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Offline Draško

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8680 on: June 14, 2018, 01:33:46 AM »


Gradac is Serbian art magazine, with themed issues, in book format. This one is triple issue (300 pages) and the theme is Dandyism.

It opens with an article on English 18th century 'Fashionable Novel' (Disraeli & co.) and critique of it by Thomas Carlyle and William Hazlitt. Continues with excerpts from Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin, Baudelaire's writings on Gautier, Balzac and Barbey d'Aurevilly articles on George Brummell, article on Robert de Montesquiou (Huysmans' model for des Esseintes and Proust's for Baron de Charlus), excerpts from Huysmans, Wilde, Proust and articles by Sartre, Camus and Roland Barthes among others.

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« Reply #8681 on: June 15, 2018, 12:44:26 AM »
Interesting as I have recently begun to read Balzac's "Pierrette".

And how are you finding it?  :)
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« Reply #8682 on: June 15, 2018, 12:48:40 AM »


The gym I've started to use has less benches than my old gym. While only a minor issue it does mean there can be extended periods of waiting for one to become available. So I've been taking a book along.
"You overestimate my power of attraction," he told her. "No, I don't," she replied sharply, "and neither do you".

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8683 on: June 15, 2018, 02:43:21 AM »


The gym I've started to use has less benches than my old gym. While only a minor issue it does mean there can be extended periods of waiting for one to become available. So I've been taking a book along.

Book as bait? 

 ;) :laugh:
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« Reply #8684 on: June 15, 2018, 02:45:31 AM »
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8686 on: June 15, 2018, 07:50:52 AM »
And how are you finding it?  :)

Slow to start but I like the characterization.
Did you enjoy Lost Illusions?
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« Reply #8687 on: June 15, 2018, 08:23:07 AM »
Slow to start but I like the characterization.
Did you enjoy Lost Illusions?

Good. I do enjoy it if characters are well written or shaded to offer depth. Hope the pace picks up for you. :)

Yes, I'm enjoying it so far. But I had to pause in my reading because - and I'm going to be blunt here - I needed a book for taking to the gym, and because I like to run there/back something smaller in size than Lost Illusions was required.  ;D

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Book as bait? 

 ;) :laugh:

Scurrilous, tabloid worthy rumour. My innocence in such matters remains lily-white.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8688 on: June 15, 2018, 08:26:21 AM »
Good. I do enjoy it if characters are well written or shaded to offer depth. Hope the pace picks up for you. :)

Yes, I'm enjoying it so far. But I had to pause in my reading because - and I'm going to be blunt here - I needed a book for taking to the gym, and because I like to run there/back something smaller in size than Lost Illusions was required.  ;D


Perhaps you could use it as part of you weight lifting regime  ;D
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« Reply #8689 on: June 15, 2018, 08:36:02 AM »
Perhaps you could use it as part of you weight lifting regime  ;D

As it is my year on slow reduction in strength is enough of a different kind of Lost Illusion to deal with.  ;D
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« Reply #8690 on: June 15, 2018, 08:51:34 AM »
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8691 on: June 15, 2018, 09:00:41 AM »
Nick might find “Penis Reduction Surgery For Beginners” useful.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8692 on: June 15, 2018, 11:19:19 AM »


In former Yugoslavia we all pretty much grew up on Italian comics in the 70s and 80s, and I still have the soft spot for them today, despite their quality.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8693 on: June 15, 2018, 11:30:44 AM »


In former Yugoslavia we all pretty much grew up on Italian comics in the 70s and 80s, and I still have the soft spot for them today, despite their quality.

protiv svakog pravila = against [...] law?
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« Reply #8694 on: June 16, 2018, 01:02:10 AM »
protiv svakog pravila = against [...] law?

Against every rule  :D Law would be zakon

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« Reply #8695 on: June 16, 2018, 01:13:14 AM »
Against every rule  :D Law would be zakon

Thanks.  :)
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« Reply #8696 on: June 20, 2018, 11:05:25 PM »
"You overestimate my power of attraction," he told her. "No, I don't," she replied sharply, "and neither do you".

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« Reply #8697 on: June 22, 2018, 01:56:19 AM »
Geo. Will’s tribute

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8698 on: June 23, 2018, 01:51:19 AM »


Finished (whew!) 1,000 well-packed excellently written pages on one of my favorite figures in American history. More sympathetic to the subject than many other biographies while still acknowledging his various frustrating limitations, mostly the result of putting guileless trust in the duplicitous surrounding him. Brilliant at background detail and context.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8699 on: June 23, 2018, 03:07:05 AM »


Finished (whew!) 1,000 well-packed excellently written pages on one of my favorite figures in American history. More sympathetic to the subject than many other biographies while still acknowledging his various frustrating limitations, mostly the result of putting guileless trust in the duplicitous surrounding him. Brilliant at background detail and context.

I like Chernow, but have read two other Grant bios in the last few years, so am going to have to wait for a while before I read this one. I love how he has been regenerated, however. He really is one of the true American heroes of the 19th century.

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