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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #135 on: March 13, 2019, 11:24:41 AM »
Since I'm going to Russia this summer, I'm reading War & Peace

I'm sure I could have made some humorous reply to that back in my prime.
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Ye, but I don't know of a single contemporary Russian novel that he should read instead.
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Right now, Napoleon is in the process of invading Russia - one of his stupidest moves. He had some genius moments as a general, and some really dumb ones.

Ye, he didn't even have the oil motivation.


The characters, it's hard to like any of them.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #136 on: March 13, 2019, 02:46:14 PM »
If you're reading old books about Russia, I can suggest Hedrick Smith's The Russians:)
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #137 on: March 13, 2019, 08:22:49 PM »
Since I'm going to Russia this summer, I'm reading War & Peace.  I'm at page 804 out of 1458.  Taking it a little at a time.  It's about Russian aristocratic families and all their social events, love affairs and internecine squabbles, interspersed with descriptions of the Napoleonic Wars.  It takes place from 1805 onward.  Right now, Napoleon is in the process of invading Russia - one of his stupidest moves. He had some genius moments as a general, and some really dumb ones.

Oooo! When are you going? Where are you going?

Leave July 16, return July 29.  We fly into St. Petersburg, get on a Viking river ship, stay 4 days in St. Pete, then go down Neva River, through some lakes, to the Volga, then to the Moscow River, stopping at 5 smaller towns.  Then finish up in Moscow for 4 days.  Lots of excursions planned during the stops.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #138 on: March 14, 2019, 06:13:55 AM »
Since I'm going to Russia this summer, I'm reading War & Peace.  I'm at page 804 out of 1458.  Taking it a little at a time.  It's about Russian aristocratic families and all their social events, love affairs and internecine squabbles, interspersed with descriptions of the Napoleonic Wars.  It takes place from 1805 onward.  Right now, Napoleon is in the process of invading Russia - one of his stupidest moves. He had some genius moments as a general, and some really dumb ones.

Oooo! When are you going? Where are you going?

Leave July 16, return July 29.  We fly into St. Petersburg, get on a Viking river ship, stay 4 days in St. Pete, then go down Neva River, through some lakes, to the Volga, then to the Moscow River, stopping at 5 smaller towns.  Then finish up in Moscow for 4 days.  Lots of excursions planned during the stops.

That's going to be amazing!
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #139 on: March 14, 2019, 09:07:47 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.

That’s interesting. I’ve also found that I can read a book without fully understanding it. ‘Cloud Atlas’ by Davis Mitchell and ‘The Blind Assasin’ by Margaret Atwood come to mind.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #140 on: March 14, 2019, 09:12:08 AM »
Since I'm going to Russia this summer, I'm reading War & Peace.  I'm at page 804 out of 1458.  Taking it a little at a time.  It's about Russian aristocratic families and all their social events, love affairs and internecine squabbles, interspersed with descriptions of the Napoleonic Wars.  It takes place from 1805 onward.  Right now, Napoleon is in the process of invading Russia - one of his stupidest moves. He had some genius moments as a general, and some really dumb ones.

Oooo! When are you going? Where are you going?

Leave July 16, return July 29.  We fly into St. Petersburg, get on a Viking river ship, stay 4 days in St. Pete, then go down Neva River, through some lakes, to the Volga, then to the Moscow River, stopping at 5 smaller towns.  Then finish up in Moscow for 4 days.  Lots of excursions planned during the stops.

That's going to be amazing!

How did you even decide on a trip like that? Is it a historical tour? Do they mind talking about those times? I’d have thought that some more contemporary reading would be more informative. Well jealous anyway.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #141 on: March 17, 2019, 12:15:56 AM »
Since I'm going to Russia this summer, I'm reading War & Peace.  I'm at page 804 out of 1458.  Taking it a little at a time.  It's about Russian aristocratic families and all their social events, love affairs and internecine squabbles, interspersed with descriptions of the Napoleonic Wars.  It takes place from 1805 onward.  Right now, Napoleon is in the process of invading Russia - one of his stupidest moves. He had some genius moments as a general, and some really dumb ones.

Oooo! When are you going? Where are you going?

Leave July 16, return July 29.  We fly into St. Petersburg, get on a Viking river ship, stay 4 days in St. Pete, then go down Neva River, through some lakes, to the Volga, then to the Moscow River, stopping at 5 smaller towns.  Then finish up in Moscow for 4 days.  Lots of excursions planned during the stops.

That's going to be amazing!

That's what I'm hoping.  I'm studying Russian now - it's a damn hard language, at least for me.  My next door neighbors speak it (they are from the country Georgia), so I'm hoping to get in a few conversations with them.  I don't want to order vodka at a bar and instead say something bad about Putin's mother.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #142 on: May 26, 2019, 01:57:00 PM »
I'm trying to read The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's a good book but at only two chapters in I keep breaking out in tears.
 

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #143 on: May 26, 2019, 05:08:51 PM »
I'm trying to read The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's a good book but at only two chapters in I keep breaking out in tears.

It must be good!
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #144 on: May 26, 2019, 08:52:31 PM »
If you want to cry it certainly is. Damn, this got me bad. I'm going to have to make sure I never watch the movie.
 

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #145 on: June 26, 2019, 12:56:00 AM »
My public library has some shelves where latest editions are displayed.  My eyes landed on a book titled: Infinite Powers.....sub title; How calculus reveals the secrets of the universe.  The author is Steven Strogatz, an internationally acknowledged brilliant professor of Applied mathematics at Cornell university. ................hang on this is a legitimate endorsement of the author and the book.

The Author does not teach me how to do the calculus that gave me so much trouble at university.  What he does is make me understand how to think of it and to regard the methods as a simple set of perfectly apparent  realities.  This guy is really good at explaining and capturing the readers interest.  You need not be a math freak to enjoy this book.  Examples; he explains how Archimedes was able to arrive at a good estimate of the value of Pi.  Think of a pizza. Slice it into four parts and reassemble it in the form of a curvy edged rectangle. Slice it  into smaller and smaller and smaller wedges and the rectangle becomes less and less curvy on its top and bottom edges.  Yeah that'll work.  Archie was using his skull in inventive ways.

Strogatz tells how  to put a plate of grated cheese in the microwave and let it give you a near accurate estimate of the speed of light.  The author guy is full of fun stuff that can capture your attention.  The historic accounts of what those ancient thinkers did  or postulated are of much interest too.  For example he reminds us that at one period of time the space between the moon and earth were believed to be evil, rotten, filled with death, disease, poverty, and destruction while the heavenly places outside the moons orbit was pure and benevolent.  Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Catholic church were purveyors of those beliefs.