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Finished reading AN IMPROBABLE FRIENDSHIP by Anthony David.

Ruth Dayan was the first wife of General Moshe Dayan, Israel's war hero and former Defence Minister. Raymonda Tawil was the mother-in-law of Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority. Dayan and Arafat were mortal enemies. That couldn't prevent Ruth and Raymonda from becoming close friends who worked tirelessly together for peace and goodwill between Arabs and Jews. AN IMPROBABLE FRIENDSHIP traces their astounding journey and roadblocks they encountered.

This book is the 59th I've finished reading in 2018. The last one.

 

Lazarillo de Tormes, Anonymous, translated by Michael Alpert. Excellent use of the Picaresque genre with satire and irony to provide a fascinating account of life in Spain under the inquisition. Well written although the author remains anonymous.

antabanta posted:

Lazarillo de Tormes, Anonymous, translated by Michael Alpert. Excellent use of the Picaresque genre with satire and irony to provide a fascinating account of life in Spain under the inquisition. Well written although the author remains anonymous.

I read Lazarillo de Tormes when my mother was trying to get me to read Spanish lit.  You have to read it in Spanish to get it. I Have two copies. One was given to me by  my mother. It has English on the right side of a two page spread  and Spanish on the left, The  other I bought at a foreign book store on Hillside and Kew Gardens some years ago.  I bought lots of books from them. They wholesale foreign classics in their original languages. You have to look closely to find them.

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Lazarillo de Tormes, Anonymous, translated by Michael Alpert. Excellent use of the Picaresque genre with satire and irony to provide a fascinating account of life in Spain under the inquisition. Well written although the author remains anonymous.

I really enjoyed reading this novella. VS Naipaul had mentioned that this book gave him writing ideas. 

In alphabetical order, I am thanking the following GNI Members for keeping this thread alive during 2018: @antabanta, @cain, @D2, @GTAngler, @IGH, @Leonora. Let's resolve to read more in the New Year. We all know the immeasurable benefits that reading gives us. Avid readers have a bond and mutual respect that nothing can break. I invite other GNI folks to join us in the reading experience.

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In alphabetical order, I am thanking the following GNI Members for keeping this thread alive during 2018: @antabanta, @cain, @D2, @GTAngler, @IGH, @Leonora. Let's resolve to read more in the New Year. We all know the immeasurable benefits that reading gives us. Avid readers have a bond and mutual respect that nothing can break. I invite other GNI folks to join us in the reading experience.

Happy New Year Gilbakka.

Have tons of books to read for 2019.

Did you see #44 2018 book list?  A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Niapaul.
His #1 is Becoming... 
Will start reading mine in 2019.

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Gilbakka posted:

In alphabetical order, I am thanking the following GNI Members for keeping this thread alive during 2018: @antabanta, @cain, @D2, @GTAngler, @IGH, @Leonora. Let's resolve to read more in the New Year. We all know the immeasurable benefits that reading gives us. Avid readers have a bond and mutual respect that nothing can break. I invite other GNI folks to join us in the reading experience.

Happy New Year Gilbakka.

Have tons of books to read for 2019.

Did you see #44 2018 book list?  A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Niapaul.
His #1 is Becoming... 
Will start reading mine in 2019.

New Year Greetings to you too. I saw the Obama thing and relayed it to Political:

https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/obama-biswas-naipaul

Gilbakka posted:

In alphabetical order, I am thanking the following GNI Members for keeping this thread alive during 2018: @antabanta, @cain, @D2, @GTAngler, @IGH, @Leonora. Let's resolve to read more in the New Year. We all know the immeasurable benefits that reading gives us. Avid readers have a bond and mutual respect that nothing can break. I invite other GNI folks to join us in the reading experience.

Happy New Year to you and your family Gilly, and to all here and their families. Let us hope and pray that this New Year is a better one for all our brothers and sisters in Guyana.

The Swindler (El Buscón), Francisco de Quevedo, translated by Michael Alpert - a humorous picaresque satire on life in Spain in the early 17th century, chronicling the adventures, or misadventures as the scoundrel seems more of a failure than a success, of a low-born whose primary goal is to become a caballero.

Finished reading THE CRUSADES THROUGH ARAB EYES by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf. First published in 1983 it covers the period 1094 to 1291 when European Christian armies waged a series of wars against Arab Muslims and Jews for control of Jerusalem, a city sacred to the three groups of believers. The battlefields stretched throughout Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and parts of North Africa. The Arabs won those wars eventually and one of their heroes is widely remembered today --- Saladin, the Kurdish ruler of Syria and Egypt. The most remembered of the Christian Crusaders is Richard the Lionheart, King of England.

