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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby shpati_L1 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:47 pm

To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:45 pm

shpati_L1 wrote:To Kill a Mockingbird.

I still have to read Go Set a Watchman.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:43 pm

Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award. [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby JANCKER » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:44 pm

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:50 pm

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:38 pm

The long-held suggestion that Christopher Marlowe was William Shakespeare is now widely dismissed, along with other authorship theories. But Marlowe is enjoying the next best thing – taking centre stage alongside his great Elizabethan rival with a credit as co-writer of the three Henry VI plays.

The two dramatists will appear jointly on each of the three title pages of the plays within the New Oxford Shakespeare, a landmark project to be published by Oxford University Press this month. [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:28 pm

Tom McCarthy, Satin Island

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:59 pm

The book festival will be held between today and Sunday at the Med Conference Center.

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby JANCKER » Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:52 pm

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

The Grand Inquisitor

In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet, and
say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us."


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Ivan explains his prose poem, “The Grand Inquisitor.” In a town in Spain, in the sixteenth century, Christ arrives, apparently reborn on Earth. As he walks through the streets, the people gather about him, staring. He begins to heal the sick, but his ministrations are interrupted by the arrival of a powerful cardinal who orders his guards to arrest Christ. Late that night, this cardinal, the Grand Inquisitor, visits Christ’s cell and explains why he has taken him prisoner and why he cannot allow Christ to perform his works. Throughout the Grand Inquisitor’s lecture, Christ listens silently.

The Grand Inquisitor tells Christ that he cannot allow him to do his work on Earth, because his work is at odds with the work of the Church. The Inquisitor reminds Christ of the time, recorded in the Bible, when the Devil presented him with three temptations, each of which he rejected. The Grand Inquisitor says that by rejecting these three temptations, he guaranteed that human beings would have free will. Free will, he says, is a devastating, impossible burden for mankind. Christ gave humanity the freedom to choose whether or not to follow him, but almost no one is strong enough to be faithful, and those who are not will be damned forever. The Grand Inquisitor says that Christ should have given people no choice, and instead taken power and given people security instead of freedom. That way, the same people who were too weak to follow Christ to begin with would still be damned, but at least they could have happiness and security on Earth, rather than the impossible burden of moral freedom. The Grand Inquisitor says that the Church has now undertaken to correct Christ’s mistake. The Church is taking away freedom of choice and replacing it with security. Thus, the Grand Inquisitor must keep Christ in prison, because if Christ were allowed to go free, he might undermine the Church’s work to lift the burden of free will from mankind.

The first temptation Christ rejected was bread. Hungry after his forty days of fasting, Christ was confronted by Satan, who told him that if he were really the son of God, he could turn a stone to bread and satisfy his hunger. Christ refused, replying that man should not live by bread, but by the word of God. The Grand Inquisitor says that most people are too weak to live by the word of God when they are hungry. Christ should have taken the bread and offered mankind freedom from hunger instead of freedom of choice.

The second temptation was to perform a miracle. Satan placed Christ upon a pinnacle in Jerusalem and told him to prove that he was the messiah by throwing himself off it. If Christ were really God’s son, the angels would bear him up and not allow him to die. Christ refused, telling Satan that he could not tempt God. Beaten, Satan departed. But the Grand Inquisitor says that Christ should have given people a miracle, for most people need to see the miraculous in order to be content in their religious faith. Man needs a supernatural being to worship, and Christ refused to appear as one.

The third temptation was power. Satan showed Christ all the kingdoms in the world, and offered him control of them all. Christ refused. The Grand Inquisitor says that Christ should have taken the power, but since he did not, the Church has now has to take it in his name, in order to convince men to give up their free will in favor of their security.

The Grand Inquisitor tells Christ that it was Satan, and not Christ, who was in the right during this exchange. He says that ever since the Church took over the Roman Empire, it has been secretly performing the work of Satan, not because it is evil, but because it seeks the best and most secure order for mankind.

As the Grand Inquisitor finishes his indictment of Christ, Christ walks up to the old man and kisses him gently on the lips. The Grand Inquisitor suddenly sets Christ free, but tells him never to return again.

As Ivan finishes his story, he worries that Alyosha will be disturbed by the idea that if there is no God, there are no moral limitations on man’s behavior. But Alyosha leans forward and kisses Ivan on the lips. Ivan, moved, replies that Alyosha has stolen that action from his poem. Ivan and Alyosha leave the restaurant and split up. Ivan begins walking home and Alyosha walks to the monastery where Zosima is dying.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:15 am

Interesting... I've wanted to read the Brothers Karamazov for years after I came across it in a Maltese novel in which one of the characters constantly refers to it and lives by it.

Last night I finished André Gide's La synohonie pastorale (although I read it in translation) which deals with similar questions about God's work, mainly that the senses, by allowing us to fully experience his creation, push us towards sin; people are either physically blind or morally blind. The main character, who is a pastor, increasingly manipulates biblical passages to justify his actions.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:46 pm

After playing him on the most recent season of Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin is taking his Donald Trump impression to a new level, co-writing a satirical book in character.

According to the New York Times, the actor will work with novelist Kurt Andersen on You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J Trump. The book will be released by Penguin Press in November and will be accompanied by an audiobook to be read by Baldwin as Trump. [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby JANCKER » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:14 pm

Balkan literature: the best contemporary fiction to add to your reading list [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:05 pm

'Parthenon' made of books built at site of Nazi book burning [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby Dumbledore7 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:02 pm

Pep Guardiola: The Evolution by Marti Perarnau. Amazing, even better than Pep Confidential.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:16 pm

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