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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10120 on: September 06, 2020, 06:54:34 AM »
 Currently rereading Stranger to the Ground, by Richard Bach.

The writing in this work of Bach's is quite interesting. He seems to be refining his craft as the book progresses, using a variety of tools with varying degrees of success. Those who are only familiar with Bach's later work would do well to acquaint themselves with this early effort.

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« Reply #10121 on: September 06, 2020, 07:56:10 AM »
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

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« Reply #10122 on: September 06, 2020, 07:59:08 AM »
Currently rereading Stranger to the Ground, by Richard Bach.

The writing in this work of Bach's is quite interesting. He seems to be refining his craft as the book progresses, using a variety of tools with varying degrees of success. Those who are only familiar with Bach's later work would do well to acquaint themselves with this early effort.

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« Reply #10123 on: September 08, 2020, 09:16:07 AM »
About 4/5 through Anna Karenina. Some fifty pages back I especially liked the part where Dolly is on her way to visit the adulterers Anna and Vronsky and with her sympathetic thoughts directed towards Anna and her situation there seems to be an implication of Dolly wanting to cheat on Stiva (if the word cheat can be used in this context considering Stiva is unfaithful towards Dolly almost all the time) or perhaps a suppressed wish to separate from him. And then there comes this wonderfully allegorical touch of Dolly and her carriage arriving at the point where the road separates from the main road to road going Vozdvizhenskoe (the estate of Vronsky and Anna, the adulterers). It seems to be allegorical way to describe the danger of entertaining thoughts about cheating and that the main road is the socially acceptable way of staying faithful - and the road that separates from the main one towards the adulterer's estate seems to be the one Dolly is in danger at heading towards, the road of cheating. Once again, I think Dolly has a very good reason to be bitter towards Stiva and his numerous love affairs but I guess this is Tolstoy expressing the "turn the other cheek" way of thinking. Or perhaps I am starting to apply the allegorical thoughts to almost everything nowadays. It just felt appropriate how that part came right after such thoughts by Dolly. Although I don't believe for a moment that Dolly will give way to a temptation.

Anyway,I am enjoying Anna Karenina immensely. There is wonderful wit, irony, psychological observation, humor and it's a coherent whole. Even though I do not enjoy Levin as much as I did before (I think Karenin is the most interesting character).

I have never read Flaubert's Madame Bovary but from what I know about it, do you guys think it had influence on Anna Karenina?
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« Reply #10124 on: September 09, 2020, 09:37:55 AM »
Late response but Roughing it is one of my personal favorites from Twain. My first exposure to Twain's books was in elementary school when I read Tom Sawyer, which I didn't like (and still don't). In middle school I read Huckleberry Finn which I liked a lot more. Roughing it however is even better. One of the most amazing descriptions of Wild West I've ever read. I don't  mind the fragmentary style of the book, I think it fits the tone perfectly and Twain is extraordinarily droll. I'm pretty sure though that Twain has more than a little bit exaggerated the facts...

For Twain I definitely seem to prefer the travel writing (Innocents Abroad, etc.) and the shorter pieces to the novels, other than Huck Finn.  Droll is the perfect word, he's a delightful traveling companion wherever he's going.

Just finished revisiting a sampling of Hemingway's short stories, and a 1st trip through Green Hills of Africa.  Based partly on Ernest's strong recommendation in the latter, I'm next trying Tolstoy's The Cossacks...


The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10125 on: September 13, 2020, 03:27:48 AM »
I have read two more books from my Somerset Maugham collection [stock image from Google but very similar to my collection]





Mrs. Craddock: This is a wonderful study of a young, self-willed and determined woman and her struggle through life, and particularly her expectations from her marriage.

The Merry-Go-Round: This novel takes one fairly centre character and a few peripheral characters in the Mrs. Craddock novel and explores them and their world in more detail. The links and cross references were interesting.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10126 on: September 13, 2020, 12:15:25 PM »
Finished:



Obama: An Oral History was disappointingly light, with every important moment whizzing by with only three or four brief comments from insiders, most of which I'd heard before,  and nothing covered in exhaustive detail. On the evidence of this it might have needed a ten volume set to have been worthwhile.

The Murakami, despite some early uncertainty and a couple of rough patches, proved one of his best, and justified its near 700 pages.. The descriptions of Art and of the work-in-progress artworks were, imo, especially well done.


Started:

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10127 on: September 13, 2020, 01:05:25 PM »
Your barricades lie broken ... your enemies lord.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10128 on: September 16, 2020, 01:39:47 AM »
Amis: That Uncertain Feeling





This is the story of a married, indolent and self centred librarian, his affair with a young married woman and the consequences that inevitably come as a result. It is witty, amusing, entertaining and is also full of biting satire on Welsh nationalism.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10129 on: September 16, 2020, 06:32:45 PM »
Just borrowed
“The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10130 on: September 17, 2020, 05:45:49 AM »
Just started



Far from the Madding Crowd

So far so good.
“I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts.” --- Rachmaninoff

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10131 on: September 17, 2020, 06:01:58 AM »
Your barricades lie broken ... your enemies lord.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10133 on: September 17, 2020, 09:00:23 AM »
Gogol: Diary of a Madman and Other Stories





These stories are filled with eccentric and interesting characters.

I love them. You may like stories by E.T.A. Hoffman as well.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10134 on: September 18, 2020, 12:54:20 AM »



Another novel by Somerset Maugham.
This time The Explorer.
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« Reply #10135 on: September 18, 2020, 12:55:16 AM »
I love them. You may like stories by E.T.A. Hoffman as well.

Cheers and thank you for the recommendation. I do not know E.T.A. Hoffman at all.
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« Reply #10136 on: September 18, 2020, 01:39:59 AM »
Cheers and thank you for the recommendation. I do not know E.T.A. Hoffman at all.

I second that. You should make his acquaintance asap. You might start with The Sandman which is the inspiration behind Coppelia and Les contes d'Hoffmann.

He was also a composer but his music isn't even a quarter as quirky and interesting as his literary works.
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“I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts.” --- Rachmaninoff

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« Reply #10137 on: September 18, 2020, 02:46:02 AM »
I second that. You should make his acquaintance asap. You might start with The Sandman which is the inspiration behind Coppelia and Les contes d'Hoffmann.

He was also a composer but his music isn't even a quarter as quirky and interesting as his literary works.

Thank you for that.
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« Reply #10138 on: September 18, 2020, 07:28:30 AM »

He was also a composer but his music isn't even a quarter as quirky and interesting as his literary works.

Ha ha 🤣🤣🤣

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« Reply #10139 on: September 18, 2020, 12:49:55 PM »


This has some of the best writing about classical music I've read anywhere. Mahler, Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Messaien Quartet for the End of Time all appear, contemporary music too, and much else besides.
The plotline is about an unwitting septagenarian bio-terrorist, but really the book is about music, its composition and one man's reaction to it, all from the pen of a very gifted writer. Recommended.