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Old 03-26-21, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by igorgroks View Post
Re reading a book I read forty years ago. Slaughterhouse Five. First two sentences; "Listen. Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time."
you might wanna try the graphic version
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Old 03-26-21, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Have read many of Tom Robbins' books. Strange stuff seems to be his métier. I like a lot of it, weird though it can be.

Another Roadside Attraction
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Jitterbug Perfume (which you'd mentioned)
Skinny Legs and All
Still Life with Woodpecker
Tibetan Peach Pie
Siddhartha
I enjoyed Still Life With Woodpecker (though not nearly as much as Jitterbug Perfume). I did not enjoy Another Road Side Attraction ...although there is a passage in there that still resonates with me to this day, some ~30 years after I read-and-did-not-enjoy it: It's something about how the protagonists walk in the rain...not feeling as if getting wet is something to be avoided, but rather how it is something to be cherished.

I can't quite convince myself to adopt that point of view, but I would love to be able to.

Haven't read any of Robbins' other works.

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Old 03-26-21, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
... although there is a passage in there that still resonates with me to this day, some ~30 years after I read-and-did-not-enjoy it: It's something about how the protagonists walk in the rain...not feeling as if getting wet is something to be avoided, but rather how it is something to be cherished.
He had an essay back in the early '90s with that sentiment. (Can't recall which of the books your reference came from, but here's this one, speaking of life in the Pacific Northwest's rainy Oregon.)

https://archive.seattletimes.com/arc...8&slug=1927435

... Rain will primitivize the cities, slowing every wheel, animating every gutter, diffusing commercial neon into smeary blooms of esoteric calligraphy. Rain will dramatize the countryside, sewing pearls into every web, winding silk around every stump, re-drawing the horizon line with a badly frayed brush dipped in tea.

And it will rain an omen. And it will rain a trance. And it will rain a seizure. And it will rain dangers and pale eggs of the beast.

Rain will pour for days unceasing. Flooding will occur. Wells will fill with drowned ants, basements with fossils. Mossy-haired lunatics will roam the dripping peninsulas. Moisture will gleam on the beak of the Raven. Ancient shamans, rained from their rest in dead tree trunks, will clack their clamshell teeth in the submerged doorways of video parlors. Rivers will swell, sloughs will ferment. Vapors will billow from the troll-infested ditches, challenging windshield wipers, disguising telephone booths. Water will stream off eaves and umbrellas. It will take on the colors of the beer signs and headlamps. It will glisten on the claws of nighttime animals.

And it will rain a screaming. And it will rain a rawness. And it will rain a disorder, and hair-raising hisses from the oldest snake in the world. Rain will hiss on the freeways. It will hiss around the prows of fishing boats. It will hiss in electrical substations, on the tips of lit cigarettes and in the trash fires of the dispossessed. Legends will wash from the desecrated burial grounds, graffiti will run down alley walls. Rain will eat the old warpaths, spill the huckleberries, cause toadstools to rise like loaves. It will make poets drunk and winos sober, and polish the horns of the slugs.

And it will rain a miracle. And it will rain a comfort. And it will rain a sense of salvation from the philistinic graspings of the world.

Yes, I'm here for the weather. And when I'm lowered at last into a pit of marvelous mud, a pillow of fern and skunk cabbage beneath my skull, I want my epitaph to read, IT RAINED ON HIS PARADE. AND HE WAS GLAD!
Yeah, he came out of the psychedelic '60s. Interesting perspective on many things.

Perhaps this is the sentiment you were thinking of: "And it will rain a miracle. And it will rain a comfort. And it will rain a sense of salvation from the philistinic graspings of the world." IOW, sort of, if you've got lemons then there can be plenty of lemonade.
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Old 03-26-21, 11:58 AM
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Finished listening to A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War, by Monte Reel. Well worth reading.

Started listening to The Confessor, the third novel in the Gabriel Allon series, by Daniel Silva.
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Old 03-31-21, 11:57 AM
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Finished reading Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir by Steve Rushin. I though he was pretty spot on as far as being a kid in the 70's goes.

Started reading the classic Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.
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I just started but it's great so far.
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Finished listening to The Confessor, the third novel in the Gabriel Allon series, by Daniel Silva.
Finished listening to Terror's Echo, 3 short stories extracted from The Transgression series of crime novellas.
Started listening to Daydream Believers - How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, by Fred Kaplan,
Finished reading This Gun for Hire, novel written by Eric Ambler.
Started reading Germania: A Novel of Nazi Berlin, by Harald Gilbers.
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Just finished reading The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson, and started on The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft to the tune of about 4 stories in.

Liked Last Chronicles alright, but felt it sort of flat compared to The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. A bit too heavy on long-winded exposition, seeming to wander off and forget where it was going. Maybe that was just me, and it being years and years since reading the second chronicles.
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Finished listening to Daydream Believers - How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, by Fred Kaplan. George W. Bush, et al.
Started listening to King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea, by Blaine Harden.
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Finished listening to King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America's Spymaster in Korea, by Blaine Harden.
Started listening to The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris.
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Finished listening to The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to in years. The reading by top notch narrator Frank Muller, was as always superb.

Started listening to The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway.
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I`m reading "Blindsight" by Peter Watts.
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Finished listening to The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. Very disappointing. A bunch of spoiled layabouts and ne'er-do-wells going from one place to another to goof off and drink themselves into a stupor. Dull except for the description of the bull fighting and associated festivities and pageantry.

Finished listening to Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation, by Charles Glass.

Started listening to Jack of Spies, by David Downing; a spy novel set in pre WW1 era.
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Finished reading Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. I'm still a bit befuddled by it. I read some analyst and still wonder how a reader in that time period would have thought about it. I've decided that it was supposed to be a morality tale that wondered off and became a yarn about a likeable rogue.

Started reading Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin. It is the history of the Black Panther Party.
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Just started 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Hoah Harari. I liked his previous one Sapiens so we'll see.
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Finished listening to Jack of Spies, by David Downing; a spy novel set in pre WW1 era. Needed editing; too many dull passages. I may give the author another try at a later date with his John Russell series that deals with a WW2 era spy.

Started listening to The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, by Malcolm Gladwell.
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Finished listening to The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, by Malcolm Gladwell. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.

Started a spy novella by Mick Herron, The Marylebone Drop.
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