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Old 08-23-2011, 04:01 PM   #196
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Obviously I have no clue.

Issybird? Can you help out?
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:08 PM   #197
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I am also at a loss. Issybird?
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:47 PM   #198
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I've read the hints and I think I know the name of the author--Douglas Coupland--but I don't know the novel. Which is what I live about this thread, so many new books to read.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:11 PM   #199
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Okay issybird is the winner here. Take it away. The book was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. I agree with some comments on Coupland, that he's a bit of a one-trick pony at times, but I love his work. He makes me laugh a lot.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:26 AM   #200
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From one of the funniest books in English:

"It was a perfect title, in that it crystallized the article's niggling mindlessness, its funereal parade of yawn-enforcing facts, the pseudo-light it threw upon non-problems."
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:38 AM   #201
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It has a Wodehouse-ian syntax & vocabulary - but it's not Wodehouse - at least not any that I've read. More modern.
[methinks I'm going to discover a new "must read" book]
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:04 AM   #202
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More modern.
Yes.

And, I hope so!
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #203
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"He was all ready to slink down to the phone when, returning to the bedroom, he again surveyed the mutilated bedclothes. They looked in some way unsatisfactory; he couldn't have said how. He went and locked the outer bathroom door, picked up the razor blade, and began again on the cirdumferences of the holes. This time he made jagged cuts into the material, little inlets form the great missing areas. Some pieces he almost severed. Finally he held the blade at right angles and ran it quickly round the holes, roughening them up. He stood back from his work and decided the effect was perceptibly better. The disaster now seemd much less obviously the work of man and might, for a few seconds, be put down to some fulminant dry rot or the ravages of a colony of moths."
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:41 PM   #204
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Not even a nibble, eh?

The author's first novel, it made Time magazine's list of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. I said it was modern but in fact it's older than I am.

Spoiler:
The author has an equally famous writer-son.


"Then there'd been that essay written for Welch by one of the Honours people, containing, in fact consisting of, abuse of a book on enclosures by, it transpired, one of Welch's own ex-pupils. 'I asked him who could possible have filled his head with stuff like that, you see, and he said it was all out of one of your lectures, Dixon. Well, I told him as tactfully as I could...' Much later Dixon had found out that the book in question had been written at Welch's suggestion and, in part, under his advice. These facts had been there for all to read in the Acknowledgments, but Dixon, whose policy it was to read as little as possible of any given book, never bothered with these,"
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:36 PM   #205
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So I sort of cheated by looking up the Time Magazine list and using that and the other information to come up with this. I put it in a spoiler to allow more time for others to come up with the correct answer more honestly.

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #206
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I was going to identify the author as one of the angry young men of the 50s, but since there hasn't been any guessing and Hamlet's got it, I think it's time to move on.

Over to Hamlet.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #207
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I had no clue on this one.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:47 PM   #208
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I'm putting it on my TBR list - the excerpts are intriguing! Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an ebook version.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:09 PM   #209
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No, sadly. I wanted to nominate it for the bookclub for humor month, but couldn't. That's why we can't give up on pbooks just yet; too many mid and backlist gems which haven't been digitalized.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:45 PM   #210
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No, sadly. I wanted to nominate it for the bookclub for humor month, but couldn't. That's why we can't give up on pbooks just yet; too many mid and backlist gems which haven't been digitalized.
Yes far to many that are not eligible for Project Gutenberg treatment, but are not, and may never be, put into ebook form.

Anyway I am betting this one will go quick and easy.

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