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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9660 on: February 07, 2020, 09:12:58 AM »
First approach to the work of Claude Simon, with Le jardin des plantes.


I had meant to read some Simon for years, but kept putting it off. Then, last summer, a reference to Le jardin des plantes (by now, I don’t even remember where  :-[), made me order the first volume of his collected works in the Pléiade edition. When I got it, the peculiar page lay-out of this work appeared daunting to me, and I kept postponing reading it. It’s about time now... Voyons.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9661 on: February 08, 2020, 10:10:49 AM »
Le Jardin des Plantes is a late  one, maybe the last, and it contains references to previous novels. In fact it was the first one I read too.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9662 on: February 10, 2020, 08:48:21 AM »
Le Jardin des Plantes is a late  one, maybe the last, and it contains references to previous novels. In fact it was the first one I read too.
Yep. I now remember that the book was mentioned in some article on modern painting, as apparently it tells - in a humorous tone - the first private performance of Picasso's Le désir attrapé par la queue in occupied Paris (I haven't reached that point yet, as I couldn't much advance with reading this weekend).

Fortunately, the Pléaide edition is profusely annotated, so any reference to anything (obscure as it may be) is explained with a wealth of background information. These Pléaides are absolute jewels, a summit in the art of publishing.  :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9663 on: February 10, 2020, 10:52:19 AM »
currently:



a second reading, after discussing it with someone last weekend and remembering all my favorite parts


also on the go:


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9664 on: February 17, 2020, 11:39:35 PM »
1/4 through Moby Dick, but finished this in the meantime:



and finding it as good as I'd heard and can easily see how it became a model for the books that followed it, it retains its power even though being much imitated

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9665 on: February 18, 2020, 06:48:59 AM »
Moby Dick is amazing book! I would also recommend from Melville Mardi, unfortunately it has never been thought of nearly as highly as Moby Dick, perhaps because the story evolves from ordinary adventure into allegorical one rather suddenly.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9666 on: February 19, 2020, 05:11:34 PM »

Don't read much poetry, but this one appealed to me.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9667 on: February 19, 2020, 09:59:52 PM »

Don't read much poetry, but this one appealed to me.

I like the title in connection with the photo of Jupiter but that is enough poetry for me :-\.