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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2007, 01:02:03 AM »

Lupina, I saw a tv report on the authors of Mao and was very impressed. They are husband and wife who have spent the past ten years researching and writing this book. It shows a Mao that none of us knew, and one who was on par with Hitler and Stalin. Should be fascinating and insightful if not a little tough at times. I'm impressed by your ambition in reading it, but having visited China probably sparks a more intense interest, though so few of us really understand the country under Mao which would probably help explain their current growth patterns.

Am finishing The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampudesa, a modern classic about a pack of bogans who marry into the nobility, who themselves bemoan the new low-brow world they live in. Maybe Lampudesa is Daisy's new pen name! LOL

Have already dipped into the autobiography of Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father. It is wonderfully written and illustrates his very interesting family background including some years in Indonesia, the land of his step-father. That's all I've read so far. I have no idea whether he will or should be President of the US, but his story is most interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2007, 06:04:31 AM »

Cece, Lampudesa would be an improvement on Daisy's present pseudonym Boganhilde or whatever it is......should e-mail her really and put forward a motion suggesting a change...

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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2007, 11:36:31 PM »

I am into children's literature at the moment  Under milkwood, the wind in the willows and the khan's daughter - a mongolian fairy tale. Wonderful childrens stuff written for adults. so relaxing Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2007, 08:01:20 AM »

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I am into children's literature at the moment  Under milkwood, the wind in the willows and the khan's daughter - a mongolian fairy tale. Wonderful childrens stuff written for adults. so relaxing Smiley

Is it the Dylan Thomas 'Under Milkwood' you are reading? - wonderful alliterative prose, but, can children get to terms with it?

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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2007, 11:34:55 PM »

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Is it the Dylan Thomas 'Under Milkwood' you are reading? - wonderful alliterative prose, but, can children get to terms with it?

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Yup. Love his stuff. We have just found -the only cinema production - of it recently with Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Lizzy Taylor. I must admit, Lizzy is very flat and very poor in that role. We took my neice (12) and she thought the language was funny (bible black etc) and charcters ok. But we thought it would do her good to be exposed to that language structure, imagery etc. her parents read & allow her to read really 'adult' stuff.

Just saw Mrs Potter - the life of Miss Beatrix Potter. wonderful film. hadn't realised how independent and strong willed a woman she was.

I just love literature 'written' for children. you learn so much about other cultures, languages, customs, history. anyway. I should stop now Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2007, 08:40:08 PM »

I love it too.  I think the books we read as children can have a really magical effect on us and that's why I worry whether children and older read enough these days.   :-/

There is a very good autobiography about the effect of children's literature called "The Child that Books Built" by Francis Wheen.

His special obsession was Narnia - which always left me cold.  Each to his or her own!
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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2007, 11:40:19 PM »

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Yup. Love his stuff. We have just found -the only cinema production - of it recently with Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Lizzy Taylor.


http://www.undermilkwood.net/prose_umw1.html

The link has an audio button - thought it might interest!

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« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2007, 12:24:08 AM »

Lupina,

You are wonderful. thanks again for this link. have not seen it. Is this one of your favourite stories too?

with many thanks  Grin Grin
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« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2007, 12:27:27 AM »

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I love it too.  I think the books we read as children can have a really magical effect on us and that's why I worry whether children and older read enough these days.   :-/

There is a very good autobiography about the effect of children's literature called "The Child that Books Built" by Francis Wheen.

His special obsession was Narnia - which always left me cold.  Each to his or her own!


thanks for this link Macaw, I will chase it up. its amazing the hidden messages in children's literature. BTW, CSLewis, was part of JRR Tolkein's inner circles, and through Tolkein's influence returned back to Catholism. Narnia, has very strong Christian symbolism/themes thoughout it.
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« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2007, 01:05:09 AM »

Tolkein, I have to say, leaves me stone cold.  I think he's more popular with boys than girls.
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« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2007, 01:15:48 AM »

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Tolkein, I have to say, leaves me stone cold.  I think he's more popular with boys than girls.

Probably, but I like him, even though the Silmarillion is somewhat boring.
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« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2007, 01:51:19 AM »

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Probably, but I like him, even though the Silmarillion is somewhat boring.


his Silmarillion is BORING! His thriology Lord of the Rings is magnificent! because he tries to revive myths and culture of Anglo-saxons, all borrowed from norse mythology. eg: have a look at Wagner's opera the ring cycle. its charachters and their names are very similar to Tolken's charachters.Wagner has Froda, tolkein has Frodo.  but most important theme, above all else, is the Christian theme of sin&saviour is the real reason of the book.
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« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2007, 03:42:46 AM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis

might be of interest. Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2007, 11:16:04 PM »

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Lupina,

You are wonderful. thanks again for this link. have not seen it. Is this one of your favourite stories too?

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Pleasure.....I like DThomas generally, both poetry and his prose, and have been to
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« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2007, 11:16:04 PM »

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