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Offline vandermolen

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11800 on: February 02, 2022, 07:02:40 AM »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11801 on: February 04, 2022, 06:49:21 AM »
O’Sullivan: Stories From The Deep





I like drinking water. I also like looking at bodies of it and occasionally being on it. However, I am largely averse to being in it except on a very rare occasion. Ken O'Sullivan, on the other hand, was born and bred near to and in the water near the south west coast of Ireland. He ultimately became a marine film maker.

The book opens with a wonderful statement of place and self; what it is to be a product of one’s environment, upbringing and heritage. It then progresses to detail the hardships and the lean years  encountered in his early career. One near death experience stands out.

The book continues with his history of filming sharks, whales and exotic jellyfish off the coast of Ireland and all the way down to the Azores. I found it fascinating that such creatures lived in the waters of our coastline.

The book is eloquently and even poetically written [includes a few poems] in places, particularly on the topics which he is passionate about, most especially at the beginning and at the end of the book. It is an easy and engaging style reminiscent of an old Irish seanachaí [fireside story teller] relating a good story to you, personally.








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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11802 on: February 04, 2022, 08:23:42 AM »
I'm about a quarter of the way through Ian Toll's Pacific Crucible. I'm pretty impressed, and looking forward to the remaining books in the series.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11803 on: February 04, 2022, 01:25:43 PM »


Four months after starting it, I finished it. I can see a bit of Frederic in myself -- that's not good!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11804 on: February 05, 2022, 05:45:01 PM »
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11805 on: February 06, 2022, 08:32:15 AM »
Shirley Jackson Dark Tales
“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 #11806 on: February 08, 2022, 12:18:06 AM »


Errr - this is a bit different from Bovary and L’Education! It reminds me of the movement in modern French literature - which I may explore soon - called post-exoticism.

https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-exotisme
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11807 on: February 08, 2022, 12:46:20 AM »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11809 on: February 08, 2022, 11:54:05 AM »
Shirley Jackson Dark Tales

Good stuff.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11810 on: February 10, 2022, 10:43:58 AM »
Books that I read over the past month. I'd recommend checking out Locos. The book about China was also interesting.



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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11811 on: February 10, 2022, 06:41:30 PM »
The Subterraneans, Jack Kerouac.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11812 on: February 11, 2022, 04:29:52 AM »
The Subterraneans, Jack Kerouac.

I wrote a paper about that book freshman year of college  ;D Haven't read it since. You liking it?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11813 on: February 11, 2022, 08:09:23 AM »
I remember The Vanity Of Duluoz being my favorite Kerouac, back when I read near all of them in a binge.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11814 on: February 11, 2022, 11:34:33 AM »
I wrote a paper about that book freshman year of college  ;D Haven't read it since. You liking it?

I used to like the book a lot when I was young, but I have a mixed feeling about it now. The writing is very good. But the story is a little slow, if not boring. Overall, still fun read with many names of Jazz greats like Bird, Stan Kenton, etc.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11815 on: February 14, 2022, 07:50:11 AM »
Thomas Mann: The Clown.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11816 on: February 20, 2022, 07:16:31 PM »
Baudelaire: poems.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11817 on: February 21, 2022, 08:39:18 AM »
Picked up Shostakovich: A Life Remembered by Elizabeth Wilson yesterday for £2.49. Not the next on my list to read, but soon...
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people ... then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbour — such is my idea of happiness"

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11818 on: February 22, 2022, 08:32:00 AM »
Four months after starting it, I finished it. I can see a bit of Frederic in myself -- that's not good!
I liked that book. Though I can’t remember it.
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I liked that book. Though I can’t remember it.

I’m really enjoying this. Hope I remember it!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11819 on: February 28, 2022, 02:55:39 AM »
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