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blackberrycottage



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'be just looked it up and it was on BBC2 last month, so keep an eye out for it again Mike. I recorded it last year and watched it about six months later! I have only just managed to watch the last series of The Killing, and I see Borgen starts again in January.So many books, so much subtitled tv, so little time!


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had three fat books under the tree this year. Sequels to last year's Christmas present, in the case of two of them, and another rock star autobiography in the other.

For some reason I feel I should make disclaimers before admitting I read fantasy or pop biography, but what the hell. Something else tells me I should resist that impulse. Neil Young isn't really a 'rock star', is he? Whatever that means. I have his book Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. Discursive, to say the least, but charming. Young refuses to go chronologically through his life. He gives the impression he isn't really all that interested in what happened 40 years ago - or maybe he just can't remember it very well. Off he goes constantly on whatever tangent occurs to him, returning sometimes, but not always, to the place he left off. Big gaps result.
Oh well. I love the guy regardless.

The other two 'pressies', as you Brits call 'em, are the two latest in George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I got hooked on these last year in spite of myself, not having read anything in the genre probably since LOTR, and finding them superior in many respects.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having said I didn't like the Indridason book I read, I now realise I have never read one!  It was Hakan Nesser that I read and wasn't impressed with.  I haven't read Stieg Larrson though we have asked for one of his books for our book club, which tends to choose books for the following year which fill gaps from the previous one.  Not many memoirs last year, since we had overfilled on them the previous year; nothing too heavy in theme this year since we had our fill of medical sorrows this time.

I think our first choice, Crooked Letter, Crooker Letter has turned out to be more of a thriller than I had realised from the write-up.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had Maggie Gee's memoir My Animal Life, which I had never heard of - so that was a nice surprise. I have read some of her fiction, can't really remember what. ( Confused )
Also a big book by Posy Simmonds, Mrs Webber's Omnibus, the collected cartoons from 1970s onwards.
And a couple of art books inc a lovely one, Edward Bawden & His Circle. Plus a sort of 'humorous' thing which will probably go in the loo and a book for identifying butterflies & moths.


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Marita



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one book for Christmas: Frances Burney's Evelina. But we also give a gift for New Year and tonight I got Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Times, the complete set in one book.




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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marita wrote:
I got Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Times, the complete set in one book.

I am envious Laughing but I have to ask in French, English or Belgian?


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Marita



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's in French which thankfully I can read. It's been on my wishlist for years now and this year my husband bought it for me.
There is no Belgian language. We have three official languages: Dutch, French and German.




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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It surprised me that Walloon is not one of the official languages, but looking at wikipedia I see it has been discouraged and is in decline to the point of near-extinction. I see also that some linguists regard it as a dialect of French rather than a language in its own right.



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Marita



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: . I Reply with quote

I suppose the languages should have been Flemish, Walloon and German. Just like Walloon is considered to be a dialect of French, so Flemish is considered a dialect of Dutch. Even if you use your dialect at home, you are taught in Dutch or French (depending on where you live in Belgium).

When I was still at school there used to be plays in Walloon on the French speaking Belgian TV channel (yes we have separate channels for both languages). I watched it once out of curiosity and was surprised that there were quite a few Dutch words mixed in the dialect, just as the Flemish uses quite a few French words or at least words derived from French.

German is very much a minority language from a small corner of Belgium near the German border.

The languages (Dutch and French) have always caused problems in Belgium and I fear will continue to do so for as long as Belgium will exist.




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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother, currently posted in India, usually gets me Indian books not easily available in the West. This year, he got me Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's Indian Philosophy in two very large volumes.

Philosophy is a huge subject, and I am woefully ignorant of it. I think this year will be as good a time as any to start asking some inroads. I think I'll get myself Anthony Kenny's recent much-praised history of Western Philosophy, and read that in conjunction with the Radhakrishnan's volumes. Last year wasn't a particularly good year for me in terms of reading, and I think I need to give myself a new intellectual challenge to spark some of those little grey cells back into life. And of course, philosophy is certainly something I need to understand a bit better.




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