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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. topbroker

    topbroker Senior member

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    Actually, it's one of the Dickens novels I haven't gotten to yet. Based on that recc^, I'll have to bump it up the list. I tend to approach law-themed books, movies, etc. with hesitation. That said, A Frolic Of His Own is a favorite of mine and have I always enjoyed the Rumpole novels, so that's more like a quasi-rule.

    Another great Victorian novel with a legal flavor is Trollope's Orley Farm. Wonderful book.
     
  2. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    For my book club I just read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
     
  3. King Francis

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    God is Not Great - Christopher Hitchens

    What a bad book.


    I'm reading A. D. Nuttall's Shakespeare the Thinker, D. H. Lawrence's Women in Love, and a book of classical Arabic philosophy. Also assorted volumes of The Onion.
     
  4. Thomas

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    What a bad book.



    What don't you like about it? I have my own opinions about it, which I'm keeping to myself for the moment.
     
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    What don't you like about it? I have my own opinions about it, which I'm keeping to myself for the moment.

    Oh dear, this could take the thread in a whole new direction. [​IMG]
     
  6. crush

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    1984 by george orwell
     
  7. DocHolliday

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    1984 by george orwell

    Nice. I much prefer it to Brave New World.
     
  8. LabelKing

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    I rather like the vaguely psychedelic Brave New World.
     
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    I rather like the vaguely psychedelic Brave New World.
    +1 I actually wouldn't mind living in Brave New World, provided that I got to take part in the Soma-induced orgies. 1984 was supposedly a ripoff of a book that I can't recall at the moment.
     
  10. Thomas

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    Oh dear, this could take the thread in a whole new direction. [​IMG]

    Well, not necessarily. If you're objecting to the premise of the book, then yes a hijack would be nearly unavoidable, and it would be best to agree to disagree and leave it at that. [​IMG]

    However, if you feel that his writing has become leaden with the self-imposed weight of his task, or you think he's beating the same horse over and over, then no, there's no new direction here. The book doesn't sparkle like his Clinton and Kissinger books, I think he's tried to make it more substantial, and instead turned his normal golden prose into lead.
     
  11. Fade to Black

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    Today I bought The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas...decided to get acquainted w/ Hunter's work but I can't seem to find his books anywhere, and even then these were the only two i found in one of the better bookstores in this town. Am reading Rum Diary right now and it's pretty incredible, i love this style of writing. The part of humanity he portrays...let's just say i'm pretty fascinated with that kinda stuff.
     
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    I'm reading 'Down and Out in Paris and London', also by George Orwell. I quite like it. Some of the things he writes remind me of LabelKing:

    "But i imagine the customers at the Hotel X were especially easy to swindle, for they were Americans, and seemed to know nothing whatsoever about good food. They would stuff themselves with disgusting American 'cereals', and eat marmalade at tea, and drink vermouth after dinner, and order a poulet a la reine at a hundred francs and then souse it in Worcester sauce.

    One customer, from Pittsburgh, dined every night in his bedroom on grape-nuts, scrambled eggs, and cocoa. Perhaps it hardly matters whether such people are swindled or not" [​IMG]
     
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    "...For the first time i noticed, too, how the attitude of women varies with a man's clothes. When a badly dressed man passes them they shudder away from him with a quite frank movement of disgust, as though he were a dead cat. Clothes are powerful things..."
     
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    I'm reading 'Down and Out in Paris and London', also by George Orwell. I quite like it. Some of the things he writes remind me of LabelKing:

    "But i imagine the customers at the Hotel X were especially easy to swindle, for they were Americans, and seemed to know nothing whatsoever about good food. They would stuff themselves with disgusting American 'cereals', and eat marmalade at tea, and drink vermouth after dinner, and order a poulet a la reine at a hundred francs and then souse it in Worcester sauce.

    One customer, from Pittsburgh, dined every night in his bedroom on grape-nuts, scrambled eggs, and cocoa. Perhaps it hardly matters whether such people are swindled or not" [​IMG]


    Wow, that really is LK. I must read this book, not because of the LK thing necessarily, but it helps.
     
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    "...For the first time i noticed, too, how the attitude of women varies with a man's clothes. When a badly dressed man passes them they shudder away from him with a quite frank movement of disgust, as though he were a dead cat. Clothes are powerful things..."

    i love this line and want so much to believe that it is true...
     
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    Wow, that really is LK. I must read this book, not because of the LK thing necessarily, but it helps.

    Either me, or Kenneth Pollock, I think.
     
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    Anyone know of any good biographies?
     
  19. lawyerdad

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    Lying around my table is the new Peter Carey, His Illegal Self, which I am dying to get into.
    I didn't even realize he had a new one out, thanks for the heads-up. That man is prolific. I'm a fan of his work, although I did not think Theft was one of his best.
    1984 by george orwell

    I'm reading 'Down and Out in Paris and London', also by George Orwell. I quite like it. Some of the things he writes remind me of LabelKing:
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    With Orwell, I would rank both Animal Farm and Keep The Aspidistra Flying (two very different works) ahead of 1984, although the latter is obviously iconic. I have not read "Down and Out", but it sounds like I may have to. [​IMG]
     
  20. Fuuma

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    I didn't even realize he had a new one out, thanks for the heads-up. That man is prolific. I'm a fan of his work, although I did not think Theft was one of his best.




    With Orwell, I would rank both Animal Farm and Keep The Aspidistra Flying (two very different works) ahead of 1984, although the latter is obviously iconic. I have not read "Down and Out", but it sounds like I may have to. [​IMG]


    Homage to Catalonia?
     

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