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Ann



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: What are you reading in 2010  Reply with quote

I liked the thread about 2009 so I hope no one minds me beginning one for 2010.
I managed to get to the library yesterday. One of the books I just galloped through and I can't even remember the title. It was historical fiction, not too badly done, about trouble in the time of Henry 11.
The one I'm reading now is one I've been meaning to read for a while. It is Kate Atkinson's When Will there be Good News. She has taken to writing quality whodunnits, recently, and I have always liked her writing a lot. This has made a haunting and intriguing start.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, Ann - good to start a new thread for the new year, and the other one was getting a bit long.

I have started Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple - I heard it on the radio last year, and enjoyed it very much, and a friend then gave me the novel, which I have taken this long to read! †But I read her novel High Wages recently (given by the same friend), and loved it, so thought it was high time I read this one.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have started Anna Karenina - just a few pages in so far.  What I specially like about these older authors (Trollope comes to mind here) is the affectionate smiles they have at their characters.  Stepan is described but there is a distance between him and the author and you can see a wry smile on Tolstoy's face as he is thinking of him.  

One or two sentences have reminded me of Dostoevsky - this is not good.

In between the few pages I read of this, I also read a book of poetry connected with WWI - just a few poems depicting certain aspects of it and aimed at children.  It is depressing reading these and knowing that authorities still think war will solve problems and taking little account of the lives of the soldiers they are sending to their deaths.  

I am also reading Catlins Bound at times - a chapter at a time about the small trading ships built round here by one pioneer. I have mentioned this book before.

Cheers, Caro.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This year ... I shall mostly be reading ...

... The Bible.

And I want to catch up on a number of books I've bought but haven't yet read - e.g. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (I'm sure I've read this in the dim distant past, but I can't remember a thing about it!) , Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, America by Franz Kafka, The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni and a few others I can't quite remember right now. But my priority is to get to grips with the Bible.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey Himadri rather you than me!! Which version are you going for? My dad was trained to be a vicar and was very religious so we had every bible known to man in our house.




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure, itís going to be quite a challenge, but just as someone who is passionate about mountaineering would want to conquer the most challenging peaks, so I, passionate about books, want to get to grips with the mightiest peaks that literature has to offer. And peaks donít really come much mightier than this.

I shall be reading the King James version, but I also have the New English Bible to refer to if I want a fresh perspective on any particular passage. I have been recommended also the annotated version of the New Jerusalem Bible, but £50 did seem a bit much to fork out.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

King James is probably the best one to go for for someone like you (no offense) who likes the more intellectually extreme level of literature. I've not picked up a bible for years I rebelled against it all. But good luck to you I mean that sincerely. I tell you what might be interesting get yourself a Good News Bible and compare them going from one end of the spectrum to the other!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The New English translation is lovely - probably my favourite as a Bible to read on a regular basis.  Certainly my favourite modern translation.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple wrote:
...someone like you (no offense) who likes the more intellectually extreme level of literature.


Oh, no offence taken, obviously! Ė why should I take offence at a compliment? - but I donít know that the intellectual aspect can be isolated from other aspects of literature. All too often, the aesthetic and emotional aspects of a work only become apparent once the intellectual effort has been made.

I think my daughter has a Good News Bible on her shelves somewhere, so Iíll be having a look at that as well. From what I have seen of it, it struck me as a very lucid rendering. Also, I gather it is a very accurate and scholarly translation. So I donít dismiss it by any means.

I am also consulting the excellent Cambridge Companion to the Bible, which contains an essay by Robert Bratchard (translator of the Good News Bible) on the various different translations into English. He is very generous about other translations (especially the New English Bible), and is perhaps too modest about his own effort.

(And I agree, Evie, about the New English Bible, which seems to me to read exceptionally well. While the literary quality of the King James Bible is not in any doubt, I do get tired of people using this version as a stick to beat others.)


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Apple



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't the King James bible one of the first ones to be translated into English? I might be so wrong its unreal but I have a feeling it was one of the first if not the first English translation.

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I think my daughter has a Good News Bible on her shelves somewhere, so Iíll be having a look at that as well. From what I have seen of it, it struck me as a very lucid rendering. Also, I gather it is a very accurate and scholarly translation. So I donít dismiss it by any means.


No I didn't mean it like that, I wasn't dismising it or anything its just I used to use the Good News Bible to translate the King James one we had!!



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