Reading this book, I can see why there is never ending animosity between peoples of the Arab world and the West. In fact it can be traced to the 11th-13th centuries.

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Finished reading THE CRUSADES THROUGH ARAB EYES by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf. First published in 1983 it covers the period 1094 to 1291 when European Christian armies waged a series of wars against Arab Muslims and Jews for control of Jerusalem, a city sacred to the three groups of believers. The battlefields stretched throughout Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and parts of North Africa. The Arabs won those wars eventually and one of their heroes is widely remembered today --- Saladin, the Kurdish ruler of Syria and Egypt. The most remembered of the Christian Crusaders is Richard the Lionheart, King of England.

Reading this book, I can see why there is never ending animosity between peoples of the Arab world and the West. In fact it can be traced to the 11th-13th centuries.

You have to go back earlier. Muslims moved in because of their Koran and drove the people there in the 7th century. They hold the place sacred so they fought to get it back. 

Saladin saying that christians can live ther is like whites telling natives that you can live in the reservations. It was not his to give give except he fought to defend previous invasions. 

 

Finished reading ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall, US writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate. Published in 2014 when Hall was 84 years old, it consists of 14 essays. Hall reminisces about his grandparents' New Hampshire farmhouse, his growing up, his two wives and other women, his public poetry readings, his smoker's misadventures, his old age disabilities, his views on death etc. One essay is about his nine honorary doctorates which he deems a dishonour. About his writing life, he says the best part is revision; it's normal for him to rewrite a piece over 30 times. Donald Hall died recently at age 89.

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Finished reading ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall, US writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate. Published in 2014 when Hall was 84 years old, it consists of 14 essays. Hall reminisces about his grandparents' New Hampshire farmhouse, his growing up, his two wives and other women, his public poetry readings, his smoker's misadventures, his old age disabilities, his views on death etc. One essay is about his nine honorary doctorates which he deems a dishonour. About his writing life, he says the best part is revision; it's normal for him to rewrite a piece over 30 times. Donald Hall died recently at age 89.

I have been concentrating on West Indian Literature particularly on books I read growing up but there are only so many I can remember. I already have Black Midas, The Wild Coast and The Guyanese Wanderer by Jan Carew, Three Singles to Adventure (Three Tickets to Adventure), To Sir With Love, Cloud With a Silver Lining, The Young Warriors, Backfire, a few by Naipaul and a couple by William Beebe. I just got the Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature because it is supposed to be a compilation of over seventy pieces of writing from the Caribbean. I am hoping I will be introduced to other writers. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations.

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Gilbakka posted:

Finished reading ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall, US writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate. Published in 2014 when Hall was 84 years old, it consists of 14 essays. Hall reminisces about his grandparents' New Hampshire farmhouse, his growing up, his two wives and other women, his public poetry readings, his smoker's misadventures, his old age disabilities, his views on death etc. One essay is about his nine honorary doctorates which he deems a dishonour. About his writing life, he says the best part is revision; it's normal for him to rewrite a piece over 30 times. Donald Hall died recently at age 89.

I have been concentrating on West Indian Literature particularly on books I read growing up but there are only so many I can remember. I already have Black Midas, The Wild Coast and The Guyanese Wanderer by Jan Carew, Three Singles to Adventure (Three Tickets to Adventure), To Sir With Love, Cloud With a Silver Lining, The Young Warriors, Backfire, a few by Naipaul and a couple by William Beebe. I just got the Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature because it is supposed to be a compilation of over seventy pieces of writing from the Caribbean. I am hoping I will be introduced to other writers. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations.

Amazon.com has books by the following writers: Herbert G. de Lisser (Jamaica), Andrew Salkey (Jamaica), Samuel Selvon (Trinidad), E.R. Braithwaite (Guyana).

Check Peepal Tree Press online. Publishers of Caribbean Literature old and new. Be prepared to spend money.

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Gilbakka posted:

Finished reading ESSAYS AFTER EIGHTY by Donald Hall, US writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate. Published in 2014 when Hall was 84 years old, it consists of 14 essays. Hall reminisces about his grandparents' New Hampshire farmhouse, his growing up, his two wives and other women, his public poetry readings, his smoker's misadventures, his old age disabilities, his views on death etc. One essay is about his nine honorary doctorates which he deems a dishonour. About his writing life, he says the best part is revision; it's normal for him to rewrite a piece over 30 times. Donald Hall died recently at age 89.

