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Old January 28th, 2015, 05:25 PM   #11
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If your head can stand it, try reading "Moby Dick." Then brag to others that you read and understood it all under the guise that you have "culture."
I started it, but didn't get very far. I do seem to remember reading the Children's Illustrated Classics version, though. It's much easier to understand in comic book form.
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If your head can stand it, try reading "Moby Dick." Then brag to others that you read and understood it all under the guise that you have "culture."
That reminds me, after a start in school and years after, all kinds of people have talked about what a great book Grapes of Wrath is. I have read the first 30 pages or so if it probably 20 times but there is no way. I keep a copy around, just so I can save on sleeping pills. Usually page 3 is far enough.

I did manage to force myself through The Great Gatsby, and was greatly underwhelmed.
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I started it, but didn't get very far. I do seem to remember reading the Children's Illustrated Classics version, though. It's much easier to understand in comic book form.
I watched the movie.
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That reminds me, after a start in school and years after, all kinds of people have talked about what a great book Grapes of Wrath is. I have read the first 30 pages or so if it probably 20 times but there is no way. I keep a copy around, just so I can save on sleeping pills. Usually page 3 is far enough.

I did manage to force myself through The Great Gatsby, and was greatly underwhelmed.
Same story on Gatsby and many of Hemmingway's novels, but liked Hemmingways short stories. I enjoyed Grapes of Wrath, but it takes a while to get interesting, so thing with East of Eden.
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If your head can stand it, try reading "Moby Dick." Then brag to others that you read and understood it all under the guise that you have "culture."
If you really want bonus points read James Joyce Ulysses


I am currently reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, probably the best historical fiction ever written...

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Try reading S. M. Stirling's Novels Of The Change, starting with Dies The Fire.
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"Grapes of Wrath" and "Great Gatsby" are two of my favorite novels!

I just finished reading Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood" (the story of the murder of William Desmond Taylor). Highly recommended for historical background and a good mystery, as well.



Right now I'm reading "Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby" - a very interesting book that compares the life of F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the invention of Jay Gatsby, and the Hall-Mills murder case which was known as the 'crime of the century' for the first part of the century. I'm really enjoying it.

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Since I keep a list, I might as well post my reading from 2016.

One Summer: America,1927 by Bill Bryson

Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer

This is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith, & Life by Gavin MacLeod

My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business: a memoir by Dick Van Dyke

True Strength: my Journey From Hercules to Mere Mortal, and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life by Kevin Sorbo

A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II by Richard Snow

Wicked Bugs:The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Steward

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Five Days in November by Clint Hill

Hunting Evil: how the Nazi War Criminals Escaped and the Hunt to Bring Them to Justice by Guy Walters

America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon

Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Elephant company: The Inspiring Story of An Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke

Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
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I've gotten into a phase of re-reading books I enjoyed a long time ago. As an older teenager and young twenty something I really enjoyed reading Hemingway. And that is totally gone. The three I re-read it was a hard plod all the way this time. But my re-reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy was probably more enjoyable.

And then my guilty pleasure. The Robert B. Parker Spenser novels. I don't know why but they were great the first time and again, better the second.


Whew....for a minute I thought I was the only one who read fiction. Just finished "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, but I also enjoy Parker's Spenser novels. A little Grisham. A lot of Erik Larson. Loved "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley. Currently reading "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. OH......and "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman--hilarious....reminded me of some of the curmudgeons on DTT. LOL
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