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Postby vivian darkbloom » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:58 am

Funny you should ask that, we're just reading that in the slack book club (different translations though I think most of us are Fagles now). I've been warned off Fitzgerald.
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Postby Ampersand » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:18 pm

My favorite Iliad is Richmond Lattimore's.
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Postby rich uncle skeleton » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:54 pm

The classics prof I read Homer with had us use Fagles for Iliad, Fitzgerald for Odyssey. He was the epitome an old white Catholic classicist (most conservative Catholic I ever met by a country mile) so take that fwiw, but I enjoyed them quite a bit
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Postby alaska » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:40 pm

Ampersand wrote:My favorite Iliad is Richmond Lattimore's.
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Postby alaska » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:40 pm

Fagles is real swashbuckling but I've heard Lattimore is the most faithful, and the swash is still definitely buckled
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Postby office plant » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:15 pm

Casimir wrote:
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Want to read this based on the cover alone. Going to Japan in the fall so gonna have the pull the trigger on it.


it was published really quite a long time ago now ('87) but parts are still great, just give it a try, with only a few :? exceptions he has the feeling of being a westerner in east asia pretty much on lock.

after i finished this off i realised i've never read much of this kind of thing at all
i suppose what i mean is travel writing with really, really nice prose. the only thing that seems similar to this (and even then not so similar) is barry lopez's pieces where he goes to hokkaido, the galapagos, alaska, parts of the continental US etc.
if anyone can recommend something based on this extremely vague description that would be nice.
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Postby dvr » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:24 pm

office plant wrote:
Casimir wrote:
office plant wrote:Image
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Want to read this based on the cover alone. Going to Japan in the fall so gonna have the pull the trigger on it.


it was published really quite a long time ago now ('87) but parts are still great, just give it a try, with only a few :? exceptions he has the feeling of being a westerner in east asia pretty much on lock.

after i finished this off i realised i've never read much of this kind of thing at all
i suppose what i mean is travel writing with really, really nice prose. the only thing that seems similar to this (and even then not so similar) is barry lopez's pieces where he goes to hokkaido, the galapagos, alaska, parts of the continental US etc.
if anyone can recommend something based on this extremely vague description that would be nice.


I think any of Peter Hessler's 3 books on China are excellent. Or Ryszard Kapuściński's The Shadow of the Sun (Africa).
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Postby office plant » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:27 pm

awesome, thanks.
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Postby milknight » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:16 pm

abt to finish tapping the source and it rules
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Postby original floppy guy » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:48 pm

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Postby atomicbombshell » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:46 am

milknight wrote:abt to finish tapping the source and it rules



Awesome
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Postby HUMANIMAL » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:45 am

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just finished this as we had an out of character march snow storm, it was awesome

anyone well versed on kavan? what should I read after Ice?
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Postby criss elliott » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:01 pm

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joan didion - democracy

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bill buford - among the thugs
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Postby Smarmy » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:29 pm

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Seven Swans is still pretty fantastic though and I'm an atheist. sad.gif
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Postby gold and glass » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:37 pm

CRAPALACHIA SLAYS
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Postby gold and glass » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:37 pm

i'm reading trout fishing in america ... i think
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Postby HUMANIMAL » Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:15 pm

Smarmy wrote:Image


how is this?
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Postby vivian darkbloom » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:14 pm

HUMANIMAL wrote:Image

just finished this as we had an out of character march snow storm, it was awesome

anyone well versed on kavan? what should I read after Ice?

I don't know that I'm well versed but Julia and the Bazooka has my favorite Kavan stuff
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Postby Smarmy » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:15 pm

I absolutely loved it. Highly recommended

edit: Re: Crapalachia
Seven Swans is still pretty fantastic though and I'm an atheist. sad.gif
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Postby gold and glass » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:02 pm

HUMANIMAL wrote:
Smarmy wrote:Image


how is this?


IT SLAYS I JUST TOLD YOU
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:01 pm

Finished up
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For how brief it was, the mark it left on Europe Central is huge. There's some direct references (Raspberry colored boots being a recurring thing), but I found the propagandist narrative voice to be very close to what Vollman deployed. Very cool book. Would say the titular story is probably the highlight, especially when paired w/ it's medieval mirror in "Dogs and Books", but I also greatly enjoyed "The Magic Card Dealing". I am curious if the Russian prison divination stuff in there was purely fictional or based in reality.

Starting up Hyperion now :ugeek:

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I think I have talked about starting this book since middle school.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:54 pm

Mishima was amazing. Will almost certainly reread within the next few years.

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I'm a sucker for food essays. This is reading fast, but is also very dated.
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Postby zellar » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:42 pm

atomicbombshell wrote:actually, speaking of... today i reread one of my childhood favorites:

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this is such an amazing girl-positive book about a scrappy, stubborn, smart princess living with dragons. highly recommended for any little gal you know aged 8-14.


This was a very cool recommendation. I got it to read with my daughters (they're 7) and they love it. Do you know if the rest of the series is as good?
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Postby Ferrous Bueller » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:46 pm

finally got around to reading the Stench of Honolulu

it was so gloriously stupid, it makes me happy just thinking about it
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:17 pm

zellar wrote:
atomicbombshell wrote:actually, speaking of... today i reread one of my childhood favorites:

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this is such an amazing girl-positive book about a scrappy, stubborn, smart princess living with dragons. highly recommended for any little gal you know aged 8-14.


This was a very cool recommendation. I got it to read with my daughters (they're 7) and they love it. Do you know if the rest of the series is as good?


AHH! i'm so glad you did that :) the rest of the series is at least 3/4 as enjoyable (if i recall correctly) -- haven't reread the sequels in going on 20 years probably. but cimorene is always a badass lady character. gonna reread this year to confirm for sure though. tell me how it goes!

ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.
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Postby Jabberwocky » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:49 am

Can someone recommend the best Stendhal to read and what the best translations available are? I'm particularly interested in his travel writing throughout Italy but any suggestions are welcomed.
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Postby No Good Advice » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:19 pm

atomicbombshell wrote:
ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.


this is great. lindgren is great
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Postby gargamel » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:34 pm

i just finished the guermantes way (which has a great ending, wow) and decided to take a break to read transit. i loved outline so i have sky-high expectations. after that i have lincoln in the bardo and class trip to scope out. anyone read carrere? what's good?
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