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« Reply #675 on: January 15, 2019, 01:49:25 AM »

Frederick Chopin bio.
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« Reply #676 on: January 22, 2019, 05:18:31 PM »

Frederick Chopin bio.
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« Reply #677 on: January 22, 2019, 05:31:32 PM »

The Proud Tower-barbara tuchman

I'm not reading it now. I'm finished +I suppose it's due back soon. Though, I never finished the essay on the Dreyfuss Affair. Good god, what a tedious bit of history , that.

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« Reply #678 on: January 23, 2019, 02:10:24 PM »

Russian series ZZL ("Life Of Distinguished People").
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« Reply #679 on: January 23, 2019, 04:41:01 PM »

Russian series ZZL ("Life Of Distinguished People").
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« Reply #680 on: February 07, 2019, 09:02:18 PM »

As February is Black History Month in the US, I decided to focus strictly on African American fiction and history.

I am presently reading Langston Hughes' debut novel, Not Without Laughter, which is a semi autobiographical story about a Black family growing up in Kansas in the early 20th century. Hughes was primarily a poet and that's how I'm familiar with him.

After that I will read Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, which was influenced by TS Eliot's The Waste Land and Dostoevsky 's Notes from Underground.

For the history, it's Isabel Wilkerson's acclaimed The Warmth of Other Suns. It's about the Great Migration of southern African Americans starting around the period of World War I and lasting until around 1970. They were fleeing the "Jim Crow" laws in effect, and also hoping to find better paying jobs.
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« Reply #681 on: February 08, 2019, 12:54:52 AM »

As February is Black History Month in the US, I decided to focus strictly on African American fiction and history.

I am presently reading Langston Hughes' debut novel, Not Without Laughter, which is a semi autobiographical story about a Black family growing up in Kansas in the early 20th century. Hughes was primarily a poet and that's how I'm familiar with him.

After that I will read Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, which was influenced by TS Eliot's The Waste Land and Dostoevsky 's Notes from Underground.

For the history, it's Isabel Wilkerson's acclaimed The Warmth of Other Suns. It's about the Great Migration of southern African Americans starting around the period of World War I and lasting until around 1970. They were fleeing the "Jim Crow" laws in effect, and also hoping to find better paying jobs.

I wish I had your stamina, E. I've stopped reading altogether at present. Just sudoku puzzles for me right now.
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« Reply #682 on: February 08, 2019, 07:31:57 AM »

Stamina? Moi?  Grin

No it's determination, gotta force myself to do it. I used to read a lot more when younger but now it's getting harder to concentrate.

I love Sudoku as well as crossword puzzles.
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« Reply #683 on: February 18, 2019, 04:33:20 AM »

Will join discussion - dislike sudoku (snoozzze); like scanwords. 3D Reasonable brains differ.
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« Reply #684 on: February 18, 2019, 06:37:40 AM »

Reasonable brains differ.

I have to agree with you there, RR.  Grin
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« Reply #685 on: February 18, 2019, 09:54:04 AM »

When you get to be an old lady as I'm getting to be , Sudoku and crossword puzzles keep the brain cells working.
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« Reply #686 on: February 18, 2019, 10:20:37 AM »

When you get to be an old lady as I'm getting to be , Sudoku and crossword puzzles keep the brain cells working.

Haha. Tell me about it! LOL

@RangeRover, now you've joined the discussion: Did anyone ever tell you your English is absolutely excellent? No? Then I'll do it now. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #687 on: February 18, 2019, 03:14:36 PM »

That must be joke. My English is 3/10.
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« Reply #688 on: February 19, 2019, 01:35:40 AM »

That must be joke. My English is 3/10.

Not joke.  Tongue To begin with, I understand everything you say. But not just that, you say it with flair and humour--rare commodities in a second language.

So don't underestimate your qualities, RR. ;=)
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« Reply #689 on: February 19, 2019, 04:16:24 AM »

So don't underestimate your qualities, RR. ;=)

This +10

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« Reply #690 on: February 20, 2019, 12:28:44 PM »

Btw, checked thru Russian to foreigners study books & tried to read them with English speaker's eyes - best to leave the idea, you will not, people, tackle it. Written in super-difficult style with weird methods.
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« Reply #691 on: March 02, 2019, 10:37:02 AM »

