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« Reply #1125 on: October 25, 2014, 05:13:04 pm »
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« Reply #1126 on: October 25, 2014, 06:46:07 pm »
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The Renaissance of Islam by Adam Mez and I Borgia by Roberto Gervaso.
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« Reply #1127 on: October 25, 2014, 09:37:37 pm »
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Recently finished in 2014: The Divide by Matt Taibbi, Confidence Men, Killing Lincoln, Cold New World, Notes From a Big Country, Devil in the White City

Coming up Next: The War that Made America, I Am America (And So Can You!)
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« Reply #1128 on: October 25, 2014, 10:32:27 pm »
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Last Month: A book by Al Franken mocking Conservative Media

This Month: The first volume of the Nixon Tapes (not sure I'll finish though, it's just so dang huge)

Next Month: Hard Choices (Hillary Clinton)
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« Reply #1129 on: October 30, 2014, 08:30:03 am »
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Claudius the God by Robert Graves. I feel like it should be right up my alley - politics, history, intrigue, I really enjoyed the BBC adaptation et cetera - but something about the prose just stops me from really getting into it.
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« Reply #1130 on: October 30, 2014, 09:24:19 am »
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Crime and Punishment.  I'm about 3/4 finished.  Don't tell me how it ends.

I was actually inspired by Senator bore:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=200553.msg4338757#msg4338757

Well, I was inspired to pick up Brothers Karamazov, but at the library all the copies of that book were really fat and really old but right next to them was Crime and Punishment.  The book was shaped better.  Tall, and therefore thinner, with newer binding.  The Idiot was there too, but I have already read that.  I'll probably read Brothers Karamazov when I can find a more aesthetically pleasing edition.  So far, every Russian book I've ever read was very depressing--we have discussed Anna Karenina and War & Peace elsewhere.  Not as depressing as Dickens, but depressing nonetheless.

Anyway, Sonya's father has just been laid to rest.  I think I'm about to find out whether Raskolnikov has given himself away to the cops.  I imagine he has, although I'm not entirely sure what will happen to his sister and his mother.

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« Reply #1131 on: October 31, 2014, 06:52:51 am »
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I think russian novels have a tendency to shatter the naive hopeful views we have on life sometimes.

I just finished The Joke, by Milan Kundera, and it had the same effect. I could not help but relate on the things we all do sometimes, the hopes or the big plans we all have. If only we could read 1% of others have in mind, we would realize that all these plans are actually completely stupid. My personal lesson from this book is that life is an absurd joke and it's better to laugh at it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1132 on: October 31, 2014, 09:30:29 am »
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Crime and Punishment.  I'm about 3/4 finished.  Don't tell me how it ends.

I was actually inspired by Senator bore:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=200553.msg4338757#msg4338757

Well, I was inspired to pick up Brothers Karamazov, but at the library all the copies of that book were really fat and really old but right next to them was Crime and Punishment.  The book was shaped better.  Tall, and therefore thinner, with newer binding.  The Idiot was there too, but I have already read that.  I'll probably read Brothers Karamazov when I can find a more aesthetically pleasing edition.  So far, every Russian book I've ever read was very depressing--we have discussed Anna Karenina and War & Peace elsewhere.  Not as depressing as Dickens, but depressing nonetheless.

Anyway, Sonya's father has just been laid to rest.  I think I'm about to find out whether Raskolnikov has given himself away to the cops.  I imagine he has, although I'm not entirely sure what will happen to his sister and his mother.



I'm glad to hear it Smiley

I read The Brothers Karamazov last year and am coincidentally also reading Crime and Punishment at the moment, although I'm a bit closer to the end (I have 30 pages left, so should be finished today or tomorrow).

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