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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
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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
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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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