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    . . .too much is lost in the translation otherwise, but the books are extremely costly as a typical print will consist of less than 1000 copies worldwide, since we're such a tiny nation.
    This being the case for most books of poetry in the US, perhaps non-profit presses under the wings of universities or civic/literary groups might be a decent solution. That must take place already. Or so I hope.

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    Cicero’s essay “Cato Major de Senectute” (On Old Age) in original Latin.
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    George III by Andrew Roberts. A new biography issued as a result of eighteenth century royal papers being released. Not as bad as he was previously held to be by some earlier biographers.

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    I'm trying to read "A Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I just can't get into it. Anyone else?!

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    Finished Sinclair Lewis's three stories, Main Street, Babbitt and Arrowsmith. I picked up a 1902 copy of Owen Wister's The Virginian in the used bookshop, and I'm finding his writing requires patience to follow the lingo and dialects written into the prose. I'm usually a fast reader, but I gotta slow down or I miss too much.

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    We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. It's a dystopian novel that predates Huxley's Brave New World. We influenced Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Orwell, before writing his book, claimed that We must have influenced Huxley when he wrote his. We's age shows, but I still recommend it with the caveat that I read an English translation (from the Russian original).
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    Doc by Maria Doria Russell, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, and Give Unto Others by Donna Leon.
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    The last book I've read? It's my mother's copy of Irma Rombauer's Joy of Cooking, 1964 ed., pulled from a shelf in the kitchen, but I put it back after about 15 minutes. I'll probably have another look next week, and likely the week after that.

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    The Martian by Andy Weir. Love it
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    Working on "The Good Nurse" by Charles Graeber. It documents the true story of a real-life evil nurse in the PA/NJ area... but I had to stop cause the content is a little too graphic for me. I'll pick it back up in smaller spurts I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    The Martian by Andy Weir. Love it
    I loved The Martian. Unusually, I also really enjoyed the film, as (I understand) did Andy Weir.

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    The Martian by Andy Weir. Love it
    I loved The Martian. Unusually, I also really enjoyed the film, as (I understand) did Andy Weir.
    It's my favourite film. We don't have that many 4K Blu-Rays because they are expensive, but we have watched this one far more times than any other.
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    Damn Lucky - a B-17 pilot's courage during the bloodiest military campaign in aviation history.
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    MIRACLES OF MIND - By Russel Targ!

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    Walter Scott's Waverley. Ages since I'd last read any Scott and I'd forgotten quite how verbose he is. That was probably acceptable in a novel issued in instalments and read for local colour as well as narrative. It requires a little patience today but the reward is that he is such a great story-teller. As a Highlander myself I find his picture of Highland culture and dress more than a little ridiculous but I doubt if it would bother anyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrayonAngelss View Post
    I'm trying to read "A Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I just can't get into it. Anyone else?!
    Nope, loved the book! Perhaps at the start it's kind of difficult to get into the world of the book, which is grounded in realism with fantastical elements, and later on you should probably give up on trying to follow who's who and from which generation. In the grand scheme of the book it's not that important and it breaks the flow too much. Understanding all of the generations members is for 2nd or even 3rd re-read.

    I have read Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo. What a fantastic book. I can't believe Hollywood hasn't filmed a movie out of this yet. Highly recommended - it's about the french revolution and a mom, completely disinterested in the politics of it, caught in the hell that is war trying to find and protect her children, and just survive.

    I have also finished Dead Souls by Gogol. Also a fantastic book, probably well known to anyone that likes books.

    I'm halfway through Don Quixote and also Infinite Jest, and I'm re-reading Lovecraft again here and there, for fun before bedtime. Infinite Jest is quite a difficult read for me, as I find it commonly written in the american lingo of the 90s, which is very hard for me to follow as a non-native speaker that is too young to remember much of the 90s.

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    *Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - the Great Naval Battles As Seen Through Japanese Eyes* by Tameichi Hara (Kindle edition). Fascinating book - the title says it all.

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    After many interruptions, I finished The Virginian today. I've picked up Rationality by Steven Pinker.

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    I'm reading "The Classic Slave Narratives" for my English course.

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