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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The echo may well have been deliberate. Bose was very well read in both Western & Indian literature, and produced well-regarded translations of the poems of Rilke, Baudelaire, Wallace Stevens, etc. (He was also a poet.)



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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading rocker Pete Towshend's recently-published autobiography. Just a few pages in and I am not surprised to find it well-written, thoughtful and insightful.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not very far into Dracula, but thoroughly enjoying it.  Also loving Beowulf.  Just need to buck up and spend more time reading!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started Mudwoman, a recent novel by Joyce Carol Oates.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Not very far into Dracula, but thoroughly enjoying it.  Also loving Beowulf.  Just need to buck up and spend more time reading!


Jonathan Harker's diary at the start of Dracula really is superb, isn't it? For me, horror writing doesn't get much better. Harker's is so completely trapped. And the place itself inspires terror: as soon as you get past the Borgo Pass, you seem to enter another world. I think I'll read that bit again tonight...



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it's so atmospheric!

Beowulf is not really what I expected, though perhaps that's partly to do with the modern translation.  In my ignorance, though, I had no idea it was a Christian poem...I am realising just how little I knew about it, possibly nothing really beyond the names Beowulf and Grendel!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Polish Boxer is only one of those mentioned in a dozen episodes in the career of a professor of English literature at a university in Guatemala. The writer Eduardo Halfon just happens to be a Guatemalan professor as well. So far four of the episodes are linked in a continuous way.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie, have you read John Gardner's Grendel? It re-imagines the story from Grendel's point of view. Needless to say, Grendel does not have a very high opinion of humankind!



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't - thanks, Mike, will seek it out!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading yet another 'Bernie Gunther' crimi by Philip Kerr. It's an odd combination, a British guy writing in the voice of a German policeman/private investigator. Kerr is pretty good at the genre, but his protagonist is ultimately unconvincing as a German. I forgive him, however. He is just so damn funny sometimes. Funny in a way it is frankly hard to imagine a German being. That is perhaps unfair. I'll give an example later when I have the book at hand.

As for the tight spots Kerr gets Bernie into, before, during and after the war, those are not hard at all to believe. At the moment - in A Quiet Flame - our hero is in exile in Argentina, working undercover for the Peron government, trying to uncover a murderer who may (or may not) be an ex-pat German and an ex-SS man. In the course of his investigation, Bernie comes across Adolf Eichmann and other nasty fellows, risking his neck again and again.



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