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    You should post excerpts of good books. Give me something fun to read. This talk of Tolstoi made me think of the war in Crimea and I remembered this poem by Lord Tennyson:


    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    "Forward, the Light Brigade!
    "Charge for the guns!" he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    "Forward, the Light Brigade!"
    Was there a man dismay'd?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Someone had blunder'd:
    Their's not to make reply,
    Their's not to reason why,
    Their's but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six hundred.

    Flash'd all their sabres bare,
    Flash'd as they turn'd in air,
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army, while
    All the world wonder'd:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro' the line they broke;
    Cossack and Russian
    Reel'd from the sabre stroke
    Shatter'd and sunder'd.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon behind them
    Volley'd and thunder'd;
    Storm'd at with shot and shell,
    While horse and hero fell,
    They that had fought so well
    Came thro' the jaws of Death
    Back from the mouth of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
    Left of six hundred.

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wondered.
    Honor the charge they made,
    Honor the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred.
    All I can hear, I me mine
    I me mine, I me mine

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    What do you fucking think I'm reading?!?! Offspring posts!! Sorry, I'm reading Rurouni Kenshin, Chrono Crusade, and White Fluffy Clouds (imaginary reading because I wish I had it).

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    this thread deserves a post of its own.
    All I can hear, I me mine
    I me mine, I me mine

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    I bought today:

    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. I read this one ages ago as a little kid, and I wanted to re-read it and have it on my bookshelf. It's a very captivating book and i'm already hundred pages into the book.

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Finally i'm gonna give this one a try.

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler. I haven't read it yet but its part of the series which I had discovered already in St. Urbain Horseman, and the latter was one amazing book. Seriously. It has HP's seal of recommendation through and through. Richler is in my mind the greatest Canadian author who, despite international recognition, never been rendered particulary famous outside Canada. Check it out.


    Oh and I also bought and read Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell last week. I borrowed it from the library once, but it's the kind of book I wanted to have in my collection. George teaches us books tell a lot about one's personality, like the one time someone caught him with both Mein Kampf and some Stalinist "How to liquidate Troskyists and other revolutionary elements" and spent a while pondering his political affiliations as if curiosily reading one novel makes you a propponent of the dogmas stated therein. I chuckled, but only because the anecdote was laid out so nicely.
    All I can hear, I me mine
    I me mine, I me mine

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    One of the more amusing passages from Orwell's experience in Spain:

    The Spaniards are good at many things, but not at making war. All foreigns alike are appalled by their ineffeciency, above all their maddening unpunctuality. The one Spanish word that no foreigner can avoid learning is manana--tomorow (literally, 'the morning'). Whenever it is conceivably possible, the business of today is put off until manana. This is so notorious that even Spaniards themselves joke about it. In Spain nothing, from a meal to a battle, ever happens at the appointed time. As a general rule things happen too late, but just occasionally--just so that you shan't even be able to depend on their happening late--they happen too early. A train which is due to leave at eight will normally leave at any time between nine and ten, but perhaps once a week, thanks to some private wheem of the engine-drivers, it leaves at half-past seven. Such things can be a little trying. In theory I rather admire the Spaniards for not sharing our Northern time-neurosis; but unfortunately I share it myself.
    All I can hear, I me mine
    I me mine, I me mine

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    I'm about done with :

    For Whom The Bell Tolls - Hemingway

    The Handmaid's Tale - fuck if I know who it's by..

    A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare

    I'm also going to go ahead and re-read A Clockwork Orange just because I have nothing better to do.

    I don't see how anyone could be into those damn Harry Potter books...they're so...ugh.

    Sick of politicians, And politics
    And prisons, Lyin' and runnin' my life.
    You pathetic preachers and hypocritic leaders,
    Smilin' and wastin' my time.

    Sick of your religions and full of shit opinions,
    Tired of waiting to die.
    Run me in, I'll do it all again,
    Motherfucker I'm still alive...

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    BBC bitesize revisions' interpretation of biology for dumbasses.
    Cunning
    Stunt

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    not read much books in last time. robinson crusoe is cool.
    i read history books mostly. i am just reading world history, and history of croats by ferdo sisic

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    Bill Bryson - Down Under

    I just love this book. I've read it 2 or 3 times before, but I just can't get enough of it. Like every other Bill Bryson book, it manages to give you beautiful imagery and incredibly detailed descriptions, and have you guffawing wildly in the same chapter. It's just wonderful.
    "I don't cut my grass. I threaten it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashedThrasher
    The Handmaid's Tale - fuck if I know who it's by..
    Margeret Atwood.
    "I don't cut my grass. I threaten it."

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