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Title: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on June 24, 2021, 12:15:42 am
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3312298-the-arabian-nights

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy. Based on the oldest extant manuscript from the 14th century. It reflects more homogenous Arabic culture than the translations by Burton or Powys Mathers (which is a translation of a translation anyway). And short enough to actually read and not get bored of (most of the others are multiple volumes).

It's kind of like kids fairy tales for adults. Pretty amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny.

Feel free to friend me on Goodreads. I do enjoy having enlightened conversation about literature.

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Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: MH on June 24, 2021, 05:53:18 am
After I started writing on my own and pursuing it seriously I couldn't read fiction anymore.

This, though, is interesting to me.  I became interested in a medieval collection of "true" folk tales from England about 25 years ago and eventually got my hands on an academic English translation (it was written in Latin) through a connection at U of T.

Those old tales are crazy.  Urban legends from 500, 600, 800 years ago... like a sailor drops a knife off the side of his ship and simultaneously it comes through an open skylight back at his home and sticks in the table !

Also a tale, undoubtedly true, of a trans woman who was discovered among prostitutes... actually being a leading magistrate in a town.  WTF.

All of my reading and writing for the last 10 years or so has been on this laptop, pretty much.   

I do have a pile of books on my night table with a permanent dust-gathering assignment.  Maybe I need to bring myself back to print.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Black Dog on June 24, 2021, 09:54:33 am
I just finished The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Imagine Cold War spy politics a la Graham Greene or Le Carre through the eyes of the other side.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on June 24, 2021, 11:18:55 am
I'll have to look for that.

I had never read Our Man in Havana but did after Le Carre said how much it influenced his Tailor of Panama in his memoir. Uncanny how close Greene came to some of the events of the revolution and missile crisis. Now I'm looking for a copy of the movie. LeCarre's Pigeon Tunnel was sure interesting. He sure crossed paths with a lot of interesting people with somewhat different perspectives historical events.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on July 07, 2021, 11:49:24 pm
Folk tales can be neat.

You know the story behind the Arabian Nights/1001 Nights?
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 08:57:18 am
Reading. The Fall of the West by Adrian Goldsworthy
A shorter and more readable version of The decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Interesting if you are into that kind of thing.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 05:23:07 pm
Folk tales can be neat.

You know the story behind the Arabian Nights/1001 Nights?

Interesting you mention that.
A little while ago I was watching a documentary series on Persia and it talked about the origin of 1001 Nights

PS

Richard Burton was one of the more interesting dudes of the 19th century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: bcsapper on July 08, 2021, 05:57:28 pm
Interesting you mention that.
A little while ago I was watching a documentary series on Persia and it talked about the origin of 1001 Nights

PS

Richard Burton was one of the more interesting dudes of the 19th century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton

I liked him in the Riverworld saga...
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 06:00:42 pm
I liked him in The Taming of the Shrew.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: bcsapper on July 08, 2021, 06:46:17 pm
I liked him in The Taming of the Shrew.

Yeah, but the Riverworld saga actually starred the explorer.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 09:01:36 pm
Yeah, but the Riverworld saga actually starred the explorer.

I'd never heard of Riverworld. Something else to read. Thanks.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Queefer Sutherland on July 08, 2021, 09:19:54 pm
I have taken to purchasing books and never reading them, just like the rest of my entire adult life.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 09:23:00 pm
I have taken to purchasing books and never reading them, just like the rest of my entire adult life.

Are you building a fancy library to impress visitors?
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: bcsapper on July 08, 2021, 09:31:04 pm
I too purchase more books than I can read.  I've always got one going, but I just can't drive past a used book store.

I'm gonna be well stocked for retirement.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 08, 2021, 09:37:47 pm
If anyone is ever in Pt Townsend Washington there is an awesome used book store on the main street.

http://www.williamjamesbookseller.com/index.html
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Queefer Sutherland on July 09, 2021, 01:16:17 am
Are you building a fancy library to impress visitors?

Lol no not at all, I just buy them with the intention of reading them and then get lazy and procrastinate until I buy the next interesting book.

