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Old 07-31-2008, 10:01 AM   #61 (permalink)
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So for book nerds as myself, George Orwell's diary will be released in blog form, one day at a time.

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Beginning Aug. 9, the diaries of George Orwell will run online, one entry a day, 70 years to the day after the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four wrote them.

The United Kingdom's Orwell Prize, awarded for political writing, announced last week that the entries will appear daily in blog form on its website – until 2012, 70 years after the last entry.

The entries' four-year span covers the descent of Europe into the Second World War and Orwell's travels in Morocco following the injuries he sustained fighting in the Spanish Civil War.

Readers can form their own impressions of the creator of Big Brother — whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair — from his observations on the outbreak of the war to his musings about how many eggs his chickens were laying.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2...l-diaries.html

I was skimming the comments section and there was one question that utterly struck me. It was: "Who is George Orwell?" I thought this is common knowledge. Hell I feel like reading 1984 again.

"Orwell's diaries are eyewitness accounts from the front lines of the 1930s: unemployment, gossip, fascism, communism — and chicken farming," said Jean Seaton, chair of the Orwell Prize.

"All the issues – at home and abroad – are seen through the passionate/dispassionate eye of a great writer and a decent man."
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:44 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I'll read that for sure.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:32 PM   #63 (permalink)
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fantastic. that will be a great read. love orwell. his ideas were great, but i really enjoyed his prose as well.
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:11 PM   #64 (permalink)
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yep yep, aside video games and appreciation for the arts I do some reading as well. some of my faves are: The Glass Castle, The Kite Runner, Life of Pi, Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture, jPod, The Time Traveler's Wife, I-Lucifer..etc. right now I'm trying to finishing, Marley & Me.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:33 PM   #65 (permalink)
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Just re-read Tuesdays With Morrie (for the fifth time) ... cried again ... beautiful book.
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Just re-read Tuesdays With Morrie (for the fifth time) ... cried again ... beautiful book.
Shouldn't you be watching something.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:15 PM   #67 (permalink)
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Shouldn't you be watching something.
Ha ha ha! Saving it for the last week of August ... started my voluntary placement last week ... spending spare time studying (and reading) ... don't want to get addicted and then stop watching.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:34 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Re: orwell

once they start posting them, can you give us a heads-up.

just finished reading the road by cormac mccarthy. pretty decent read about a father and his son trying to survive in post-apocalyptic times. wasn't really climatic, dialog was pretty short, but overall it was a pretty good book. they're supposedly making a movie for the book, seems like an easy adaptation to the big screen.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:03 PM   #69 (permalink)
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I have just finnished reading "Wilt" by Tom Sharpe. Seriously, it was histericall, the situations this guy creates are crazy.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:26 AM   #70 (permalink)
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I have just finnished reading "Wilt" by Tom Sharpe. Seriously, it was histericall, the situations this guy creates are crazy.
Think that there are 3 books more on Wilt, so if you enjoyed the first, you can follow on the joy.
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Raight now I am reading "If it Doesn't Kill You"
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:47 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I am reading "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins... it shows how not only all religions are dumb but they are route most evil.
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I am reading "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins... it shows how not only all religions are dumb but they are route most evil.
great book.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:19 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Just finished "Standard of Honor" by Jack Whyte, the second of a trilogy about the origins of the Templar knights. First book was "Knights of the Black and White". Real good historical based fiction. Hopefully the third will be out soon.
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:52 PM   #75 (permalink)
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The Dunwich Horror by HP Lovecraft.

Lovecraft was a master at horror and this book is just fantastic with the elements he brings in.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:31 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Just finished reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I don't always like his stuff, but Still Life With Woodpecker, Another Roadside Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume, and Skinny Legs and All are great. I love authors that can maintain a light-hearted tone while writing about heavy issues. A little humour never hurts.


I just picked up a collection of short works by Paul Bowles that seems interesting, so I'll probably peruse that for a little while.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:15 PM   #77 (permalink)
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A canadian won the "Principe de Asturias Award for literature" here. Its a pretty prestigeous award. Her name is Margaret Atwood.

Is she famous there?

Anything you would recomend?

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Old 10-24-2008, 01:19 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Bel, Margaret Atwood is very famous here. I'd recommend Handmaid's tale by her as it's my favourite piece of work from her. Some argue that her poetry is better but I argue her prose is.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:07 PM   #79 (permalink)
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my dad dated margaret atwood eons ago. she was known as peggy in those days... apparently she was a nightmare to date. she expected guys to write poetry for her and then would critique it and send it back to them... yikes. she once went to a costume party dressed as the eternal triangle. double yikes. not exactly a fun-loving type. very cerebral.

but what do i know?

she's a great author, with a sharp mind and a stunning vocabulary. her charaters are deep and her stories rich, but she also comes off as extremely arrogant.

don't read 'oryx and crake'. it won the booker in 2003, i believe, but it is not great at all...
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:38 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Right now I am reading 'Timescape' by Gregory Benford... it's a thinking man Sfi-Fi book.
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