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« Reply #475 on: July 09, 2012, 12:16:35 pm »
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wow.  there's a book?  That's disturbing.

Yes.  The movie was made afterwards. Tongue
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« Reply #476 on: July 09, 2012, 04:42:23 pm »
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« Reply #477 on: July 09, 2012, 05:47:15 pm »
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« Reply #478 on: July 10, 2012, 03:38:00 am »
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Just began Shame by Salman Rushdie. Very entertaining read so far.
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« Reply #479 on: July 10, 2012, 06:51:50 pm »
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« Reply #480 on: July 10, 2012, 08:18:42 pm »
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No access to Pevear and Volokhonsky? Or are you feeling masochistic?
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« Reply #481 on: July 11, 2012, 04:02:37 am »
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. It's no Pillars, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a fun read. Just quick and simple, but I like it.
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« Reply #482 on: July 11, 2012, 12:20:24 pm »
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Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (translated by Constance Garnett Sad)

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I would have to buy it
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« Reply #483 on: July 12, 2012, 01:25:46 pm »
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I finished my Tolstoy short stories and now I'm about to finish a book called In Praise of Older Women. I made a deal with a female friend that we would recommend and lend each other a book and read until our next encounter. She gave me that, which is a strange Hungarian book chronicling a man's sexual adventures with older women, basically. A fun read but a bit weird.

That sounds right up my alley.  Is your friend an Older Woman?  Perhaps she's sending you a not-so-subtle hint.

I'm currently reading one of Somerset Maugham's lesser works - The Magician.
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« Reply #484 on: July 14, 2012, 04:59:42 am »
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I finished my Tolstoy short stories and now I'm about to finish a book called In Praise of Older Women. I made a deal with a female friend that we would recommend and lend each other a book and read until our next encounter. She gave me that, which is a strange Hungarian book chronicling a man's sexual adventures with older women, basically. A fun read but a bit weird.

That sounds right up my alley.  Is your friend an Older Woman?  Perhaps she's sending you a not-so-subtle hint.

I'm currently reading one of Somerset Maugham's lesser works - The Magician.

Yeah, I think it safe to say that you'd like it. It's not misogynistic though, which is what made is possible for me to enjoy it.

She is an older woman, yes. Tongue She is a quite strange person though. She invited me to come visit her at some point when I happened to be nearby (we normally live in different cities) and as we were having tea together she asked me if I had had expected to sleep with her upon coming there. I was very awkward and taken aback and sort of just muttered things and then she said that she would have but currently was in a too complicated situation to allow for an extra lover. Tongue

But that was 6 months ago, so I guess things might have changed.
Just began Shame by Salman Rushdie. Very entertaining read so far.
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So, I've finished it and thought it was pretty awesome. I happened to be in a book store yesterday to buy a gift for my dad and stumbled upon several Rushdie books that I very spontaneously bought. What did you think of it and how do you interpret it?

As a side note having had a taste of his sarcasm (this was my first Rushdie) I totally understand that he would get a fatwa against him. The man is a total asshole. And I mean that in the good way.

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Latest is that I'm reading Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene. Awesome read so far, highly entertaining.
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« Reply #485 on: July 14, 2012, 06:51:07 am »
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Our Man in Havana is DONE. Now on to something else, haven't decided what yet though.
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« Reply #486 on: July 14, 2012, 07:31:58 am »
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It's his earliest IIRC, and certainly one of his angrier books. I've read quite a few of his, but not everything, and I didn't like everything I've read. (Also, Rushdie's German translations are horrid and unreadable. Though I don't think I checked the later books' German versions as I could get those in English at the library. I think some of the early ones were translated in a rush during the Fatwa controversy, and rushed translations always suck royal circumsized balls. That I never got far with Midnight's Children is at least partly due to the translation. They don't stock it in English.) But I liked this one a lot when I read it. Been a few years though.
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« Reply #487 on: July 14, 2012, 08:46:17 am »
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It's his earliest IIRC, and certainly one of his angrier books. I've read quite a few of his, but not everything, and I didn't like everything I've read. (Also, Rushdie's German translations are horrid and unreadable. Though I don't think I checked the later books' German versions as I could get those in English at the library. I think some of the early ones were translated in a rush during the Fatwa controversy, and rushed translations always suck royal circumsized balls. That I never got far with Midnight's Children is at least partly due to the translation. They don't stock it in English.) But I liked this one a lot when I read it. Been a few years though.

