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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:27 pm

DrT999 wrote:
Lonecoyote wrote:
DrT, read this book years ago also back in High School. Now that all I have is time on my hands I'd like to enjoy reading it again. As you get older one tends to also forget, " a mind is a terrible thing to waste "! 


Also want to refresh my memory with another classic:
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, I believe I'm a Willy Loman type of guy.....allot of travels in my life but not as a salesman. Over 34 years and at the end I got the shaft as Willy did....lol


KEEP ON PUFFING!!!

Always good to be reading the good stuff!

If anyone is interested, this is what else I've assigned this semester
World Civ 1 ... The Bacchae
History of Britain (sophomore level) ... Canterbury Tales, Taming of the Shrew, Sherlock Holmes, A Murder is Announced (Christie)
World 1914-45 ... R.U.R. (Capek), The Blacker the Berry (Wallace Thurman, Harlem Renaissance), Unnatural Death (Sayers), Of Mice & Men

Late to the bacchanalia but glad to see you're teaching Euripides!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:28 pm

Have the bad habit of bouncing through half a dozen books at once, but right now I'm mostly focused on Radiant Terminus, a delightfully strange novel by Antoine Volodine.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:41 pm

I'm back to scratching my itch for more WWII books. Went trawling through the local library and came home with this - "The Holocaust: Death Camps", edited by Tamara L. Roleff. This is a compiled account from dozens of eye witnesses as well as active participants (prisoners as well as Nazis) in the horror that was the extermination camps. Very chilling and thought provoking!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:03 pm

Just finished David Baldacci's latest "The Fix", had me hooked on the first page, he writes some great stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:33 pm

"Two and Two: McSorley's, my Dad, and Me" by Rafe Bartholomew.

A biography by Rafe Bartholomew of the oldest tavern in Manhatten - McSorley's. Fascinating story of its history, its employees, and incidents from the experiences of the son of the oldest bartender. Gritty and real-life. Strong non-pc language. Quite well written and highly recommended!

Cool


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:14 pm

Tried to read "The Last of the Mohicans" but couldn't get into it. The way it's written is too ponderous and difficult for me. Guess I'm not a scholar.

Started re-reading a favorite Bill Bryson Book - "Notes From A Small Island". More my speed I guess!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:23 pm

Started reading the long version, not the paperback:

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
By William L. Shirer



KEEP ON PUFFING!!!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:34 pm

Just started Bill Bryson's "At Home - A Short History Of Private Life". Only a few chapters into it but is has me solidly hooked! I've long been a Bryson fan primarily from his travel books.

"At Home" seems to be very well researched and superbly written as only Bryson can do. I look forward to reading the remaining pages!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:46 pm

Still reading MF Horn- autobiography of the god of high note trumpet playing Maynard Ferguson.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:57 pm

Currently starting to get back into reading again. I'm halfway through the first in a series titled "Master and Commander" by Patrick O'Brian.

I am not an avid reader and most books that I have bought or have received as gifts must capture my attention within the first few pages or I give them up. This book (and I suspect the remainder of the series) has captured my attention and I enjoy reading from it nightly.

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PostSubject: Dunkirk   Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:57 pm

Refreshing my self so when I go see the Movie I will have some knowledge , read about it long ago, wanted an up date look at it.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:58 pm

The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank



VERY SAD TIMES!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:15 pm

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Just started Bill Bryson's "At Home - A Short History Of Private Life". Only a few chapters into it but is has me solidly hooked! I've long been a Bryson fan primarily from his travel books.

"At Home" seems to be very well researched and superbly written as only Bryson can do. I look forward to reading the remaining pages!


Cheers,

RR

This turned out to be a most amazing book. In fact, it's turned out to be one of my most favourite Bryson's books.

The care he took in researching this is obvious. And while it does ramble a bit at times it's always entertaining and very informative. Sometimes even brilliantly engaging.

Well done Bill, and I can't understand why I overlooked this one before. Guess I was caught up in your travel book accounts and somehow thought this would be a let down. It was anything but.

Now onto another of Bryson's non-travel books- "A Short History Of Nearly Everything". This one is rather more, shall we say, challenging..........

But I'm struggling through it.  Neutral


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:52 pm

Just completed Bryson's "A Short History Of Nearly Everything". Frankly it was a challenge to finish this. I'm not much of a scholar, and this is very dense with quite technical and detailed discussion about subjects that I could never grasp when I was in school. And it takes them to the PhD level and beyond!

In spite of that, I did finish it but ended up skimming many of the pages. It was just too far beyond me!  silent   

Bryson clearly did his research (from what I can gather), and for those with more developed minds this will be more relevant. For me, not so much. As always, YMMV.



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:13 pm

Read The Giving Tree to my youngest grandson over Skype tonight.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:30 pm

"But What if We're Wrong?"- Chuck Klosterman

Some good stuff in here but overall I've enjoyed most of his other stuff better than this. Couple too many thin propositions in my opinion. A fun read nevertheless, Klosterman is great overall.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:59 pm

Ozark Wizard wrote:
Read The Giving Tree to my youngest grandson over Skype tonight.

