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« Reply #950 on: December 23, 2013, 02:53:53 am »

Checked out the Canterbury Tales from the library today. I'm kind of getting into poetry.

Which translation, and does it also have the original Middle English?
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« Reply #951 on: December 23, 2013, 04:51:41 am »

Reading Sorrows of Young Werther and I find myself identifying very strongly with the protagonist.
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« Reply #952 on: December 23, 2013, 04:53:58 am »

Reading Sorrows of Young Werther and I find myself identifying very strongly with the protagonist.

I know the feeling but I'm compelled to advise you to check yourself before you wreck yourself anyway.
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« Reply #953 on: December 23, 2013, 05:03:52 am »

I have now ordered the book "The Pinzgau under the Swastika - Dictatorship in the Province":

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The Pinzgau is the name for the county I'm living in (Zell am See).

Not hard to guess, the book is a documentary/chronicle about the Nazi time from ca. 1930 (or slightly before) to about 1945 (or slightly after).

That should be interesting ro read (ca. 280 pages).
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« Reply #954 on: December 25, 2013, 10:09:36 pm »

Checked out the Canterbury Tales from the library today. I'm kind of getting into poetry.

Which translation, and does it also have the original Middle English?
Modern English translation.
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« Reply #955 on: December 26, 2013, 08:19:26 am »

Checked out the Canterbury Tales from the library today. I'm kind of getting into poetry.

Which translation, and does it also have the original Middle English?
Modern English translation.

Yes, but by whom?
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« Reply #956 on: December 26, 2013, 01:10:37 pm »

"This Perfect Day" by Ira Levin.
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« Reply #957 on: December 26, 2013, 10:04:31 pm »

just got these two in the mail today.  for less than $13 thanks to the good (and probably overstocked) folks @ christianbook.com

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« Reply #958 on: December 26, 2013, 10:16:35 pm »

does it also have the original Middle English?

I hope not unless he wants a crash course in German.

Sorry, I hopee nyt unlesse the yong sonne hath wanteh a crashe ceoursye in seaxan or whatever.

(Bad memories).
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« Reply #959 on: December 26, 2013, 10:33:13 pm »

Checked out the Canterbury Tales from the library today. I'm kind of getting into poetry.

Which translation, and does it also have the original Middle English?
Modern English translation.

Yes, but by whom?
Translated by Joseph Glaser. Pretty good so far, but I'm still only in the prologue.
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« Reply #960 on: December 26, 2013, 10:44:42 pm »

For the Tales, I think my school just used the Penguin Books (or whatever) translation.
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« Reply #961 on: December 27, 2013, 12:07:21 am »

For the Tales, I think my school just used the Penguin Books (or whatever) translation.

Coghill? Good man.

If I could find a version of the Coghill with the original on facing pages I would be all over it.
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« Reply #962 on: December 28, 2013, 07:35:04 pm »

Alistair Horne's The Savage War of Peace is the latest book I'm reading from my Xmas haul. Been interested in the Algerian War of Independence for a few years now.
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« Reply #963 on: December 31, 2013, 05:21:02 pm »

Umberto Eco's The Book of Legendary Lands. Beautiful book and a lot of fun as well.
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« Reply #964 on: December 31, 2013, 07:46:41 pm »

Native Son by Richard Wright. A surprisingly sophomoric book, but it must have been revolutionary in 1940.
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« Reply #965 on: January 03, 2014, 03:48:02 pm »

Rereading the Third Policeman, I also got a Glaßbrenner edition for christmas that I'll start on after.

Oh, and the Monkey of Hartlepool.
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« Reply #966 on: January 06, 2014, 06:25:18 pm »
« Edited: January 08, 2014, 04:40:34 pm by traininthedistance »

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For various reasons that I may elaborate on if I have time/others are interested, it's not quite up to her usual high standards, but I'm mostly enjoying it all the same.

One thing that sometimes gets glossed over in discussions of her work is just how deeply liberal Jacobs' thought is, more than she seems to realize at times.  

EDIT:  The last couple chapters actually improve her arguments significantly- but they still have more holes than I'm quite comfortable with, or used to from her.
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« Reply #967 on: January 06, 2014, 10:28:47 pm »

The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer (1910 translation of the 1907 edition)

An interesting read on the development of the treatment of the historical Jesus during the 18th and 19th centuries and corresponding with it the development of Marcan priority.
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« Reply #968 on: January 11, 2014, 01:47:42 am »

I've been getting into throwaway fiction recently.

The Crocodile by Maurizio de Giovanni
The Clinic by Jonathan Kellerman
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« Reply #969 on: January 11, 2014, 02:08:10 am »

The Tristram part of Le Morte d'Arthur is so long and getting frankly repetitive.
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« Reply #970 on: January 11, 2014, 07:35:33 am »

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« Reply #971 on: January 11, 2014, 02:51:53 pm »

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf, Gaito Gazdanov.
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« Reply #972 on: January 11, 2014, 02:56:20 pm »

I'm looking to finally get into some le Carre. Is it useful or helpful to read them in order?

I'd like to read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (love the movie) but it's le Carre's third book, which features characters from previous novels.
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« Reply #973 on: January 11, 2014, 03:06:43 pm »

I'm looking to finally get into some le Carre. Is it useful or helpful to read them in order?

Tinker Tailor should be read before Smiley's People or The Honourable Schoolboy (because otherwise they won't quite make sense), but other than that, it's not really essential. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold can certainly be read stand-alone.
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« Reply #974 on: January 11, 2014, 06:10:52 pm »

I'm looking to finally get into some le Carre. Is it useful or helpful to read them in order?

Tinker Tailor should be read before Smiley's People or The Honourable Schoolboy (because otherwise they won't quite make sense), but other than that, it's not really essential. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold can certainly be read stand-alone.

Thanks Al, appreciate it.
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