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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10180 on: October 03, 2020, 07:46:45 PM »
Finished the pair, and after reading came to the conclusion that he was kind of a bad guy




Seriously, a few interesting takeaways
A) in the 30s he was a very shrewd politician, not just a demagogue who could rile crowds up
B) His anti-Semitism was sincere and the core of most everything he did and believed, not some 'great lie' to get power
C) He realized the war was lost when Barbarossa failed in late summer 1941, but kept doubling down on long-shots to win, such as Op Blau, Kursk or the Bulge

Was he homosexual?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10182 on: October 04, 2020, 01:50:30 AM »
Somerset Maugham: The Magician





This is a somewhat strange story that starts off as a portrait of a number of modest middle class people about town and gradually ends up as a story that ties them all up in a tale centred around the occult with a somewhat gruesome and horrific ending. It is a most interesting read.
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« Reply #10183 on: October 04, 2020, 03:59:23 AM »
Was he homosexual?

No evidence of it.  May have abused his niece who later committed suicide

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10184 on: October 04, 2020, 09:06:03 AM »
Somerset Maugham: The Magician





This is a somewhat strange story that starts off as a portrait of a number of modest middle class people about town and gradually ends up as a story that ties them all up in a tale centred around the occult with a somewhat gruesome and horrific ending. It is a most interesting read.

IIRC the title character was loosely based on Aleister Crowley (or more precisely, the public image of Crowley. I don't think the two ever met.)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10185 on: October 04, 2020, 11:25:42 AM »


I have absolutely no idea what the fuck it's about but who cares, the French is so beautiful. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10186 on: October 04, 2020, 11:27:16 AM »


I have absolutely no idea what the fuck it's about but who cares, the French is so beautiful.
Thinking about tackling that one myself. Perhaps the (shorter) revised version, though...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10187 on: October 04, 2020, 11:29:44 AM »
Thinking about tackling that one myself. Perhaps the (shorter) revised version, though...

Apparently you have to read both -- he said they were both so very different!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10188 on: October 04, 2020, 01:07:19 PM »



IIRC the title character was loosely based on Aleister Crowley (or more precisely, the public image of Crowley. I don't think the two ever met.)

Maugham does not hide his utter dislike for Crowley whom he mentions, without favour, in the preface to this book.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10189 on: October 04, 2020, 08:07:44 PM »
What makes you ask that?

Sorry, I like homosexual people a lot.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10190 on: October 04, 2020, 11:09:31 PM »
So you would like Hitler better if he had been gay?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10191 on: October 04, 2020, 11:28:17 PM »
So you would like Hitler better if he had been gay?

Oh shut up!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10192 on: October 04, 2020, 11:33:55 PM »
Was he homosexual?

Yes, there’s a book about it

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10193 on: October 05, 2020, 06:35:15 AM »
Wtf lol.



Finished the pair, and after reading came to the conclusion that he was kind of a bad guy

B) His anti-Semitism was sincere and the core of most everything he did and believed, not some 'great lie' to get power
What I don't get: did he really, really, think he could get away with what he did?

Or did he more than anything just want to see the world burn?

Because seems you would have to be an idiot to say you want the best for your country and then have them be a target like that. That's what doesn't make sense to me, it seems incredibly stupid and suicidal.


Also, is there anything in there about his obsession with cleanliness? Did he really take 4 baths a day?  ???
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10194 on: October 05, 2020, 06:44:11 AM »
Yes, there’s a book about it



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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10195 on: October 05, 2020, 07:34:05 AM »
Sorry, I like homosexual people a lot.

Well there is always Ernst Rohm

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10196 on: October 05, 2020, 07:40:57 AM »
Wtf lol.


What I don't get: did he really, really, think he could get away with what he did?

Or did he more than anything just want to see the world burn?

Because seems you would have to be an idiot to say you want the best for your country and then have them be a target like that. That's what doesn't make sense to me, it seems incredibly stupid and suicidal.


Also, is there anything in there about his obsession with cleanliness? Did he really take 4 baths a day?  ???

Hitler's overall plan was rational, albeit criminal and a wild gamble.  He saw Germany's defeat in WW1 stemming from the superior resources in manpower and material from both the British Empire (remember at the time, the UK could draw on the resources of its colonies) and the US.  He saw the only option for Germany to compete on an equal footing was to create a land empire in the East, exterminating most of the population of the USSR, seizing its abundant natural resources, and resettling it with ethnic Germans - he made analogies to the American conquest of the West and how white American settlers displaced native Americans.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10197 on: October 07, 2020, 03:25:28 AM »
Huxley: Twice Seven





This is a selection of short stories. They range in length from a few pages to a novella. The quality is also variable and ranges from the compelling to the inane. Huxley tended towards excessive indulgence in philosophising and moralising at the expense of character and plot development in many of the stories. I know that is what he was about but it is a pity as the storytelling does, for me, suffer as a result.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10198 on: October 07, 2020, 09:44:57 AM »


What the hell is the point of this? 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10199 on: October 08, 2020, 05:00:34 PM »
Chekhov: Lady with Lapdog and Other Stories




I like Chekhov. I have named one of my dogs Chekhov.
If you like his works, you may like stories by Katherine Mansfield, who was influenced by Chekhov.
Do you happen to know the music “The Lady with Lapdog” composed by Rodion Shchedrin?