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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #120 on: December 21, 2018, 09:27:43 PM »
Just finished my second Umberto Eco book - "The Name of the Rose".  It was a movie with Sean Connery in the late 80's, and I liked it.  I also liked the book, but there were lots of Latin phrases that I didn't understand.  It's a 14th Century murder mystery that took place in a Benedictine abbey in northern Italy.  The background is a theological dispute between Pope John XXII in Avignon and the Holy Roman Emperor in Germany about whether the poverty preached by the Franciscans is heresy.  The protagonist of the book is an English Franciscan, William of Baskerville, who comes to the abbey with his apprentice, young Adso of Melk, a Benedictine novice. Adso narrates the book in his old age.  Over 500 pages, and quite interesting if you are attracted to the period and obscure theological debates.  While William is at the abbey, monks begin to turn up murdered, and that drives the plot.  I give it an 8 out of 10, but it takes some investment to get into it.

My father had a copy. I often wanted to start reading it after I watched part of the movie, but never did. It is an intimidating many-paged book.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #121 on: December 22, 2018, 10:46:36 PM »
Just finished my second Umberto Eco book - "The Name of the Rose". 

That's one of my favorite books, and favorite movies.  I love the Sherlock Holmes vibe of the book and the movie is a book lovers dream.

Yeah, I was upset when the library burned. Think of the knowledge lost.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #122 on: January 09, 2019, 08:18:40 PM »
"A Gentleman In Moscow"by Amor Towles.  Novel about a Russian Count who was sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow by the Bolsheviks.  Covers from 1920's to 1950's.  Good read - I recommend it.  While a novel, it has lots of historical and cultural insights.  Humorous at times, and a bit of murder, sex, mystery, and human foibles, but written in an erudite manner.  Towles is from Boston, and comes from a highbrow background.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #123 on: January 10, 2019, 04:15:08 AM »
Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting by Thomas Seeley. I think I'm going to give his methods a try once the weather warms up and flowers are blooming again. The sport of beelining.
 

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #124 on: January 10, 2019, 06:35:47 AM »
Such interesting suggestions here.  I just finished Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.  Of two minds about it, mostly because the writing style was a bit too philosophical/poetic for me and I'm not sure I always understood what was meant.  And sometimes I think I understood it extremely well.  Will have to let this one digest a few days.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #125 on: January 10, 2019, 07:42:30 AM »
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #126 on: January 11, 2019, 05:07:52 AM »
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #127 on: January 13, 2019, 11:27:09 PM »
Just finished Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

Here's the description from Amazon: Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

It was really, really good.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #128 on: January 13, 2019, 11:41:20 PM »
Just finished my second Umberto Eco book - "The Name of the Rose". 

That's one of my favorite books, and favorite movies.  I love the Sherlock Holmes vibe of the book and the movie is a book lovers dream.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #129 on: January 14, 2019, 01:22:24 AM »
Just finished Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

Here's the description from Amazon: Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

It was really, really good.

Looks really interesting.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #130 on: January 14, 2019, 02:41:30 PM »
Just finished Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

Here's the description from Amazon: Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

It was really, really good.

That sounds fascinating.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #131 on: January 14, 2019, 07:06:25 PM »
Just finished Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover


Another one for my wish list.
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