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  1. Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living

    Just cracked this open; anybody read it? What's the verdict? Good work getting Marilyn on the cover...

    It appears to be in two parts, an appraisal, and then a chapter by chapter breakdown.
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    Finnegans Wake a huge hit in China!

    No word of a lie!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/05/finnegans-wake-china-james-joyce-hit
  3. Does anybody remember Gould's Book Of Fish? I...

    Does anybody remember Gould's Book Of Fish? I thought we'd turned a bit of a corner with that one.
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    I'm reading The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter...

    I'm reading The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund. People have gone a little crazy for this book. It is a history of WWI told from the persepctive of the people that lived it - an American who...
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    Sounds cheery.

    Sounds cheery.
  6. Thread: Dumbest ****s?

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    :rofl:

    :rofl:
  7. Here's the thing:nobody writes like Lovecraft....

    Here's the thing:nobody writes like Lovecraft. Absolutely nobody. The main themes of this story (Which i picked up for the first time in about ten years last night, weirdly enough) are isolation and...
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    I think Murdoch is a fine mention as far as my...

    I think Murdoch is a fine mention as far as my understanding of the question is concerned.

    You're thinking of Alfred Whitehead.
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    Chosing cash reaped is just as arbitrary really. ...

    Chosing cash reaped is just as arbitrary really. You'd be as well saying copies sold, longevity etc.

    I agree, it is a slippery one though.
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    Just to wade in a little bit on the Oprah...

    Just to wade in a little bit on the Oprah argument. I don't watch that program. We had something similar in my country (Richard and Judy) which I also did not watch. But I don't see anything wrong...
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    Rushdie. Rushdie is an absolute beast. You...

    Rushdie. Rushdie is an absolute beast. You could spend the rest of your life reading The Satanic Verses and probably not reach the bottom of that particular well...toss in a very decent chunk of...
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    Read Gould's Book of Fish. There was a crazy...

    Read Gould's Book of Fish. There was a crazy fuss about it at the time it was released, but that seems to have been dialled down in the past decade or so, and it is becoming something of a forgotten...
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    The Descendants...its really good

    Man, I watched this movie with my Mrs., it was pretty good. Picked up the novel in the airport - light read for each way - man, I read it in Venice. Anyone here been to Venice? How f*cking good...
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    Kitty is definitely a great shout.

    Kitty is definitely a great shout.
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    Madame Bovary.

    Madame Bovary.
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    Fiction about the holocaust

    I was reading today about the supposed silence in art concerning the Holocaust in its immediate aftermath. I realised I hadn't ever read any fiction of any description. I've read a fair bit of...
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    Erudite may not be the right word, taken...

    Erudite may not be the right word, taken literally I mean, although I understand why you would have heard that. She wasn't so much scholarly as determined and genuine - she forced herself through...
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    I've read it twice and I haven't tried the out...

    I've read it twice and I haven't tried the out loud thing, though I guess i get that.

    The second time I read it along with this -

    http://www.ucd.ie/scholarcast/images/kiberd_main.jpg

    Which...
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    I love mine, I haven't struggled with the font at...

    I love mine, I haven't struggled with the font at all. I've spent pennies on dozens of books and nothing on some, but maybe the coolest feature for me was downloading 1Q84 one and two on midnight of...
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    My favourite American novel. Authors who write...

    My favourite American novel. Authors who write about childhood without shoving it violently down your throat are rare indeed, but this novel pulls it off. Novels that preach about inequality are...
  21. Thread: 1q84

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    Lovely, thank you. I will have a nose at that. ...

    Lovely, thank you. I will have a nose at that.

    Thanks also for the welcome, though I've actually been coming here a little longer than you :smilewinkgrin:
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    Maybe To Kil A Mockingbird? My favourite one...

    Maybe To Kil A Mockingbird?

    My favourite one physically is a three volume Shakespeare. I just love handling, it's very nice. And i really like the smell of my Histoy of Western Philosphy, haha. ...
  23. Thread: 1q84

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    1q84

    Hello all.

    Anyone read this trilogy? It's a fascinating read I thought. Weird cutlural boundaries abound and it has that "chilly" sense you sometimes get from Japaneese literature, but in some...
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    Hahahaha, yeah, that Twiligh thing is horrible. ...

    Hahahaha, yeah, that Twiligh thing is horrible.

    I loved The Kite Runner, but I wasn't into A Thousand Splendid suns.

    Absolutely read Half A Yellow Sun by Adichie. It's absolutley awesome and...
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    It always struck me that the two bookends to...

    It always struck me that the two bookends to the...book were the conversation he had with his proffessor type at the start and the conversation he had with his sister at the end. In the first place...
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