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« Reply #1475 on: July 28, 2016, 09:36:34 am »
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No, it doesn't have a separate section or chapter on WV.  Oh man, the slurs, I've learned from this book.  Much of the historical attitudes/history I was aware, at least in passing, before reading the book,  but having them rolled out, one after the other, makes one realize what a constant it's been in US (and English) history.  It does roll all the way up to the present and segways into more of a cultural history,  though it could have been a little more fleshed out (without giving WV racist hicks their own chapter).  All the big outlets have written reviews on the book, so they'd probably give you a better feel than I on whether you'd want to read the book.
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« Reply #1476 on: July 29, 2016, 06:53:58 am »
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« Reply #1477 on: July 29, 2016, 06:59:08 am »
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I finished The Fractured Republic while I was on vacation this week.
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« Reply #1478 on: July 29, 2016, 11:50:07 am »
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Didn't know the world of computers had "classics".
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« Reply #1479 on: July 29, 2016, 03:50:49 pm »
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Didn't know the world of computers had "classics".

They're called discrete math and combinatorics books. Tongue  But the original for that book was written in the 1970's and it is more about mathematical foundations than anything. 
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« Reply #1480 on: July 30, 2016, 11:03:47 am »
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An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German
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« Reply #1481 on: July 30, 2016, 02:08:46 pm »
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An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German

I've been meaning to read it (in English) for a while; how is it?
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« Reply #1482 on: July 30, 2016, 06:54:22 pm »
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An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German

I've been meaning to read it (in English) for a while; how is it?

Young and ambitious, stately, and deeply Wagnerian.

I admit that Buddenbrooks is not the pure adventure that is the Magic Mountain (I don't care what people say, that novel is fantastic, and I regret not reading it earlier in life), since it really does live up to its subtitle as a chronicle of a rich north German family in terminal decline.

But it is more than just another 19th century family saga: The themes that Mann develops in his later novels all come to maturity in this one book -- the third and fourth "acts," when the decline is manifest, are in particular superb. Even at age 26, Mann was just better at describing physical decay and spiritual lassitude than he was vigor and optimism. I can see how Faulkner and Toni Morrison both loved this book.
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« Reply #1483 on: August 08, 2016, 06:16:44 pm »
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Standard read for a Kennedy fanboy like me- skips the tropey, and boring stuff about early life, and 80 pages in seems very sharp




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« Reply #1484 on: August 08, 2016, 08:59:10 pm »
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Emil Ludwig's Cleopatra. Usually I'm a fan of his biographies (Bismarck, Lincoln and Hindenburg are amongst the best books I've read, Wilhelm II not so much), but even it this one is written well it annoys me that he gets so many details wrong.

Granted, it's from 1937, but still...
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« Reply #1485 on: August 13, 2016, 09:15:17 am »
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« Reply #1486 on: August 15, 2016, 04:30:33 pm »
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« Reply #1487 on: August 17, 2016, 12:54:37 pm »
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I would like to read some Vargas Llosa sometime, any opinion on the best one to pick up?
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I would like to read some Vargas Llosa sometime, any opinion on the best one to pick up?

Hard question, actually. Given how diffrent his work can be, I'd start with the first novel (the English title is silly).
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« Reply #1490 on: August 22, 2016, 12:28:21 pm »
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Recently started the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, and later Brandon Sanderson.
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« Reply #1492 on: August 25, 2016, 05:37:33 am »
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Sense and Sensibility (again).
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« Reply #1493 on: August 29, 2016, 12:27:02 am »
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Put a hold on my reading of Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger to go through the Harry Potter series for the first time in six years. I have odd taste in books.
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