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Offline Toccata&Fugue

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7920 on: December 26, 2016, 07:42:20 PM »
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Re: What are you currently reading?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7922 on: December 28, 2016, 12:44:48 AM »
Still reading Cato's From the caves in the cloud
and my uncle gave me this collection of short stories from J G Ballard (who is a writer he introduced me to a few years ago that I really love) for Christmas:

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7923 on: December 30, 2016, 10:58:16 AM »
Henry and June by Anais Nin.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7924 on: December 31, 2016, 03:49:40 AM »
I bought this book on Monet some months ago but I am only getting around to it now....


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7925 on: December 31, 2016, 04:29:39 AM »
A couple of books on Myanmar

Donovan Webster "The burma road", the epic story of China-Burma-India theater during WWII

and Joseph Kessel "The valley of rubies"

I enjoyed both books

Also got Orwell
"The burmese days"
"A hanging"

But havent read them yet
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« Reply #7926 on: January 02, 2017, 10:31:47 PM »
Just finished The Book of Ebenezer La Page by Gerald Edwards, which was recommended by Brian. A slow burn of a novel, which is framed as the autobiography of a fictional character who was born on the island of Guernsey in the late 19th century and who lived through the two world wars and the postwar period in which the traditional culture of the island of Guernsey was swept away by modernism and tourism. A moving book.

Next up, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7927 on: January 03, 2017, 06:05:40 AM »
I Served The King of England by Bohumil Hrabal.



Because I've a generally sweet disposition that's allied to the most innocent countenance, strangers are often inclined to speak to me. Some weeks ago I was sitting in a charming tearoom, quietly reading a paperback while leering at one of the waitresses out the corner of my eye. An older couple at a nearby table made a show of trying to see the cover of the book. I acknowledged them and displayed the title. This sparked a friendly chat that included the recommendation of this book.  :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7928 on: January 07, 2017, 03:47:39 AM »
Sea Adventures by Henry de Monfreid.

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« Reply #7929 on: January 07, 2017, 09:11:50 AM »
Cat Stories
Ed. Diana Secker Tesdell




Entertaining. The last story in this collection, by Steven Milhauser, a dead-pan account of a Tom and Jerry episode with asides,  had me laughing aloud.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7930 on: January 07, 2017, 10:39:11 AM »
Still on the topic of comparative religions

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7931 on: January 08, 2017, 06:14:23 AM »
I recently finished Moscow-Petushki by Venedikt Yerofeyev and Shatuny by Yuri Mamleev. Both books are sort of underground Soviet classics and rather grotesque. Also finished Gargoyles that is one of the earlier Thomas Bernhard's books.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7932 on: January 08, 2017, 01:09:15 PM »
Plato's Symposium translated by Christopher Gill.

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« Reply #7933 on: January 10, 2017, 08:27:52 AM »
Honoré de Balzac  - Lost Illusions (translated by Herbert J. Hunt)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7934 on: January 10, 2017, 08:56:45 AM »
Just finished "Death in the Afternoon" by Ernest Hemingway, surprisingly good and so says Orson Welles:

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7935 on: January 10, 2017, 03:49:32 PM »
Proust's In Search of Lost Time


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7936 on: January 10, 2017, 05:55:03 PM »
Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7937 on: January 10, 2017, 10:53:16 PM »
Proust's In Search of Lost Time

I still prefer a non-literal translation: "Remembrance of the Things Past"
What's "lost time" anyway? Not a very idiomatic expression.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7938 on: January 12, 2017, 04:34:53 PM »
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski.



I haven't read anything by Charles Bukowski before. I know nothing at all about his work and so I'm not sure what to  expect. But I thought I'd give it a try and bought this.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #7939 on: January 12, 2017, 06:52:54 PM »
So, my chronological listen through the works of Stravinsky has been guided by this biography:


Walsh doesn't shy away from the thorny issues of Stravinsky's revisionist accounts of various events and opinions, any more than he avoids discussing Stravinsky's dubious attitudes towards Jews or Mussolini.  He does give a more sympathetic picture of an undoubtedly difficult man who had many personal flaws, and certainly covers the fascinating genesis of works from Le Sacre up through Apollo and beyond.  I'll definitely be reading volume 2.

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