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what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby jmc » Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:19 pm

What are you reading right now?
Any recommendations?
What novels or non-academic books are able to say a thing or two about power?

I currently have this on my plate:
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This novel is almost 900 pages and it mainly looks at the first three years of WWII from the perspective a US Naval captain and his family.
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Re: what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby dtcochrane » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:15 pm

Winds of War has long been on my 'to read' list. Its length has definitely held me back. Since I'm writing about events connect with WWII, perhaps I should make it a priority.

Right now, I'm reading China Mieville's The Scar.

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Mieville is writing groundbreaking sci-fi that has a very interesting social scientific aspect (if you choose to find it).
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Re: what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby jmc » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:03 pm

The length of Winds of War pays off, even if it has kept me from putting a dent in my growing "to read" list. Mieville is on there. He also added more books to my list when I found a link to his recommendations: http://theweeklyansible.tumblr.com/post/20777236577/50-sci-fi-fantasy-works-every-socialist-should-read
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Re: what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby jmc » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:20 pm

Working my way through the second of Wouk's two-novel series:
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I am also adding in short reading sessions of:
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Both are excellent.
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Re: what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby jmc » Fri May 16, 2014 11:05 am

Finally finished War and Remembrance.

Now getting around to Satantango. Have to hurry because a friend and I have planned to watch Bela Tarr's 8-hour film adaptation. Yikes! And another friend recommended that I watch tango videos to better understand the 12 chapter structure of the novel.

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Re: what are you reading? (casp edition)

Postby DT Cochrane » Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:29 pm

I just finished reading Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses.

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It is definitely more romantic than the other McCarthy books I've written, although I've never found him as bleak as others claim he is. It strikes me that his stories always contain a strong element of 'human resilience.'

It contains a line that I may use as the opening epigraph for my dissertation: Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.

This strikes me as an important observation when we think about power. We can be inclined to give the powerful too much credit, forgetting that the world does not readily conform to their wishes.
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