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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:13 am    Post subject: What are you reading? (2015)  Reply with quote

I am so enjoying Martin Chuzzlewit, just a little piece at a time. Dickens is so.....so.......so....delicious. Delightful. Outrageous. Amusing.
It's going to take me ages to get through this book and I find the prospect most agreeable.


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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have come to Dickens in the last few years, and am looking forward to reading Great Expectations some time. The Pickwick Papers were a revelation to me.  

I am reading a Ruth Rendell, Kissing the Gunner's Daughter.  I wondered what the title meant and lateish in the book it mentions it being a saying but the person talking couldn't remember what.  My old Chambers Dictionary said it meant tying someone to a gun to beat them.  Which seems very odd to me.  I still have about 50 pages to go.

The other book I am reading is Indonesia: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani.  I saw it in our library and had never thought much about Indonesia but it is Australia's neighbour and this looked interesting and new, and I am enjoying it a lot.  She has a comfortable style while giving a good deal of information about life in traditional Indonesia and the clash between modern Jakarta life and cultural expectations in outlying places. It is quite fascinating, and up-to-date, being published in 2014.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading a book my brother gave me for Christmas - Think, by Simon Blackburn, professor of philosophy at Cambridge. It is an introduction to laymen such as myself on some of the basic ideas of philosophy, and is written very lucidly. I have so far been reading all about cartesian duality, of teh disagreement locke and Leibniz had on the relationship between mind and body, and so on. Now, I'm on to teh chapter on free will. Fascinating stuff: I feel so uneducated not knowing about these things.

I also got  the book Soul of the World by Roger Scruton. My brother gave me this book because, he said, he know I was into "mumbo-jumbo".

He was being tongue in cheek, but yes, I suppose I am into "mumbo-jumbo" a bit, preferring as I do to describe myself as an agnostic rather than as an atheist. Scruton, himself a philosopher (albeit, it appears, a somewhat eccentric one) here argues that our aesthetic sense and our moral instincts argue the existence of a dimension other than the material. That's all the blurb at the back tells me, but I'd be very iterested in what he has to say. But it's best to get a decent introduction to philosophy first, and I really am enjoying Simon Blackburn's book.



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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am hoping to get back into reading again this year, I have not really read much at all over 2014 I had moments where I managed to pull it together and read something and pretend all was well and I am determined to make a change this year. I am in a much better place now, last year was pretty horrific I allowed myself to be almost consumed with depression and I just retreated into myself and had no interest in anything around me.

As I say thankfully I am in a much better place now, I am not the person I was before this bout of depression took hold but I'm getting there.

Back to topic, I have one book on my TBR pile (hardly a pile!) a book which my daughter bought me for Christmas, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple, I am really pleased to hear from you again, and so sorry to hear that things have not been good for you recently. I have read quite a lot recently about bibliotherapy, where books are used as a positive way of countering depression and other conditions. Most of the services I have heard of seem to be paid for options, but if you do an online search, you might find a few books which would not only help you to find again your joy in reading, but also have a beneficial effect on your general well-being.

I hope you will soon be feeling much better, but do stay in touch, and keep us updated on how you are. We have missed you, and look forward to having you back to liven things up before long.

Very best wishes for better times in 2015 and beyond.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that!  Very Happy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was intending to say something on the lines of chris-l's comment but she expressed it much better than I can.  Anyway, welcome back.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple - nice to see you! I was wondering what had become of you. Happy reading in 2015 to you and I hope happiness in general finds you and stays with you.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Apple, good to see you.  I do hope things continue to improve for you.



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Caro



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds a horrid year for you, Apple, hopefully 2015 will be a lot better.

I doubt if I will get through a single book in January - I am reading two rather long and large books at the moment: Indonesia Etc - Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani, and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.  At my rate of about 8 pages a day I might be lucky to finish either of them by the end of the year!

But Indonesia is really interesting and full of stories and characters and information totally new to me.  I didn't know, for instance, that people in rural Indonesia hunt (not always successfully) whales and even dolphins for food.  Or that one little island is very keen on jousting. Or of the dichotomy between the rural life where the cultural traditions of Indonesia are very much still to the fore and dictate all transactions and activities, and Jakarta which has embraced the global economy and lifestyle.

The Luminaries has proved more readable than I expected though I am only at page 11.  So far we are following the reactions of a man new to the goldfields when he meets 12 other men.  One advantage for me is that I, usually hopeless at geography, know the places mentioned in this book. For 23 years we lived about half an hour's drive from Hokitika, where it is set, and other places mentioned are familiar to me too.  My son has just read this and is encouraging me, and tells me it is worth persevering with.



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