I have been concentrating on West Indian Literature particularly on books I read growing up but there are only so many I can remember. I already have Black Midas, The Wild Coast and The Guyanese Wanderer by Jan Carew, Three Singles to Adventure (Three Tickets to Adventure), To Sir With Love, Cloud With a Silver Lining, The Young Warriors, Backfire, a few by Naipaul and a couple by William Beebe. I just got the Routledge Reader in Caribbean Literature because it is supposed to be a compilation of over seventy pieces of writing from the Caribbean. I am hoping I will be introduced to other writers. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations.

Amazon.com has books by the following writers: Herbert G. de Lisser (Jamaica), Andrew Salkey (Jamaica), Samuel Selvon (Trinidad), E.R. Braithwaite (Guyana).

Check Peepal Tree Press online. Publishers of Caribbean Literature old and new. Be prepared to spend money.

Thanks Gilly. I really wasn't aware E. R. Braithwaite had written so many books.

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Anjali posted:

Just bought X by Sue Grafton. She died in 2017 and did not get to finish Z. She had written the alphabet detective series featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone, I really liked her books. 

Thanks for checking in, Anjali.

You are very welcome Sir Gil....I will try to check in more often, thank you. 

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IGH posted:

Happy New Year Gilbakka.

Have tons of books to read for 2019.

Did you see #44 2018 book list?  A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Niapaul.
His #1 is Becoming... 
Will start reading mine in 2019.

New Year Greetings to you too. I saw the Obama thing and relayed it to Political:

https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/obama-biswas-naipaul

I bought A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S.Naipaul for our older son's birthday.
My message to him was "I enjoyed reading this book as a teenager. It is now on #44 2018 reading list."

I have a copy in my book collection.

I must confess that I have really bad reading habits. if a book doesn't grab my interest in the first few pages, it gets relegated to the "finish later" list unless I have read at least one good in my opinion book, by the same author. This is why whenever I lend or recommend books by an author who has written more than one, I select one of the better ones.

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I still like harlequin and ever so often will read an Enid Blyton 😀.

I bought a few of the series I read as a child with the hope my son will have my love of reading. He'll be 5 this month.

Early birthday wishes to your son, hopefully in a few more years he will be reading those Blyton's. I have almost all of her books, bought a lot online from England and Australia. I love her books as I grew up reading them. I am going to start reading The Whistler by Grisham. I would add Michael Anthony to the West Indian authors, (Cricket in the Road) etc.

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I must confess that I have really bad reading habits. if a book doesn't grab my interest in the first few pages, it gets relegated to the "finish later" list unless I have read at least one good in my opinion book, by the same author. This is why whenever I lend or recommend books by an author who has written more than one, I select one of the better ones.

I usually leave stop reading & try to re-read when I am bored.

Started this a few years ... got very confusing ... book mark is @pages 242/243.

My friend who read it in Spanish told me I should start reading back from the beginning.


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Started collecting Edgar Mittleholzer about 3 years before I retire.  Have not read any as yet.
Some were bought from antique book stores(via amazon) & peepaltreepress.com

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Nice. Keep it up. You have to get "A Swarthy Boy", "The Piling of the Clouds ", "The Wounded and the Worried", "The Weather in Middenshot", "With a Carib Eye", "A Tinkling in the Twilight", "Eltonsbrody", "The Mad MacMullochs", "Uncle Paul", "The Jilkington Drama".

Search eBay from time to time for used copies.

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Started collecting Edgar Mittleholzer about 3 years before I retire.  Have not read any as yet.
Some were bought from antique book stores(via amazon) & peepaltreepress.com

Edgar Mittelholzer_n

Nice. Keep it up. You have to get "A Swarthy Boy", "The Piling of the Clouds ", "The Wounded and the Worried", "The Weather in Middenshot", "With a Carib Eye", "A Tinkling in the Twilight", "Eltonsbrody", "The Mad MacMullochs", "Uncle Paul", "The Jilkington Drama".

Search eBay from time to time for used copies.

I am trying to get a proper list of all his books.

Kaywana Blood & Old Blood are the same books.

I have 2 copies of Morning at the Office.

Anjali posted:
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Anjali posted:

I still like harlequin and ever so often will read an Enid Blyton 😀.

I bought a few of the series I read as a child with the hope my son will have my love of reading. He'll be 5 this month.

Early birthday wishes to your son, hopefully in a few more years he will be reading those Blyton's. I have almost all of her books, bought a lot online from England and Australia. I love her books as I grew up reading them. I am going to start reading The Whistler by Grisham. I would add Michael Anthony to the West Indian authors, (Cricket in the Road) etc.

Thank you very much. The way I see it, if he isn't interested in any of the things I have collected, he can always sell and apply towards College Tuition. At least he'll be exposed to them.

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I am trying to get a proper list of all his books. (Gilly: Wikipedia has the titles.)

