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« Reply #325 on: February 18, 2012, 11:10:40 am »
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How do you like it? It's been a while since I read it, but I still have quite good memories of it. Might be my favourite Rushdie novel (for some reason I can't finish Midnight's Children, I still liked Shalimar the Clown a lot, though.

I'm enjoying it immensely. Rushdie's writing is beautiful, and there's a fantastic magic realist element to the plot. I can see why it would offend certain Muslims, though...
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« Reply #326 on: March 02, 2012, 03:24:23 pm »
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Currently reading 'The Coup' by John Updike. Not what I was expecting, to be honest.
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« Reply #327 on: March 06, 2012, 09:20:10 am »
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The collected Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot, love The Hollow Men.
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« Reply #328 on: March 08, 2012, 09:23:07 pm »
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Atlas Shrugged--Ayn Rand
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« Reply #329 on: March 09, 2012, 06:42:26 am »
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The Stand by Stephen King
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« Reply #330 on: March 09, 2012, 03:30:30 pm »

Liu Shaoqi and the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Lowell Dittmer
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« Reply #331 on: March 09, 2012, 03:42:23 pm »
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recently read 'The Inspector General' by Gogol and 'A Very Brief Intoduction to Socialism' by Michael Newman.  currently working on 'From Ritual to Record' by Allen Guttman and Susan Brownell's 'Beijing's Games: What the Olympics Mean to China'.


significantly cutting back on / ceasing alcohol use has made reading much more enjoyable/possible
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« Reply #332 on: March 15, 2012, 08:18:19 am »
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I'm reading War With the Newts by Capek.

Fascinating and pretty funny book. Also read his play, R.U.R.
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« Reply #333 on: March 21, 2012, 04:01:50 pm »

Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman by Patricia Bosworth
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« Reply #334 on: March 21, 2012, 04:19:21 pm »
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Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
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« Reply #335 on: March 21, 2012, 04:34:29 pm »
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Katrin Himmler: The Himmler Brothers. Fascinating insight story of a seemingly fairly typical catholic German upper middle class family that produced one of the worlds worst mass murderers (who couldn't stand the sight of blood).
She is married to an Israeli by the way! Divine irony.
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« Reply #336 on: March 26, 2012, 04:26:53 pm »
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I finished The Brothers Karamazov earlier this week, in terms of pleasure reading.

In terms of not-so-pleasure reading, I'm working my way through Dagmar Herzog's Sex After Fascism, which examines the myths and perceptions arising re: sexuality in the Nazi era and how they affected the development of sexuality in both West and East Germany postwar.

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« Reply #337 on: March 26, 2012, 06:31:11 pm »
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I am nearing the end of The Just War Myth by Andrew Fiala. He is an engaging writer but I do not recommend the book for anyone who has a lot of interest in war theory. It is pretty much another book attacking the Bush Administration and the War on Terror (a good thing in my opinion) but at times it strays from critiquing the Christian theories of a just war.

I am also reading a bunch of special education books as I labor towards my doctorate in education and you would have no interest in those (unless you love IDEA 2004 and the Larry P decision!).
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« Reply #338 on: March 26, 2012, 06:45:51 pm »
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I finished The Brothers Karamazov earlier this week, in terms of pleasure reading.

thoughts?
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« Reply #339 on: March 27, 2012, 07:40:22 pm »
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Read The Kite Runner in one day - I enjoyed it, but it was profoundly depressing.
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« Reply #340 on: March 27, 2012, 07:50:51 pm »
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I've been assigned The Catcher in the Rye for school, so let's see where that one goes.
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« Reply #341 on: March 27, 2012, 09:44:34 pm »
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I finished The Brothers Karamazov earlier this week, in terms of pleasure reading.

thoughts?

Short version is that it's one of the most powerful books I've ever read and that Dostoyevsky's insight into the human mind is really only matched by Shakespeare and Goethe among authors I've read.  Long version would be full of spoilers.
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« Reply #342 on: March 28, 2012, 06:32:59 am »
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Spoiler alert: Alyosha is the killer.
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« Reply #343 on: March 28, 2012, 09:27:11 am »
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A History of Saudi Arabia, because I got bored of Niall Ferguson's Colossus.
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« Reply #344 on: March 28, 2012, 09:29:27 am »
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« Reply #345 on: March 28, 2012, 10:15:24 am »
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Just finished "To kill a mockingbird."  We have a bunch a books coming due on Sunday (borrowing is for three weeks at the local public library), so I'll pick something else up.  I read a nice review of Leon Uris' "Armageddon" and I see that it's in stock, so maybe I'll get that one.
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« Reply #346 on: March 28, 2012, 10:58:54 am »
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I got bored of Niall Ferguson

Ah, I see that you are a man of taste and distinction.
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« Reply #347 on: March 28, 2012, 11:04:12 am »
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Focussing on One Hundred Years of Solitude, it's not good. Wool is pretty good though, reading that on my tellingphone.
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« Reply #348 on: March 28, 2012, 05:11:17 pm »

Does anyone have any good suggestions that I could bring up for the next meeting of my international book club? The last book we read was a looping polemic that turned out to have been chosen solely so that the libertarians in the club could use it as a jumping off point to spread their gospel. The next book is Niall Ferguson's "The West and the Rest", and I can already tell that I won't like it. I desperately need to be equipped with a good suggestion the next time around. We want some more women to attend the book club so ideally it would be a book that would attract some more women. I am thinking of Nicholas Kristoff's 'Half the Sky' but I wonder if that is too explicitly feminist. Another book that I like is Mara Hvistendahl's 'Unnatural Selection'.
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« Reply #349 on: March 28, 2012, 06:14:33 pm »
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Does anyone have any good suggestions that I could bring up for the next meeting of my international book club? The last book we read was a looping polemic that turned out to have been chosen solely so that the libertarians in the club could use it as a jumping off point to spread their gospel. The next book is Niall Ferguson's "The West and the Rest", and I can already tell that I won't like it. I desperately need to be equipped with a good suggestion the next time around. We want some more women to attend the book club so ideally it would be a book that would attract some more women. I am thinking of Nicholas Kristoff's 'Half the Sky' but I wonder if that is too explicitly feminist. Another book that I like is Mara Hvistendahl's 'Unnatural Selection'.

8 women on a train was in our book club once. Horrible book, yes, but international and feminist. Wink
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