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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

schalla wrote:
im reading THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton.


The Age of Innocence is one of my all-time favorite novels. I love, love, love the ending. Scorsese's film is great, too.

I just started reading Bram Stoker's Dracula (finally). Despite the story's familiarity, I'm already sucked in.
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Third M?n wrote:
Next up will probably be Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha [Don Quixote]. I'm going to read it in its original language which will no doubt be a tremendous pleasure.


I've read the Burton Raffel translation (from the Norton Critical Edition), which is widely considered the best English translation available, and I adore it. While others have complained about the meandering, episodic structure, I think it's a pleasure all the way through. It's drop-dead brilliant, and lately I've been eager to read it all over again. It's been a few years. Enjoy it, Mr. Lime!
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:


I just started reading Bram Stoker's Dracula (finally). Despite the story's familiarity, I'm already sucked in.


Dracula is a lot of fun, and, yes, despite its familiarity, there are many elements in Stoker's novel that have never been translated to film.
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PostPosted: 03.15.2004 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Dracula is a lot of fun, and, yes, despite its familiarity, there are many elements in Stoker's novel that have never been translated to film.


Indeed. Okay, so I did see it before having watched Coppola's film -- which was a great thing --, and, although there was a bit of familiarity to it all, I absolutely loved it.

The subplot with the woman in white and all the children is terrific.
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PostPosted: 03.22.2004 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I just finished reading Maggie today, and just today started reading The Red Badge Of Courage fun! (gr)
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PostPosted: 03.23.2004 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm starting to read Bomb the Suburbs by William Upski Wimsott. It's a fascinating, extremely rough, very illuminating commentary-autobiography on living in Chicago and on the phenomenon of hip-hop culture, the ghetto, and racial tension.
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PostPosted: 04.05.2004 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week, I finally finished reading War and Peace, after nearly four months of intense reading [it has 1443 pages]. What a great book, and so rewarding. Colossal yet intimate, beautifully written and spiritually insightful, this is, without a doubt, one of the finest books I've ever read. It's so grand and epic one wonders how anyone could have accomplished such an achievement as this. Truly, anyone who loves reading should read this. It is slow moving, subtle, gargantuan and moving. Astounding!



Today I finished one book and one play:



The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is quite simply one of the finest books I've ever read. It narrates the decadence of an Italian aristocracy with biting irony and bitter regret; the story, which goes from 1860 to 1910, flows with astounding incandescence, gradually weaving a tale of sexual and political desire, death and nostalgia in a tumultuous political era. Exceptional in every sense of the word, The Leopard is the opus of a master storyteller and one of the best books of the past century. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on the Criterion, which will be released in May.



On the other hand we have Othello, Shakespeare's tragedy dealing with deceit, passion, jealousy and murder. All I can say is that I loved every single page; to savour its rich, complex language was an undisputed pleasure. I want to see Welles's film version so bad..........
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PostPosted: 04.05.2004 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. It was written in the early 20's but seems just as relevant today. I'm enjoying it a lot. I'm surprised by how well he can write female characters.
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PostPosted: 04.05.2004 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brown's Da Vinci Code. A student loaned her copy to me many months ago, and I gotta get going on this. Plus, it comes with a high rec by mfritschel. I really like art--big fan of Abstract Expressionism--so I'm very comfortable with its setting and jargon. Kinda fun so far.
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about The Sopranos ?
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. That too. Wink
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Great Gatsby sucked. Mad
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fred C. Dobbs wrote:
The Great Gatsby sucked. Mad


I hated it when I read it in high school, because they made me read it. I loved it the second time through.
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are certain books I now love (and teach) that I loathed the first time around--Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage--but a few more years of maturity, curiosity, and experience quickly cleared up the misunderstanding. With Gatsby, though, I fell in love the first time. At 16 I didn't quite recognize Jordan for the vapid, condescending twit that she is, but when you are 16 it's easy to be blinded by the alluring glamour of the leisure class. Ironic, isn't it, considering Fitzgerald's point?
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly, even though the book was set in the 20's, we still want the same things today, we all want to be rich and think (more or less) that it will make us happy, and idolize our leisure class.



Of course now the leisure class is perhaps more composed of entertainers of all kinds than it was in the 20's.
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