Kaywana Blood & Old Blood are the same books. (Gilly: OK.)

I have 2 copies of Morning at the Office. (Gilly: So I notice from the photo.)

 

You can have the extra one for free? 

Finished reading "THE MITROKHIN ARCHIVE II: The KGB and the World" by Vasili Mitrokhin and Christopher Andrew. Mitrokhin was a senior archivist in the former Soviet Union's state security and intelligence agency, the KGB where he worked from 1948. Every day for many years he smuggled handwritten notes and extracts from thousands of KGB files and hid them in his home before retiring in 1984. Eight years later he defected to Britain with his mammoth cache of secrets. Assisted by British intelligence scholar Christopher Andrew, he transformed those documents into a two-volume book. Volume I contains extraordinary details of KGB operations in Europe and North America. Volume II focuses on the Third World, including Latin America and the Caribbean. Guyana and Forbes Burnham are mentioned, but not Cheddi Jagan.

Vasili Mitrokhin died in 2004.

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I am trying to get a proper list of all his books. (Gilly: Wikipedia has the titles.)

Kaywana Blood & Old Blood are the same books. (Gilly: OK.)

I have 2 copies of Morning at the Office. (Gilly: So I notice from the photo.)

 

You can have the extra one for free? 

Nice of you, but I have to decline. In my tiny apartment 80 feet of bookshelf space is crammed. Now I buy only ebooks and have hundreds. 

Gilbakka posted:
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I am trying to get a proper list of all his books. (Gilly: Wikipedia has the titles.)

Kaywana Blood & Old Blood are the same books. (Gilly: OK.)

I have 2 copies of Morning at the Office. (Gilly: So I notice from the photo.)

 

You can have the extra one for free? 

Nice of you, but I have to decline. In my tiny apartment 80 feet of bookshelf space is crammed. Now I buy only ebooks and have hundreds. 

No hard feelings.  2017 I donated cookbooks & novels to the library for the fund drive.  Waiting again for then to have another one...

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No hard feelings.  2017 I donated cookbooks & novels to the library for the fund drive.  Waiting again for then to have another one...

I've told you about my books only. My son has his own substantial collection too. He has two bookcases with about 30 feet of shelf space, crammed from end to end, plus a few totes. This apartment is overflowing with books. Pity he doesn't like ebooks.

Gilbakka posted:
IGH posted:

No hard feelings.  2017 I donated cookbooks & novels to the library for the fund drive.  Waiting again for then to have another one...

I've told you about my books only. My son has his own substantial collection too. He has two bookcases with about 30 feet of shelf space, crammed from end to end, plus a few totes. This apartment is overflowing with books. Pity he doesn't like ebooks.

Your son is like me - stopped buying ebooks a long time now. I hate reading on my phone & I only take my Ipad with me when I travel/vacation.

Our daughter's b/room was named Grandma's Office by her son when he was about 3 yrs.old. He also named the boys' b/room - The Unisex Guest room recently.

Never read a book by Jan Carew. I notice Peepal & his Bio refers to Agricola/Rome as being in the County of Berbice. As far as i know Agricola/Rome is on the East Bank of Demerara.

Arriving between 1/30 -  2/14

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Never read a book by Jan Carew. I notice Peepal & his Bio refers to Agricola/Rome as being in the County of Berbice. As far as i know Agricola/Rome is on the East Bank of Demerara.

Arriving between 1/30 -  2/14

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While reading Jan Carew's memoir POTARO DREAMS two years ago I made this note: 

## JAN CAREW [1920-2012]. “I carried in me the genes of masters and slaves, bondsmen and overseers, renegades, rebels, castaways and convicts.” Manaharva, Carib cacique from Kaituma Triangle. African princess from Benin sold to slavery by jealous relatives. Portuguese Sephardic Jews. German. Dutch. English. Scots. French convict from Devil’s Island. Charles Alan Percival-Carew --- of a wealthy English family. Maya --- Jan’s East Indian nursemaid to age 11, married at 10 years, 5 kids by 20. Migrated to Essequibo Coast to live with a daughter. Steven Armenius Robertson, Ian’s maternal grandad, founder and president of BG Teachers’ Association. Stephen Fitzroy Carew, Jan’s paternal uncle, owner of Carew and Sons Ltd General Store and Carew Sawmill in New Amsterdam. Jan Carew attended Berbice High School; motto “Homo sum, nihil humani mihi alienium [I am a man and nothing human is alien to me”. Principal Ben-O Yisu Das.

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Carew spent part of his childhood in Agricola EBD. He attended the primary school. His mother taught there and his grandfather was the headteacher. 

 

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