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Re: What book have you read recently?
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It's more whimsical / humorous than 'Hunger' Bene. And much shorter.
It was written in 1970 and first published in Russia in 1989. Yerofeev died a year later, at around which time it was adapted for the stage in Edinburgh, transferring to London. The full translation was then made by the same guy as did the stage adaptation, published by Faber and Faber in 1997. I'm not sure if it's since been translated into any other languages although it certainly deserves to be.

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What a family, these Sagans... Btw, the book Cass read is not by Gould, but maybe you know it anyway: Why Elephants...


Oh, no I didn't know this book. I'm not sure it has been translated in French , may be not yet... Nonetheless, thanks for the link Bene! Euh... but how did you know about this book?
Oh, but I know why elephants have big ears (well, I think I know...)

I've just finished my book. But now I'll take a break. I have to write some letters for this new year and as much I'm a slow reader, as much I'm a slow writer too! I will only see which books HNN forumers will have read!
Good readings to everyone!



Yup, Bene linked to the right book. The elephants question is answered in the first chapter, where he explains how their form is required to be how it is and starts talking about warm-blooded metabolism and so forth. But the rest of the book is all about other facets of evolutionary physiology... it's quite interesting.

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It's more whimsical / humorous than 'Hunger' Bene. And much shorter.
It was written in 1970 and first published in Russia in 1989. Yerofeev died a year later, at around which time it was adapted for the stage in Edinburgh, transferring to London. The full translation was then made by the same guy as did the stage adaptation, published by Faber and Faber in 1997. I'm not sure if it's since been translated into any other languages although it certainly deserves to be.


Thanks for the infos, rouss! I guess it must be this one in German:
Moskau
Well, you mentioned he published only this one, so it has to be... but there is this one, too:
psychopath
Maybe it's the same, I'm not sure. This happens oftentimes with translations here, same book, different title. Well, I have to wait till the paperbook edition anyway, up to now it's too expensive...

I think "Hunger" is Hamsuns best book, I don't like him very much. He cooperated with the Nazis - which is no surprise if one has read some of his books...

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Two of the books I'm reading these days:

Aristotle - Rhetorics
What a book! I love Aristotle... So clear. So smart.

Wilfried Steiner - Der Weg nach Xanadu ("The Way to Xanadu")
About an Austrian professor for English literature who fell in love with one oh his student's girlfriend and follows the traces of Colderigde. Very enjoyable!

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I've started reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I don't really like the way he's showing off with all these fancy words as if he's trying to prove that "Hey I went to college, I'm better than you" but otherwise it's good.

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currently, i'm reading "The Devil and Miss Prym" from paulo coelho. very easy to read but with a exciting and deep story. like every coelho book

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currently, i'm reading "The Devil and Miss Prym" from paulo coelho. very easy to read but with a exciting and deep story. like every coelho book


Oh, I love Paulo Coelho! Which one is your favorite? So far I have two books by him to read at home when I have time.

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Crime Beat by Michael Connelly, a selection of his journalist work.

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Oh, I love Paulo Coelho! Which one is your favorite? So far I have two books by him to read at home when I have time.


my first books from him were, "Like the Flowing River" and "Manual of the Warrior of the Light". they contains reflections and short storys with nice thoughts.
after reading them, i absolutely wanted to read the most famous book "the alchemist".
as i read it the thought which the book contains were reflected by some situations in my personal life
so i would say, this is my favorite one from him, at present. ´
but i haven't finished "The Devil and Miss Prym" yet

have you read "veronica decides to die"? i think i will read this one next...

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have you read "veronica decides to die"? i think i will read this one next...


Yes and I think it's a lot better than the Alchemist. I think that's one of the best books I've ever read. It has madness, insanity and some humor in it. Just great.

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As I've just suscribed to pass the licence driver, I have to study the book to learn the driving rules, the traffic signs etc... Thus I don't allow myself to read other books for the moment... What a curse!

But as I'm not so well-behaved ... don't know yet what I'm probably going to read...
Anyway, good readings to everyone!

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I just finished reading "Het weerzinwekkende lot van de oude filosoof Socrates" by Connie Palmen...

...And I just bought 3 other books... Couldn't help myself haha!

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I'm reading Virginia Woolf's Diaries.... I'm obsessed by V.Woolf so forgive me.

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Haha, I don't mind! :)

One of the 3 books I bought is A room of one's own!

What VW books do you recommend?

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Jürgen Habermas/ Joseph Ratzinger: Dialekt der Säkularisierung ('Dialectics of Sacularisation'). Short, but great. Two of the leading contemporary German thinkers discuss about "Power".

Sören Kierkegaard: Einübung ins Christentum. (Introduction to Christianity and other works). Kierkegaard, nothing more to say - no greater philosopher in the 19th century.

Thomas Bernhard: Stücke 1. (Plays One). Hard to read...

And I still haven't finished my collection of "Irish Ghost Stories" (I'm now at page 975).

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Can I say Virginia Woolf's really cool when I've never read her books? I mean, I've read around the Bloomsbury bunch generally and snippets... a brave and intelligent person it seems: see, brave and stupid might be merely foolhardy, but self-aware bravery really is courageous.

