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Old October 6th, 2017 #881
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Old July 4th, 2018 #882
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Am re-reading The Hobbit. Good book, I really like it. But how Jackson butchered it in his movie version. Bizarre.
 
Old July 7th, 2018 #883
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Currently I am between "Victory or Valhalla" and "This time the world". Both great works In my opinion.
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The Way Of Men by Jack Donovan.




https://www.amazon.com/Way-Men-Jack-Donovan/dp/0985452307
 
Old August 7th, 2018 #885
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About 2/3 of the way through Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers and so far so good. He was about as prolific a novelist as "Sir" Walter Scott but not nearly as well known.
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Old August 11th, 2018 #886
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Reading Fox's Book of Martyrs. Nothing but descriptions of how pagans killed christians, and then how catholics killed protestants.
Isn't that book mostly fiction? Protestant (Puritan?) propaganda? Jews, christian fanatics, and Marxists are always perfectly willing to lie for the cause.

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The most appalling stories, the most horrible lies, of "southern barbarity," were invented, and published in a hundred newspapers, which were degraded to mere organs of the most profligate sensation and disgusting falsehood. ... an army of correspondents, of such wretches as will blaspheme for bread, kept busy at the vile work of manufacturing instances of southern cruelty. Such were and are the appliances relied upon to get up and keep on the war for Abolition and disunion.
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"The Administration has two methods of dealing with those who oppose its plans. The first is, if possible, to intimidate them into silence by threats, and, whenever they can, by the practice of illegal persecution and military terrorism. The second, applied to those who know their rights as citizens, and dare to assert them, is, to defame and abuse them through a subsidized press, to ruin them by false and malicious slanders, so cunningly worded as to be within the law, and so numerous as to defy contradiction." --- The Old Guard, September 1863, p. 239
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Old December 11th, 2018 #887
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Well I see that this sub-forum, as usual, is about as busy as a pair of jumper cables at a puerto rican picnic...

Finished Faulkner's Sanctuary yesterday; I give it 3 out of a possible 4 stars. Started on Twain's The American Claimant this morning. Twain is, IMO, the greatest novelist/short story writer/humorist this country's ever produced.
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Reading Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
 
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I'm reading "Tough Nuts: a Psycho-History of Australia's Least Competent Line Cooks" i find it gruesome yet jejune. when i read to accompanying backdrop of a badly wounded Coldplay CD, everything in the world seems not-right
 
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Reading Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
A hoot, isn't it?

If you like Twain's brand of humor (and who in their right mind doesn't?) give The Innocents Abroad a shot. It's what they used to call in the 19th century a "travel book"; a non-fictional account of his, at times downright hilarious, experiences while traveling through Europe and the so-called Holy Land with a group of fellow American tourists.

In the meantime enjoy Connecticut Yankee.
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Reading Njal's Saga, Pallson & Magnusson translation.

Read it decades ago in college, now I am reading it again. Gets better with time.

I like reading Icelandic sagas at bedtime; I find them very relaxing.
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Reading Njal's Saga, Pallson & Magnusson translation.

Read it decades ago in college, now I am reading it again. Gets better with time.

I like reading Icelandic sagas at bedtime; I find them very relaxing.
I had a yet unread sagas book years ago (can't recall the exact title or translator's name) and lost it, along with a shitload of other classics, while in the midst of moving. I did, however, get to read one of the narratives: Egil's Saga, and I remember it being highly entertaining.

If you're into mythology of that genre you might be interested in Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, The Cid, and The Song of Roland; all written anonymously. I had a single Modern Library edition which included all four and which may still be available online.
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Started Thackeray's Vanity Fair this morning. Long read; my Penguin Classics edition is a little under 700 pages.
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Finished Vanity Fair last night; I give it 3-1/2 out of a possible 4 stars. Starting The Turn of the Screw, a 130+ page novella by Henry James, later this evening.
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From Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator whose Iliad was named one of The New Yorker’s Favorite Books of 2011, comes a vivid new translation of the Odyssey, complete with textual notes and an illuminating introductory essay.

The hardcover publication of the Odyssey received glowing reviews: The New York Times praised “Mitchell’s fresh, elegant diction and the care he lavishes on meter, [which] brought me closer to the transfigurative experience Keats describes on reading Chapman’s Homer”; Booklist, in a starred review, said that “Mitchell retells the first, still greatest adventure story in Western literature with clarity, sweep, and force”; and John Banville, author of The Sea, called this translation “a masterpiece.”

The Odyssey is the original hero’s journey, an epic voyage into the unknown, and has inspired other creative work for millennia. With its consummately modern hero, full of guile and wit, always prepared to reinvent himself in order to realize his heart’s desire—to return to his home and family after ten years of war—the Odyssey now speaks to us again across 2,600 years.

In words of great poetic power, this translation brings Odysseus and his adventures to life as never before. Stephen Mitchell’s language keeps the diction close to spoken English, yet its rhythms recreate the oceanic surge of the ancient Greek. Full of imagination and light, beauty and humor, this Odyssey carries you along in a fast stream of action and imagery. Just as Mitchell “re-energised the Iliad for a new generation” (The Sunday Telegraph), his Odyssey is the noblest, clearest, and most captivating rendition of one of the defining masterpieces of Western literature.

TOLSTOY CALLED THE ILIAD A miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original.

In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad, the epic story resounds again across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation.

Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life.
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Currently I am between "Victory or Valhalla" and "This time the world". Both great works In my opinion.
Call us O' Warfather, to the Raven's field and to Ragnarok, we come not haltingly on lame feet to victory or Valhalla.
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Napoleon The Great.
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I am too busy editing my blogs to make them worth rereading again and again.
I have read thousands of books however. Mein Kampf, about seven times in its entirety.
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