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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:40 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I rather like it that when I choose which book to read next, I have a range of unread books on the shelves from which to choose. Bookshop browsing and book-buying are wonderful pleasures, and I certainly don't intend to give them up!



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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

County Lady - no need to apolgise; I think I'd be disappointed now if you actually read it!
Although I don't seem to read as many books nowadays, I actually have very few unread books on my shelves. And as far as I know, the one that's been there the longest was a Christmas present from 2010. Oh no, there's one more Zola novel from a visit to St Malo a few years ago too.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joeturner Wrote:
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Then you, Apple, will be my inspiration.


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Evie Wrote:
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Yes, Apple, that is inspiring!


Its not that impressive really, as I am still falling short of my 40 books for one year, still a couple of weeks left till the new year, question is can I really manage to read 13 books in just over 2 weeks? But for me 27 books in one year (admittedly some were re-reads) is a personal best, and a best which probably won't be broken plus when I have my purge in the new year, there are a number now I can comfortably get rid of to the charity shop - and make room for some more!


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I have a look at my shelves I find it is the biographies that I have ignored rather than any fiction. Like Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Boswell's Life of Johnson and the Dickens by Peter Ackroyd.
I wonder if I do decide to read a biography it will be of Proust!


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really do need to get around to Boswell's Life of Johnson some day. It is just such an iconic book in English literature. And Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom is reputed to be amongs the finest accounts of warfare.

I think the big books on my shelves that I  haen't got round to yet, the most notable is the huge volume of Montaigne's Essays. I got effectively a brand new copy, in hardback, from our public library for only a couple of quid because the library didn't want it on their shelves. I feel doubly guilty about not having read this yet: if I am to deprive the public of this book, the least I can do is to read the damn thing! Maybe that should be my major reading project for next year.

There's also the Robin Kirkpatrick translation of Dante's Commedia, but at least I've read the first part, the Inferno: the other two I shall certaily tackle this coming year.

Oh - and the Decameron: I haven't read that yet either. And The Canterbury Tales in the original. Well, it's good to know that I have all these treats in store!



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Apple



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And The Canterbury Tales in the original.
Ah, so there is a book on my shelf which I have never read...well I read...most of it, ok, some of it, but didn't understand a bloody word of it, and gave up, but now I have a copy of the Canterbury Tales in modern English which I have read - and enjoyed immensely. So I'm thinking that one doesn't really count?


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Himadri, my advice about Montaigne is to pick something at random and not attempt to read all the lot. Same with the Decameron, the Heptameron and 1001 Nights.
Has anyone mentioned ULYSSES and FINNEGANS WAKE among the great unread on their shelves?


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoy dipping into Finnegans Wake, but rather suspect that the enire novel will be beyond me. Ulysses I have read a few times: it's one of my favourite novels.




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