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Old 08-23-07, 12:00 PM   #326
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Old 08-24-07, 09:43 PM   #327
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just finished The Alchemist

started Warrior of the Light

I think that will be a daily read. Just read a page a day so I can process the message.
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Old 08-26-07, 10:28 AM   #329
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Just finished Journey to the End of the Night. Amazing.

Now reading, On the Road.
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Just finished Journey to the End of the Night. Amazing.

Now reading, On the Road.
I always thought On the Road was overrated. Let me know what you think.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:06 AM   #331
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also just finished "the Alchemist" enjoyable book.

Finished Gibson's Spook Country and
No Safe Harbour (forget the author).

currently reading a collection of Richard Brautigan
Trout Fishing in America, The Pill vs The Springhill mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar.
can you say take me back to the late 60's and college?

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Just started the Divine Comedy. One of the hardest books I have ever tried to read. So much to process, I have to stop after 30 to 40 pages. Thinking that I made a mistake going with the unabridged version.
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Just started the Divine Comedy. One of the hardest books I have ever tried to read. So much to process, I have to stop after 30 to 40 pages. Thinking that I made a mistake going with the unabridged version.
Irony...I just started it a week ago and after a few pages decided I needed a more interpreted version. I read "Inferno" about 10 years ago in a book that had an interpreted version of every canto. It was much better.

This version was translated by some famous poet (forget who it was right this moment), but I noticed it still rhymes well, which tells me it surely wasn't a "good" translation when it rhymes in english.






Anyway...I just read "Catcher in the Rye". I've been hearing about this book since I was a kid and liked the fascination of the killers who had connections with the book. My verdict....I was much less impressed than I thought I'd be. It was "OK", but had some pretty bad flaws. The main characters vernacular was all "tough guy" which came across well, but it really needed to let up once in a while because nobody talks like that 24/7. It made it seem a bit childish to me.
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Anyway...I just read "Catcher in the Rye". I've been hearing about this book since I was a kid and liked the fascination of the killers who had connections with the book. My verdict....I was much less impressed than I thought I'd be. It was "OK", but had some pretty bad flaws. The main characters vernacular was all "tough guy" which came across well, but it really needed to let up once in a while because nobody talks like that 24/7. It made it seem a bit childish to me.
When I read Catcher around the age of 15, it was an amazing experience.

It was alright on a re-read at 18.

It was not as good at 25.

At 30, it bored me silly.

I think once someone is beyond being an emo/isolated teen, Catcher starts to lose its appeal. YMMV
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I always thought On the Road was overrated. Let me know what you think.
I'm only about halfway through but I agree with you right now. Everyone told me it was so great and I'd love it. I think it's alright but not great. I still have 120 pages to go though.
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I think once someone is beyond being an emo/isolated teen, Catcher starts to lose its appeal. YMMV
Yeah. The only other Salinger I've read is Franny and Zooey which is quite a bit more intense. There is still some teen angst, but it is embedded within a larger discussion of russian mysticism. Sounds terrible but I liked it much better.
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I'm only about halfway through but I agree with you right now. Everyone told me it was so great and I'd love it. I think it's alright but not great. I still have 120 pages to go though.
I think of it like "Rebel Without a Cause." That was a scandalous movie in its day, but today it just seems kind of silly.

In its defense, "On the Road" probably contributed to making our culture what it is today. In other words, we might not be as impressed by it because we live on the other side of a cultural transition that it facilitated. For example, we might read Emerson's essay "Nature" and think, "what is the big deal?" The fact is that Emerson's bequest dominated American literature for 100 years. But we have difficult time making sense of its role in transforming American consciousness because it is natural for us to think in Emersonian terms.
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When I read Catcher around the age of 15, it was an amazing experience.

It was alright on a re-read at 18.

It was not as good at 25.

At 30, it bored me silly.

I think once someone is beyond being an emo/isolated teen, Catcher starts to lose its appeal. YMMV
I'll be 37 next month....so I think I'm long past the prime read time for it.
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Over the Hills, David Lamb
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Old 08-30-07, 01:19 PM   #343
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I started listening to Bill Bryson's A Walk In the Woods while I grade. It's a comical book about his trip up the Appalachian Trail with another out of shape, middle-aged guy.

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Are you liking the Bryson book, v1k1ng1001? He makes me snort.

I'm reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Hoping it'll all come together at the end.

A Confederacy of Dunces--what did anyone think of it? Everybody raves about it, but I thought it was over the top. I was really trying to get behind Ignatius's character, but he kept making me cringe, and even though that kind of farce has a lot of appeal, this one just didn't click. Did it for you?
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If you've not read it..pick up The Memory of Running by Ron? McLarty..I believe. Really a good read with some bike stuff in there too!
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Are you liking the Bryson book, v1k1ng1001? He makes me snort.
Yeah, it's the perfect thing to have on while you're fixing your bike, washing the dishes or whatever. I'm going to get some more of his audiobooks. They'd be perfect for the trainer this winter. I also enjoy the audio lectures the teaching company puts out.
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Old 09-03-07, 12:15 AM   #347
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Started this today and finished it about five hours later. The sad thing is it has been on my bookshelf for ten months.

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finished--the magnificient ambersons, booth tarkington

reading now--plot against america, philip roth


queued up--the name of the rose, umberto eco

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