Bought the book about grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia. New York Times bestseller, no less 3D (btw, good to see that Americans enjoyed reading about this subject). Written by Helen Rappaport who previously published book about their last days in Ipatiev house aka House Of Special Purpose in which they got killed eventually. But back to this book, she describes the girls really well, distinguishing each. I got to the interesting bit when the war starts in 1914 & quickly big houses, palaces, castles turn into hospitals, Alexandra sees to it, she takes her Big Pair Olga & Tatiana to join as nurses, they study the course in it & despite being royals living in luxury, they act like professionals, they see everything - bleeding head, operation at cutting leg, soldiers with different injuries, operation at getting out the glans (sp?) etc. - yet they get used to it right away. Tatiana especially excelled in it, the doctor even praised her, said she's born nurse. She's better at it than elder sister Olga & even mother, either would get tired very quickly working till late hours in hospital. Tatiana wouldn't, by many accounts. There's many details about this time frame. Little Pair Maria with Anastasia would visit their sisters, assist them with little things but with time, they get duties too, in their hospital in Fedorovsky village. Being young, they didn't get thru special training like OT but they arrange things in it, donate money, help with supplies & see the harsh reality which differs than previous happy years travelling in private yacht to relax with fam. The girls & Alix tell about hospital news to father NII in daily letters who took Alexei wih his teacher & governor Pierre Gilliard to Stavka, place to meet with military Russian & foreign allies.
Interesting to read. Seek it, people, read.
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« Reply #692 on: March 04, 2019, 08:29:00 PM »

Glad you like The Romanov Sisters book.

In several weeks I will go to a place in western North Carolina, around the mountains, for some R and R and casual talks and films concerning Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), and Hitchcock. So I'm reading short stories featuring Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, along with  stories featuring Holmes such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I had previously read in an English Literature class back in 1976-77.
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« Reply #693 on: March 05, 2019, 03:47:37 AM »

I'd like to find now the book about royal kitchen, it may be even titled as such. Been mentioned few times in alexander palace site. What the royals of the past ate, the kitchen menu in different seasons/ years & even selected recipes. I'd like to read it when I will've read the OTMA book.
Tell what this "R and R" means. If you go to mountains, there's fresh air. Then it should be "for some F and A". Who's the best sleuth - Marple, Poirot, Holmes? I'd say Sherlock.
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« Reply #694 on: March 05, 2019, 04:45:20 AM »

Tell what this "R and R" means. If you go to mountains, there's fresh air. Then it should be "for some F and A". Who's the best sleuth - Marple, Poirot, Holmes? I'd say Sherlock.

I'd say E's going to the mountains for some Rock and Roll. I may be wrong, of course. Tongue

Sherlock's my choice, particularly when he's played by Benedict. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #695 on: March 05, 2019, 08:36:02 AM »

R and R - rest and relaxation! But wouldn't mind a bit of rock and roll after a few days...

Yes, Benedict is The best.
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« Reply #696 on: March 05, 2019, 08:53:46 AM »

Good, I knew it's not "rock & roll". It wouldn't make sense. But why shorten it "r and r"? Just say it full "rest and relaxation", I didn't even know this phrase. Please, people, don't forget that there's non-native English speakers posting here. Make it convenient for everybody.
& I asked you question which sleuth is the best to you, NBBF - not which actor is the best Sherlock. I'm curious to know who do you like - Marple, Holmes, Poirot? Answer.
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« Reply #697 on: March 05, 2019, 11:03:35 AM »

Sorry. Should have written "R and R (rest and relaxation)" . That way you would have known what I was talking about, and you would have learned a common American expression.
One of these days I'll learn - did that to you earlier when I wrote TLC , which means tender loving care.

Let me get back to you in a couple of days to answer your question. I haven't read so much of Poirot so will take care of that.
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« Reply #698 on: March 10, 2019, 06:37:21 PM »

Of the three the best for me right now is Miss Marple.

Won't be able to go on trip after all. No one in my family will be able to make sure my Mother is properly cared for, nor be able to take care of the animals. The weekend night sitter is afraid of dogs and freaks out if our pup gets anywhere near her. And it 's too expensive to board the animals.So I'll go for a  shorter period of time (Monday-Thursday) to our place in the woods, and take the animals with me. I've had one day off since 1 October so am looking forward to a little rest. Will walk around the property (beautiful now, many things blooming), do jigsaw puzzles, read, and sleep. Hope to read some of the things that I would have on the trip.
Or at least that's the plan.. Who knows what will happen?!  Smiley
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« Reply #699 on: March 18, 2019, 05:25:14 PM »

Can you explain the Marple choice?
What you mean by "our place in the woods"? You got fam ranch there?

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Can you explain the Marple choice?
What you mean by "our place in the woods"? You got fam ranch there?
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