So, What Are You Reading? v. 2020

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ismitje, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. chaski

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    Mar 20, 2000
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    The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

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    For an escape from current events, you can't get much further in the English language than Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English. Read so far -- General Prologue and first five tales.

    "This world nis but a thurghfare ful of wo,
    And we been pilgrimes passinge to and fro."
     
  2. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    "The Miller pauseth fore to barffe.
    Upon the grounde his puek estraffe."
     
  3. Chesco United

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    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. The debut of Sam Spade.
     
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  4. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer, a thirty year correspondance of an American poet and a Swedish counterpart who eventually won the Nobel Prize in literature.
     
  5. Ismitje

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    Dec 30, 2000
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    I read this last year. The frequency and degree of casual violence towards women really threw me. Not that there was some, but that there was so much.
     
  6. Val1

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    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
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    "Casual" is the right word for this world. And it.throws me, too. I gave up on this midway about 6 years for the same reason.
     
  7. Atouk

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    Apr 16, 2001
    Arlington, VA
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    #32 Atouk, Jan 27, 2020
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    Jack Schaefer -- Shane

    ...in anticipation of this LOA volume, scheduled for release in May.

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    I read a bunch of westerns, but haven't previously read any of these four.
     
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  8. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need which I saw at my college's library and which I read for reasons mysterious to me, but which has at least had the benefit of explaining to me why I find NPR-y things like The Moth Storytelling show and certain stretches of This American Life to be rather, well, irritating. By Margo Leitman
     
  9. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
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  10. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    That has potential.
     
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  11. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator
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    Dec 30, 2000
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    Already I would rather read your critique than the book.
     
  12. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
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  13. Chesco United

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    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    The Greek War of Independence by David Brewer.
     
  14. chaski

    chaski Moderator
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    Mar 20, 2000
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    The Canterbury Tales is too much to read straight through, so I am alternating with my second project -- reading Jack Kerouac’s "The Duluoz Legend" in chronological order.

    "In my old age I intend to collect all my work and re-insert my pantheon of uniform names, leave the long shelf full of books there, and die happy. The whole thing forms one enormous comedy, seen through the eyes of poor Ti Jean (me), otherwise known as Jack Duluoz, the world of raging action and folly and also of gentle sweeness seen through the keyhole of his eye."​

    The second book is --

    Doctor Sax – Jack Kerouac

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    “Memory and dream are intermixed in this mad universe.”

    The memory parts were excellent, but some of the dreams “sounded delirious and incoherent even to me.”
     
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  15. Val1

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    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
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    Very interesting that you posted this, because this is specifically why I came here.

    I have posted many, many of the books that I read alongside my kids over the years, and with the kids finally out of the house, I thought my read-along days were over. But, for the third time in 10 years, we are trying to adopt/gain guardianship of my god daughter. She's been with us for a month now, and this was the first thing we read together. Shane is just so stark, it's an easy book to introduce the concepts of plot, characterization, foreshadowing, metaphor, and the three-act structure. The first time I read Shane, I probably did it in a single setting so I had no time to think about the book, but man is it easy to predict what is going to happen. I'm pretty sure I haven't read any other western ever, so I don't know if the transparency is a genre convention or if it is unique to this work, but a fun read nevertheless. While looking for a copy in the library for Nasia to read, I did discover that Norton has a 350-page critical edition for this 110 page story. I think I'm going to order that.
     
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  16. Q*bert Jones III

    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

    Feb 12, 2005
    Woodstock, NY
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    If Shea & Williams' Illuminatus! trilogy had a baby with GG Allen's provocation for provocation's sake, you'd end up with this book. A little too much pedophilia and gratuitous murder for my taste.
     
  17. Chesco United

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    Jun 24, 2001
    Chester County, PA
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    A Confederacy of Dunces-John Kennedy Toole. The adventures of Ignatius Reilly.
     
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  18. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    Chicago Fire
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    Local Lives: Poems About the Pennsylvania Dutch, a 500 page collection that is basically Spoon River Anthology meets post-modern American epics published in 1975 by an under-looked poets (even by the standards of American poets being underlooked) Millen Brand.
     
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  19. chaski

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    Mar 20, 2000
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    Maggie Cassidy - Jack Kerouac

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    "Maggie Cassidy—that in its time must have been Casa d'Oro—sweet, dark, rich as peaches—dim to the senses like a great sad dream—"
     
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  20. Dr. Wankler

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    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    Not how I pictured Maggie when I read the book.
     
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  21. TheJoeGreene

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    Aug 19, 2012
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    As much about behavioral addiction as anything, it's a solid read that really went quickly for 320+ pages. Alter touches on some of the known items about when and how much time should be spent with devices, especially for children, while also going much deeper into the addiction side than I expected.
     

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