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« Reply #9480 on: October 18, 2019, 06:33:25 PM »
Storm of Steel is a powerful first person account of combats and life on the front during WWI. Jünger was wounded 14 times and was the youngest ever recipient of Pour le Mérite, Prussia’s highest war distinction. André Gide considered Storm of Steel the best récit de guerre he had read. Much recommended.



Seconded, that's an amazing book
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« Reply #9481 on: October 18, 2019, 06:39:36 PM »
It seems to be available from Penguin Classics in a couple of different printings. I vote this as the best cover


The original English translation (1929) is also available.

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« Reply #9482 on: October 18, 2019, 08:03:37 PM »
It’s a surprising book too. Not at all All Quiet on The Western Front-ish. Junger rather liked the war.  It’s a bit unsettling in places.
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« Reply #9483 on: October 19, 2019, 10:40:12 AM »
It’s a surprising book too. Not at all All Quiet on The Western Front-ish. Junger rather liked the war.  It’s a bit unsettling in places.

Yes it is.

Jünger didn’t like war, but he saw combat as a calling, a uniquely prussian trait. That, too, may be unsettling and hard to understand. Jünger was a francophone and a francophile. He harbored no ill will toward ‘the Enemy’. Along with Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll he is among the most read german writers in France, where his work is widely admired. He was one of Mitterrand’s favourite authors.
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« Reply #9484 on: October 19, 2019, 06:06:44 PM »
A bit of a flier, Twilight of Empire by Greg King and Penny Wilson. A recent book on Mayerling and the death of the Habsburg heir. Looks like a Florestan kind of a book.
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« Reply #9485 on: October 27, 2019, 06:22:41 PM »
After seeing Sarge's advocacy lo these many moons, giving this a try....



The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
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Let no such man be trusted.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9486 on: October 28, 2019, 05:52:13 AM »
I have just finished reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind





This is an interesting thriller set in Barcelona just after WWII. The writing is so powerfully descriptive that it is almost cinematic. It is the second book in a cycle of four by the author that I have read and it is a real page turner. I liik forward to reading the other two books in the series.
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« Reply #9487 on: October 28, 2019, 06:05:46 AM »
I have just finished reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind





This is an interesting thriller set in Barcelona just after WWII. The writing is so powerfully descriptive that it is almost cinematic. It is the second book in a cycle of four by the author that I have read and it is a real page turner. I liik forward to reading the other two books in the series.

Yes, this is good. Now you should read the sequel, The Angel's Play which is as good.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9488 on: October 28, 2019, 06:14:42 AM »
I have just finished reading Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind





This is an interesting thriller set in Barcelona just after WWII. The writing is so powerfully descriptive that it is almost cinematic. It is the second book in a cycle of four by the author that I have read and it is a real page turner. I liik forward to reading the other two books in the series.

That has been on my oh how tempting looking list for a very long time. 

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« Reply #9489 on: October 28, 2019, 07:22:24 AM »



Yes, this is good. Now you should read the sequel, The Angel's Play which is as good.

I presume that you mean The Angel's Game or am I missing one in the series?




That has been on my oh how tempting looking list for a very long time. 


Definitely recommended as a very good read.
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« Reply #9490 on: October 28, 2019, 07:25:44 AM »
I presume that you mean The Angel's Game

Yes, that one. I confused play with game (in Romanian there is a single word for them).
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« Reply #9491 on: October 28, 2019, 08:56:39 AM »
Yes, that one. I confused play with game (in Romanian there is a single word for them).

Cheers. No problem and thank you for the clarification. As I said I just did not want to miss out on one.  :)
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« Reply #9492 on: October 28, 2019, 10:30:00 PM »
Started:




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« Reply #9493 on: October 29, 2019, 02:03:29 AM »
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« Reply #9494 on: October 29, 2019, 06:49:41 AM »
(in Romanian there is a single word for them).

Like “Hello” and “I surrender” in French.
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« Reply #9495 on: October 29, 2019, 03:58:54 PM »
Like “Hello” and “I surrender” in French.

And you call me a bigot.

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« Reply #9496 on: October 31, 2019, 09:34:38 AM »
Recently read the combray half of Swann's way from Proust's In search of lost time. Very impressive. Still a long way to go, though.

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« Reply #9498 on: October 31, 2019, 11:03:34 AM »

I took this to Italy with me. It's an enjoyable romp, like an early James Bond story. Despite the anti-semitism (and yet paradoxically Buchan was later considered as a friend of the Jews) I still enjoyed it.
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« Reply #9499 on: November 01, 2019, 02:38:02 AM »
It's supposedly one of the "founding" books both of the espionage genre and the trope of an "ordinary guy" getting involved in such stuff (although the latter is older if one casts a somewhat wider net, The prisoner of Zelda would already be an earlier example). As you are probably aware, it also served as an inspiration for quite a bit of the Tintin adventure "The black island".
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