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3rd time Reading Aubrey /Maturin 19 book series. On Desolation Island right now, one of my favorite books, and my favorite series. 
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Just picked up The Divine Comedy, a book that I never had much interest in until I read Borges say "The Commedia is a book everyone ought to read. Not to do so is to deprive oneself of the greatest gift that literature can give us."

Pretty strong endorsement from a man whose opinion I respect above pretty much all others.

Anyone here a connoisseur?  I grabbed the Cary translation somewhat blindly, hopefully it's decent, but would be interested to hear thoughts on any favorite translations.
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Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:

Didn't know there was such a thing? Im not going to buy it Wink


Check out some of Kerouac's interviews after he published On the Road. Cool stuff!
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nothing like the film.
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@hollows paris review's blog had a divine comedy retrospective last month. on their tumblr they put up a selection of different illustrations for the book, you might enjoy that (@theblackacre definitely will). they prefer the hollander translation.
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Just finished George Orwell's 'The Lion and the Unicorn'. A very interesting read.
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"Yankees in the Land of the Gods", again. A really riveting book. What a weird weird encounter. It's truly amazing to think about how expansionary the US was already in the 1850s. Of course we know about the frontier of "the west" but really the whole Pacific was a frontier by mid 19th century.
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Originally posted by Ishmael Ishmael wrote:

"Yankees in the Land of the Gods", again. A really riveting book. What a weird weird encounter. It's truly amazing to think about how expansionary the US was already in the 1850s. Of course we know about the frontier of "the west" but really the whole Pacific was a frontier by mid 19th century.

I'll have to look for that.  I recently finished Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It's the story of the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842.  It too takes place mostly in the Pacific, and speaks to U.S. ambitions and "insular annexations" as well.  It was quite an amazing adventure led by a total bastard.
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I've just started a Christmas present from my good lady, it's Morrissey's autobiography. Can't remember who it's by though...
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