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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10520 on: February 20, 2021, 09:23:33 AM »
I’ve now started Molecular Biology Of The Cell. Got the 2002 edition for my wife last summer from a charity bookshop where you donate what you feel like, but she found it heavy going.
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« Reply #10521 on: February 21, 2021, 04:47:43 AM »
Still working on Just Kids, but I've also started another Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. This is one I have not read before. So far, so good.


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« Reply #10522 on: February 21, 2021, 08:26:40 AM »
For those who are interested, the Guardian’s new interview article with Kazuo Ishiguro.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/20/kazuo-ishiguro-klara-and-the-sun-interview

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« Reply #10523 on: February 21, 2021, 09:09:02 AM »
For those who are interested, the Guardian’s new interview article with Kazuo Ishiguro.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/20/kazuo-ishiguro-klara-and-the-sun-interview

Very much interested in this. Many thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #10524 on: February 21, 2021, 09:36:18 AM »
Very much interested in this. Many thanks for sharing!

You are very welcome. :)  He likes Dosty (and Bob Dylan)!

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« Reply #10525 on: February 21, 2021, 10:43:23 AM »
Ravenna looks very interesting! I will get a copy.

I saw the reviews on Amazon. I must buy the book. RE: Carl Zimmer - A Planet Of Viruses.

Ravenna has been a good read - amazing how complicated the post-Roman Empire was when the Byzantine Empire flourish w/ Justinian - back in 1996, I was invited to speak at a medical meeting in Bologna; we had a day free, so wife and I took a train to Ravenna - was like entering another world, and the architecture, mosaics, etc. were just gorgeous.  The book and pics within will likely stimulate some at least to want to visit.

A Planet of Viruses by Zimmer - read an early edition - the 3rd edition will be released April 1 so should have much on the COVID pandemic - will likely purchase a Kindle app edition for my iPad.  In hardback, currently reading The Plague Cycle, published this year which covers infectious disease in general, so far quite good.  Dave :)

 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10526 on: February 22, 2021, 08:14:47 AM »
My Last Sigh, Luis Bunuel. A memoir by the renowned Spanish cinema director.

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« Reply #10527 on: February 22, 2021, 08:19:00 AM »
A Planet of Viruses by Zimmer - read an early edition - the 3rd edition will be released April 1 so should have much on the COVID pandemic - will likely purchase a Kindle app edition for my iPad.

I think we’ll need a few years after the COVID pandemic has played out to get a good retrospective analysis.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10528 on: February 22, 2021, 11:44:20 AM »
My Last Sigh, Luis Bunuel. A memoir by the renowned Spanish cinema director.
Oh, I read that when it was first published almost 40 years ago, and it was great fun. The definition of “provocation” he gives is great (I won’t spoil it for you  ;)). I hope you enjoy it!
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« Reply #10529 on: February 22, 2021, 12:39:02 PM »
I’ve now started Molecular Biology Of The Cell. Got the 2002 edition for my wife last summer from a charity bookshop where you donate what you feel like, but she found it heavy going.

C'mon its not like biology is complicated

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« Reply #10530 on: February 23, 2021, 05:55:26 AM »
C'mon its not like biology is complicated

I’ve already learnt that two molecules of glucose can join together in eleven different ways. ???
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10531 on: February 23, 2021, 03:49:26 PM »
Somerset Maugham: The Moon and Sixpence






This is a novel based on the life of Paul Gaugin. Gaugin is portrayed here as an Englishman. Nothing is withheld in the portrayal of the character of the main protagonist, warts and all. One has little sympathy for him but the storytelling and the characterisation is compelling from the pen of a master craftsman.
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« Reply #10532 on: February 23, 2021, 05:53:30 PM »
I saw a book on Maugham by Frederick Raphael in the secondhand store the other day and after considering overnight went back the next day to get it found it already sold. I wonder if it was a Maugham fan or, like me, someone wiling to consider beginning with Maugham knowing Raphael to be a good writer and therefor most probably a good guide.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #10534 on: February 24, 2021, 06:24:52 AM »
Somerset Maugham: The Moon and Sixpence


This is a novel based on the life of Paul Gaugin. Gaugin is portrayed here as an Englishman. Nothing is withheld in the portrayal of the character of the main protagonist, warts and all. One has little sympathy for him but the storytelling and the characterisation is compelling from the pen of a master craftsman.

Nice to see you popping back in, Fergus 8)
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« Reply #10535 on: February 24, 2021, 07:05:38 AM »
Nice to see you popping back in, Fergus 8)

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« Reply #10536 on: February 24, 2021, 08:09:50 AM »
Nice to see you popping back in, Fergus 8)

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« Reply #10537 on: February 24, 2021, 08:26:06 AM »


Love that and the whole Gateway/Heechee series, especially the way the author's ambition and scope expands outwards with each subsequent book.

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« Reply #10538 on: February 24, 2021, 09:01:25 AM »


Is that classic SF? I read some of his stuff in the 70s but don’t recall any titles.
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« Reply #10539 on: February 24, 2021, 11:12:32 AM »
Céline's Journey to the End of Night has been on my read list only since 1974...my French is good but I've resorted to an English translation as it's overfilled with slang I don't recognize. Glad to be fulfilling my post-adolescent reading objectives at long last!