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Reply #540 - Jul 30th, 2017 at 2:35am
 
J.M. Roberts "History of the World". I have told people about this book. 1100 pages of explicit information. Will take me a couple months to finish reading.
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Reply #541 - Aug 5th, 2017 at 12:01pm
 
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Reply #542 - Aug 6th, 2017 at 11:29pm
 
Did you read Bowden's account on Black Hawk Down?
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Reply #543 - Sep 15th, 2017 at 8:11am
 
I'm going to start a reread of the Don Camillo.books.
The Little World of Don Camillo etc.
Very amusing as I remember.

PS this must have been a popular read, the copy I have shows there were 17 editions between 1951 & 1953.
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"I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her." Nabih Wahsh, Islamist lawyer, on Egypt's al-Assema TV, October 19, 2017
 
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Reply #544 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 2:22am
 
George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones". On to book 1 and going well. Want to have them all read by the end of the year.
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Reply #545 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 1:11pm
 
I don't mean to be pedantic but wouldn't you have to be reading at least book 2 before you say "onto"?

Shut up Bogarde.
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Reply #546 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 10:03pm
 
Well, considering that I was reading a world history book a week ago, before I gave up again, it is reasonable to say "on to book 1". Such as, I have been reading more often than not, and it is a fair call to say a continuance of another reading. Thank you for pointing out the typo.
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Reply #547 - Oct 11th, 2017 at 12:48pm
 
bogarde73 wrote on Sep 15th, 2017 at 8:11am:
I'm going to start a reread of the Don Camillo.books.
The Little World of Don Camillo etc.
Very amusing as I remember.

PS this must have been a popular read, the copy I have shows there were 17 editions between 1951 & 1953.


I've been having a ball with these. What we're looking at here is immediate post-war Italy and a history of partisans fighting the Germans, who were a coalition of Stalinist communists and Catholic traditionalists. As they settle down to live together in peacetime there are frictions which emerge and the author has captured the gentle humour in it all, encapsulated in the constant battle between the Catholic priest Don Camillo and the Communist mayor of the village Pepponi.
Vintage stuff from the diminished shelves of Bogarde.
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Reply #548 - Oct 21st, 2017 at 3:13pm
 
M Train by Patti Smith.

Many people will know Patti Smith from her days as a musician and song writer, and recently for her rendition of Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall given for the Nobel Prize crowd.

I was surprised to find this is the eleventh book from Patti. It is autobiographical, and starts out in a dream in which she is told it is hard to write about nothing. That put me off, as I have heard it elsewhere, but if one likes poetical prose, M Train is excellent. It might just be me, but it took 50 pages for me to feel that she was hitting her stride. It is very engaging and revealing, and thought provoking in places.
Not all of her writing heroes are mine. For example, I pretty sure William Boroughs was a pedophile. Nonetheless, M Train has a "beat" validity, and I will certainly look for more of Patti Smith's work.
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Reply #549 - Oct 22nd, 2017 at 8:51am
 
anyone buying Kevin 007s new book???
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Reply #550 - Oct 26th, 2017 at 2:53pm
 
I'm still dipping into Charles Hoy Fort

It's all there, everything
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Reply #551 - Nov 26th, 2017 at 8:03pm
 
My local share library. Smiley

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Reply #552 - Nov 27th, 2017 at 12:25am
 
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'The Hollow Crown is exhilarating, epic, blood-and-roses history . . . Jones's material is thrilling . . . There is fine scholarly intuition on display here and a mastery of the grand narrative; it is a supremely skilful piece of storytelling.' Sunday Telegraph


The fifteenth century saw the crown of England change hands seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. The Hollow Crown completes Dan Jones' epic history of medieval England, and describes how the Plantagenets tore themselves apart to be finally replaced by the Tudors.

Some of the greatest heroes and villains in British history were thrown together in these turbulent times: Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt and prudent rule at home marked the high point of the medieval monarchy; Edward IV, who was handed his crown by the scheming soldier Warwick the Kingmaker, before their alliance collapsed into a fight to the death; and the last Plantagenet, Richard III, who stole the throne and murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Finally, the Tudors arrived - but even their rule was only made certain in the 1520s, when Henry VIII ruthlessly hunted down his family's last remaining enemies.

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Historian and author Dan Jones

In the midst this tumult, chivalry was reborn, the printing press arrived and the Renaissance began to flourish. With vivid descriptions of the 1461 Battle of Towton, where 28,000 men (1% of England's entire population) died in a single morning, and the Battle of Bosworth Field, at which Richard III was hacked down, this is the real story behind Shakespeare's famous history plays.
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Reply #553 - Nov 27th, 2017 at 6:51am
 
A great TV series too with Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard II.
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Reply #554 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 8:17pm
 
I'm reading "The  Farm" by Tom Rob Smith, who also wrote Child 44. It's very good - quite unlike anything Ive read before. It's a thriller and a perfect summer read.
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