Fabulous!
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:02 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Just completed Bryson's "A Short History Of Nearly Everything". Frankly it was a challenge to finish this. I'm not much of a scholar, and this is very dense with quite technical and detailed discussion about subjects that I could never grasp when I was in school. And it takes them to the PhD level and beyond!

In spite of that, I did finish it but ended up skimming many of the pages. It was just too far beyond me!  silent   

Bryson clearly did his research (from what I can gather), and for those with more developed minds this will be more relevant. For me, not so much. As always, YMMV.


Cheers,

RR

OOPS! I put my reply in yours... Embarassed

A more accessible, but still fascinating one of his is "At Home". Its a history of how homes and rooms in homes have changed over the centuries.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:42 pm

Fight'n Hampsters wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Just completed Bryson's "A Short History Of Nearly Everything". Frankly it was a challenge to finish this. I'm not much of a scholar, and this is very dense with quite technical and detailed discussion about subjects that I could never grasp when I was in school. And it takes them to the PhD level and beyond!

In spite of that, I did finish it but ended up skimming many of the pages. It was just too far beyond me!  silent   

Bryson clearly did his research (from what I can gather), and for those with more developed minds this will be more relevant. For me, not so much. As always, YMMV.

A more accessible, but still fascinating one of his is "At Home". Its a history of how homes and rooms in homes have changed over the centuries.

Cheers,

RR

Yes, I finished "At Home" just prior to this one and found it to be fascinating. One of his best IMHO.


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RR
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:29 pm

Just finished Orwell's 1984. Don't remember ever reading this in the past, but do recall seeing the B&W flick many years ago. Got the book from the library and have the movie reserved.

Now onto another Orwell book - "The Road To Wigan Pier". Saw a reference to this somewhere and am just now checking it out. Another library loan. Very interesting so far.

No political motives at all in either of these choices. Just curiosity.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:16 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Just finished Orwell's 1984. Don't remember ever reading this in the past, but do recall seeing the B&W flick many years ago. Got the book from the library and have the movie reserved.

Now onto another Orwell book - "The Road To Wigan Pier". Saw a reference to this somewhere and am just now checking it out. Another library loan. Very interesting so far.

No political motives at all in either of these choices. Just curiosity.


Cheers,

RR
Orwell's 'Road to Wigan Pier' and 'Down and Out in Paris and London' are great explorations of the poorer sections of the English working class during the Great Depression, so be prepared.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:52 pm

DrT999 wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Just finished Orwell's 1984. Don't remember ever reading this in the past, but do recall seeing the B&W flick many years ago. Got the book from the library and have the movie reserved.

Now onto another Orwell book - "The Road To Wigan Pier". Saw a reference to this somewhere and am just now checking it out. Another library loan. Very interesting so far.

No political motives at all in either of these choices. Just curiosity.


Cheers,

RR
Orwell's 'Road to Wigan Pier' and 'Down and Out in Paris and London' are great explorations of the poorer sections of the English working class during the Great Depression, so be prepared.


Just completed reading both, actually. "Down and Out" being the one I finished just today. Very compelling. Just like one was there. Paints a very black picture, doesn't it!

"Wigan Pier" got a little preachy for me at the end. So I gave it up when Orwell went into his Socialist treatise.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:07 pm

Brewdude wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Just finished Orwell's 1984. Don't remember ever reading this in the past, but do recall seeing the B&W flick many years ago. Got the book from the library and have the movie reserved.

Now onto another Orwell book - "The Road To Wigan Pier". Saw a reference to this somewhere and am just now checking it out. Another library loan. Very interesting so far.

No political motives at all in either of these choices. Just curiosity.


Cheers,

RR
Orwell's 'Road to Wigan Pier' and 'Down and Out in Paris and London' are great explorations of the poorer sections of the English working class during the Great Depression, so be prepared.


Just completed reading both, actually. "Down and Out" being the one I finished just today. Very compelling. Just like one was there. Paints a very black picture, doesn't it!

"Wigan Pier" got a little preachy for me at the end. So I gave it up when Orwell went into his Socialist treatise.


Cheers,

RR

Glad you liked them! But yeah, Orwell does preach; remember it written in light of the Spanish Civil War and the prelude to WWII
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:51 pm

On a George Orwell kick right now I guess.

Just finished reading Animal Farm. Think I might have read this many years ago but can't be certain. In any case it was interesting and I will not be inclined to make any political statements. Not my style. Or my intent.

So that closes the Orwell series. At as least for me.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:42 am

Brewdude wrote:
On a George Orwell kick right now I guess.

Just finished reading Animal Farm. Think I might have read this many years ago but can't be certain. In any case it was interesting and I will not be inclined to make any political statements. Not my style. Or my intent.

So that closes the Orwell series. At as least for me.


Cheers,

RR

There's also his account of the Spanish Civil War ('Homage to Catalonia') and three novels from the 1930s ('Burmese Days', 'The Clergyman's Daughter', and 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying'), although I prefer his other work.
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