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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 14 Aug 2017, 12:18

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^^^^^ great post. Thank you. wrote:Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy' which has type so tiny that I can't see it in a dark room, which is my fabourite place to read. At this rate I'll be reading it on the shitter and finishing it in 2019.

A brilliant piece of work. Although I think it was written right at the ned of WW 2 so he is a bit down on Nietzsche but his work on the Greek philosophers and the modern philosophers is brilliant.

I hear differing opinions on that one, from people who studied philosophy, that Leibniz was really the only philosopher that Russell was genuinely an expert on, and that some of the profiles of the other philosophers were scratchy at best. Personally, as a unschooled know-nothing, it seemed to me that the between the Greeks and the enlightenment, there wasn't an awful lot of advancement of thought, a philosopher's time was mostly spent dancing around Christian dogma. I did find it a bit of a slog, it has to be said.

Fair enough, It's not a textbook, more of a history and an introduction. He has his opinions which do come through a times, but it's a pretty good guide and a good list of many (not all) of the key philosophers and their theories. It's a while since I last looked through it, but it doesn't include Wittgenstein, if I recall.

I do recommend his book The Problems of Philosophy to anyone new to philosophy.
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Re: New now reading

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What's On..in Norwich.
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Re: New now reading

Postby John aka Josh » 14 Aug 2017, 20:54

neville harp wrote:What's On..in Norwich.





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Positive Passion wrote:A brilliant book.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 16 Aug 2017, 11:12

Just started this little piece of light entertainment...

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It's a huge biography, split into three *acts''.. Oppenheimer in his formative years, the 'nuclear years' and then the fall from grace.

So far, it's well researched and beautifully written.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 22 Aug 2017, 21:07

Been on holiday in Spain for a week, and as such have hit the airport fiction with a vengeance. Finished Ben Okri's odd magic realist Booker winner, The Famished Road, and then set about:

Michael Connelly - The Lincoln Lawyer - Easily the best thing I read while away. It's cheesy crime fiction, but with a sense of style and a feeling that there has been a genuine attempt to research, understand and capture the working methods of the jobbing defense lawyer. I'd have said the plot was unrealistic, if it wasn't for everything else I read this week...

A. M. Homes - Music for Torching - A pretty unpleasant 'satire' on modern suburban life, which never really gave me a way into any of the characters, who were all fairly revolting and paper-thin. The ending is one of the most left-field random conclusions to a book ever, a desperate attempt to be shocking.

Pierre Lemaitre - Alex - The most barking mad thing I've read in a while, what is it with French crime fiction? Almost in Fred Vargas territory for lunacy. The first third of the book is just an entire misdirection to introduce the villain as a victim, the second section following the villain on a mad killing spree, the third another bit of misdirection with a genuinely clever twist. And the police (nominally the main characters) have practically nothing to do with the resolution. Utter nonsense, but very readable.

Mark Billingham - Buried - Almost as silly as ^that one, but in a fairly pedestrian way. Cop who doesn't play by the rules stumbles across a confusing conspiracy regarding a kidnapped child, and everyone who appears on any page is either guilty, dead, or both.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 22 Aug 2017, 21:24

Darkness_Fish wrote: The first third of the book is just an entire misdirection to introduce the villain as a victim, the second section following the villain on a mad killing spree, the third another bit of misdirection with a genuinely clever twist. And the police (nominally the main characters) have practically nothing to do with the resolution. Utter nonsense, but very readable.

*Throws away copy of Pierre Lemaitre's Alex after spoiler*
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Aug 2017, 09:38

Believe me, the major problem with that book is in no way knowing something of the plot beforehand.


Anyway, now being all cultured n' shit (one out of two ain't bad) now I'm back home:

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 23 Aug 2017, 15:50

I just popped in Waterstones to buy a bookmark and came away with Stephen King's The Stand, which I've been meaning to read for 30 years.
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Postby Toby » 23 Aug 2017, 17:10

Just finished -

John Burrow - History of Histories - A magisterial account of the history of, well, history through analysis of the topic from Herodotus and Thucydides all the way down to Carlyle, Macauley and the 20th century. Unashamedly Anglophone but quite brilliant with it.

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John Updike - The Centaur - The master.

A biography of Thomas De Quincey - prior to my long assault on American literature, I thought I'd read about an author who was hugely influential on Poe.

Philip Hardie - Intro to Ovid's Metamorphoses - Last year of my degree in October and I'm doing some groundwork on the major topic.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 23 Aug 2017, 17:18

Toby wrote:Philip Hardie - Intro to Ovid's Metamorphoses - Last year of my degree in October and I'm doing some groundwork on the major topic.

What is your degree, Toby. Is it Latin or something more general? I would like to study Latin and Greek one day.
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K wrote:What is your degree, Toby. Is it Latin or something more general? I would like to study Latin and Greek one day.


Classics. My last module is Greek and Roman Mythology.

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K wrote:I just popped in Waterstones to buy a bookmark and came away with Stephen King's The Stand, which I've been meaning to read for 30 years.


You were going to actually purchase a bookmark? For yourself?!

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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 24 Aug 2017, 08:52

The bourgeoisie.
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John Updike - The Centaur - The master.



I keep meaning to go back to Updike. I read the first three Rabbit books a while back, and some short stories a couple of years ago, but found his tendency to use obtuse language - like Martin Amis - irritating.
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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 24 Aug 2017, 10:35

//..ooOOoo..\\ wrote:
I keep meaning to go back to Updike. I read the first three Rabbit books a while back, and some short stories a couple of years ago, but found his tendency to use obtuse language - like Martin Amis - irritating.


I don't see that. I just love his adjectives and the flow of his sentences - there's a fluid nature to them that I rarely see in other writers.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 24 Aug 2017, 10:43

Fonz wrote:
K wrote:I just popped in Waterstones to buy a bookmark and came away with Stephen King's The Stand, which I've been meaning to read for 30 years.


You were going to actually purchase a bookmark? For yourself?!

Old receipts, bits of tissue, torn-off menus etc suffice at Chez Fonz

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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 24 Aug 2017, 10:44

Bookmarked.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 24 Aug 2017, 10:47

Toby wrote:
K wrote:What is your degree, Toby. Is it Latin or something more general? I would like to study Latin and Greek one day.


Classics. My last module is Greek and Roman Mythology.

That's brilliant. Had you done any classical languages before you started the degree?
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