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Offline Ken B

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9540 on: November 28, 2019, 09:47:04 AM »
Something on the side to suppliment the Gibbon.  Good so far; Wickham is excellent on explaining clearly how various different kinds of ancient sources can be sifted for information.  A bit dry, though.... can only take it in medium size doses.


I found Heather's books much better. And Ward-Perkins's short book on the fall of Rome is highly recommended.
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« Reply #9541 on: November 28, 2019, 05:11:29 PM »
I found Heather's books much better. And Ward-Perkins's short book on the fall of Rome is highly recommended.

Thanks for that... I think I have an ebook from Peter Heather somewhere, I'll have to dig that up....
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Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
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And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9544 on: December 04, 2019, 01:05:52 AM »



also nearly finished Jack Reacher No.15:

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« Reply #9545 on: December 04, 2019, 05:53:19 AM »


For francophiles and lovers of the 19th century.

I'm reading the dutch translation.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9546 on: December 04, 2019, 09:48:00 AM »
Aldous Huxley: Crome Yellow





Huxley is an author whom I read avidly as a young man but have not read anything of his in many years. I picked Crome Yellow randomly off the shelf. I instantly remembered liking Huxley’s characters immensely. They are so natural and alive. His writing style is so easy and fluid; everything moved along effortlessly.
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