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

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Offline Cathy Reading travels in Elysium by William Azuski
19 Feb 2013, 12:16 PM | Post: #41

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

Finished it this morning.
What a waste of time.
Can't say it was a waste of money as it was only 20p.
I only bothered to finish it because it was the bookclub choice and I kept thinking there might be more to it.
I thought Fifty Shades of Grey had got the award for the most over-hyped book of all time but I think this one runs a close second.
Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
19 Feb 2013, 05:48 PM | Post: #42

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

I've followed this with interest following my comments saying it was the okay side of average.

Based on the views of my fellow kuffers I feel in the majority, which begs the question, why has it got so many good reviews? Was it overhyped by the publisher in some way?

At least Fifty Shades had something different about it (porn for women in a virtual brown paper bag).

Any views on why The Hundred Year Old Man... has been such a worldwide success? Fetching title for one thing?

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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
19 Feb 2013, 06:05 PM | Post: #43

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

(19 Feb 2013 05:48 PM)Ray Kingfisher Wrote:  Based on the views of my fellow kuffers I feel in the majority, which begs the question, why has it got so many good reviews? Was it overhyped by the publisher in some way?

Any views on why The Hundred Year Old Man... has been such a worldwide success? Fetching title for one thing?

RK

I find it hard to understand, as I said earlier, is it a case of The Emperors New Clothes? I am originally from Scandinavia (Denmark), so do see how the translation didn't work. Was it because of poor translation or was it really meant to be this literal? Yes, the title was catching and unusual, but that doesn't account for all the good reviews.

The book is selling for 20p and has gradually crept to the top. The reviews in general are good, - again, are so many people seeing what I don't see in the book, or are they sheep?
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Offline Cathy Reading travels in Elysium by William Azuski
20 Feb 2013, 01:58 PM | Post: #44

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

I think it's the title: I kept seeing it when I was trawling for books to read until eventually I downloaded it. Has it been 20p for a long time? That must have helped it get up the charts. I've got better books in my rubbish folder.
Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
20 Feb 2013, 07:01 PM | Post: #45

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

(20 Feb 2013 01:58 PM)Cathy Wrote:  I think it's the title: I kept seeing it when I was trawling for books to read until eventually I downloaded it. Has it been 20p for a long time? That must have helped it get up the charts. I've got better books in my rubbish folder.

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

I've got it (20p, why not) having read the comments I'm wondering if I should just free up some space and get shot of it. I love Marmite but rubbish books are not my thing.
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Offline smb Reading Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy
22 Apr 2013, 03:55 PM | Post: #47

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

Each to their own. I actually enjoyed it. It is a tongue in cheek book and if you read as such it's actually quite fun.

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