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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8420 on: September 29, 2017, 12:11:36 PM »
Currently finishing up John Toland's The Rising Sun. Hopefully I'll be into something new ( or old ) tomorrow.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8421 on: September 29, 2017, 12:17:07 PM »
Currently finishing up John Toland's The Rising Sun. Hopefully I'll be into something new ( or old ) tomorrow.

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« Reply #8422 on: September 29, 2017, 09:20:14 PM »
Want another Pacific War book? Fire in the Sky by Eric Bergerud. About the air war in the South Pacific.

TD Dead Souls, just starting.

Thanks Ken B, I'll definitely look into that one.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8423 on: September 30, 2017, 08:04:30 PM »
The Shape of a City by Julien Gracq.



On Monday I've a train journey and this is the book I'll be reading during the increasingly smaller gaps that exist between long and dreamy gazes out of the window.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8424 on: October 01, 2017, 05:30:58 AM »


Let's see if this is really The Great American Novel.
"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 #8425 on: October 17, 2017, 09:01:50 AM »
Stone Mattress, by Margaret Atwood

This is a marvelous collection of short stories. The first three are a set of interlocking stories of a group of writers, told at different times from different points of view. The others range from the literary to the macabre. The final tale veers towards Atwood's dystopian style. A pair of residents of an assisted living facility try to survive when their facility is under siege from a populist movement, of sorts.

A really good book.


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8426 on: October 17, 2017, 09:46:44 AM »
Finished Buddenbrooks. I enjoyed it greatly, although I liked the beginning and the middle parts more than the ending, the ending got a bit too depressing for my current state of mind (yes, I know that is exactly the point of the novel, decline of a family and all that) although I enjoyed the Wagner references.
Thanks for letting us know! I read it back in 1978, when I was 16; it was my second book in German, after Faust I & II - and I didn't get all the details, but read it with pleasure. Now it's on the agenda - for November - of one of my reading circles. Hope to report back.  8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8427 on: October 17, 2017, 11:24:33 AM »
Currently bouncing between Farnham's Freehold by Heinlein, and Chaos by James Gleick.

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« Reply #8428 on: October 19, 2017, 08:02:45 AM »
Had a 10% off coupon for Bookdepository and no French poetry in the shelf, so I ordered this lot.

     
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8429 on: October 19, 2017, 08:07:36 AM »
Had a 10% off coupon for Bookdepository and no French poetry in the shelf, so I ordered this lot.

     
All wonderful, wonderful! A couple of verses by Baudelaire grace my signature on this forum, Verlaine has some stunningly beautiful poems which I know by heart, Mallarmé is challenging (in the best possible way). Perhaps I'm a bit less fond of Rimbaud, I must admit...

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« Reply #8430 on: October 19, 2017, 08:28:18 AM »
All wonderful, wonderful! A couple of verses by Baudelaire grace my signature on this forum, Verlaine has some stunningly beautiful poems which I know by heart, Mallarmé is challenging (in the best possible way). Perhaps I'm a bit less fond of Rimbaud, I must admit...

Enjoy, Karlo, cher ami.
Merci beaucoup, Rafael! They're all completely unknown to me really, apart from their vast reputation and influence.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8431 on: October 19, 2017, 08:57:35 AM »
Merci beaucoup, Rafael! They're all completely unknown to me really, apart from their vast reputation and influence.
Is is unfortunate that there is no translation of the prestigious "La Pléiade" collection which contains real treasures.  André Gide made an anthology of french poetry which contains what most people would consider as the pinnacle of french poetry in a small volume that you can take on a trip with you.  I always do.



The two poets who I treasure that are not represented in this anthology are Jean Cocteau and Jacques Prévert.  They came after Gide.


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« Reply #8432 on: October 19, 2017, 09:15:10 AM »
Is is unfortunate that there is no translation of the prestigious "La Pléiade" collection which contains real treasures.  André Gide made an anthology of french poetry which contains what most people would consider as the pinnacle of french poetry in a small volume that you can take on a trip with you.  I always do.

The two poets who I treasure that are not represented in this anthology are Jean Cocteau and Jacques Prévert.  They came after Gide.
That makes the French poetic tradition sound very compact - but of course the 'greatest hits' that 'most people' know is inevitably that, in any language. And it does indeed sound like a good idea to translate such an anthology.
Thinking even more recent poets, have you read Yves Bonnefoy?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8433 on: October 19, 2017, 09:35:13 AM »
Thinking even more recent poets, have you read Yves Bonnefoy?
I have and I like a number of his poems.  He has also done what is considered as the best translation of William Shakespeare plays.

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« Reply #8434 on: October 19, 2017, 09:41:41 AM »
I have and I like a number of his poems.  He has also done what is considered as the best translation of William Shakespeare plays.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8435 on: October 19, 2017, 09:55:48 AM »
Re-reading much beloved Herman Melville classic, "Mardi, and a Voyage Thither.
"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 #8437 on: October 20, 2017, 01:56:09 PM »
An excellent history of the "hillbilly" music of North Carolina, Virginia and the Piedmont area.  Tells a lot of the settlement and economic history of this region as well as focusing on the musicians and music from the turn of the 20th century to post-WWII country music.
That story sounds really interesting. But is there any music in it, worth hearing?  8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8438 on: October 26, 2017, 12:22:25 PM »
Today, while waiting for my car to be repaired:



Dostoevsky - Humiliated and Insulted

I started and almost finished it. Not among his best novels and a quite implausible main plot imho, but recognizably his style and themes.
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« Reply #8439 on: October 26, 2017, 01:45:53 PM »
Moon Shot, nominally by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton.

It may not be the best overview of America's race to the moon during the 1960's, but I've found it worthwhile.

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