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« Reply #975 on: January 11, 2014, 07:40:24 pm »

Just started reading Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott).
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« Reply #976 on: January 12, 2014, 11:04:55 pm »

Just started reading Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott).
Let me know how that goes.

A while back I started reading The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. I just completed the book. Egan gives various accounts from individuals who lived during the Great Depression in the Dust Bowl region. As a native Kansan who had family going through "the worst hard time", I felt I could relate to the book. The book was incredibly dry (lol), but it provided a good historical account of that time period.
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« Reply #977 on: January 12, 2014, 11:12:10 pm »

Just finished Anne Applebaum's Iron Curtain.
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« Reply #978 on: January 12, 2014, 11:14:45 pm »

The Gospel in Hymns by Albert Bailey

An old 1950 book I got from the library and much more interesting than I thought it would be.  It's not a telling of the gospel story in hymns as I thought from the title, but a history of the English-language church since the break with Rome as exemplified by the hymns written and sung in each period in history.  It's only real fault is that it is six decades out of date.  I'd love to have a new book done in the same style.
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« Reply #979 on: January 15, 2014, 11:51:42 am »
« Edited: January 15, 2014, 02:33:03 pm by Gustaf »

Since last post I've read:

The Human Factor
The Honorary Consul
Dubliners
Brighton Rock
The White Tiger

The Human Factor was yet another fantastic Greene and one that for once dared offer some hope to us. It also helped me realize some of his key themes with a handful of truly glorious paragraphs.

The Honorary Consul was good but a notch below, imo. Classic theme of course.

Dubliners was honestly a bit underwhelming. Maybe I didn't get it, but most of the stories didn't really engage me all that much, though some were pretty good.

Brighton Rock was again good, but good God, was it depressing. Emotionally draining and bleak without even a sliver of hope to cling on to.

The White Tiger was a fun, light read. It's sort of an introduction to India and since I already know most of the stuff it wasn't that exciting for me. It's not particularly well-written nor is the story all that engaging, but if you are new to India I guess it could be fun. Got nothing on Rushdie obviously.

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I can look back on a year where I read 35 books, so that's a decent count. Currently I'm halfway through The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Rushdie, but I'm taking a break to launch into In Search of Lost Time (I know, right?). Our stupid book club decided, in my absence, that it was a good idea to read it. They also introduced the new rule that anyone who doesn't finish it on time gets banned from getting books from the club in the future. Total stupidity but what can I do?
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« Reply #980 on: January 15, 2014, 12:02:44 pm »

Gustaf, which of the stories in Dubliners did you like?
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« Reply #981 on: January 15, 2014, 02:34:15 pm »

Gustaf, which of the stories in Dubliners did you like?

I liked the one with the pedophile and the one with elections (nerd am I). And the slightly longer one with the party and piano playing. The one with the prostitute was also decent.
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« Reply #982 on: January 15, 2014, 03:37:36 pm »

Still reading the first volume of the Years of Lyndon Johnson. Robert Caro has written a hell of a biography. I plan on reading every volume of the series after this.
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« Reply #983 on: January 15, 2014, 05:00:38 pm »

Gustaf, which of the stories in Dubliners did you like?

I liked the one with the pedophile and the one with elections (nerd am I). And the slightly longer one with the party and piano playing. The one with the prostitute was also decent.

The one with the elections and the one with the party and piano playing are the ones that people will usually call the best (John Huston's last movie was a pretty good adaptation of the latter). My favorites are those, the one with the bazaar, and the one with the streetcar accident.
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« Reply #984 on: January 16, 2014, 07:41:04 pm »
« Edited: January 16, 2014, 07:42:38 pm by Scott »

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« Reply #985 on: January 16, 2014, 07:57:34 pm »

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Picked them up from the library.  Finished the first, which was delightful, and halfway through the second which isn't as satisfying, since Hoff inserts some Eeyore-ish comments of his own into the text of his sequel.  (My impression of their relative merit appears to be generally shared by others.  On the B&N website, the first has 4.5 stars and the second but 3.5 stars.
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« Reply #986 on: January 27, 2014, 07:42:33 pm »

The Spectre of Alexander Wolf, Gaito Gazdanov.

Finished this ages ago. Anyway, it's a brilliant book and I would recommend it to anyone. Some of our more fashionably radical members might balk at first, given that the author - and so also the first-person narrator - fought for the Whites in the civil war and that the whole book is set in the White Russian émigré community in Paris, but they should look beyond that.
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« Reply #987 on: February 03, 2014, 08:47:29 pm »

The Man who Saved the Union: Ulysses S. Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands. This is a full, intriguing biography of a sorely under appreciated American original.
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« Reply #988 on: February 13, 2014, 10:05:25 pm »
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The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760 by Richard M. Eaton. It's a fascinating book that details a lot of history about which I know embarrassingly little, but what is most personally relevant to me is its conclusion that the conversion of rural eastern Bengal to Islam in the seventeenth century took place at the same time as the province's forests were turned into arable land. The notion of Bengal (particularly its east) as a frontier region on the edge of Indian civilization is a fascinating one, and I hadn't considered it before.
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« Reply #989 on: March 05, 2014, 07:38:13 pm »

Finally finished The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Great read, like most Rushdie. Unsure on where to proceed now.
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« Reply #990 on: March 21, 2014, 03:54:54 pm »

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« Reply #991 on: March 27, 2014, 03:57:51 pm »

a mix of lenin, althusser, ilyenkov and colletti
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« Reply #992 on: March 27, 2014, 04:57:48 pm »

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« Reply #993 on: March 27, 2014, 05:27:48 pm »

Constantine: The Emperor, by David Potter.
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« Reply #994 on: March 29, 2014, 10:59:47 am »

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« Reply #995 on: April 16, 2014, 05:47:53 pm »

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« Reply #996 on: April 16, 2014, 08:58:59 pm »

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« Reply #997 on: April 19, 2014, 03:46:12 am »

Latest novel was Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene. Pretty hilarious and at the end of it pretty touching as well!
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« Reply #998 on: April 19, 2014, 04:20:22 am »

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
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« Reply #999 on: April 26, 2014, 10:44:52 am »

I'm currently (re-)reading Dancing in the Glory of Monsters.
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