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slow books

PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:12 am
by Socha
Although I like reading very different kind of books, I often find myself drawn to a genre that I call 'slow books',
very in-depth psychological portraits of people in ordinary daily life circumstances, whos lives might suddenly be turned upside down by small events and you get to live through their emotions, hopes, dreams, insecurities and often desillusions.

Authors that spring to mind are William Trevor, Anita Brookner, C.P. Snow (The Masters), Alan Sillitoe.

Anyone else shares this preference or can commend me some more?

slow books

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 9:34 am
by Whirliegig
I don't think I have the concentration span for such books now.

Maybe years ago, when I had the time to spend to really get into a book over uninterrupted hours - but even then I've always been a speed reader, skipping words and paragraphs, rather than savouring every single word, so I think I'd struggle with such a book.

Oh dear, i sound like a literary lightweight, don't I?

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 2:49 pm
by Whirliegig
whilst posting in the Booker thread - I realised that James Kelman's How Late it Was, How Late, is a perfect example of the type of slow book you are looking for Socha.



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http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Late-Was/dp/0749398833/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211636836&sr=8-1

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 10:05 am
by maidwade
I found 'Saturday' by Ian McEwan to be a slow but in-depth book.