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Author:  Highlander [ Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

But back to the OP.

Author:  Norwegianblue [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Highlander wrote:
Mrs. Timmy wrote:
gherkin wrote:
Mr. Crouchback.

Faramir and Sam Gamgee.

Atticus Finch.

Eustace Scrubb.


What do you think of Atticus now that the second Harper Lee book came out? I kind of prefer living under the delusion that the second book (I don't even want to look up the name of it) was just a bad dream.


Got the book, but haven't read it yet. As is the case with about 300 that are in my "Next to Read" pile. Or mountain.


Only 300!!! Amateur....

Author:  GKC [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:00 pm ]
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Norwegianblue wrote:
Highlander wrote:
Mrs. Timmy wrote:
gherkin wrote:
Mr. Crouchback.

Faramir and Sam Gamgee.

Atticus Finch.

Eustace Scrubb.


What do you think of Atticus now that the second Harper Lee book came out? I kind of prefer living under the delusion that the second book (I don't even want to look up the name of it) was just a bad dream.


Got the book, but haven't read it yet. As is the case with about 300 that are in my "Next to Read" pile. Or mountain.


Only 300!!! Amateur....


I've tried to help him out, over the years.

Author:  Highlander [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:44 pm ]
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Hey, that's just in my "Read Next" mound.

My "Read Later" books are on shelves around the house and in the garage ... maybe 6-700. My "Read Again" collection has been pared down...I only keep books that I haven't read or intend to read again....with one exception ... reference books both specific and general -- maybe another 200. If I don't intend to read it again or use it for reference, off the the library it goes.

Help! Someone revive GKC!

Author:  Highlander [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:45 pm ]
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I forgot my Civil War collection ... somewhere between 1,000-1,200 books.

Author:  GKC [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Highlander wrote:
Hey, that's just in my "Read Next" mound.

My "Read Later" books are on shelves around the house and in the garage ... maybe 6-700. My "Read Again" collection has been pared down...I only keep books that I haven't read or intend to read again....with one exception ... reference books both specific and general -- maybe another 200. If I don't intend to read it again or use it for reference, off the the library it goes.

Help! Someone revive GKC!


I didn't faint. I just tripped over the nearest stack of books, and fell into the adjoining stack of books, causing two other stacks to domino into 6 other stacks, which...

It didn't help that I went in the attic today and brought down nine books.

BTW, I have your Christmas remembrances ready.

Author:  Highlander [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:04 pm ]
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GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
Hey, that's just in my "Read Next" mound.

My "Read Later" books are on shelves around the house and in the garage ... maybe 6-700. My "Read Again" collection has been pared down...I only keep books that I haven't read or intend to read again....with one exception ... reference books both specific and general -- maybe another 200. If I don't intend to read it again or use it for reference, off the the library it goes.

Help! Someone revive GKC!


I didn't faint. I just tripped over the nearest stack of books, and fell into the adjoining stack of books, causing two other stacks to domino into 6 other stacks, which...

It didn't help that I went in the attic today and brought down nine books.

BTW, I have your Christmas remembrances ready.


There was a report of a minor earthquake along the KC fault today. As long as it does not trigger the New Madrid.

Yours are being assembled.

Author:  GKC [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Highlander wrote:
GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
Hey, that's just in my "Read Next" mound.

My "Read Later" books are on shelves around the house and in the garage ... maybe 6-700. My "Read Again" collection has been pared down...I only keep books that I haven't read or intend to read again....with one exception ... reference books both specific and general -- maybe another 200. If I don't intend to read it again or use it for reference, off the the library it goes.

Help! Someone revive GKC!


I didn't faint. I just tripped over the nearest stack of books, and fell into the adjoining stack of books, causing two other stacks to domino into 6 other stacks, which...

It didn't help that I went in the attic today and brought down nine books.

BTW, I have your Christmas remembrances ready.


There was a report of a minor earthquake along the KC fault today. As long as it does not trigger the New Madrid.

Yours are being assembled.


Good. I hate assembling them.

Author:  Highlander [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

But back to the OP.

Haven't I said that before?

Author:  GKC [ Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Highlander wrote:
But back to the OP.

Haven't I said that before?


Yep.

Rarely helps.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:46 am ]
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GKC wrote:
Highlander wrote:
But back to the OP.

Haven't I said that before?


Yep.

Rarely helps.

You can say that again.

Author:  Highlander [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

But back to the OP.

Oh, you meant he could say that again.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Gotcha! :mrgreen:

The thing is that my favorite reads are biographies. I rarely pick up fiction; I find r--- l--- much more gripping.

Author:  Highlander [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

I do like bios. Many are of WWII military leaders. I went through a Stalin phase when I was schooling myself on Marxism and its Stalinist application ... read 3 or 4 bios of Stalin. Caesar Augustus, Julius Caesar, and, recently, Cato. Lincoln, Truman, the Roosevelts, Eisenhower as President. Hemingway, Huey Long, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay (what a mess she was), Anne Sexton (another mess), James Baldwin, Kerouac, Lovecraft, R.E. Howard, Currently reading bios of Alfred Kinsey and Robert Heinlein.

Yup, do like a good bio.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:26 am ]
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My favorites so far have been Edmund Morris' trilogy on the life of Theodore Roosevelt: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt. It also lead me to read a biography on Alice Roosevelt Longworth...what a mess she was! (She was also the mother-in-law of Alexander Sturm, as in Sturm, Ruger and Co. - your useless fact of the day.)

I've been trying forever to get through a comparative biography of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots (Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens) For some reason, I just can't read more than a few pages at a time.

Among more contemporary subjects, I found Schulz (about Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts) a fascinating read about a painfully insecure and introverted man. Charlie Brown was who he was; Linus was who he wanted to be. I have identified with that dichotomy my entire life, and I found myself very introspective while I read the book.

Author:  Highlander [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:30 am ]
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Oh, thanks so very much!

Now I have to find the Schulz bio.

The Morris trilogy was very good. I've read three of Caro's volumes on LBJ. Really need to get the fourth one. And a fifth is promised.

Author:  GKC [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:48 pm ]
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Ah, so the OP was about what we've been reading/like to read. I missed it.

Only 5 books so far this month, 3 SF, 2 WWII NF. I got the Queenies book, but I'm not on Tudor mode right now. Reading another SF. Started a Churchill study, a really through early Blitzkreig and Dunkirk and a book on Louis B. Meyer, but they didn't take. I need escapism.

Author:  TreeBeard [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:02 pm ]
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GKC wrote:
... I'm not on Tudor mode right now...

Not many people could say that with a straight face.

Author:  GKC [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

TreeBeard wrote:
GKC wrote:
... I'm not on Tudor mode right now...

Not many people could say that with a straight face.


:yes:

Author:  gherkin [ Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literary characters that make you want to be a better pe

Mrs. Timmy wrote:
gherkin wrote:
Mr. Crouchback.

Faramir and Sam Gamgee.

Atticus Finch.

Eustace Scrubb.


What do you think of Atticus now that the second Harper Lee book came out? I kind of prefer living under the delusion that the second book (I don't even want to look up the name of it) was just a bad dream.

Go Set a Watchman. Read it this evening. Clearly, not nearly as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, but not nearly as bad as I'd heard. What Lee did with Atticus really doesn't strike me as that problematical, and I think the book's actually got some real value.

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