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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year I bought about two dozen books and never got beyond the first chapter of any of them. My first attempt this year is a book on Feng Shui.
Maybe I'll find out how to tidy that cluttered book shelf... Cross Fingers
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Engagement with God: The Drama of Christian Discipleship by H. U. von Balthasar



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Truth Is Symphonic: Aspects of Christian Pluralism by H. U. von Balthasar



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short stories by Italo Svevo.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Laity and the Life of the Counsels: The Church's Mission in the World by H. U. von Balthasar



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Light in August by William Faulkner. Much more readable than whatever of his I tried to read years ago. Kinda depressing, right now, but seems worth finishing.

I just finished Home by Marilynne Robinson (or Robertson? I'm tired). A lovely, lyrical book, worth reading even if it's not another Gilead.

Considering investing myself in an epic fantasy I haven't read yet for my next read.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time's Arrow

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's a good one!

I finished The Master and Margarita and am now reading The Devil's Dance by Hamid Ismailov
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Prayer by H. U. von Balthasar



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wosbald, what's in this Balthasar binge-reading you're doing? Is he that good? What's the take-away?

I ended up fast-forwarding, or rather skimming, through the last couple of chapters of Light in August. But then I loved the ending, it was not what I expected. But seriously, the book starts with this amazing female character on a quest. Then it gets sidetracked for 200 pages about this other dude whose life is just one long train wreck, whose story line only barely touches on the female character. Then it comes back to her for the last ten pages. I mean, who writes a book like that, or maybe the question is how does anyone publish a book like that? It was maddening. There wasn't a functional relationship in the whole book, and he makes you spend a lot of time with people who don't really figure into the story and isn't really successful in making you care about them, and the only character with any relatability (the Sheriff) gets very short shrift.

Well anyway.

I finished Home and moved on to Lila, the 3rd book in the Gilead trilogy. That trilogy goes right to my "To Be Re-read" queue.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wosbald, what's in this Balthasar binge-reading you're doing? Is he that good? What's the take-away?

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Certainly, I think he's very good. I'd already read most of his major works (in english translation) when I'd gotten sidetracked by a number of other writers that were on the agenda. Now, I'm going back into the bookshelf and picking up some of his more minor works before I dive into anything else.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan Vol. 1: Grace and Freedom: Operative Grace in the Thought of St.Thomas Aquinas by Bernard Lonergan



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just recently re-read Larsson's Millennium trilogy, then picked up the new book in the posthumous continuation, so first I'm re-reading The Girl In The Spiders Web, the first book in the continuation, by David Lagercrantz.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed that one a bit more than a remembered doing last time I read it.

The second of the "continuation" series now, (somewhat clumsily titled?) The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by the same author.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also not bad. Maybe I'm getting used to his style.

Anyway, James Clavell now, King Rat.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished The Evenings by Gerard Reve, now on to Where I'm Reading From, by Tim Parks.
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Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan Vol. 2: Verbum: Word and Idea in Aquinas by Bernard Lonergan



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished The Voice of the Heart, an analysis of Mervyn Peake's works, by G. Peter Winnington.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any interesting insights? I never managed to like Gormenghast.

Anyway, I just read John van de Ruit's Spud, now onto Spud - The Madness Continues.

Fun, easy light reading. I need it after the week I've had.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunfighters: A Chronicle of Dangerous Men & Violent Death
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