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Offline BWV 1080

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10400 on: January 13, 2021, 12:12:53 PM »
Dense, but good science writing -  lays out clearly what are observed facts and then details range of explanations currently under debate without having an obvious axe to grind


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10401 on: January 14, 2021, 03:49:05 AM »
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. So far, so good.

I'm reading this book slowly but wow, what a book. The end of the long second chapter had me crying like a baby. Incredible writing.

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« Reply #10402 on: January 14, 2021, 07:07:03 AM »
I’ve been re-reading certain sections of this great little book:

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« Reply #10403 on: January 14, 2021, 08:44:47 AM »
Disappointing, been on a biology reading kick and looking for more material, unfortunately this not a doctor or scientist, just another quack naturopath

Thanks for the warning. I think I’ve learnt a bit about how mitochondria and cells work from the first section (which is what I was after), not so much from the second about various diseases, will be careful with the last bit about recommendations.
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« Reply #10404 on: January 15, 2021, 03:11:24 AM »
The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai. Didn't like it as much as some of his other books, but some of the passages were really great, especially the beginning of the novel. I think this novel deserves a rereading.

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« Reply #10405 on: January 15, 2021, 05:43:49 AM »
Maxims,  La Rochefoucauld.
Insightful observations about human nature and society more relevant today.

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« Reply #10406 on: January 15, 2021, 05:47:45 AM »
I'm reading this book slowly but wow, what a book. The end of the long second chapter had me crying like a baby. Incredible writing.

I liked the subtle nuances in the movie, and the book is on my list.  It seems to me that all the reviews I read are very positive. For instance, the Guardian offers very enthusiastic review:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jan/07/the-remains-of-the-day-by-kazuo-ishiguro-book-to-share

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« Reply #10407 on: January 15, 2021, 05:47:54 AM »
I'm reading this book slowly but wow, what a book. ... Incredible writing.

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« Reply #10408 on: January 15, 2021, 06:38:22 AM »
Well, someone had to bring the general serious tone of that thread down :laugh: 8)



 
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« Reply #10409 on: January 15, 2021, 05:33:18 PM »
Thanks for the warning. I think I’ve learnt a bit about how mitochondria and cells work from the first section (which is what I was after), not so much from the second about various diseases, will be careful with the last bit about recommendations.

I will get a copy.

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« Reply #10410 on: January 16, 2021, 04:40:03 AM »
I liked the subtle nuances in the movie, and the book is on my list.  It seems to me that all the reviews I read are very positive. For instance, the Guardian offers very enthusiastic review:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jan/07/the-remains-of-the-day-by-kazuo-ishiguro-book-to-share

Having finished the novel yesterday afternoon, I share this critic's enthusiasm. I've definitely recommended it already to several friends. What a heartbreaking, amazingly written story. I'm excited for you to read it. I made my girlfriend watch the movie with me last night and we both enjoyed it (as you say, the subtle nuance was at times captivating - what a performance from all actors involved), though I must say the book was much, much better for its sense of inner monologue throughout. Now that I've read both The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World, I'm hooked, and I just might go out and buy another of Ishiguro's books today, though I'm not sure which to read next.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10411 on: January 16, 2021, 06:47:22 AM »
Silence, Shusaku Endo.
A 17th century Jesuit missionary's quest for truth in Japan, where Christianity was strictly prohibited.
The protagonist faces a dillemma-  unless he publicly renounces Christianity, his followers would be executed by the government.

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« Reply #10412 on: January 16, 2021, 09:13:34 AM »
Having finished the novel yesterday afternoon, I share this critic's enthusiasm. I've definitely recommended it already to several friends. What a heartbreaking, amazingly written story. I'm excited for you to read it. I made my girlfriend watch the movie with me last night and we both enjoyed it (as you say, the subtle nuance was at times captivating - what a performance from all actors involved), though I must say the book was much, much better for its sense of inner monologue throughout. Now that I've read both The Remains of the Day and An Artist of the Floating World, I'm hooked, and I just might go out and buy another of Ishiguro's books today, though I'm not sure which to read next.

I agree, good as the film is, it doesn't approach the intimacy created by the book's extraordinary prose, which for me is on another level.

I've read three other Ishiguro books, The Unconsoled, Never Let Me Go and When We Were Orphans. The Unconsoled is a rare and unforgettable novel, one of my favourites. Never Let Me Go is as usual brilliantly written, though I found it somewhat depressing and harrowing at times. And When We Were Orphans I found somewhat confusing and the least engaging.

For all of these, it's well over a decade since I read them last, but the first two certainly, have left very vivid impressions.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10413 on: January 16, 2021, 09:21:58 AM »
Silence, Shusaku Endo.
A 17th century Jesuit missionary's quest for truth in Japan, where Christianity was strictly prohibited.
The protagonist faces a dillemma-  unless he publicly renounces Christianity, his followers would be executed by the government.

As a convinced but not devout Orthodox Christian, I have a hard time solving this dilemma.  :(
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10414 on: January 16, 2021, 09:44:10 AM »
Silence, Shusaku Endo.
A 17th century Jesuit missionary's quest for truth in Japan, where Christianity was strictly prohibited.
The protagonist faces a dillemma-  unless he publicly renounces Christianity, his followers would be executed by the government.

Easy peasy. Renounce.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10415 on: January 16, 2021, 09:45:08 AM »
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« Reply #10416 on: January 16, 2021, 09:52:34 AM »
Renounce what?

I dunno. Whatever it was he needed to renounce in order to save the lives.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10417 on: January 16, 2021, 09:53:24 AM »
Easy peasy. Renounce.

I assume, you indicate that he should "pretend" to renounce Christianity while he could keep his belief inside. That's what the local govt suggested to him.

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« Reply #10418 on: January 16, 2021, 09:57:57 AM »
I dunno. Whatever it was he needed to renounce in order to save the lives.

Easy to talk the talk for a non-Christian.

For a genuine Christian the dilemma is indeed a tough nut to crack. Trust me, my friend, it really is.

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« Reply #10419 on: January 16, 2021, 10:03:33 AM »
I assume, you indicate that he should "pretend" to renounce Christianity while he could keep his belief inside. That's what the local govt suggested to him.

And that's exactly what a genuine Christian cannot do in full conscience.  I really don't know what I would have done. >:(

That's why I like living in a democracy, albeit an imperfect one: I wouldn't wish anyone to be put on such trial. Let anyone believe (in) whatever they wish.

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