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Re: So, what else is new?
initK #2886943 09/04/19 02:00 PM
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And has nobody read The Count of Monte Cristo? Shocked no-one has commented.....as above, I think it was an absolute stand out among the list. It's under-recognized. Known to be a great but imo it should be atop the list.


I did! I did! I read it three times, first time when I was 10 years old, in class, holding it in my lap under the desk - I just couldn't put it down. And every time I read it, it leaves with the "ah, my favorite" and nothing feel good after for a while. I need to read it again, I guess. I don't remember much of it anymore, it's been a while. It's lucky with me - I seldom remember movies and books in details, so every time is the first time for me.

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Re: So, what else is new?
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And has nobody read The Count of Monte Cristo? Shocked no-one has commented.....as above, I think it was an absolute stand out among the list. It's under-recognized. Known to be a great but imo it should be atop the list.


I did! I did! I read it three times, first time when I was 10 years old, in class, holding it in my lap under the desk - I just couldn't put it down. And every time I read it, it leaves with the "ah, my favorite" and nothing feel good after for a while. I need to read it again, I guess. I don't remember much of it anymore, it's been a while. It's lucky with me - I seldom remember movies and books in details, so every time is the first time for me.

Wasn’t it the best!! Was that you in 50 First Dates?


Well, maybe smile With movies I have an easy explanation though - I'm always doing something with my hands - painting, knitting, cooking, working on something with my hands. So, while "watching" movies together with my family, I'm also doing something else. To remember, you need to actually watch it.

I wish I remembered books better though, but I've been like that my entire life. First couple of years after reading a book, I would remember it in great detail, sometimes able to quote, but then it slowly fades. I read so much and now also listen to audiobooks, but for whatever reason, I cannot keep it up and available for easy recollection, it's like my RAM is full. It happens with music too and much faster actually.

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Originally Posted by initK
it's like my RAM is full.

That's OK. My wife actually likes it that she has no memory - she says this way she doesn't stay mad about anything since soon, it's just gone. I on the other hand will run out of RAM sometime. I hope the failure mode will be graceful when it happens.


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It's okay I forgot that Bruce had replied my recommendation, and looking back I remember thinking it was cool he read it in French. And T.S. learned French just to read something or other. Then I looked up a movie for T.S. that Emily Van Camp was in and had forgotten what it was about. Had to rewatch the trailer. I've see a lot of movies, though, the Ratings List is over 750.


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Re: So, what else is new?
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It's okay I forgot that Bruce had replied my recommendation, and looking back I remember thinking it was cool he read it in French.

As one might expect of a French teacher smile

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And T.S. learned French just to read something or other.

Proust. I also used my reading knowledge to translate some essays which were only in French on Proust, including one of the most important by Maurice Blanchot. I used it a little bit since. Learned Latin in French vis-à-vis Assimil. Other silly stuff. Some day, I will try to learn it properly if I relocate to Paris.


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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is one of my favourites.

I love David Mitchell, and this one especially. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet too.


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
I have tried reading W&P about 4 times, I can never get past about page 47.
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I read War and Peace last winter in the Briggs translation. I had a copy of the Maude translation that I looked at now and then. The side by side comparisons of the P&V and Briggs translations convinced me it was the Briggs I wanted. Maybe if I had an ounce of Russian language in my background I would have chosen the P&V. Agree Part 2 of the Epilogue should be skipped--or just read the first five pages and you've got the gist of the remainder.
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I've read War and Peace twice, and this winter I will probably read it a third time. My current edition is translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. They translated virtually all of Tolstoy's works for the Oxford University Press' Centenial Edition of Tolstoy (no slouch, the OP!) in the 1930's.
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Stubbie. BruceD. We could form a War and Peace literary circle and all pretend we read the 2nd part of the epilogue! laugh
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Love love love "War and Peace". A group of us did a readalong of it a few years back.

cmb13 just created a new book study thread for those who want to relive Napoleon's Russian Campaign through War and Peace!


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Whats new? I started taking electric bass lessons! Always wanted to learn. My expectation is to have fun with it! So far, so good. A little difficult navigating the topography of the fretboard, after being used to the keyboard. Very different!


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It stands to reason that we might not have War and Peace if Tolstoy had read the Greeks first. Imagine the suffering that could have been avoided. smile

You could recant, admit to having been misguided, and join us over there.


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It stands to reason that we might not have War and Peace if Tolstoy had read the Greeks first. Imagine the suffering that could have been avoided. smile

You could recant, admit to having been misguided, and join us over there.


I appreciate the invitation but I know when I've been beaten. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you.

I'll take refuge in Russian short stories. I need to read all of Chekhov's stories. I have a complete collection published by Ecco a few years ago, translated by Constance Garnett, but so be it.

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I need to read all of Chekhov's stories. I have a complete collection published by Ecco a few years ago, translated by Constance Garnett, but so be it.

I do like Chekhov. My favorite is Dyadya Vanya. I've seen it live in the theatre in Moscow with Oleg Menshikov. But my favorite still is the Mosfilm film with Bondarchuk who also had directed the monumental W&P film.



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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I do like Chekhov. My favorite is Dyadya Vanya. I've seen it live in the theatre in Moscow with Oleg Menshikov. But my favorite still is the Mosfilm film with Bondarchuk who also had directed the monumental W&P film.


Thanks for the links. I think Uncle Vanya is my favorite out of all his plays. Sonia’s monologue at the end is tremendously moving. The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard are also excellent.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

I do like Chekhov. My favorite is Dyadya Vanya. I've seen it live in the theatre in Moscow with Oleg Menshikov. But my favorite still is the Mosfilm film with Bondarchuk who also had directed the monumental W&P film.


Thanks for the links. I think Uncle Vanya is my favorite out of all his plays. Sonia’s monologue at the end is tremendously moving. The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard are also excellent.

Of those two, I prefer the Seagull, but neither is as good as Dyadya Vanya. Sonia's monologue is done wonderfully in the Mosfilm version. Her tone of voice is exactly right. Go have a listen with subtitles on.


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My girlfriend and I visited a local teacher last night who we really like and felt was very qualified. We are excited to be taking lessons close to where we live now (I moved into her place this past weekend). She'll be starting from scratch with Faber Adult. I'm not quite sure what path I'll take it, continue with RCM or do something different. I'll still go to my old teacher as well when I can.

The Kawai acoustic piano gets tuned on Wednesday.


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....... (I moved into her place this past weekend)........

Oy!
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The Kawai acoustic piano gets tuned on Wednesday.

Great!


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I do like Chekhov. My favorite is Dyadya Vanya. I've seen it live in the theatre in Moscow with Oleg Menshikov. But my favorite still is the Mosfilm film with Bondarchuk who also had directed the monumental W&P film.


Thanks for the links. I think Uncle Vanya is my favorite out of all his plays. Sonia’s monologue at the end is tremendously moving. The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard are also excellent.

Of those two, I prefer the Seagull, but neither is as good as Dyadya Vanya. Sonia's monologue is done wonderfully in the Mosfilm version. Her tone of voice is exactly right. Go have a listen with subtitles on.



I liked what Louis Malle and David Mamet did with Uncle Vanya in the film Vanya on 42 St, with Wallace Shawn and Julianne Moore. Have you seen it? Here is the trailer:



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