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« Reply #1575 on: June 16, 2017, 04:05:44 pm »
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I recently finished Sword of Honour by Evelyn Waugh. I liked the characters and the prose was gorgeous but holy sh**t what a gelid, despairing book.

Now finishing up a reread of Endō's Silence that I started earlier in the year and after that either a reread of We Have Always Lived in the Castle (which is objectively about as downbeat as Sword of Honour but which I find a ton of fun to read because it has one of the best narrative voices I've ever read) or the new Beren and Lúthien book that I pre-ordered months ago and that really should have arrived by ow.
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« Reply #1576 on: June 16, 2017, 04:43:47 pm »
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Have any of y'all read Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero?
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« Reply #1577 on: June 16, 2017, 06:29:13 pm »
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Have any of y'all read Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero?

My family owns it. Never read it. I read half of the Matthews book on Kennedy and Nixon. 
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« Reply #1578 on: June 21, 2017, 09:09:37 pm »
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Finishing up Atlas Shrugged for the first time through.

Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov
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« Reply #1579 on: June 21, 2017, 09:47:58 pm »
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Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov

Both sound like great goals; neither have I read.
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« Reply #1580 on: June 22, 2017, 05:26:30 pm »
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Next is a choice - Gulag Archipelago or Brothers Karamazov

Both sound like great goals; neither have I read.

Yes, I've been partisan for a good time recently. Stepping back from time to time is good.
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« Reply #1581 on: June 26, 2017, 10:34:16 am »
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I'm currently reading the 4th part of Ferrante's Neapolitan series. Excellent and moving read.

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To comment on stuff:

Also loved Feast of the Goat and I don't think it portrays Balaguer as very sympathetic.

Agree with Nathan that Soseki>Murakami

When it comes to Dostoevsky I'd recommend Crime and Punishment or the Idiot as the first read I think. Brothers Karamazov is amazing but it's longer and I think I benefitted from having read some Dostoevsky beforehand.
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« Reply #1582 on: July 15, 2017, 06:05:48 pm »
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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.
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« Reply #1583 on: July 15, 2017, 07:02:28 pm »
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'Foundations of Christianity,' by Karl Kaufsky (1908)
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« Reply #1584 on: July 16, 2017, 02:33:38 pm »
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The Old Testament. Simply the greatest crime/gore novel of all times.
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« Reply #1585 on: July 16, 2017, 04:11:53 pm »
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Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
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« Reply #1586 on: July 28, 2017, 03:12:01 pm »
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Citizen Clem. I'd be lying if I said that I've loved it, or that it's been an effortless read, but it's been rather interesting even if the pre-wars years were a bit dull.

The funny thing is that Attlee comes out of the book as rather average; a steady chairman, who was underestimated by everyone, but was really a quiet revolutionary.

Am hoping to move onto some lighter novels for August; am a bit sick of political books
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« Reply #1587 on: July 28, 2017, 08:55:29 pm »
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The funny thing is that Attlee comes out of the book as rather average; a steady chairman, who was underestimated by everyone, but was really a quiet revolutionary.

That doesn't sound average to me.
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« Reply #1588 on: August 05, 2017, 12:06:46 am »
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Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World

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« Reply #1589 on: August 06, 2017, 08:46:26 am »
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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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« Reply #1590 on: August 09, 2017, 06:51:59 pm »
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The French Quarter by Herbert Asbury.
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« Reply #1591 on: August 09, 2017, 09:43:09 pm »
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Almost finished this fantastic book tracing European military history from 1453. Simms' argument is that a battle for supremacy in Europe has always centred on the control of the Holy Roman Empire/Germany.
Reading this absolutely superb biography, though I hear the accompanying TV series on the BBC was dreadful.



That's interesting. Two of my ten books I keep on my desk are Napoleon: A Life and The Struggle for Mastery in Europe: 1848-1918. It's interesting that you mention Simms's adoption of Taylor's theory in 1848-1918 - that Germany was so aggressive because, in a Europe wide war, no matter what the alliances were, Germany would always be fighting a two front war, taking the brunt of the assault twice or thrice that of any of their potential allies.
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« Reply #1592 on: August 17, 2017, 12:45:07 pm »
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Since I am going to follow along in the weekly discussion of Atlas Shrugged on FB live with two guys from the Ayn Rand Institute - to better understand an interesting but overdone book - I am for background reading We the Living now - the first of the 4 fiction novels she wrote - and the last one for me to get to. This was a substitute for Gulag Archipelago which I will get to soon. I suspect I will finish We the Living after the weekly chapter by chapter discussions for Atlas Shrugged start next month given my upcoming travel schedule.

I re-watched Exorcist III recently - and was interested in the book behind it - Legion and how it differs from the well-done 1990 movie. So far I am just over half-way through the book - a lot of the elements from the movie are there- and George C Scott really gives the Detective Kinderman in Blatty's novel/screenplay life. Blatty is very well-cultured and has a lot of cool references to literature and philosophy/psychiatry/religion sprinkled throughout the book along with the mystery/detective story aspects.

I am still strongly interested in Brothers Karamazov as well - that is still on the list after I finish the Blatty, Rand and soon to get Solzhenitsyn books unless something else comes up in the interim.
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« Reply #1593 on: August 17, 2017, 06:45:33 pm »
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The Twilight Zone Companion
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