What are you reading?

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  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Homage to Catalonia?

    Have not read that, nor Burmese Days.
     


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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]

    lawyerdad, as I have noted to myself before, you have darn good taste! Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a wonderfully engaging and humane novel that I can't urge people to read strongly enough. There's much more to Orwell beyond the "greatest hits."
     


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    1984 was supposedly a ripoff of a book that I can't recall at the moment.

    Yevgeny Zamyatin's We. I think it is more a question of influence (I can't recall whether acknowledged or not) than actual rip-off.
     


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    topbroker Senior member

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    Anyone know of any good biographies?

    Well. sure, it all depends who you want to read about. What sorts of lives engage you?

    A stupendously good biography I read recently was Valerie Boyd's Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston is a great subject to whom Boyd has done full justice. A marvelous read.
     


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    The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry

    Syv dage i District Copenhagen - Nis Jakob
     


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    L'express, cover to cover, and "Opt-in marketing" by Roman and Hornstein.
     


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    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    Life of Pi
     


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    Benjamin J Kaplan, Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe. It's well-written (as opposed to ponderously academic) and fascinating. Definitely worth checking out by the history buffs among us.

    William Ian Miller, The Anatomy of Disgust. Parts of this book are, like the subject matter, disgusting, but most of it is extremely insightful and witty.
     


  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. A nice breath of fresh air with something harder and harder to find, a unique "magic" system.
     


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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]

    lawyerdad, as I have noted to myself before, you have darn good taste! Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a wonderfully engaging and humane novel that I can't urge people to read strongly enough. There's much more to Orwell beyond the "greatest hits."

    Good to know. Animal Farm is probably one of my favorite read ever. Will check out Keep the Aspidistra Flying when I have the time and inclination. [​IMG]
     


  13. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I have to say that my reading list is significantly less sophisticated than what you guys read.
     


  14. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Have not read that, nor Burmese Days.

    Read this at Cal. Amusing at times, but definitely a lesser work.

    As for me, still meandering through the Palliser series, now into Phineas Redux.
     


  15. topbroker

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    As for me, still meandering through the Palliser series, now into Phineas Redux.

    As soon as I finish Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit -- I'm about a hundred pages from the end -- my "Victorian novel" slot will be occupied by Can You Forgive Her?, the first in the Palliser series. I'm looking forward to it.

    Manton, when you finish the Palliser novels, I highly recommend Trollope's Orley Farm if you haven't read it yet.
     


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