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About my libraryFrom recent readings...

"...a lot of truths about the living world are recorded in bad books; they are just badly written."
The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth

"...his family affection is really of a very high order. When his maternal grandmother died he didn’t go as far as to give up bridge altogether, but he declared on nothing but black suits for the next three months. That, I think, was really beautiful."
Reginald in Russia, Saki

"First look left and then look right, son, to see if a car's coming. That's important when you're crossing a street but it's a dangerous way to think."
The Appointment, Herta Muller

"She had bought herself a typewriter, but it was obvious that as yet she had not much practice...How typical it was of her gentleness, and perhaps even of her sense of defeat, that she not troubled to correct her errors."
Travels With My Aunt, Graham Greene

GroupsBook Nudgers, Fans of Joyce Carol Oates, Geeks who love the Classics, Group Reads - Literature, Irish Librarythingers, Literary Snobs, Science!, The Drones Club (all things P.G. Wodehouse)

Favorite authorsIain Banks, John Banville, Nicola Barker, Kevin Barry, Ethan Canin, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Jeffrey Eugenides, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, Stanisław Lem, Patrick McCabe, Yoko Ogawa, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, Saki, Donna Tartt, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceApr 2, 2007

Currently readingThe Go-Between (New York Review Books Classics) by L. P. Hartley
Permutation City: A Novel by Greg Egan

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I am never sure about translations---not knowing the original language the work is written in creates a problem of comparison. It probably boils down to what you enjoy best. I love the Marx-Avling Madame Bovary (an old translation) but do not appreciate the new Pevar translation of The Brothers Karamazov at all preferring the older Constance Garnett version. I certainly did enjoy the Penguin translators that did In Search of Lost Time (Proust) which was more to my taste than the older Montcrief. So it's just what you like, I guess.
Thanks for you note, a welcome voice in a time of quiet! I am greatly impressed that you have finished TWWLN. I am a rather slow reader and have just completed chapter 60. My post will appear today. This novel has been a fascination for me from the beginning. Thanks for suggesting it. My projected finish date for TWWLN is Feb.9
I have the Heritage Press edition of Les Miserables (1938) translated into English by Lascelles Wraxall, and illustrated by Lynd Ward. The novel is divided into five volumes (Fantine, Cossette, Marius, The Idyll of Rue Plumet and Jean Valjean) with a total page count of 1464 . I have divided the whole thing into 9 equal segments of approximately 165 pages per segment. If I read 165 pages per week starting this week, I will have finished by the end of March (end of the quarter). Since I am such a slow reader, I am far from confident I can manage this pace, but I am determined to give it my best. This is a novel I have always wanted to read and ,strangely enough, the first two friends I mentioned Les Mis to told me that they have read it and loved it! So there's more people out there who have read this novel than one would suspect.
Do you know of others who might be interested in joining the Les Mis read?
Also which edition of Les Mis will you be reading and is the page count similiar to my Heritage edition? (Great road bike trip yesterday. Did 30 miles in glorious sun!)
Take care. James
Just a note to say hello. It seems as if there is a sudden demise of comments on LibraryThing groups--or maybe on the groups I am a member of or watcher of. Is this typical of LibraryThing members---periods of inactivity?
I anticipated not much comment on The Way We Live Now due to it's length (800 pages plus) and decided early on that I would read and post if only for myself. I have begun Les Miserables because it is even longer than TWWLN, and have contacted two of the members voting for it as a selection to read for this quarter. (One member said he had read it and doesn't read books a second time; the other said she hoped to participate but had a backlog of material she needed to complete). I noticed on your poll that ten people voted to read Les Miserables. Is it possible to contact and encourage each to participate--or is Group Reads a more casual affair? I have started Les Miserables, am already totally pulled into the story, and am determined to read and finish this novel---if only as a solo read--it's that good! In fact I have considered begin a thread on Book 1. What do you think? Might it be an encourage others to join me? Hope you have a great day--its warm in Tennessee (60's in January---time to pull out the road bike!)
Thanks, scarper. Sorry I got the two groups mixed up. I'll see how far I get with TWWLN. I read it about a year ago so a re-read should go a bit faster.
I am new to Geeks Who Love the Classics, would love to join the group read of The Way We Live Now and have a question. Is there a specific time frame to finish the novel and begin the discussion? I am a rather slow reader and am currently in some other groups that require reading to deadlines. Since TWWLN is 800 plus pages, I need to plan accordingly. Thanks, By the way, Love your Profile graphic!! s4sando
Thanks so much for purchasing the book. I really appreciate it. Hope you like it.

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Butcher Boy, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

thanks for your comment -- it always gives me a kick to know that someone actually reads my review. I do the same thing as you -- I wait till I am finished with a novel and then go read all the reviews, esp. the LT ones. Jen
That sounds like it takes a lot of disciple but is flexible. Thanks for the info.
It must be great to have tutor from all over.
I'm impressed that you have any time for reading fiction.

How do you find studying epidemiology online? I teach epi (surveillance & infectious disease) and have wondered what it would be like to teach the subject via the internet.
I will definitely have a look at 'The Debt to Pleasure'. That is a promising opening line. Thanks for the tip.

Are you studying at London School of Hygiene by any chance. That's where I first studied Epidemiology.
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