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    Steven Pressfield - Gates of fire
    Balzac - old goriot
    Euripides - Alcestis

    Quote Originally Posted by HornyPope
    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
    Lord Tennyson is amazing.

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    gormenghast - mervyn peake

    les enfants terribles - cocteau

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    Quote Originally Posted by fairy call
    les enfants terribles - cocteau
    ah, you reminded me - that's on my reading list. I must get down to the library and take it out.

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    haha, I have some other that inspired the cure too!
    Do you want them? I can look it up for you

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    really? wicked!

    I know about Camus' stranger and gormenghast but no others, and i'm always on the look out for good books to read!

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    At the moment I'm almost finished with Treaure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's about pirates in the Caribbean, 'nuff said. Written so well that halfway through chapters I start hearing the buzz of tropical insects and the soft sound of far-off surf.

    I'm about halfway through Bombingham by Anthony Grooms, a novel that flits back and forth between a black child during the civil rights movement in Birmingham and the now-man fighting in Vietnam. It's good, but not great. I mostly bought it though because it's giving me some perspective on the history of the city in which I'm living, and in that it's terrific.

    I also just began reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra by the Nietzchmiester. I'm attending a local philosophy discussion group and that's the book of the week or so. I'd only had time to squeeze in the first twenty pages of reading, but my analysis kicked the ass of some philosophy major who was quoting the thing - the professor quoted a Nietzsche expert to back me up. He phrased it much better than I did, that Nietzsche "Feels that there are few geniuses that justify the mass of humanity." - that he has a romantic belief in a great man's potential, but is horribly pessimistic towards humanity as a whole. It's a great coffeeshop read, but I'm going relatively slowly as I take a pencil to the pages.
    “It is a strange paradox that today’s central banks are generally staffed by economists, who by and large profess a belief in a theory which says that their jobs are, at the best, unnecessary, and more likely wealth-destroying. Needless to say, this is not a point widely discussed among respectable economists. Nevertheless, it is an issue worth pondering.”

    George Cooper, The Origin of Economic Crises

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    I just talked about Nietzsche with Izie today. Hope she doesn't mind if I posted the convo:

    hp: i even read nietzshe lately a bit
    hp: but its so overated
    hp: but hoenstly i see so many kids quote ihm who have no fucking idea what are they talking about
    hp: especialy those socialist kids
    Iza: as they do with everyone and everything
    hp: and politically correct kids
    Iza: eep?
    hp: and emotional kids
    Iza: socialist kids and nietwsche?
    Iza: z*
    hp: yeah
    hp: thats the irony
    Iza: strange
    hp: they just read few quotes and they get pumped up
    hp: fucking idiots
    hp: thats why it pisses me off

    I found Thus Spake Zarathustra a bit overated except for certain bits. I'll post some excerpts if you like when I get back after practice. Is your copy spelled Spoke or Spake? Mine's the latter. I could never figure out the difference.

    Treasure Island is a great book... for eight year olds.

    And now to react to some other things i'm familiar with. You know i'm always tempted to reply to practictly every post but then i'd hate to seem like I have an opinion on every single book.

    All things Camus rule. I'm the resident fan. I read Cocteau plays back in high school for French and I was very much entertained. And Robinsoen Crusoe of course, is amazing. As to Lord Tennyson, I only read one poem that I posted.
    All I can hear, I me mine
    I me mine, I me mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles is gay
    really? wicked!

    I know about Camus' stranger and gormenghast but no others, and i'm always on the look out for good books to read!
    gormenghast by mervyn peake (the drowning man)
    the stranger by camus (killing an arab)
    les enfants terribles by cocteau (a letter to elise)
    charlotte sometimes by penelope farmer (charlotte sometimes)
    christabel by samuel taylor coleridge (poem) (a foolish arrangement)
    and "adonais" is inspired by a poem Shelley wrote in tribute to Keats
    The eyes of the poor by Baudelaire (shortstory) (how beautiful you are)

    there you go, that was the list, I don't think I forgot one

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    thank you fairy call! I shall have to get down to the library methinks.

    HornyPope: read more Tennyson!
    I quite liked 'the birth of tragedy' by Nietzsche.

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    The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy or The Davinchi code? Can't decide.....

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