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karlhenning

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1160 on: April 10, 2008, 11:19:48 AM »
Jane Austen-Sense and Sensibility

We watched the latter part of the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation; some delicious scenes!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1161 on: April 10, 2008, 12:35:43 PM »


Good to be reading Fedya again; just read and loved the first story "A Nasty Anecdote."

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« Reply #1162 on: April 10, 2008, 04:15:51 PM »
Jane Austen-Sense and Sensibility

Perfect.
There will never be another era like the Golden Age of Hollywood.  We didn't know how to blow up buildings then so we had no choice but to tell great stories with great characters.-Ben Mankiewicz

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« Reply #1163 on: April 11, 2008, 03:34:32 AM »


From Publishers Weekly
In Rainey's enjoyable WWII adventure with a superfluous SF plot twist, courageous American flyers with the navy Blue Devil unit shoot down Japs above the Solomon Islands. The U.S. airmen, led by Lt. Cmdr. Drew McLachlan and based on remote Conquest Island, see fast and fierce action, occasionally suffering a tragic loss. Then, in the cinematic tradition of the period, the story veers into horror flick territory with SF undertones when the airmen discover peculiar savages in the caves of Conquest's mountainous landscape. For good measure, Rainey (The Lebo Coven) also throws in a gigantic, monstrous extraterrestrial with galaxy-ruling ambitions. The novel benefits from the author's obvious interest in WWII aircraft, and readers nostalgic for the era's war movies and pulp fiction will enjoy the ride. (Jan.)

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« Reply #1164 on: April 11, 2008, 05:03:59 PM »
Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time, Volume Two: Within a Budding Grove


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1165 on: April 11, 2008, 05:41:48 PM »
Marcel Proust - In Search of Lost Time, Volume Two: Within a Budding Grove

I am assuming your next post in this thread will be a while  >:D

Kullervo

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« Reply #1166 on: April 11, 2008, 06:14:59 PM »
I am assuming your next post in this thread will be a while  >:D

Well I finished Swann's Way in 4 days, so perhaps not a great while. :)

Kullervo

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« Reply #1167 on: April 11, 2008, 06:57:51 PM »
Also: why couldn't you finish Swann's Way, if you don't mind my asking?

George

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« Reply #1168 on: April 12, 2008, 03:37:24 AM »
I am assuming your next post in this thread will be a while  >:D

 ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1169 on: April 12, 2008, 04:06:53 AM »
Beside reading these days is the ubiquitous Kite Runner.  Competently crafted.  What I like about it is the sense that my world is expanding by viewing a slice of life through the eyes of an Afghan expatriate in America.  It broadens my sense of community.  Such literature is inclusive, not exclusive, opening the reader's heart and mind to compassionate celebration of our shared heritage and commitment to our shared responsibilities.

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« Reply #1170 on: April 12, 2008, 05:23:46 AM »
Beside reading these days is the ubiquitous Kite Runner.  Competently crafted.  What I like about it is the sense that my world is expanding by viewing a slice of life through the eyes of an Afghan expatriate in America.  It broadens my sense of community.  Such literature is inclusive, not exclusive, opening the reader's heart and mind to compassionate celebration of our shared heritage and commitment to our shared responsibilities.



We read that for our book club at work David.  Your points are right on the mark David as posted above.  However, I was about the only one that did not like it as an "actual read".  Did you find it to be a bit "contrived/overly predictable" in parts?   My colleagues also enjoyed his A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I also did not care for.  Obviously I am in the minority about its merits when it comes to "enjoying" his style of writing.
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« Reply #1171 on: April 12, 2008, 06:45:35 AM »


Good to be reading Fedya again; just read and loved the first story "A Nasty Anecdote."

Looks interesting! Were those written before Siberia, or after? I'm rereading Notes from Underground, and am absorbing far more of it the second time around.

Pevear and Volokhonsky are easily the best translators of Russian classics that I've read.

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« Reply #1172 on: April 12, 2008, 07:15:04 AM »
Did you find it to be a bit "contrived/overly predictable" in parts?   
Yes, Bill.  Not great literature, of course, but competent and a cut above many "best sellers."  I would rather read a sincere writer of mediocre talent telling a story with heart than something impeccably crafted but soullessly banal.


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« Reply #1173 on: April 12, 2008, 07:31:25 AM »
Yes, Bill.  Not great literature, of course, but competent and a cut above many "best sellers."  I would rather read a sincere writer of mediocre talent telling a story with heart than something impeccably crafted by soullessly banal.

A very fair comment. 

And speaking of broadening my "sense", have you looked into:


http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Fundamentalist-Mohsin-Hamid/dp/0151013047
Another of our recent book club reads, of which I liked, save one or two parts, which I thought was extremely well written.  The rest of the club, save one other person, did not care for it though.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1174 on: April 12, 2008, 07:43:37 AM »
No, Bill--but on your say-so I will check it out.  Like the title!
"Maybe the problem most of you have ... is that you're not listening to Barbirolli." ~Sarge

"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money." ~Margaret Thatcher

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1175 on: April 12, 2008, 07:54:23 AM »
No, Bill--but on your say-so I will check it out.  Like the title!

David, I found that the folks that did not like book, for the most part, did not because they did not agree with the main character and his views and this disagreement was at a passionate level in some cases.  For me, whether I agree or disagree with a character's view point does not indicate whether I will "like" a book or not, even if I loathe that character by the end of the book.  And to boot, this book has an absolutely unforgettable ending IMO.  A quick read as well.
There will never be another era like the Golden Age of Hollywood.  We didn't know how to blow up buildings then so we had no choice but to tell great stories with great characters.-Ben Mankiewicz

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #1176 on: April 12, 2008, 09:41:51 AM »
Also: why couldn't you finish Swann's Way, if you don't mind my asking?
I don't really know. I lost interest after a while each time I've started so far  :-\ Way too much detail, and I hate to skip over paragraphs. Actually I'd rather not read the book than skip

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« Reply #1177 on: April 12, 2008, 10:20:29 AM »


When I was younger I used to read a lot of Italian comics - Bonelli's Mister No, Zagor, Komandant Mark, and I still have substantial collection of Magnus & Bunker's Alan Ford (boxed somewhere). Those were hugely poular in Italy and Yugoslavia but don't think anyone else ever heard of them.

Still enjoy them occasionally.




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« Reply #1178 on: April 13, 2008, 02:32:27 AM »


When I was younger I used to read a lot of Italian comics - Bonelli's Mister No, Zagor, Komandant Mark, and I still have substantial collection of Magnus & Bunker's Alan Ford (boxed somewhere). Those were hugely poular in Italy and Yugoslavia but don't think anyone else ever heard of them.

Still enjoy them occasionally.





Very cool, Drasko.

Drasko

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« Reply #1179 on: April 13, 2008, 05:46:08 AM »
Very cool, Drasko.

don't think any of those were ever translated into English but if you're curious you can check these:

http://www-en.sergiobonellieditore.it/personaggi/personaggi.html

Bonelli Editions page - Zagor, Mister No, Mark, Dylan Dog and Martyn Misterie were the most popular ones (Zagor the most)

and quite detailed wiki page on Alan Ford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Ford_(comics