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Offline j winter

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9720 on: March 28, 2020, 05:31:53 PM »
Actually you might want the previous volume in the series, to cover most of the Tudors.... I have this too, but haven't read it yet

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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« Reply #9721 on: March 28, 2020, 05:38:50 PM »
   I've got that...somewhere. Started it, liked it, got sidetracked--the story of my life. I think I'll track it down and give it another go. It would be the perfect complement to this, which I just started.



   However, I too am mostly diverted by virus news, and am having trouble sleeping and concentrating. As this book is narratively very challenging, I'm having a hard time really getting into it.

I found it a struggle at first, the odd style, but then something clicked and then it was great. Immersive is the high falutin word they use.

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« Reply #9722 on: March 28, 2020, 06:04:28 PM »
Anyone impressed by the Wolf Hall series should be sure to get her brilliant big fat novel on the French Revolution, A Place Of Greater Safety.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9723 on: March 28, 2020, 06:13:46 PM »
Actually you might want the previous volume in the series, to cover most of the Tudors.... I have this too, but haven't read it yet


 Whoa. Didn't even know there was a series. I'll have to look into it...maybe.
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« Reply #9724 on: March 28, 2020, 06:17:56 PM »
I found it a struggle at first, the odd style, but then something clicked and then it was great. Immersive is the high falutin word they use.

  Yeah, that's what I figured. It seems like that type. I had insomnia most of last night, and read a chunk in the quiet and sort of wondered why I'd been struggling before.
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« Reply #9725 on: March 28, 2020, 06:18:53 PM »
Whoa. Didn't even know there was a series. I'll have to look into it...maybe.

Yes. The last (or at least latest) was just published here in the US.

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« Reply #9726 on: March 28, 2020, 06:19:51 PM »
Anyone impressed by the Wolf Hall series should be sure to get her brilliant big fat novel on the French Revolution, A Place Of Greater Safety.

   I'll keep that in mind. I'll let you know in...1800 pages or so if I'm still not sated with her storytelling ;)
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« Reply #9727 on: March 28, 2020, 08:27:31 PM »
Anyone impressed by the Wolf Hall series should be sure to get her brilliant big fat novel on the French Revolution, A Place Of Greater Safety.
Seconded. Read it long ago.
Caveat. Be sure you are up on the basic narrative history of the FR.

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« Reply #9728 on: March 30, 2020, 11:43:03 AM »



This was rather better than I thought it was going to be - it was lent to me by somebody whose idea of what is good is often at great variance with mine. A touching and involving account of a young cellist growing up in a British seaside town. With lots of musical detail and characters that feel real, I found myself caring very much about the fate of the protagonist.

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« Reply #9729 on: March 30, 2020, 02:32:46 PM »
Today, a crime novel by Newton Thornburg, A Man's Game. Vividly told unpleasantness.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9730 on: March 30, 2020, 02:47:14 PM »
Finished:




Started on Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin, which follows Lee Child in the writing process of Make Me. But I don't know if I'll continue as Martin has adopted a prose style mannered and over-literary and at times downright purple - in exactly the way his subject doesn't. Unnecessay and distracting, but I may whip myself forward, even through the second book he wrote With Child, following the publishing reception and author tour for Make Me and the early thoughts on the next novel Night School.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9731 on: April 02, 2020, 02:25:18 AM »
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw


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 #9732 on: April 05, 2020, 02:54:04 AM »
Hemingway: Men Without Women


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 #9733 on: April 05, 2020, 06:58:21 PM »
I've been reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas for awhile and hope to finish before the summer's over.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9734 on: April 06, 2020, 04:17:24 AM »
Back to reading the short novels of Maupassant, from the Contes normands collection. I had stopped reading mid way last year.

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« Reply #9735 on: April 06, 2020, 04:54:05 AM »
I've been reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas for awhile and hope to finish before the summer's over.

Dumas is an excellent choice for times like these -- a fun story, well-told, at great length.  Loved that book, though the Count of Monte Cristo was always my favorite.

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The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9736 on: April 06, 2020, 05:40:24 AM »
A book on causal inference in statistics. It’s been a long time since stats class ..

A pleasant little mystery by William DeAndrea with TR as detective, The Lunatic Fringe

Still working on my history books I was reading a couple weeks ago ... :(

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9737 on: April 10, 2020, 01:24:05 AM »
Henry James: The Spoils of Poynton


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #9738 on: April 10, 2020, 04:04:14 AM »
For a period Henry James was my favourite novelist. I read this in its french translation (Les dépouilles de Poynton) many, many years ago. I had just finished The Bostonians. When I picked it up again (The Bostonians) a decade later, the magic had somehow disappeared and I didn’t finish it  :(.

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« Reply #9739 on: April 10, 2020, 04:49:30 AM »
I can readily understand what you say André. He is a good story teller but his writing style is now cumbersome for me. It is an effort to read him. You may or may not have noticed above that I interspersed some Hemingway for major stylistic contrast.  ;D
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