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About meI am an ordinary biochemist working in a molecular biology lab and trying 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 of reading to catch up on. In reading I seek a pleasurable experience and escape of reality, as well as philosophy of living in this very reality and enriching 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. This may be a drawback - and it might be not a minor one - of reading/listening carefully and thoughtfully to some of the greatest masterpieces written by some of the greatest minds in the human history. One of the many consequences is that the human beings around me start looking pretty boring creatures who can offer nothing whatsoever I could possible care for. 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 anymore). 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 from many other areas than my profesional one, mainly natural history as well as ancient, medieval and modern history of mankind.
Groupsfriends of Maugham
Favorite authorsDavid Attenborough, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, Arthur C. Clarke, Deryck Cooke, Michael Crichton, A. J. Cronin, Charles Darwin, Arthur Hailey, G. B. Harrison, Thor Heyerdahl, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, Bertrand Russell, Harold C. Schonberg, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Irving Stone, Gore Vidal, Alan Walker, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams (Shared favorites)
Real nameAlexander Arsov
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceSep 11, 2009
Currently readingAmerican Indians in the Pacific by Thor Heyerdahl
Maugham's Choice of Kipling's Best by Rudyard Kipling
White Fang and The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Plays, Volume One: Sheppey, The Sacred Flame, The Circle, The Constant Wife, Our Betters by W. Somerset Maugham
The Hero by W. Somerset Maugham
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