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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by LarryShone » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:32 am

Peter Lovett wrote:
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Now back to reading Turner: The Extraordinary Life & Momentous Times of JMW Turner by Franny Moyle. Ever since viewing probably the first major exhibition of his paintings at the Royal Academy in 1975 I have been fascinated by his work and his life. The book is excellent giving a detailed account of his life from his brilliance as a child to the somewhat scandalous end to his life.
I need to see the film on Turner that was out a couple of years ago with Timothy Spall playing the great artist.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Peter Lovett » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:49 am

LarryShone wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:32 am
Peter Lovett wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:55 pm

Now back to reading Turner: The Extraordinary Life & Momentous Times of JMW Turner by Franny Moyle. Ever since viewing probably the first major exhibition of his paintings at the Royal Academy in 1975 I have been fascinated by his work and his life. The book is excellent giving a detailed account of his life from his brilliance as a child to the somewhat scandalous end to his life.
I need to see the film on Turner that was out a couple of years ago with Timothy Spall playing the great artist.
Do so - it is excellent with Timothy Spall showing his immense talents as an actor and the opening credits are brilliant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Peter Lovett » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:53 am

Andrew Fryer wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:49 am
Erik Zurcher wrote:
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"Churchill", by Roy Jenkins.
You should read Alanbrooke's War Diaries too.
'Tis on my wish list of books to be read. Primarily, I might add because I would like to read how he handled Churchill. There are numerous references in other volumes about how he was able to prevent Churchill from pursuing some of his more hare-brained schemes and that has piqued my interest in the man.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:41 pm

Will you ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever get to the end of the book?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by doug » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:33 pm

“Black Elk Speaks,” by John Neihardt
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Mike Steede » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 am

doug wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:33 pm
“Black Elk Speaks,” by John Neihardt
Excellent - nice choice. I gave it to my mother for Christmas a couple of years ago.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by RaajShinde » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:24 am

“Red Notice” by Bill Browder, on the strong recommendation by a few Russian friends.
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claiming nothing,
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:35 am

Roger Scruton's Understanding Music, which had a little surprise in it when I saw him praise Metallica's use of the Phrygian mode in Master of Puppets. I knew he was favorable to Mozart and Wagner but I wouldn't have guessed that Roger Scruton, of all people, would come around to any appreciation of anything about Metallica. So, that was a little surprise there.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by LarryShone » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:39 pm

Continuing with Dickens, and after failing to finish The Cricket on the Hearth (nonsense!), the next one to read is The Battle of Life, one I've not heard of.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:54 am

Various Oxford Very Short Introductions: -

Classics (crap)
The Trojan War (OK)
Classical Literature (great)
The Roman Republic (good)
Ethics (boring - gave up halfway through)
Linguistics (crap)
Witchcraft (just begun - looking ok)

And John Romer's Testament. Drier than his TV progs, but deeper.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by JRomano » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:37 pm

The Tidal Zone, by Sarah Moss

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by LarryShone » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:42 pm

Sorry Dickens but you go on too much in these stories. The book is now listed on bookmooch if anyone in the UK wants it for free...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by LarryShone » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:45 am

Next up Casino Royale, the first James Bond book. Never read one before...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by Andrew Fryer » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:37 am

James Bond novels vary surprisingly in quality. The best I have ever read is Octopussy, which is only a short story.
Live and Let Die was an inconsequential easy read.
Dr No was OK barring the trained squid!
From Russia with Love is a bit of a pretentious meditation on death.
Casino Royal I found a bit boring.

You used to be able to get them for pennies at fairs. Nowadays you have to spend pounds on amazon, so I don't bother.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Post by LarryShone » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:51 am

Andrew Fryer wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:37 am
James Bond novels vary surprisingly in quality. The best I have ever read is Octopussy, which is only a short story.
Live and Let Die was an inconsequential easy read.
Dr No was OK barring the trained squid!
From Russia with Love is a bit of a pretentious meditation on death.
Casino Royal I found a bit boring.

You used to be able to get them for pennies at fairs. Nowadays you have to spend pounds on amazon, so I don't bother.
Well I got this one for free from bookmooch.com!
Surround yourself with people dear James, they are easier to fight for than principles.
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