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« Reply #250 on: October 31, 2011, 07:32:44 pm »

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Bly makes some interesting points in regards to contemporary males becoming overly-feminized but I think he's mostly full of it and makes some broad assumptions to back up his theory. I absolutely hate his style, also. Very repetitive and draining to read.
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« Reply #251 on: November 01, 2011, 09:46:06 pm »

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I've been reading this over breakfast and usually some Sophocles in the half hour before I go to bed.
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« Reply #252 on: November 02, 2011, 12:48:13 am »

Just powered through this book for class yesterday, really good read.

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This weekend I will be reading The Yankee International by Timothy Messer-Kruse and The First International in America by Samuel Bernstein. And also Greg Grandin's Empireís Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism if there is time.
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« Reply #253 on: November 22, 2011, 12:59:49 pm »

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« Reply #254 on: November 22, 2011, 03:04:56 pm »

The Little Ice Age:  How Climate Made History 1300-1850 by Brian Fagan.  I've also read his book on the Medieval Warm Period, "The Great Warming" which focuses on the period 800-1300AD.

It's very interesting to learn how the natural climate processes researched in the past ten years have turned climate science on its head.
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« Reply #255 on: November 28, 2011, 08:18:26 pm »

In the last week i've read 'The Hunger Games', which was a reasonably good page turner with zero heft; 'Enchanted Glass', Diana Wynne Jones' last book, which was not up to her standards to be frank; and finished the three-month process of going tgrough the second book from 'Game of Thrones', which I am rather enjoying.

I'm currently 1/4 of the way through 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', and 3/4 of the way through 'The Boys From Brazil', with 'Stephen Fry in America' next on the list.
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« Reply #256 on: November 28, 2011, 09:39:01 pm »

Finished with Camus's La Peste. Parts 3 and 4 are astounding, and so is the rest of the novel if you don't mind its plodding bits.

Two books lined up this week: Parfit's Reasons and Persons and Faulkner's Light in August.
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« Reply #257 on: November 30, 2011, 08:00:57 pm »

Reading the great Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, but terribly worried about a bad translation Tongue
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« Reply #258 on: December 21, 2011, 07:17:52 am »

Reading the great Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, but terribly worried about a bad translation Tongue

all I've ever read of the Russian authors is Constance Garnett, who is probably heavily criticized, but I've managed to enjoy myself all the same... try not to worry about it.
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« Reply #259 on: December 21, 2011, 08:52:06 am »

Ghada al-Samman, Beirut Nightmares
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« Reply #260 on: December 21, 2011, 09:50:24 am »

La France aux urnes by Pierre Brechon. Great book.
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« Reply #261 on: December 21, 2011, 06:41:57 pm »

Nana by Emile Zola. Looking to be about as depressing as every other Zola.
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« Reply #262 on: December 21, 2011, 07:05:26 pm »

Daniel Deronda, it's an okay read, though I can understand why some people would grow tired with the jewish/zionist bits. Can I do with that for as far as Eliot's concerned or is Middlemarch really a must-read?
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« Reply #263 on: December 21, 2011, 08:23:17 pm »

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Quite good and explained a bit of the history of family dysfunction.  Smiley

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In light of the Penn State scandal, it helped show how insular the institution is.  It is about an on campus murder in 1969.  The author is quite a good researcher. 

He actually cited something I wrote.



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« Reply #264 on: December 21, 2011, 09:28:21 pm »

Reading the great Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, but terribly worried about a bad translation Tongue

all I've ever read of the Russian authors is Constance Garnett, who is probably heavily criticized, but I've managed to enjoy myself all the same... try not to worry about it.

I try not too, but I heard that Garnett 'softened' the language, and I worry about having the plot somehow become weaker. I try to stick with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, but library's usually only have the Garnett translation, cheap jerks.
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« Reply #265 on: December 22, 2011, 12:52:02 am »

秋風の記 (Record of the Autumn Wind). Rereading. One of the best Tokugawa-era poetic travelogues, and it doesn't get anywhere near enough love.
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« Reply #266 on: December 22, 2011, 10:03:39 am »

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'A Life' was the best subtitle the six figure editing department could come up with?
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« Reply #267 on: December 24, 2011, 04:04:52 am »

Reading the great Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, but terribly worried about a bad translation Tongue

all I've ever read of the Russian authors is Constance Garnett, who is probably heavily criticized, but I've managed to enjoy myself all the same... try not to worry about it.

I try not too, but I heard that Garnett 'softened' the language, and I worry about having the plot somehow become weaker. I try to stick with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, but library's usually only have the Garnett translation, cheap jerks.

I was pleased with the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Crime and Punishment.
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« Reply #268 on: December 24, 2011, 07:42:58 am »

just bought a Kindle yesterday.  trying to avoid the gadgets as a rule but made an exception, this one seemed like it had a chance to be actually edifying.  fun stuff.
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« Reply #269 on: December 25, 2011, 11:04:40 am »

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« Reply #270 on: December 25, 2011, 11:24:58 am »

I got "Giants: the parallel lives of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln" for Christmas.
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« Reply #271 on: December 25, 2011, 03:09:15 pm »

I've also been going through Bill Clinton's newest book, mostly for amusement.
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« Reply #272 on: December 25, 2011, 03:42:29 pm »

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« Reply #273 on: December 25, 2011, 07:38:18 pm »

Finished Nana. Favourite Zola so far. The fact that it's the upper classes going to hell makes it easier to laugh at the absurdity of their behaviour instead of feeling nauseated.
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« Reply #274 on: December 25, 2011, 09:38:13 pm »

Currently reading Walter Benn Michaels' The Trouble With Diversity and Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas?
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