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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #680 on: November 08, 2007, 11:21:45 AM »
Beginning Ubuntu Linux, 2nd ed (2007) by Keir Thomas - this is not my usual book posting, but the HD on my IBM laptop 'died' a month or so ago; I bought a Dell Latitude w/ VISTA as a replacement (my son, an IT guy, got me 25% OFF) - I was goin' to just dispose of the IBM, but thought of 'playing around' w/ a Linux clone, so I put in a HD replacement & up the memory to 512 MB - installed Ubuntu and am having a BALL w/ this OS - amazed by the quality of the programming, the 'free' programs available, and the virtual lack of a need for a firewall (one is built in), anti-virus, & malware software - I was on my wireless network almost immediately!  The book below has been a BIG help - have not played w/ UNIX since the early 80s, and that was in the SHELL mode, which you can pretty much avoid these days, if desired -  :D  P.S. and if you want to see a BUSY forum, visit ubuntuforums.org!


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #681 on: November 10, 2007, 01:48:13 AM »
Yevtushenko: Selected Poems translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi, S.J.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #682 on: November 10, 2007, 08:02:21 AM »
Saramago's Baltasar and Blimunda.

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Baltasar and Blimunda (Portuguese: Memorial do Convento, 1987) is a novel by the Portuguese author José Saramago.

It is a love story set in the 18th century with the construction of the Convent of Mafra, now one of Portugal's chief tourist attractions, as a background. Two young lovers interact naturally with historical characters including the composer and harpsichordist Domenico Scarlatti and the priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão, recognized today as an aviation pioneer, all in the shadow of the Inquisition. The lovers are always at center stage wrapped in Saramago's language, which ranges from short simple sentences to surrealistic, unpunctuated paragraphs that help to intensify both the action and the setting.

I haven't come yet to the Scarlatti encounters, but so far it's a masterly work. This is my second Saramago novel and there's no doubt he's one of the best novelists and historicists, on the same level as Ivo Andric.

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« Reply #683 on: November 10, 2007, 08:12:26 AM »
Just finished Pére Goriot, starting on this today:



I read this long ago in 8th grade, but I think now I will be able to appreciate it beyond the obvious dramatic aspects of the story.









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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #684 on: November 10, 2007, 08:19:18 AM »
Just finished Pére Goriot, starting on this today:



I read this long ago in 8th grade, but I think now I will be able to appreciate it beyond the obvious dramatic aspects of the story.




Easily in my top 10 all time fiction reads Corey.
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« Reply #685 on: November 13, 2007, 02:08:02 PM »
Easily in my top 10 all time fiction reads Corey.

I loved it this time around, and realized how much I was missing when I read it in 8th grade. I love the way Wilde uses the tastes and comments of his characters to make statements about the cultural world of the time (e.g. "Dry-goods! What are American dry-goods?" "American novels"  ;D).

Started this today:


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« Reply #686 on: November 13, 2007, 04:06:17 PM »
I am reading Haydn A Creative Life in Music written by Karl Geiringer in collaboration with Irene Geiringer.  The oversize paperback (370 pages) is very well written and enjoyable.   

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« Reply #687 on: November 13, 2007, 07:23:29 PM »
I loved it this time around, and realized how much I was missing when I read it in 8th grade. I love the way Wilde uses the tastes and comments of his characters to make statements about the cultural world of the time (e.g. "Dry-goods! What are American dry-goods?" "American novels"  ;D).


And dare I say about himself....borders on an autobiogrphy at times, no?

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« Reply #688 on: November 14, 2007, 05:21:40 AM »
And dare I say about himself....borders on an autobiogrphy at times, no?

In the introduction there is a quote from Wilde: "Basil Halliward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps."

I will definitely be getting his complete works very soon. :)

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« Reply #689 on: November 14, 2007, 05:44:01 AM »
In the introduction there is a quote from Wilde: "Basil Halliward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be — in other ages, perhaps."

I will definitely be getting his complete works very soon. :)

Do you have the edition with an introduction by Camille Canti Corey?
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« Reply #690 on: November 14, 2007, 05:49:28 AM »
Do you have the edition with an introduction by Camille Canti Corey?

I can't remember, it's already sent back to the library. It was one of the newer Modern Library editions.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #691 on: November 14, 2007, 09:35:08 AM »
Jane Smiley-Moo

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« Reply #692 on: November 14, 2007, 12:14:30 PM »


A deep and consistent pleasure to read (as all GK books).  A quote:

"Millions of mild black-coated men call themselves sane and sensible merely because they always catch the fashionable insanity, because they are hurried into madness after madness by the maelstrom of the world."

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #693 on: November 14, 2007, 12:17:41 PM »
Started this today:



Oh hope you like it.  :D  I tried reading an earlier edition and came away thinking the novel was just "OK."  (Actually I didn't finish it.)  But somehow this new translation is much more interesting, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #694 on: November 14, 2007, 02:05:16 PM »
2nd volume of Walsh's Stravinsky whilelistening to the late works in the Sony Stravinsky box.

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« Reply #695 on: November 14, 2007, 02:10:02 PM »
Joys and Sorrows by Pablo Casals (ghost written by Albert Khan).

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« Reply #696 on: November 14, 2007, 07:41:32 PM »
Oh hope you like it.  :D  I tried reading an earlier edition and came away thinking the novel was just "OK."  (Actually I didn't finish it.)  But somehow this new translation is much more interesting, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Well, it certainly has a lot to live up to; Buddenbrooks was the best book I've ever read.  :)

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« Reply #697 on: November 14, 2007, 08:07:59 PM »
Die Buddenbrooks is Mann's shortest and most approachable big novel.  He went on to expand some of its themes in Zauberberg, most notably the disintegration of the body (tuberculosis was prevalent at the time), while retaining its amazing mix of comedy, high drama and the historical context the characters evolve in. I have read both at least four times. Bigger and better than both is his mammoth biblical take on the story of Joseph And His Bothers. I think THIS is my all-time favourite book!


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #698 on: November 15, 2007, 05:51:28 AM »
A deep and consistent pleasure to read (as all GK books).  A quote:

"Millions of mild black-coated men call themselves sane and sensible merely because they always catch the fashionable insanity, because they are hurried into madness after madness by the maelstrom of the world."
Love the Chesterton quote, Danny.  Heretics, eh?  I may have to look into that one.  Thanks.

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« Reply #699 on: November 15, 2007, 02:25:16 PM »
Love the Chesterton quote, Danny.  Heretics, eh?  I may have to look into that one.  Thanks.

Chesterton is among the most quotable (and provocative) of authors;  if you like Heretics read its sequel Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.