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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:25 pm
by Eyeball Kid
Boris Pastnerak's niece hated the P&V translation of Doctor Zhivago—she refrains from commenting on their other works, but the criticisms she gives here echo the kind that are usually levied at the pair. I read their version of that book; it left me cold, but, given that I've enjoyed other P&V translations, it may just be I do not like Doctor Zhivago.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:01 pm
by cocoon man
Their Dead Souls sucks. I read it and didn't understand why people liked the book and then read Gurney and it's one of my favorite books ever.

I just bought another translation of it I'll read the next time I read it. It's cool that I love a story and own 3 slightly different versions of it. The more translations the merrier.

Also part of why P&Vs translations are used so much in colleges is they have really good notes. So maybe read whatever translation you want but use their commentary like you're reading DFW

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:04 pm
by cocoon man
I just finished reading a rhyming translation of Eugene Onegin and really liked it but Nabakov would think I'm a fool. I couldn't get through his literal translation.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:17 pm
by vivian darko
I think Nabokov's defense of his translation was that the idea was just to convince people to learn Russian and read Pushkin in the original

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:23 pm
by cocoon man
vivian darkbloom wrote:I think Nabokov's defense of his translation was that the idea was just to convince people to learn Russian and read Pushkin in the original


You could probably use it to learn Russian if you can read Cyrillic

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:57 pm
by goofy's dead wife
Thanks for that link on P&V. I went ahead and bought a copy of the Oliver Ready translation on a whim and it seems to combine the best parts of the Garnett and P&V versions. I recommend it!

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:06 pm
by meeshpotato
Wow moby dick is so sick
Thought it would be much more difficult to read for some reason

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:25 pm
by Eyeball Kid
You haven't hit the cetology chapters yet :twisted:

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:26 pm
by Eyeball Kid
Great book, though. Going into it, you wouldn't think it would be as funny as it often is, too.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:59 pm
by Ersaph
Should I read It by Stephen King?

What are some good books that I'll breeze right through while I'm away for 45 days in the Philippines? I am worried I won't have enough stuff

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:05 pm
by blurst of times
Eyeball Kid wrote:You haven't hit the cetology chapters yet :twisted:


the cetology chapters were my favorite part of moby-dick :geek:

i was also surprised by how funny it is. even talking about it makes me want to re-read it

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:56 am
by moses
finally finished this...

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the majority of my reading time over the last year has been spent reading this trilogy. Pretty great, but not really sure if worth the investment

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:08 am
by number none
Ersaph wrote:Should I read It by Stephen King?

What are some good books that I'll breeze right through while I'm away for 45 days in the Philippines? I am worried I won't have enough stuff


Have you ever read King? Maybe try one of the short story collections first (Skeleton Crew is probably his best)

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:04 am
by Seamus
moby dick rules

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:17 am
by Ampersand
Elizabeth and Baxter (aka Hell Hound), two long out-of-print and much talked-up-in-this-thread literary horror novels by Ken Greenhall (aka Jessica Hamilton) are finally available again, in paperback and ebook formats (with attractive new cover designs!), after publisher Valancourt Books got sick of me requesting them every other day.

BUY THEM.

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:47 am
by scramble
walt whitman wrote:currently readingImage


this is such a great overview. still have it in my collection even though i normally recycle books.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:50 am
by scramble
oh, and myself currently:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:08 pm
by mancubz
just started
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it's so cute and weird. i really needed some levity after that nagasaki book and i think an opening page that has a polar bear opening up his b-hole to the night sky is just the thing.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 am
by the upland trout
Just finished Image

On to Image

Also still plugging away at Lanark, which is still great. Might pick up Moby Dick next. I haven't read it in ages and yes, it does rock.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:33 pm
by j-ol
+1 for moby dick

weed strain I have rn is called moby dick lol

https://www.leafly.com/sativa/moby-dick

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:34 pm
by murray st.
i'm reading john farrell's new nixon biography. it's good

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:02 pm
by sadville
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i'm teaching the above. my kids love the alexie, so rad to see them genuinely enjoying something on their own rather than appreciating it because i teach the shit out of it

fixin to launch into this bad boy, highly recommended by my surprisingly well-read assistant soccer coach:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:07 pm
by atomicbombshell
finished

this was gorgeous 4/5
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loved these, but needed lots of space between essays. essentially just commentaries on NYC life from the early 60s. good book to read in the city (which I did a bit of), very intrigued by her actual life (she ended up a homeless vagrant -- which is odd since she even writes essays about how "those women" end up as they are.) 3/5
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:04 pm
by j-ol
finally finished up this celine. took a painfully long time to read because i can be ADD with too many books on the go, so i struggled somewhat to connect dots and lost the plot a bit. however, i found it really comical in its misanthropy and darkness, but i had to be in a certain mood to pick it up. would have been quite the trip in the 30s.

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just stumbled on this and it looked interesting, wanting to read many more female authors this year. anybody have an experience/opinion of it?

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:24 am
by Conetoaster
I am still making my way through Future sex, enjoying it quite a lot. Its pretty easy going which is nice to drift in and out of between other things.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:22 pm
by Smarmy
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A lovely book, as long as you aren't expecting a biography of Vic or something

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^This made me feel awful all day, but I loved it

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:35 pm
by Jabberwocky
moses wrote:finally finished this...

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the majority of my reading time over the last year has been spent reading this trilogy. Pretty great, but not really sure if worth the investment

Congratulations! I really want to tackle this and also his two books on the Mediterranean someday.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:23 am
by goofy's dead wife
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:21 am
by aububs
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:25 am
by Eyeball Kid
j-ol wrote:finally finished up this celine. took a painfully long time to read because i can be ADD with too many books on the go, so i struggled somewhat to connect dots and lost the plot a bit. however, i found it really comical in its misanthropy and darkness, but i had to be in a certain mood to pick it up. would have been quite the trip in the 30s.

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I just finished rereading this. I'd forgotten—I previously read the book in 2007—just how tender it got toward the end, and how that it came about so naturally and believably. Those first 400 pages are crazy misanthropic.

Anyway

Now:

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Patricia Highsmith - Strangers on a Train

Next:

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William T. Vollmann (pictured) - Europe Central

Then:

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Barbara Comyns - Our Spoons Came from Woolworths