The Smoking Diaries

by Simon Gray | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1862077231 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Caterinaanna of Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on 8/23/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, August 23, 2014
Why did this get rave reviews? I suspect because all the reviewers were part of the same, almost luvie, media world who could relate to these middle-class musings on aging but not being dead yet. OK, it's a memoir, so one expects it to be self-referential, but Gray's canvas still seems very narrow. If a memoir is to be readable, to my mind it needs to either go right inside someone's psyche and be wise (or horrifyingly shallow), or reflect on the author's life in time and context. But Gray lives in a world well insulated from the problems of his time - he has his almost, but not quite, revealed tax dodge and his friendship with the Pinters, and I think its the overwhelming smugness of it all, as well as the lack of order that turned me against it.

Released 4 yrs ago (8/23/2014 UTC) at Yorks Bakery Cafe - Newhall street in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 3 by BrumSecFel at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Picked up for the book table at Birmingham Secular Fellowship (see http://secularfellowship.org.uk/)

Released 4 yrs ago (1/24/2015 UTC) at Yorks Bakery Cafe - Newhall street in Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 5 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, January 24, 2015
This book has been on my wishlist for a while - I think I heard about it on A Good Read on Radio 4 - so I was pleased to see it at today's meetup. Thanks for bringing it, wyldetwo!

Journal Entry 6 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, May 29, 2015
Placeholder review: I liked this book. It was good.
Taking to Leeds meetup tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by wingshnedwardswing at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (5/30/2015 UTC) at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 8 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 30, 2015
I brought this home from the gathering of BookCrossers in Leeds this afternoon because I try to read at least two nonfictions a month so am always open to finding more and because the author seems to be similar in age to me .... and because the colourful cover caught my eye (oh how shallow! judging a book by its cover!) ....
Good to see you again, shnedwards :-)

Journal Entry 9 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The weird musings of a weird bloke, probably best appreciated by another bloke - not necessarily a weird one, although that might help ....
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16.5.16: Despite being seriously underwhelmed by these Diaries, I brought Coda by this author home from the Trinity Official BookCrossing shelves this afternoon! There's no accounting for taste!!! LOL!

Journal Entry 10 by wingNu-Kneeswing at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (10/31/2015 UTC) at The White Swan Leeds in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 11 by short-rach at Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 01, 2015
Caught at the October bookcrossing meetup at The White Swan. Added to 'the pile'!

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