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Offline Alberich

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8980 on: October 27, 2018, 06:31:22 AM »
Started reading one of the most esteemed German Romantics in literature, Ludwig Tieck.

"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8981 on: October 28, 2018, 05:50:58 AM »
I'm enjoying this at the moment, quite informative but as with the TV series, Prof Cox is excellent at stimulating a sense of awe and wonder in the reader 8).


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8982 on: October 29, 2018, 06:36:33 PM »
^I admire the sense of optimism he conveys.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8983 on: October 29, 2018, 06:47:12 PM »
The Brethren
Robert Merle
Translation from the French.

This is a historical novel set in the late 16th century in France, about a family of Huguenots. Florestan would like it.
Give a man a fire and he is warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he is warm for life.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8986 on: November 03, 2018, 02:54:20 AM »
Just finished Robert L Chapman's Ireland





Chapman was interested in two things, namely cycling and photography. He amassed a large and very interesting collection over his lifetime and this book offers some very interesting insights into that collection as well as commentary on things from national events to local beauty spots [interesting to see them then and now].
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8987 on: November 03, 2018, 06:14:10 AM »
Interspersing the Drieu La Rochelle novel I mentioned some days ago with these two art-related books:



Jean Paulhan (one of the most influential literary critics in France in the 20th century) somehow manages, in the 150 pages of this loving and poetic text, to convey the essence of.Georges Braque’s elusive and fascinating art. A beautiful little book.




This is my first contact with Francis Ponge, and I must say his prose is not really to my liking; his casual style, in which some obscure terms and—sometimes contrived—wordplays appear relatively often, and his tendency to address the reader directly with the informal “tu”,are slightly tiresome to me. And yet, a short homage to the lithographic stone, “Matière et Mémoire”, is a delight. I still have to get to the texts dedicated to Braque (the reason I got this book).
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8988 on: November 06, 2018, 01:27:17 PM »
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, by Michael Benson.

Only a few pages in, but it's already my favorite book concerning my favorite film.

Applauding,

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8989 on: November 07, 2018, 09:57:03 AM »
More art related stuff: Pierre Assouline’s biography of legendary art dealer D.-H. Kahnweiler.



Great fun to read (so far—some 50 pages into the book).  :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8991 on: November 10, 2018, 06:36:50 AM »


and

"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

- Victor Hugo

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8992 on: November 10, 2018, 06:44:36 AM »
Damn, that Billy Budd cover image was big!  ???
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

- Victor Hugo

 

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