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About meI am an ordinary biochemist who tries to confirm/reject some simple scientific hypotheses. English, obviously, is not my first language but it is the one that I speak and read most often; sometimes I even think in English. I am deeply concious how bad it really is, but I am constantly working to improve it.

I have loved reading books since I can remember myself as a personality. Unfortunately, I have found the real power of reading, namely to form and change this very personality, much later and now I have a lot to catch up on. In reading I seek a pleasant escape from reality as well as a philosophy of living in this very reality and a permanent enrichment of my personality. Literature as an art is probably the best way to achieve all this - or at least to try.

In addition to reading, I love listening to music, mainly but not only classical, and visiting as many places as I have time and money for.

I am not a sociable person. I don't like people and they don't like me. So we are even. I would rather communicate with the minds behind great books and great music than with creatures behind nicknames, or in flesh and blood for that matter. I am in the bad habit of being blunt and candid which most people accept as rude and evil. But as my favourite writer, Somerset Maugham, once wrote:

"I wish no one to take me for other than I am, and on the other hand I see no need to accept others' pretences."

About my libraryIt is a very modest one with a modest ambition to grow in the future. For now I have stopped expanding it for one simple reason: the number of unread books is really shameful. I read slowly and thoughtfully, I like to imagine and experience everything I read to the fullest degree I can. I have read a little but I venture to claim that I have read it well. I hope this will remain so in future. My favourite books are those which bear rereading and rediscovering from time to time.

I have no special reading preferences except that I do not read fantasy (I read little enough in my youth to realise it is definitely not what I want to read any more). I love books which stimulate my imagination, poor as it may be, and make me think deeply about myriad of things. But I do want the books I read to be also readable and understandable and, last but certainly not least, enjoyable. I have little patience with tortured and convoluted styles and such books rarely come into my library and never stay for long. From time to time I read books purely for pleasure, books that are not designed to make you think but just to give you some fun. Since I enjoy them a great deal I couldn't care less that many people would describe them as "trash". In addition to various types of fiction, I love reading non-fiction, mostly natural and, when it comes to the human animal, unnatural history.

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Favorite authorsDavid Attenborough, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Arthur C. Clarke, Deryck Cooke, Michael Crichton, Charles Darwin, C. E. Eckersley, Edward Gibbon, Arthur Hailey, G. B. Harrison, William Hazlitt, Thor Heyerdahl, Aldous Huxley, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, Herman Melville, Thomas Paine, Bertrand Russell, Harold C. Schonberg, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, John Steinbeck, Irving Stone, Gore Vidal, Alan Walker, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams (Shared favorites)

Favorite listsThe Non-Fiction Works of Arthur C. Clarke, The Non-Fiction Works of W. Somerset Maugham, The Novels of Arthur C. Clarke, The Novels of W. Somerset Maugham, The Plays of W. Somerset Maugham, The Short Story Collections of Arthur C. Clarke, The Short Story Collections of W. Somerset Maugham, The Works of Aldous Huxley, The Works of Bertrand Russell, The Works of Lord Byron, The Works of William Hazlitt


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