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Post 5061

van-smeiter

I'm still working through vol 1 of Graves's Greek Myths. I find that the 'explanations' are more interesting than the myths themselves; the amount of cross-culture is astounding.


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Post 5062

Cheerful Dragon

It's important to bear in mind, though, that the 'explanations' are just Graves's own ideas. I don't know if any of them are supported by historians/archaeologists. I agree that they are interesting, in some cases (especially the gods and godesses) more interesting than the myths.


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Post 5063

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..

Took various books with on my French la jaunt but there were not many rainy days so I didn't read them; but stumbled once into the whitewashed cellar of Heidi's English Bookshop in Antibes and emerged with a dusty musty cobwebbed copy of 'Any Old Iron' by Anthony Burgess which must be a crisp and entertaining read of the first baguette if the enjoyable early pages are anything to go by.


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Post 5064

Teuchter

Reading "Untold Stories" by Alan Bennett.


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Post 5065

Lochangel

Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky


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Post 5066

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

I'm trying to remember what I've bought on recent 2nd-hand sprees.

2 by Wilfred Thesiger ('The Marsh Arabs' and 'Arabian Sands')
'The Good Terrorist' by Doris Lessing (An excellent book!)
'Tin Men' by Michael Frayn
'Come to Mecca' by Farrukh Dhondy (a teenager's book. I loved his 'Bombay Duck'. I got this one because of the synopsis on the back. A headmistress is telling a school that a bishop's visiting the next day, and all the girls are to wear flesh-coloured tights. A girl put's up her hand and asks "Whose flesh, miss?")

Damn! There's at least half a dozen more. I'll have to look at my pile when I get home.


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Post 5067

Bagpuss

To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey.


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Post 5068

Aurora

Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett.


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Post 5069

Bagpuss

And now The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith.

Aurora - sounds interesting and alliterative.


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Post 5070

nicki

message from nam danielle steel


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Post 5071

Metal Chicken

Colin Thubron - Behind the Wall, A journey through China.

More travel writing, I'm getting itchy footed again.


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Post 5072

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

Right - I've found some more of my latest pile:

2 by Patrick Leigh Fermor about his walk through Europe, just before WWII

A Postmodernism Reader (I know Foucault about postmodernism smiley - winkeye)

Germinal by Zola

More What If - Speculations on what might have happened if history had turned out different (eg Lord Halifax becomes PM in 1940; China discovers America in 1400)

A parallel Persian/English text of poetry by Rumi. Gorgeous calligraphy, slightly marred by a gibberish translation.


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Post 5073

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..


Zola's Germinal is a terrific book; the Penguin Classics translation by Roger Pearson.


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Post 5074

Blackberry Cat , if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque

Germinal is my favourite work by Zola
I also enjoyed The Debacle

Currently rereading the Theepenny Novel, Brechts novelisation of his Threepenny Opera, itself a version of John Gays Beggers Opera

So good I keep missing my bus stop smiley - erm


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Post 5075

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

smiley - musicalnoteUnd der Haifisch...uswsmiley - musicalnote


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Post 5076

Blackberry Cat , if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque

"See the shark has teeth like razors
All can read his open face
And Macheath has got a knife, but
Not in such an obvious place "


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Post 5077

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

Hmm. Perhaps it's better either left in German, or in the Frank Sinatra 'interpretation'.

I saw Glenda Jackson in Brecht's 'Mother Courage' at The Citz - her last stage role before entering full-time politics. smiley - cool Totally electrifying, not least because The Citz is a tiny theatre. One classy dame!


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Post 5078

Sho - gainfully employed again

finished the Davinci-alike pile of poo that someone gave me (it even has a sly poke at the DaVinci code smiley - rofl) and am about to start Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

it makes Jamie Oliver, apparently, look like the choirboy he is


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Post 5079

Edward the Bonobo - Gone.

Kitchen Confidential is rather good. So is his cable TV spin-off, travelling around the world and sampling the cuisine. Apparently he moved to Saigon for the food.


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Post 5080

Sho - gainfully employed again

I bought another one of his books for smiley - chef for his birthday - I'm patiently *drums fingers* waiting for him to finish that...


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