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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8720 on: June 29, 2018, 11:33:41 PM »
Great list. Strange, though, that you love Swift but not Cervantes. I find them equally humorous.

I first read Don Quijote when in early secondary school and naturally I didn't make much of it (I don't even remember finishing it). Then I read it a few years ago and was spellbound, a page turner from start to finish. Whatever interpretation one subscribes to  --- DQ as a paradigmatic madman (Ortega y Gasset) or as a noble and sentimental idealist (Dostoyevsky, who modelled his own Myshkin after DQ) --- I find this book full of great insights into the human condition presented in a humorous, heartfelt and humane style. It's not an easy reading, though, I was helped enormously by the translator's erudite and exhaustive preface, notes and commentaries.

Maybe a new and fresh reading would change your perspective?
Many thanks, that's exactly what I was hoping for.  ;D Yes, read it 30 years ago an although nothing wiser by now, love to give it another try.  :D
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« Reply #8721 on: June 30, 2018, 04:48:34 AM »
Many thanks, that's exactly what I was hoping for.  ;D Yes, read it 30 years ago an although nothing wiser by now, love to give it another try.  :D

You should. And as I said, it's of paramount importance to have a very good and copiously annotated translation. Good luck and keep us informed of your progress (or lack thereof).  :)
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« Reply #8722 on: July 02, 2018, 09:05:10 AM »
I have never read Cervantes yet, nor Spanish literature in general either. The closest I have ever got to reading Spanish literature is when I read Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist", which is a portuguese-language novel, and Portugal geographically is close to Spain. And btw, I bloody hated that book! Also tries to take fame away from Ben Jonson's masterpiece of a play "The Alchemist" so that annoys me as well.
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« Reply #8723 on: July 02, 2018, 10:31:18 PM »
I have never read Cervantes yet, nor Spanish literature in general either. The closest I have ever got to reading Spanish literature is when I read Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist", which is a portuguese-language novel, and Portugal geographically is close to Spain.

But Brazil, where Coelho actually is from, is not.  :laugh:
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« Reply #8724 on: July 03, 2018, 01:14:49 AM »
But Brazil, where Coelho actually is from, is not.  :laugh:

I am well aware of that. ;) FWIW, portuguese and spanish are sister languages.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8726 on: July 03, 2018, 08:11:26 AM »
It’s a cruel world. Here’s why being a virtuous music listener feels harder than ever.

Good gravy . . . I believe I just read the phrase “the single greatest musician of our time” . . . .
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8728 on: July 03, 2018, 09:28:45 AM »
Who wants to listen to virtuous music anyway?
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« Reply #8729 on: July 03, 2018, 10:00:17 AM »
What a prat.

I wouldn't know, WaPo doesn't let me judge for myself without paying them.  ;D
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« Reply #8730 on: July 03, 2018, 10:57:29 AM »
I wouldn't know, WaPo doesn't let me judge for myself without paying them.  ;D

Pffft. You can take my word for it. I am reliable on prats. Also on twats, wankers, burks, pecksniffs, pillocks, flopdoodles, and pinheads.
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« Reply #8731 on: July 03, 2018, 11:05:28 AM »
I am reliable on prats. Also on twats, wankers, burks, pecksniffs, pillocks, flopdoodles, and pinheads.

I certainly doubt not your expertise. And thank you for expanding my English vocabulary.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8732 on: July 03, 2018, 01:37:32 PM »
Another surprisingly unfunny book is The Divine Comedy.
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« Reply #8733 on: July 04, 2018, 03:37:00 AM »
It’s a cruel world. Here’s why being a virtuous music listener feels harder than ever.

It's funny that when he's talking about separating the art from the artist, most of what he discusses is commercial product (buying CDs, paying through streaming revenue) rather than art.
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« Reply #8734 on: July 05, 2018, 10:33:28 AM »
Starting tonight with what is widely considered one of the greatest novels written in Spanish in the 20th century:



José Lezama Lima’s Paradiso had a long gestation (over 30 years), and once it was published in 1966, it was heavily attacked by the official critics in its author’s native Cuba—with few exceptions, notably Alejo Carpentier—, due to its exuberant and hermetic style, and explicit eroticism (partly homoerotic). Abroad, Julio Cortázar and Octavio Paz championed the work, and a revised edition in Mexico in 1968 launched its international career.

Its 600+ pages of ultra-baroque prose (one reviewer says it’s so baroque he couldn’t figure out what it was actually about  ;D) apparently mix “normal” narrative with essay-like sections and poetry, and appear quite daunting. But I look forward to them...
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« Reply #8735 on: July 05, 2018, 08:36:55 PM »


For reading today while at the gym, between sets and perhaps even reps.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8736 on: July 05, 2018, 10:24:19 PM »

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« Reply #8737 on: July 05, 2018, 10:48:38 PM »


Transcript of the deliberations of the Nobel prize committee:



- Let's give the prize to Haruki Miru...Huraki...
- It's Hikaru Makirumi
- Hariku Mukirami?
- Haiku...
- To hell with it, let Bob Dylan have it...

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« Reply #8738 on: July 10, 2018, 03:42:09 AM »
… music is not only an `entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.    RVW, 1948

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« Reply #8739 on: July 12, 2018, 11:50:00 AM »
And good to know that you love the calvinist Daniel Defoe too.  :D https://www.christianforums.com/threads/robinson-crusoe-a-calvinist-tract.676850

I like Defoe as a writer. I had no idea he was a Calvinist (just how Robinson Crusoe can be interpreted as Calvinist propaganda is beyond me), but hey nobody's perfect, not even a great writer.  ;D
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