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    I am a voracious and omniverous reader. I generally have two or three books going at a time, with one almost always being a history book.

    I relate my interest in books to my paternal grandmother, an Irish immigrant who had little formal education, but who recognized the importance of true education. While I was recovering from the acute stages of polio, which took years, she read to me ... a lot. But not kid's stuff; she read the classics. And although not well educated, she could always tell this little brat what words meant ... every time.

    So I was hooked early on.

    I read thrillers, military science fiction, even Louis L'Amour. I read about religion art, philosophy and opera.

    In fact, I enjoy reading almost as much as opera. Almost.

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    I read a lot, too, though not as much as I once did. I typically have a history book going (currently: Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit), but also like historical fiction. The only Louis L'Amour book I've read was The Walking Drum, set in 12th century Europe (I know, very un-L'Amour, but one of my favorite periods).

    I got part of my interest in reading from my Dad, who had a wide-ranging curiosity despite a hard-headed personality that was frequently difficult to deal with.

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    I am presently reading Christian Cameron's "The God of War", a novelized account of Alexander the Great. His series based on the Wars of the Diadochi is well researched and very well written.

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    I just finished right now one of the best science fiction books I've ever read: Ubik, by Philip K. Dick. Wow! Outstanding! He is one of my favorite authors anyway (I simply adore The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) but this might be the one I liked the best among his books.

    If you love extremely well-written, challenging and intelligent science fiction, don't miss Ubik!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I just finished right now one of the best science fiction books I've ever read: Ubik, by Philip K. Dick. Wow! Outstanding! He is one of my favorite authors anyway (I simply adore The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) but this might be the one I liked the best among his books.

    If you love extremely well-written, challenging and intelligent science fiction, don't miss Ubik!
    Thanks Luiz, have ordered it from the library.
    Natalie

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    I am about 60% finished with S.P.Q.R. A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. I guess I should have known that Rome didn't spring intact with the Senate and a republican style of government. Oh, and about that whole Les Troyens thing? Apparently Dido and Aeneas were only a myth! Who knew?

    Next up: American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White. So, it may be that Grant's presidency wasn't as awful as we were taught in school.

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    No. 3679 in the list of classics I should have read by now but never got round to it.



    The 1978 film version with Robert Powell bears very little resemblance to the book. Powell is nice eye-candy though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    No. 3679 in the list of classics I should have read by now but never got round to it.
    The 1978 film version with Robert Powell bears very little resemblance to the book. Powell is nice eye-candy though!
    Yes he is! Those eyes..

    I never saw the Powell version but I did see the Hitchcock one.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Yes he is! Those eyes..
    I know! His portrayal of Jude the Obscure haunted me for ages.

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    I never saw the Powell version but I did see the Hitchcock one.
    I must look out for the Hitchcock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I know! His portrayal of Jude the Obscure haunted me for ages.
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    Ooh I never saw that but I'm not sure I could cope as the book was harrowing enough.
    Natalie

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    I know! His portrayal of Jude the Obscure haunted me for ages.
    Which Hitchcock film was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Which Hitchcock film was that?
    She is talking about the novel by Thomas Hardy. It did get adapted into a movie, but a modern one, with Kate Winslet. And also... a musical, which premiered right here in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2012.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Which Hitchcock film was that?
    It was a 'made for TV' series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Which Hitchcock film was that?
    I was actually referring to the Hitchcock 39 Steps, which I watched eleventy billion years ago.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I was actually referring to the Hitchcock 39 Steps, which I watched eleventy billion years ago.
    I'm watching it for the first time!


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