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« Reply #1325 on: June 14, 2015, 06:32:51 pm »

I've finally started The Sea of Fertility. I'm a little more than halfway through Spring Snow.

What is there to say about a story as absolutely gorgeous yet morally repelling as this?

I will say that Mishima made me root for Kiyoaki and Satoko even though I knew from the get-go that their relationship was doomed (as in the back cover of my copy of the book calls it 'doomed'); that he kind of screwed this up with the way he narrated their first time having sex, which is one example among several so far of the way he makes Kiyoaki break character in an attempt to have him conform to a sexually dominant gender role that the rest of his personality doesn't justify (particularly in light of the 'tumor of arrogance' line earlier on); that Honda is an interesting character of whom I look forward to seeing more in subsequent books; and that 'undoubtedly authentic and totally unpredictable', from the courtroom scene two chapters after the sex scene, is a wonderful turn of phrase and I think I'm going to be using it as a variant of GUBU. Also I've been underlining every single simile in the book because they're all absolutely incredible.

I also read Kitchen and liked it, and might have more to say about it later than I feel like saying right now.
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« Reply #1326 on: June 18, 2015, 10:26:59 pm »

A book called Scar Night, looked decent enough for a library check out.

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« Reply #1327 on: June 25, 2015, 01:32:38 am »
« Edited: June 25, 2015, 01:48:33 am by sex-negative feminist prude »

So why, exactly, did I like The River Ki better than Spring Snow, despite recognizing that Spring Snow is by most 'objective' (ha!) measures the better book? Is it because I preferred The River Ki's focus on women, or because I have a formal preference for traditional straightforward generational sagas? Is it because the characters in The River Ki are presented in a more sympathetic and, frankly, more humane manner than those in Spring Snow, even when they're behaving in comparably repulsive ways? It's probably all of the above. They're both books that are going to stick with me for a long time, but I know which one I'd rather reread.

I'm committed to The Sea of Fertility for the long haul, though. I'll be starting Runaway Horses some time soon.
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« Reply #1328 on: June 25, 2015, 07:31:52 am »

Antony Beevor's The Battle for Spain and Max Boot's Invisible Armies. Enjoying Beevor so far.
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« Reply #1329 on: June 25, 2015, 10:28:01 pm »

Picked up "Social Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship" by Barrington Moore Jr. a few weeks ago. More than halfway through, but I've been distracted, and it's due back about July 7th, I think. If I wanted, I could probably plow through it by then, but I'm not predicting it'll be so easy.
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« Reply #1330 on: June 25, 2015, 11:13:59 pm »

Taking a break from Scar Night to browse As You Wish, which is Cary Elwes experience in the making of The Princess Bride
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« Reply #1331 on: June 26, 2015, 03:17:59 am »

No idea how I haven't read this-absolutely loved it purely because I didn't realize the GOP establishment  begged Christie, Daniels, Barbour and Bush to enter the race just to push Romney off.

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« Reply #1332 on: June 27, 2015, 12:43:23 am »

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Binge read both of these over the last two weeks. Both were very well written, even if Agulhon has a habit of overusing exclamation marks. Of course they overlapped quite a bit in discussing French socialism and communism post 1900. Smiley
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« Reply #1333 on: June 27, 2015, 07:50:24 am »

Ah, yes. The Sassoon book is really very, very good.
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« Reply #1334 on: June 27, 2015, 10:26:49 am »

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« Reply #1335 on: June 27, 2015, 11:57:53 am »

Reading Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge.

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« Reply #1336 on: June 27, 2015, 12:01:47 pm »

Problems of Everyday Life by Leon Trotsky
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« Reply #1337 on: June 27, 2015, 02:26:49 pm »

Friday Night Lights
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« Reply #1338 on: June 28, 2015, 06:19:44 pm »

I'm giving Spring Snow some time to sink in before I start Runaway Horses so right now I'm reading one of Noor Inayat Khan's Jataka stories every night before I go to sleep. They're very very short and very light. Khan was a children's book writer and artist and the daughter of a Sufi leader who during World War II became an Allied spy and was eventually captured and executed in Dachau; she's a personal hero of mine.
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« Reply #1339 on: June 29, 2015, 01:57:06 am »

Just One More Thing, which is Peter Falk's (aka Columbo) memoir
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« Reply #1340 on: July 01, 2015, 07:23:04 pm »

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Both good; the second one was particularly insightful as to the roadblocks set up by mixed mining centers (spoiler alert: businesses being businesses were more of an issue, especially in the early years).
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« Reply #1341 on: July 14, 2015, 09:50:11 pm »

A Time for Truth: by Senator Ted Cruz
Great read for all conservatives, libertarians and small government folks.
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« Reply #1342 on: July 14, 2015, 10:09:17 pm »

Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film

Has little articles here and there on one part, an annotated script on the other
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« Reply #1343 on: July 14, 2015, 10:41:47 pm »

The Lake, by Yoshimoto Banana. I'm also two chapters into Runaway Horses, the second Sea of Fertility novel, but I'd like to finish The Lake before I go further.
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« Reply #1344 on: July 16, 2015, 05:12:09 am »

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« Reply #1345 on: July 25, 2015, 09:43:14 pm »

I started Runaway Horses. I'm in the middle of an absolute bear of a chapter, forty-nine pages in my edition (the book is four hundred and twenty-one pages, and has forty chapters), that reproduces in its entirety an in-universe political/religious pamphlet. One definitely gets the sense that Mishima was way too into this, but it actually makes for pretty interesting reading.
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« Reply #1346 on: July 25, 2015, 10:35:42 pm »

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A good read so far, and the first of Spong's books I've ever opened. I think he overstates his premise, but there do seem to be some genuine nuggets of golden insight.
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« Reply #1347 on: August 02, 2015, 11:22:48 pm »

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

In spite of perhaps a pessimistic edge regarding the outcome of abolition and obliteration of the old Jim Crow laws, it's still a chilling, eerie, but compelling read.
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« Reply #1348 on: August 07, 2015, 05:33:07 pm »

Rural Radicals: Righteous Rage in the American Grain

A bit over halfway into this book that I found in an adorable used bookstore in Canada. It's fantastic and a very good read about why extremism on the left and right tends to flare up in rural areas. The author presents a balanced viewpoint and examines a wide range of years.

The Liberals' Moment

Awesome read about George McGovern that I'm using as a source for me extended essay. An in depth analysis of his botched campaign along with what it spells out for liberals nowadays.
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« Reply #1349 on: August 21, 2015, 01:29:49 pm »

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
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