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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by murphyz, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. sparkchaser

    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    One of my favorites!
     
  2. RAC42

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  3. VTChEwbecca

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    Let us know if that is any good. I've seen it a few times, and have been interested, but haven't yet picked it up.
     
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    His Majesty's Dragon

    I got this one for 25 cents at a church fundraiser at the local mall.

    It may be awhile before I read it though as I am in the middle of The Dark Tower series and want to finish it first. I know, I'm a few years behind. :D
     
  5. -Carlos-

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  6. Kenny Shovel

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    The Abyss and Other Stories - Leonid Andreyev
    Malvinas Requiem - Rodolfo Fogwill
    The Complete Fictions - Bruno Schulz
    The Complete Poems - Anna Akhmatova (Already in love with this book)
     
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    My eldest daughter has a friend who is enthralled by this lady's work too. Sounds like I need to investigate further. There's a bookstore in Wichita that has a very nice catalog that contains several works by Akhmatova so I'm really without excuse. http://http://www.eighthdaybooks.com/
     
  8. Kenny Shovel

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    That particular store seems to have two collections in stock. The Penguin Classics edition translated by D.M.Thomas, which I also own. And another credited to Judith Hemschemeyer & Roberta Reeder, the translating and editing team behind the book I’ve just bought.

    If it helps in any way, here are their respective takes on one of my favourite Akhmatova Poems.

    Translated by D.M.Thomas:

    A Ride

    My feather was brushing the top of the carriage
    And I was looking into his eyes
    There was a pining in my heart
    I could not recognise.

    The evening was windless, chained
    Solidly under a cloudbank,
    As if someone had drawn the Bois de Boulongne
    In an old album in black indian ink.

    A mingled smell of lilac and benzine,
    A peaceful watchfulness.
    His hand touched my knees
    A second time almost without trembling.



    Translated by Judith Hemschemeyer:

    Outing

    My feather brushed the top of the carriage.
    I glanced into his eyes.
    My heart ached, not really
    Knowing why.

    The evening was windless, and fettered by sadness
    Under the firmament’s vault of clouds,
    And the Bois de Boulongne looked as if it were drawn
    In India ink in some old album.

    There’s an odour of petrol and lilacs,
    Quiet listens expectantly….
    With a hand almost not trembling
    Once again he touched my knees.


    The other great Russian female poet from that, or any other era, is Marina Tsvetaeva. Her work is more difficult to find in English, but here’s a quick burst:

    My veins slashed open: unrestrained,
    Unrestorable, the life gushes forth.
    Hold steady your plates and bowls!
    Each bowl soon will be too shallow,
    The plates too flat.
    Over the brim and beyond
    Into the dark earth, to nourish weeds.
    Irreversible, unrestrained,
    Unrestorable, the poem gushes forth.

    With both of them, you need to read up a little about their lives, which are so intertwined with their work.

    Regards,

    K_S
     
  9. Kenny Shovel

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    Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson

    Ordered from local Waterstones on Monday.
    Saw several copies on the shelves of Foyles on Thursday.
    Collected from Waterstones on Friday.

    Note: We were not 'making love by Wednesday'.
     
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    Thank you for the sample. I do believe I will enjoy investigating this writer, and a little 'homework' never hurts anyone:)

    BTW-Nice blog. I wish I could read Russian..would that be Sergo by any chance? Tell him hello.
     
  11. Kenny Shovel

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    Yes, and will do.
     
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    While you're at it, could you ask him for a decoder ring too?:)
     
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    I Promised My Dad - Cheryl Landon Wilson
    Night's Kiss - Amanda Ashley
    Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man - Tim Allen
     
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    His Majesty's Dragon + The Martian Chronicles

    :)

    A new fantasy series to read and a classic I read.
     
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    Good choice.


    Purchased last night:
    Life with Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
    The Most of P.G. Wodehouse (a few Jeeves stories in common with the above, but it also includes stories from his other series)
    Gunpower Plot by Carola Dunn
    Crooked House by Agatha Cristie
     
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    I thought it was interesting - but not funny enough to read another Sedaris. I found the jumping around to be disconcerting and I did not find the drug chapters to be amusing - just disturbing (I did grow up with a substance abuse counselor, so my views are skewed). I only laughed out loud a few times.
     
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    Passing by Nella Larsen. I would have purchased more but I have several books I haven't read yet and I couldn't make a decision. Maybe next time. . .
     
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    Thanks for remembering me, Dear Abecedearian.
    Actually, I do not read much these days: I am writing a book, so no time for reading...
    But maybe I will find a minute now and then to come here.
    (Thanks, Kenny)
     
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    Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
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