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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8540 on: January 09, 2018, 05:38:37 AM »
I am also reading Ross' book, although in German translation. Now about 220 pages in (of 600+). Not so sure what to make of it. I think Ross is overambitious and it's a little bit of everything but impossible to go into depth because he wants to cover so much.
And he sometimes slips into a somewhat gossipy mode. I think he has more than a page overall on the ominous 8th symphony of Sibelius; not a smart move if one wants to cover a lot of ground, better stick to stuff that was actually published and played...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8541 on: January 09, 2018, 07:14:39 PM »
Please keep us informed! (#oneofthosebooksontheshelveswhichIwishhopewanttoreadonetimetimeproviding)  :)

#getitofftheshelfandreadit

(We won't mention the unread books I put into piles because I don't have enough shelves)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8542 on: January 10, 2018, 02:11:56 AM »
I am also reading Ross' book, although in German translation. Now about 220 pages in (of 600+). Not so sure what to make of it. I think Ross is overambitious and it's a little bit of everything but impossible to go into depth because he wants to cover so much.
And he sometimes slips into a somewhat gossipy mode.

Maybe it's a matter (IIRC) of the book originating, not as a book, but as an accumulation of blog posts.  I found the book a bit of a mix, and probably because a serious musical reader has different expectations for A Book than for skimming through a blog.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8543 on: January 10, 2018, 02:28:18 PM »
Off the Skelligs
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Ingelow is not everybody's cup of tea (frequently enters into moral and religious argument), but at least she's original. I'm nearly halfway through and I've no idea what's going to happen yet.
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A look—a word—and we are wholly changed.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8544 on: January 11, 2018, 10:38:16 AM »
I Thought of Daisy by Edmund Wilson.



I'm sure at least some of you guys will know this author, but he's both new and cool to me.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8545 on: January 11, 2018, 06:30:48 PM »
I Thought of Daisy by Edmund Wilson.



I'm sure at least some of you guys will know this author, but he's both new and cool to me.

Good to see you!

I've read some Wilson as literary critic, but know nothing about his fiction.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8546 on: January 12, 2018, 02:25:48 AM »
Maybe it's a matter (IIRC) of the book originating, not as a book, but as an accumulation of blog posts.  I found the book a bit of a mix, and probably because a serious musical reader has different expectations for A Book than for skimming through a blog.
Right. I now recall that it started as a blog. This clearly explains what I described as certain weaknesses. Short columns that need to captivate the reader quickly and come to certain point. While understandable, he should have spent more time transforming those blog entries into a book.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8547 on: January 12, 2018, 11:01:07 AM »
Good to see you!

I've read some Wilson as literary critic, but know nothing about his fiction.

Thanks, Jeffrey. Good to see you too!

Yeah, same here, I'd read little more than a couple of quotes attributed to him and they were interesting enough to make me look for info about him. And that led me to his novels.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8548 on: January 12, 2018, 11:05:54 AM »
Thanks, Jeffrey. Good to see you too!

Yeah, same here, I'd read little more than a couple of quotes attributed to him and they were interesting enough to make me look for info about him. And that led me to his novels.

To The Finland Station is a bit dated and naive about the Bolsheviks but it's an extremely interesting book, well worth reading.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8549 on: January 12, 2018, 11:09:48 AM »
To The Finland Station is a bit dated and naive about the Bolsheviks but it's an extremely interesting book, well worth reading.

As ever, suggestions and recommendations are welcome.  Cheers, Ken.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8550 on: January 12, 2018, 12:07:49 PM »
Axel's Castle and The Wound And The Bow are two of the finest collections of literary criticism I've read.

There's a couple of very useful Library Of America editions if you're interested in his nonfiction:


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8551 on: January 12, 2018, 01:02:33 PM »
Started reading Wilkie Collins's "No Name". Most enjoyable so far.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8552 on: January 12, 2018, 01:16:53 PM »
Started reading Wilkie Collins's "No Name". Most enjoyable so far.

I'm keen to hear, as it's on my maybe list.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8553 on: January 13, 2018, 01:56:36 AM »
Axel's Castle and The Wound And The Bow are two of the finest collections of literary criticism I've read.

There's a couple of very useful Library Of America editions if you're interested in his nonfiction:



Cool. Thanks, Simon.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8554 on: January 13, 2018, 07:46:38 AM »

Curious by some recent publicity around this book...just started it but quite a page-turner.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8555 on: January 13, 2018, 08:07:00 AM »
Please keep us informed! (#oneofthosebooksontheshelveswhichIwishhopewanttoreadonetimetimeproviding)  :)

I am also reading Ross' book, although in German translation. Now about 220 pages in (of 600+). Not so sure what to make of it. I think Ross is overambitious and it's a little bit of everything but impossible to go into depth because he wants to cover so much.
And he sometimes slips into a somewhat gossipy mode.

Maybe it's a matter (IIRC) of the book originating, not as a book, but as an accumulation of blog posts.  I found the book a bit of a mix, and probably because a serious musical reader has different expectations for A Book than for skimming through a blog.


I'm enjoying The Rest is Noise, but some good points were made by you two, that I do mostly agree with. A good amount of the basic history of the composers, their music, I've known for a while, but some of the gossip bits are entertaining. I like hearing about the interaction between certain composers, and Ross goes deep into the political aspect surrounding the music.
I am really enjoying the music theory evaluations that Ross inserts when describing the impact of individual works.
Still have 12 hours to go.  8)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8556 on: January 13, 2018, 08:50:20 AM »

I'm enjoying The Rest is Noise, but some good points were made by you two, that I do mostly agree with. A good amount of the basic history of the composers, their music, I've known for a while, but some of the gossip bits are entertaining. I like hearing about the interaction between certain composers, and Ross goes deep into the political aspect surrounding the music.
I am really enjoying the music theory evaluations that Ross inserts when describing the impact of individual works.
Still have 12 hours to go.  8)

Does he talk about AS's syphillis?

(This is a dig at Cato. I have read (heard) the book)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8557 on: January 13, 2018, 12:21:04 PM »
Regele şi Patria!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8558 on: January 15, 2018, 04:05:08 PM »
Recently read Goethe's Faust, Peter Sculthorpe's autobiography Sun Music, Absolutely on Music by Murakami with Ozawa and now on The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8559 on: Today at 09:09:13 AM »
Absolutely on Music by Murakami with Ozawa
How did you like this? Any comments? I have been tempted by it in bookstores, but have also seen a critic or two say that it is light on substance.

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