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« Reply #1475 on: July 29, 2016, 06:53:58 am »

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« Reply #1476 on: July 29, 2016, 06:59:08 am »

I finished The Fractured Republic while I was on vacation this week.
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« Reply #1477 on: July 29, 2016, 11:50:07 am »

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Didn't know the world of computers had "classics".
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« Reply #1478 on: July 29, 2016, 03:50:49 pm »

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Didn't know the world of computers had "classics".

They're called discrete math and combinatorics books. Tongue  But the original for that book was written in the 1970's and it is more about mathematical foundations than anything. 
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« Reply #1479 on: July 30, 2016, 11:03:47 am »

An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German
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« Reply #1480 on: July 30, 2016, 02:08:46 pm »

An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German

I've been meaning to read it (in English) for a while; how is it?
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« Reply #1481 on: July 30, 2016, 06:54:22 pm »
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An online copy of Buddenbrooks. That was the only one of Mann's novels I could read in the original. German

I've been meaning to read it (in English) for a while; how is it?

Young and ambitious, stately, and deeply Wagnerian.

I admit that Buddenbrooks is not the pure adventure that is the Magic Mountain (I don't care what people say, that novel is fantastic, and I regret not reading it earlier in life), since it really does live up to its subtitle as a chronicle of a rich north German family in terminal decline.

But it is more than just another 19th century family saga: The themes that Mann develops in his later novels all come to maturity in this one book -- the third and fourth "acts," when the decline is manifest, are in particular superb. Even at age 26, Mann was just better at describing physical decay and spiritual lassitude than he was vigor and optimism. I can see how Faulkner and Toni Morrison both loved this book.
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« Reply #1482 on: August 08, 2016, 06:16:44 pm »

Standard read for a Kennedy fanboy like me- skips the tropey, and boring stuff about early life, and 80 pages in seems very sharp


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« Reply #1483 on: August 08, 2016, 08:59:10 pm »

Emil Ludwig's Cleopatra. Usually I'm a fan of his biographies (Bismarck, Lincoln and Hindenburg are amongst the best books I've read, Wilhelm II not so much), but even it this one is written well it annoys me that he gets so many details wrong.

Granted, it's from 1937, but still...
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« Reply #1484 on: August 13, 2016, 09:15:17 am »

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« Reply #1485 on: August 15, 2016, 04:30:33 pm »

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« Reply #1486 on: August 17, 2016, 12:54:37 pm »

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I would like to read some Vargas Llosa sometime, any opinion on the best one to pick up?
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« Reply #1487 on: August 20, 2016, 03:40:02 pm »

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« Reply #1488 on: August 22, 2016, 10:30:35 am »

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I would like to read some Vargas Llosa sometime, any opinion on the best one to pick up?

Hard question, actually. Given how diffrent his work can be, I'd start with the first novel (the English title is silly).
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« Reply #1489 on: August 22, 2016, 12:28:21 pm »

Recently started the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, and later Brandon Sanderson.
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« Reply #1491 on: August 25, 2016, 05:37:33 am »

Sense and Sensibility (again).
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« Reply #1492 on: August 29, 2016, 12:27:02 am »

Put a hold on my reading of Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger to go through the Harry Potter series for the first time in six years. I have odd taste in books.
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« Reply #1493 on: September 07, 2016, 08:38:32 pm »

Money Changes Everything

Nice book to everyone that is interest in a mix of economy and anthropology.

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10662.html
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« Reply #1494 on: September 17, 2016, 11:00:54 am »

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« Reply #1495 on: September 17, 2016, 11:56:45 am »

Experience and the Creation of Meaning by Eugene Gendlin.
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« Reply #1496 on: September 18, 2016, 11:36:59 pm »

Temeraire

Book 1: His Majesty's Dragon
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« Reply #1497 on: September 21, 2016, 07:39:46 am »

I just started reading Disordered World by Amin Maalouf.  I'm only in chapter 2, but so far it is very depressing.  

There's something for everyone:  Confusion in Europe; the Arab world "sinking deeper into a pit of rage" from which it seems incapable of extricating itself, Sub-Saharan Africa "plagued by civil war, epidemics, sordid trafficking, widespread corruption, disintegrating institutions, mass unemployment, and despair"; Russia struggling to recover from seventy years of communism and the chaotic way it ended; and the United States, "having defeated its principal global adversary, finding itself engaged in a titanic enterprise which is wearing it down and leading it off course."

I think perennially melancholy Beet would love it.  
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« Reply #1498 on: September 24, 2016, 12:59:07 pm »

I just started reading Disordered World by Amin Maalouf.  I'm only in chapter 2, but so far it is very depressing.  

There's something for everyone:  Confusion in Europe; the Arab world "sinking deeper into a pit of rage" from which it seems incapable of extricating itself, Sub-Saharan Africa "plagued by civil war, epidemics, sordid trafficking, widespread corruption, disintegrating institutions, mass unemployment, and despair"; Russia struggling to recover from seventy years of communism and the chaotic way it ended; and the United States, "having defeated its principal global adversary, finding itself engaged in a titanic enterprise which is wearing it down and leading it off course."

I think perennially melancholy Beet would love it.  

Is this a novel or non fiction?
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« Reply #1499 on: September 24, 2016, 01:01:41 pm »

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I'm about halfway through. It's a worthwhile read, kind of depressing at times.
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