What are you currently reading?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:06 pm

Hidden Life of Trees. Not very well written but it doesn't matter because of all the remarkable things that you learn about trees. Oh, and he spends a lot of time with Spruce in particular!
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Post by Sandaun » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:02 am

John Calvin Batchelor's The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. Powerful novel. The last time I read it was about 1987, sitting in an airport lounge in Palmerston North waiting for my connecting flight, and it made such a powerful impression on me I was afraid to read it again until quite some time later.

The only other book that has made such a powerful impact on my imagination has been Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker.

(Also reading concurrently, Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of South America. Grim.)
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Bill B » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:32 pm

The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:32 am

Bill B wrote:The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
oooh, I love this novel! Let us know what you think.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by tcee » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:55 am

Just started Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

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Post by Bill B » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:01 pm

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
Bill B wrote:The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
oooh, I love this novel! Let us know what you think.
I'm enjoying it tremendously.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:59 pm

tcee wrote:Just started Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.
Are you reading the Pevear's translation? I personally like it better that Garnett's for sure.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by manythumbed » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:24 pm

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by tcee » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:45 am

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
tcee wrote:Just started Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.
Are you reading the Pevear's translation? I personally like it better that Garnett's for sure.
Hi Jeffrey, no, I'm reading a German translation by Svetlana Geier which is just fantastic!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Geier

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by rturek88 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:36 am

tcee wrote:Just started Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.
Finished 'Crime and Punishment' recently - good book. Now reading 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by martinardo » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:20 am

The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin. Excellent book. I'm going to have to re-read it. While the Suites are the theme,

the surrounding history, a large amount on Pablo Casals and his importance, the Bach family and their travails,

the various European princes, dukes and VIPs plus the influence (or not) of other Composers make fascinating reading.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by doug » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:38 pm

"Simple Truths in Music and Life," by Don Brown. The book is about a five year "journey" with Ewe Kruger, and contains numerous wisdom sayings by Ewe. My favorite, up to now, is, "Playing guitar can get you out of washing dishes." The book is available on the Kruger Brothers' website, and it's sized to fit in your guitar case.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by zupfgeiger » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:44 am

Finished the wonderful Beethoven biography written by Belgian music historian Jan Caejers. Now, sitting in the Brussels Metro, I open Ulrich Drüner's controversial new biography of Richard Wagner.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Sandaun » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:49 am

martinardo wrote:The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin. Excellent book. I'm going to have to re-read it. While the Suites are the theme,

the surrounding history, a large amount on Pablo Casals and his importance, the Bach family and their travails,

the various European princes, dukes and VIPs plus the influence (or not) of other Composers make fascinating reading.

Every Age has its challenges: there were copious amounts when JSB was around.
Excellent introduction to the Cello Suites! :bravo: I read it, then re-read it, then decided I'd wanted to play cello for long enough, now was the time to buy one then learn.

And, for what very very little it's worth, I picked up a copy of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones the other day and am now in the process of reading them and trying to understand them. The last time I tried something of this sort was with our good friend the Mullah Nasrudin, and that was several decades ago. :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by manythumbed » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:59 pm

The Lily and the Lion by Maurice Druon

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