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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:34 pm

FCBayernMunchen wrote:Happy Bloomsday! (does any other nerd apart from me get that?)


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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:50 pm

16 June is dedicated to celebrating the life and works of James Joyce, who is one of the greatest writers ever. It's a huge thing in Ireland. One of my best friends lives there and there are usually loads of activities going on in the cities. It's a well known day in literary circles.

It's called Bloomsday after Leopold Bloom, who is the main character of Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses. It's one of the longest novels in English and takes place in one day... obviously 16 June. Wikipedia tells me he picked the date because it was the anniversary of Joyce's first date with his future wife.

I'm surprised there's nothing in Malta about this today as the head of our English department at university is Irish. There was always some thing or other going on the day these past 3 years.
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:15 pm

doesn't have to do with what I am reading but I guess the article fits well in this thread.
Pornography lecture which pitted Anthony Burgess against conservative Malta to be published, 45 years on
Author of A Clockwork Orange had Lija home requisitioned a while later [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:29 pm

Saw it on The Guardian. I knew Burgess lived in Lija but had no idea he was in trouble with the Church


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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:26 am

Judging a book by its cover
DFASinMalta sponsoring conservation of decorated paper cover volumes [source]
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:25 am

Unrelated but one should always judge a book by its cover :coffee:
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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:05 am

From time to time I like to read (randomly) from this dictionary which was written in the 18th century.
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The author came up with a theory that Maltese derives from Hebrew.
In this dictionary next to the Maltese word he gives the italian meaning(the official language of these islands in that time)

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:10 am

I also started this book Image

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What is the book you last read?

Postby pyrasur » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:41 pm

I read that when I was younger. I enjoyed it. I like learning history through the perspectives of fictional characters.

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby FCBayernMunchen » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:26 pm

Gulliver's Travels (the real deal not the children's versions which are usually just one part of it)


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Re: What is the book you last read?

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Re: What is the book you last read?

Postby ramsej84 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:23 pm

Women in 18th Century Malta. [source]


The Inquisitor’s archives reveal that a Carmelite nun became pregnant in 1730 and tried to have an abortion, while nuns at the Monastery of Santa Scholastica were accused of scandalous and pagan behaviour, one nun being accused of having sexual intercourse with the Devil.
These are just some of the stories in a book just published called Women in 18th Century Malta

The book, illustrated with paintings from public and private collections in Malta, Paris and St Petersburg, will sell at €25 from local booksellers but will be sold at the special price of €20 from the SKS Stand at the Malta Book Festival at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta between 8-12 November.
The author will attend the Book Festival on Saturday November 11 between 6pm-8pm to sign copies of her publication.
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