'Socrates Ancestor: An Essay on Architectural Beginnings' by Indra Kagis McEwen
-ever wondered what folks were up to in the 6th C BC? Heavy, academic stuff, but it's preparation for something.

'Special Topics in Calamity Physics' by Marisha Pessl
I think I love this woman

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I read the dictionary, regularly...

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I read the dictionary, regularly...


It shows

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Haha, I don't mind! :)

One of the 3 books I bought is A room of one's own!

What VW books do you recommend?




Actually, i havent read much yet. I studied The Waves last term and i absolutely loved it. I think it's my fave book now. It was hard at first but then sth happened and i was like WOW. It definitely is different anyway.
There's Mrs Dalloway too (maybe you start with that one since it's linked to The Hours ).

Im currently reading her diaries which are full of details and very gossipy. (and you can find all the links to what they show in The Hours, ie Nelly etc..)

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Can I say Virginia Woolf's really cool when I've never read her books? I mean, I've read around the Bloomsbury bunch generally and snippets... a brave and intelligent person it seems: see, brave and stupid might be merely foolhardy, but self-aware bravery really is courageous.


I'd agree with that.

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I read the dictionary, regularly...


Like would say Heather:
"You're not the only one"

(my little memory don't make me remember the definitions, so I have to read them "time and again, over and over". )

I finished a book about symbiosis and now I've really started to study the book about the driving rules

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Good luck on that.

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Haha, I don't mind! :)

One of the 3 books I bought is A room of one's own!

What VW books do you recommend?




Actually, i havent read much yet. I studied The Waves last term and i absolutely loved it. I think it's my fave book now. It was hard at first but then sth happened and i was like WOW. It definitely is different anyway.
There's Mrs Dalloway too (maybe you start with that one since it's linked to The Hours ).

Im currently reading her diaries which are full of details and very gossipy. (and you can find all the links to what they show in The Hours, ie Nelly etc..)


I've got Mrs. Dalloway, and I've read it ages ago... Should read it again sometime soon .

Haven't read The Waves yet, what's it about? And what happened??!

I've heard so much about her diaries, but I can't find it over here ... Tell me more when you're finished!!

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I just read Sophie's Choice. It's a fine book, maybe a little boring at times, but certainly interesting. It's about a girl who receives weird letters from a mysterious guy, and ends up getting lessons in Philosophy (I know it isn't logic, but then... the story just serves as a way to tie the chapters together). Basically, it's an introduction to philosophy and the most famous philosophers. If your interested in philosophy, this could be your book .

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I just read Sophie's Choice. It's a fine book, maybe a little boring at times, but certainly interesting. It's about a girl who receives weird letters from a mysterious guy, and ends up getting lessons in Philosophy (I know it isn't logic, but then... the story just serves as a way to tie the chapters together). Basically, it's an introduction to philosophy and the most famous philosophers. If your interested in philosophy, this could be your book .


Hey, I got that book too . Haven't read it in years, though... Maybe I should read it again sometime... Seems like 2007 is the year of re-reading books for me .

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I've got Mrs. Dalloway, and I've read it ages ago... Should read it again sometime soon .

Haven't read The Waves yet, what's it about? And what happened??!

I've heard so much about her diaries, but I can't find it over here ... Tell me more when you're finished!!




I got my diaries on amazon.co.uk for cheap (at least the first 2 parts). It's more or less based on every day life tho, ie meeting with friends mainly. There's a lot of "portraits" in a way. A lot of famous people! And gossips, like i said. There's barely anything about her novels. At least, from what i've read so far (up to 1924).

The thing about the Waves is that can't really tell you what it is about!
It's 7 characters/friends, 4 guys and 3 kirls. There's no narrator or detailed context. It's only made up of soliloquies (only 6 characters are actually "talking") and once in a while, rather abstract interludes. Ans we just follow the lives of those characters from birth to death as they move one from kinder garden to college etc.. Hoz their thoughts, perceptions evolve etc.. What she wanted to do was a kind of mix between novel and poetry. And it's true that it's very poetic in a way because it "flows" very well.

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now I've really started to study the book about the driving rules


How is it going on...?

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Well, not very exciting at all for me! I'm so sad not to read my books on biology stuffs, a biography or else...
But, well, I have to do it. Once it is done, I'll be freed for life!

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On the read again!

I finished "studying" the book about the driving rules. Now I pass some practicing tests (I still have 23 sessions before passing the real test). And so, I can now allow myself to read some books! . This night, I think I'll finish the book I'm reading about dinosaurs.

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"The Serpent in the Sky": 'The High Wisdom of Egypt' by John Anthony West...

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I read A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and i'm amazed!

Read it, Annika?

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The Zahir by Paolo Coelho. Really great with a paralell to Ishmael.

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I read A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and i'm amazed!

Read it, Annika?


Not yet, I'm reading "A home at the end of the world" by Michael Cunningham at the moment. Have you read any MC books?

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currently i'm reading studying books, but nothing very much interesting to mention here, so i'll mention a book which i recently bought in amsterdam: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time - Mark Haddon
nice & interesting book

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What's it about, Anke?

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down

you can listen to a very small part of it here:
http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/curious/


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