is the reason the tone of most of the characters comes across as sarcasm. I didn't find it "marmite": I didn't hate it but I DEFINITELY didn't love it.

I actually found the modern day (2005) on the run from the Police caper quite good fun but the flashbacks of Allan's life...not so much.

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