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Re: What are you currently reading?

A book on Grameen bank by Muhammad Yonus on micro credit management. Great read, cant put it down
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Ken Follett's first book of a trilogy "The Fall of Giants".
But slowly but surly I'm getting fed up reading books about the 1st and 2nd World War.
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Ken Follett's first book of a trilogy "The Fall of Giants".
But slowly but surly I'm getting fed up reading books about the 1st and 2nd World War.
Having lived through the second world war, I got well and truly fed-up with it at the time
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Old 20.07.2011, 13:21
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Something a little high brow for a change: Penguin Classics "Classical Literary Criticism": Plato Ion & Republic; Aristotle: Poetics; Horace: The Art of Poetry and Longinus: On the Sublime.

Just finished this morning, Longinus "On the Sublime" was, well sublime really.

Also just finished Ken Follett's "World without end" which I surprisingly enjoyed, I'd always pidgeon-holed Follett with other trashy style novelists but this one was actually not bad. Of course you could massive holes in the story, non period style language for example, plenty of historical inaccuracies too but allowing poetic licence it was a good story and a decent enough read.

Now looking for something to help me survive taking the children to the indoor playground and not being bored out of my mind for 4 hours.
What do you think? Ghandi's "Experiment with the Truth" or Homer's Illiad or Marcus Aurelius Meditations?
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Old 28.07.2011, 11:31
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Re: What are you currently reading?

A french book named "Chroniques d'un départ" (Chronicles of a departure) written by Anne and Daniel Meurois-Givaudan.

They wrote this time about the death of a woman that died from her cancer.

It's an old book now I think I read it the first time when I was 18 yo.

It can be strange, but if you know who they are and what kind of books they write, you will know it's all about Love, Hope and happiness.

And, of course, Spirituality. And that's all the stuff that's important for me

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Old 28.07.2011, 11:58
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Now looking for something to help me survive taking the children to the indoor playground and not being bored out of my mind for 4 hours.
What do you think? Ghandi's "Experiment with the Truth" or Homer's Illiad or Marcus Aurelius Meditations?
The most unengaging one. You can't be watching your children and buried in a book.

Just finished another Annie Proulx book, That Old Ace in the Hole. Witty warm-hearted story about a lost child-man working for a pork corporation scouting for new sites in the Texas panhandle. He gets inevitably side-tracked by the colourful characters he gets to know.

Have read Proulx's Close Range, Heart Songs and Fine Just The Way It Is. Will have to ration the rest and not finish them within the year. So should I next begin Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck?
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:03
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I've just given up on Catch 22.

I know it's a classic work. I know I should give it a chance. I know it's supposed to be a deeply ironic treatise on the absurdity of war.

But Yossarian is such a prick I just can't imagine ever giving a damn about what happens to him.

Time for some Graham Greene, I think...
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:05
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I've just given up on Catch 22.
Thank god, it is not just me....I could not cope with reading the whole thing either.
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Old 28.07.2011, 13:42
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I keep getting stuck on the first page....

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Michael Palin New Europe, been out a while but never fails to make me laugh
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Old 28.07.2011, 14:24
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Old 28.07.2011, 14:36
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I loved the Hare with Amber Eyes and recommended it to various friends with very mixed results.
I'm just finishing Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay which mainly concerns the round up of thousands of Jewish children at the Velodrome d'hiver in Paris in 1942, and about which I knew nothing.
It's a beautifully written book, although a sad story, but a worthwhile read.
Somehow I seem to keep going back to the second world war
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Old 01.08.2011, 17:27
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I started reading 'the passage' by Justin Cronin, I am in page 180 and I just can't go any further, I feel like I want to burn the book and kill Cronin for being SO FREAKING BORING! Is it just me? Who has read it and actually liked it???
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Re: What are you currently reading?

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The French did make a movie about it last year. Very sad.

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I loved the Hare with Amber Eyes and recommended it to various friends with very mixed results.
I'm just finishing Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay which mainly concerns the round up of thousands of Jewish children at the Velodrome d'hiver in Paris in 1942, and about which I knew nothing.
It's a beautifully written book, although a sad story, but a worthwhile read.
Somehow I seem to keep going back to the second world war
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The French did make a movie about it last year. Very sad.
Thanks, Sada. I didn't know that.
I do know that they are now making a film in English of the story of Sarah's Key' based on the Velodrome d'hiver round-up from the perspective of a small girl separated from her family, but who eventually escaped from the concentration camp.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Am currently reading 'guns, germs and steel' by Jared Diamond. The book tries to analyze how humans developed differently in different continents, why some (like europeans) developed faster than others(like Native americans) and how did their geography and environment shaped human history.

It takes patience to read this well researched book, am still halfway and I love it.
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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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Old 01.08.2011, 22:37
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I've just given up on Catch 22.

I know it's a classic work. I know I should give it a chance. I know it's supposed to be a deeply ironic treatise on the absurdity of war.

But Yossarian is such a prick I just can't imagine ever giving a damn about what happens to him.

Time for some Graham Greene, I think...
Thank goodness for that. This is a book I've tried several times to read and never succeeded.
Just finished re-reading "Lucky Jim" - an oldie but still makes me laugh out loud, utterly brilliant.

Now looking for something new on my book shelf. If I can't find anything new I'll re-read A.S.Byatt "Babel Tower" - an excellent book
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Reading another Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson, I like them all ... Dust of Dreams this time, iirc.
My favourite's still Deadhouse Gates, though - it includes the torturous Chain of Dogs.

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I've just given up on Catch 22.

I know it's a classic work. I know I should give it a chance. I know it's supposed to be a deeply ironic treatise on the absurdity of war.

But Yossarian is such a prick I just can't imagine ever giving a damn about what happens to him.

Time for some Graham Greene, I think...
I agree with your assessment of Yossarian and would add that he's pretty stupid as well ... but I really enjoyed the book, and got through it pretty smartly. The stock ticker (and cotton harvest) was one of the best parts ... Oh, and if you can't have sympathy for Yossarian, try Nately ... and his whore ...

Don't try watching the movie, though - even having read the book several times (yes, I enjoyed it enough to read it more than once!), the movie was still just too much ...
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