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    Finally reading a book on classical music:

    The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross

    A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

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    Goes good with this CD.

    Media lies and dishonest governors managed to get Americans give up their liberties over a virus with a >99% survival rate.

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    A__h___s: A Theory, by Aaron James, a philosophy professor at the University of California at Irvine. I'm reading the original version. Very well written and comprehensible -- you don't have to agree with it all. Has prompted me to look in the mirror at times ... EEK! The book has since been updated to focus on the POTUS, but I'll pass on that.

    "Focus on the POTUS" -- isn't that a song?
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    Here are two recently completed.

    Life of Pi is much more than shipwrecked boy befriends tiger story. There is a lot behind this book. SPOILER: the movie leads to the notion that the boy tells the tiger story in preference to another much more horrible true story he tells later(but not 100%). The book leans the opposite way and does it quite well. A good read.
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    Barbara Pym is described as a 20th century Jane Austen. However I got much more out of Pym's writing that I ever did from Austen's. This is a fine book, expertly written. Pym's personal story as a writer is compelling also. I will probably read another Pym novel sometime in the future. Although looking at synopsis of her novels, the story lines are all similar (just like Austen!). Yes, it is British romance, something I am not normally drawn to. However it is a bit more than that as far as character development and between the words motivations. Also some of her novels have gay's which of course Austen never did. Anyone who likes well crafted fiction should read one of Pym's novels and this is her most famous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post

    Barbara Pym is described as a 20th century Jane Austen. However I got much more out of Pym's writing that I ever did from Austen's. This is a fine book, expertly written. Pym's personal story as a writer is compelling also. I will probably read another Pym novel sometime in the future. Although looking at synopsis of her novels, the story lines are all similar (just like Austen!). Yes, it is British romance, something I am not normally drawn to. However it is a bit more than that as far as character development and between the words motivations. Also some of her novels have gay's which of course Austen never did. Anyone who likes well crafted fiction should read one of Pym's novels and this is her most famous.
    What drew you to Pym's book if British romance isn't something you usually read?

    I was equally (pleasantly) surprised the time I met a man who could appreciate Alice Munro. A fine writer but she writes about the world of women and girls and most men aren't interested in that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    What drew you to Pym's book if British romance isn't something you usually read?

    I was equally (pleasantly) surprised the time I met a man who could appreciate Alice Munro. A fine writer but she writes about the world of women and girls and most men aren't interested in that.
    It was recommended to me.
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    Just finishing-up British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon (2017). The title is a double entendre relating both to hospital admissions and his remarkably candid - surprisingly personal - observations on his own life, medical care, euthanasia and other topics. Compassionate and compelling.

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    Good day to return to this:

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    Captain Courageous, a very challenging read for people of non-native English user, as far as I can understand, a very interesting story, fun to read.

    The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, a bit funny, a bit sad, a very rewarding novel.

    Souvenirs Dormants by Patrick Modiano, a subtle modern romance, a probe into the minds of modern people of different lifestyles.

    Vendetta by Balzac, a short story, very fun to read. I really like Balzac.
    In God I Hope, in Music I Trust.

    Beyond Truth and Falsehood, There is Magic.

    Oscar Wilde is the Man.

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    So, I finally have a week-long break. Started reading Sartre's "No Exit" today. It's a wonderful existentialist play which most perfectly describes Sartre's famous "hell is other people". I really like the way Sartre writes. There is a certain amount of the 20th century's European grotesqueness which is mixed with his very vivid, philosophical writing. Based on the often absurd situations where his characters end up, you can kind of sense that Sartre was not simply a writer but also a philosopher. Some really thought-provoking reading, accompanied by Debussy and Ravel.
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    Volume I, Swann's Way, of Proust's massive In Search of Lost Time. No, I don't expect to complete the entire seven-volume novel anytime soon, but this is one of the most hypnotic and ecstatic reading experiences to be had.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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    "Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret." - Johann Sebastian Bach

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