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#5401 Wilfrid

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:24 PM

Khalid Khalifa, Death is Hard Work, the third and briefest of his novels translated into English. The quest of a family to bury their father’s body in his chosen spot in the midst of the Syrian civil war(s). Faulkner meets Gogol. Gruesomely funny. And the mad bureaucracy of the checkpoints is bound to recall Catch-22 if you happen to be reading it concurrently.

#5402 Behemoth

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:26 PM

I need to read this. Originally written in English?

ETA: Or i can google the answer myself....
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#5403 Wilfrid

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 12:52 AM

No, the three novels available in English were translated by Leri Price. I did also read No Knives in the Kitchens of this City. All recommended.

#5404 Wilfrid

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 11:46 PM

Catch-22 has a lot of very good jokes. It also has some impactful moments. Is it a major novel in a way which justifies its consistent appearance high in lists of the best 20th century novels?

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 02:19 AM

That's debatable, however it succeeds greatly in that what the vast majority of readers may think of as satirical or absurdist accurately describes any large 20th century military organization. 


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#5406 Behemoth

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 08:53 AM

Not just military 🙂
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Posted 09 February 2020 - 11:09 PM

That's debatable, however it succeeds greatly in that what the vast majority of readers may think of as satirical or absurdist accurately describes any large 20th century military organization. 

Dealt with AT&T lately?    Or PG&E?    Or "name your favorite conglomerate"?


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#5408 Wilfrid

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 02:49 AM

Fair enough, and there is nothing dated at all about Milo Minderbinder.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 11:35 PM

This is embarrassing in a different way than not having read Catch-22. I have had The Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary on my to-read list for a humiliating 40 years. I remember when I first read about it.

I’ve even read some of his fiction published as Emil Ajar, but just finally got around to this.

The ecological and (meta-) political themes are more pertinent than when it was published. It’s in some ways an old-fashioned novel, but well done. It’s not quite Conrad.

It’s about a man obsessed with stopping elephant hunting in Africa, to the extent of going “underground” and using violence against the hunters. Symbolically it’s more than that. It’s as if a much more taciturn version of Ahab set out to save the white whale.

#5410 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 11:38 PM

Marmorstein, A Ship Without a Sail, a good and thorough biography of Lorenz Hart. I did not know the details of his miserable descent into alcoholism before his early death. One thing the book brings out is the utter decency and devotion of Richard Rodgers.

#5411 StephanieL

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 12:22 AM

If I'm going to think about changing careers, I might as well learn all about it: Mark Prendergrast's Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World.                    


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#5412 Sneakeater

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 03:49 AM

Stephanie, this is really exciting.
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#5413 Wilfrid

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 11:59 PM

It is.

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 02:17 AM

Thank you!  We'll see if it comes to anything or if I'm going to be some kind of part-time coffee dilettante.


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#5415 Wilfrid

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 10:48 PM

Go the whole java. We’re rooting for you. 😀