Probably the worst thing about the pandemic (besides all the dying) is all those live guests on TV who have the bookcases of books behind them.  Like i'm not impressed lol.  Show us your kitchen or something lol.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on July 20, 2021, 08:46:55 am
Richard Burton's translation is incredibly verbose in a very Victorian manner. And it's 10 volumes.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Bubbermiley on July 20, 2021, 09:45:12 am
In Cold Blood (for the third time, this time the unabridged audiobook)
Bing Crosby: the Early Years 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: MH on July 20, 2021, 10:01:54 am
Richard Burton's translation is incredibly verbose in a very Victorian manner. And it's 10 volumes.

?  What ?  Translation of what ?
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: MH on July 20, 2021, 10:02:41 am
1. In Cold Blood (for the third time, this time the unabridged audiobook)
2. Bing Crosby: the Early Years 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins
1. Read it !  Thoroughly depressing.
2. Did they cover his violent side also ?  I read Kitty Kelly's Sinatra bio.  That guy was a worse character than Trump.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: MH on July 20, 2021, 10:03:08 am
Just read Jared Diamon's THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE ...

Just as good as the other books...
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Bubbermiley on July 20, 2021, 03:03:57 pm

2. Did they cover his violent side also ? 
Mostly career and music related, although his drinking affected that so it gets covered. But it does convey what a pivotal and massively influential part of 20th century American culture he was, even though he's largely only remembered for Road movies and White Christmas.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: wilber on July 20, 2021, 05:09:51 pm
?  What ?  Translation of what ?
Arabian Nights
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on September 16, 2021, 12:08:57 pm
Sam Harris- The Moral Landscape

This should be required reading in Social Studies or ethics classes in high schools. 

https://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Moral_Landscape.html?id=5FRW30QaDQwC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=1&redir_esc=y
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Bubbermiley on September 16, 2021, 12:17:35 pm
Arabian Nights
I was surprised by how fixated the author was on the sexual prowess of black men.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: bcsapper on September 16, 2021, 06:48:45 pm
John Toland's biography of Adolf Hitler.

Second try.  I'll finish it this time.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on September 19, 2021, 11:18:09 am
I was surprised by how fixated the author was on the sexual prowess of black men.

If it weren't so racist it would be funny as hell.

I've now picked up Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius (Catherine Edwards, trans.) Love ancient scandal sheets. After that I'll continue Lord Norwich's Byzantium series (I finished vol. 1).

On the side I'm reading one of the Navajo police mysteries by Tony Hillerman. I've already read the first, The Blessing Way and almost finshed the second, Dance Hall of the Dead.

Any of you use Goodreads.com?
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on January 02, 2022, 11:40:42 pm
I just started reading Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (1959). I'm not sure if the book is popular outside of the United States, or not.

I also picked up Tai-Pan by James Clavell (1966) about the founding of Hong Kong, this one is on deck. Next I am going to finishShogun; I got about 2/3 of the way through that one. In fact, I have a couple dozen books I started but never finished: among them, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Let me know if you're on goodreads.com and you want to see my books I've read/want to read/am reading.

I'm actually really plowing thought A&C. I usually take forever to read books, particularly long books with complex plots. Hence, why it took me a helluva long time to read The Lord of the Rings.
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: MH on January 04, 2022, 06:49:42 am
I really envy people who can read so patiently...

I read at the buffet of the internet only... :(
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Sir Humphrey on January 19, 2022, 08:19:29 pm
I really envy people who can read so patiently...

I read at the buffet of the internet only... :(

Some people aren't readers of books, some are. Not because they're less intelligent, just because they don't have the patience to sit and read. I've got so many half-read books I lost patience with in the past; now that I seem to focus a bit better I'm set on finishing some of them.

Then I'll pull the trick of trying to read two books at once, like I'm doing now....as long as they are different in some ways I can get away with doing that without mixing the plot lines up in my head.

What stuff do you like to read on the internet mostly?
Title: Re: reading anything good?
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2022, 01:15:12 pm
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41pFBl4kYrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Great read.  Haig-Brown was a sport fisherman and conservationist who wrote about the hobby of fly fishing as an almost spiritual pursuit.  He did a lot to advance freshwater conservation efforts in his day and his legacy on Vancouver Island lives on and is influential even now.