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    Thanks PeterL. I do have the Epic of Gilgamesh on...

    Thanks PeterL. I do have the Epic of Gilgamesh on my shelf but haven't read it for a long time. You remind me these things go back much farther than we often think, probably further than we have any...
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    A very interesting thread, thank you. I have much...

    A very interesting thread, thank you. I have much more reading to do. The Aeneid next, and then the tragedies. Oh, and Jason.. see you soon. :)
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    The Iliad, The Odyssey, and 'Origin Texts'

    I've just read The Iliad and The Odyssey (Robert Fitzgerald translations) and have been really surprised by how much of their influence I can see around me in Western culture, especially literature....
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    The Naked God (Night's Dawn Trilogy: Part Three),...

    The Naked God (Night's Dawn Trilogy: Part Three), Peter F. Hamilton
    1264 pages.

    - Quicker and easier to read than something like One Hundred Years of Solitude though, so perhaps page count isn't...
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    Has anybody read this book?

    Has anybody read this book?
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    I highly recommend Frank Delaney's re:joyce...

    I highly recommend Frank Delaney's re:joyce podcast. One episode a week, and he takes it line by line. He's not very far through, so far, but if you've read it once it could well provide the extra...
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    Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials, by Philip...

    Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman.
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    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Recently, I have been discussing literature on Chat Roulette (health warning!). This book was recommended to me there. I had never heard of Milan Kundera before, or read anything quite like this...
  9. Poll: I haven't read the novel again for this month's...

    I haven't read the novel again for this month's book club but I did read it as recently as last summer. This was my third McCarthy novel after The Road and Child of God. McCarthy's writing somehow...
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    A 1962 Penguin edition of Ulysses. Because it...

    A 1962 Penguin edition of Ulysses.

    Because it smelled divine.
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    What bothered him so much? Was he religious, and...

    What bothered him so much? Was he religious, and in equating legal and criminal law with moral and religious law, find himself horribly torn as to what rules he should live by? Or did the presumption...
  12. I have read half a dozen plays by Shakespeare. In...

    I have read half a dozen plays by Shakespeare. In my limited experience, some are better sources of wisdom than others. I'd agree that Macbeth has moral depth to it, but I can also compare reading it...
  13. I've heard the saying many times but I never...

    I've heard the saying many times but I never thought about the meaning behind it. I feel like I've come of age. =)
  14. Is it true, that Austen wrote for the middle and...

    Is it true, that Austen wrote for the middle and upper classes, who had all day to sit around reading about people just like themselves, worrying at night about their loss of reputation, the size of...
  15. I do not see that they have the same problems as...

    I do not see that they have the same problems as the lower classes. All they seem to risk is money, reputation, and romantic love (i.e. nothing like the familial love lost between Godfrey and Eppie...
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    Why not?
  17. Literature as a source of wisdom, Eliot, Austen

    I have been prompted to make this post having just finished Silas Marner by Gerorge Eliot, which I very much enjoyed.

    Thinking over the themes of the novel; karma, morality independent of...
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    Different Translations

    I am reading Crime and Punishment and finding it very unsatisfying. I am at the start of Part IV, having just read something else to get away from it for a while.

    I have enjoyed Dickens and Joyce...
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    I felt this section was tiresome, but...

    I felt this section was tiresome, but appropriate. My experience of reading 'A Portrait' is of being manipulated by Joyce in many different subtle ways.While the changing of the narrative voice as...
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