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Offline André

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12020 on: July 26, 2022, 12:12:24 PM »


Very moving. I read it fast, not something I usually do.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12021 on: July 28, 2022, 04:54:00 AM »
G. & W. Grossmith: The Diary Of A Nobody





This is indeed the diary of a nobody and deals exclusively with simple domestic affairs, family, friends and work in an undistinguished lower middle class suburban home in late Victorian times. There are, however, some amusing passages and observations which did raise a smile for me. These simply remind me that some things just do not change over time.


The book is of little consequence and will be culled from my library.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12022 on: July 28, 2022, 01:46:19 PM »
I have that in an edition from Oxford World's Classics that has been superseded by a different cover. My copy has one of the illustrations as the cover art. This Penguin edition, with another illustration, will give an idea of them.

George wrote the text; his brother Weedon did the illustrations.

My opinion of the book is the same as that of Fergus, but I prefer not to cull it.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12023 on: July 31, 2022, 12:46:31 AM »
Started:




Also started a second reading of the Lattimore Iliad, hopefully doing one "book" per day for he next 24 days, and may dip into some secondary reading for it.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12024 on: August 01, 2022, 01:42:48 AM »
Gide: Isabelle





A young scholar is invited to an old chateau to do some research. The circumstances and relationships of the inhabitants of the chateau seem somewhat curious. Unexpectedly, this young man is shown a miniature of a young woman. He becomes infatuated, even obsessed, by the idea of her. Through misadventure and probing he becomes aware of her history. He ultimately even meets her and hears her own account of her story. The revelation of the truth can often be difficult and even brutal, unpalatable and not to be to one’s wanting or liking.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12025 on: August 05, 2022, 06:05:46 PM »


Knocked off this quickie in a couple of sittings.

Despite its classic status it now seems mostly superficial and dated. Hard, perhaps impossible, to appreciate how original and myth busting it struck its first audience in 1921.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12026 on: August 05, 2022, 06:36:11 PM »
Plutarch Essays (Moralia).



 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12027 on: August 07, 2022, 05:15:55 PM »
Moliere: Don Juan.



 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #12028 on: Today at 01:04:25 AM »
A Bronte: Agnes Grey





Having recently read both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I thought that I should tackle the works of Anne Bronte. I started with Agnes Grey. Yes, Anne had her own take on things but I felt that she was less eloquent in her telling of her story. Her writing style was not exactly ponderous, more pedantic, for me, I would say. This applied to both her plot and her character developments.
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