Don't you mean Rushdied? Tongue

Ok, sorry about that. Anyway, it isn't the earliest but it's certainly early. I think it is the second after Midnight's Children, because the cover of my copy references that.

I agree on translations. Ever since my English became good enough I make a point out of reading all English novels in English.
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« Reply #488 on: July 15, 2012, 07:14:07 am »
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It's his earliest IIRC, and certainly one of his angrier books. I've read quite a few of his, but not everything, and I didn't like everything I've read. (Also, Rushdie's German translations are horrid and unreadable. Though I don't think I checked the later books' German versions as I could get those in English at the library. I think some of the early ones were translated in a rush during the Fatwa controversy, and rushed translations always suck royal circumsized balls. That I never got far with Midnight's Children is at least partly due to the translation. They don't stock it in English.) But I liked this one a lot when I read it. Been a few years though.

Don't you mean Rushdied? Tongue

Ok, sorry about that. Anyway, it isn't the earliest but it's certainly early. I think it is the second after Midnight's Children, because the cover of my copy references that.

I agree on translations. Ever since my English became good enough I make a point out of reading all English novels in English.
(wikies) apparently Children is second and Shame is third.
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« Reply #489 on: July 15, 2012, 01:34:49 pm »
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Bought it used from the library yesterday (used) for $2. Already half way done. Turns out my Mom had bought it for my birthday as well, and was a little upset, but I had no idea :/
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« Reply #490 on: July 15, 2012, 03:49:23 pm »
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« Reply #491 on: July 16, 2012, 06:25:24 am »
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Letter from the Earth by Mark Twain. It's pretty hilarious!
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« Reply #492 on: July 18, 2012, 12:48:36 pm »
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I would have to buy it

I shelled out the $22 for the P/V today after reading the clumsy Garnett for 2 books.
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« Reply #493 on: July 18, 2012, 03:06:57 pm »
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« Reply #494 on: July 18, 2012, 09:48:20 pm »
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Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Age of Reason."

At first it was toilet seat reading, but the Cable Guy came over this morning--connected the internet, finally, and gave us 300+ channels of garbage.  I suppose this will cost an arm and a leg, but it's good to be back in touch.  Anyway, he noticed the book splayed, spine down, on a box in the basement and commented on it.  Apparently he'd read it because he was very well versed on it and had a detailed analysis regarding the development of characters.  We discussed it somewhat, but I felt a bit guilty that I was only on page 42 at the time.  Since then I've read another 30 pages.  I relate to Mathieu.
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Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Age of Reason."

At first it was toilet seat reading, but the Cable Guy came over this morning--connected the internet, finally, and gave us 300+ channels of garbage.  I suppose this will cost an arm and a leg, but it's good to be back in touch.  Anyway, he noticed the book splayed, spine down, on a box in the basement and commented on it.  Apparently he'd read it because he was very well versed on it and had a detailed analysis regarding the development of characters.  We discussed it somewhat, but I felt a bit guilty that I was only on page 42 at the time.  Since then I've read another 30 pages.  I relate to Mathieu.

yeah read that.  good book.  you would suffer from clinical depression without red wine, much like Sartre, read it, relate, and become a Communist
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« Reply #496 on: July 22, 2012, 03:25:22 pm »
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Joanna Bourke: What it means to be human: Reflections since 1791. Excellent even if a bit too poststructuralist for my liking. But very readable.
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« Reply #497 on: July 22, 2012, 06:39:32 pm »
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« Reply #498 on: July 23, 2012, 04:18:35 am »
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« Reply #499 on: July 23, 2012, 08:22:48 am »
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