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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8440 on: September 20, 2017, 01:02:14 AM »
John Waters - Shock Value

Such a pleasure to read (I got the audiobook too!)  :-*



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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8441 on: September 20, 2017, 07:52:44 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.
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« Reply #8442 on: September 29, 2017, 01:11:36 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 #8443 on: September 29, 2017, 01:17:07 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 #8444 on: September 29, 2017, 10:20:14 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 #8445 on: September 30, 2017, 09:04:30 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 #8446 on: October 01, 2017, 05:30:58 AM »


Let's see if this is really The Great American Novel.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8447 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 #8448 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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« Reply #8449 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8450 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 #8451 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8452 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 #8453 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8454 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 #8455 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 #8456 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 #8457 on: October 19, 2017, 09:55:48 AM »
Re-reading much beloved Herman Melville classic, "Mardi, and a Voyage Thither.
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« Reply #8458 on: October 19, 2017, 10:22:15 AM »
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.


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