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As_An_Adamant

As_An_Adamant

Joined January 2019

I‘m about midway upon the journey of our life. I read poetry, ancient lit, religious texts, graphic novels.
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Gast | Carol Swain
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In terms of the illustrations, this graphic novella is very much in the minimalist style, as other reviewers have noted. But there‘s actually quite a world for both the reader and the heroine to explore—without any omniscient narrative, readers identify with Helen in her quest to find out about the mysterious Emrys, and are swept along in this unsettling detective story which is deeply tragic and hopeful still, sometimes within the same panel.

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revenge4porgy What‘s the booked 2019 challenge? 9mo
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This is the best way for beginners to approach the work of William Dunbar, second greatest of the 15th & 16th c. Scots makaris. I thought some of these poems would have been better served with less translation, as middle Scots is an English dialect, not an entirely different language. A Brash of Wowing has the first example in print of the modern English word “fuck” and Lament for the Makaris is an unjustly overlooked poem of the 16thc.

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole

“Ignatius loves his donuts. He says to me, ‘Momma, I love my donuts.‘ He‘s out in the parlor right now looking at TV. Every afternoon, right as rain, he looks at that show where them kids dance.” —“Move along, you coxcomb,” Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley. The women‘s art guild turned its hats toward the source of the volcanic sound. Ignatius glared at the young man‘s tawny velvet jacket...

tpixie Welcome! 🥳📚🥳 10mo
MayJasper Hello and welcome. Thanks to you I now know what eructation means. 👍 10mo
As_An_Adamant @MayJasper haha you‘re welcome. This book is an amazing vocabulary builder. 10mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole

No review does this book justice. It is a comic masterpiece and since humor is subjective, you‘ll have to read it for yourself and tell me later how right I am. You‘re welcome.

CoffeeNBooks I just read this recently- I can't believe I'd never read it before! Great book! 10mo
As_An_Adamant Isn‘t it amazing?!? Incredibly interesting story behind its publication as well. 10mo
manicdirteater I usually read it again once a year! I‘ve found that people really love it or hate it! 10mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit I just read this book last year and loved it! There‘s no one like Ignatius—I could forgive him anything for his vocabulary!! 😁 10mo
Readingismyescape @manicdirteater My friend loves this book. A couple of years ago I agreed to buddy read it with him. He still doesn‘t understand why I hated it. 🤷🏻‍♀️😳 To each his own I guess. 10mo
Jason7 Really funny book. This type of humor isn‘t for everyone, but it is for me. It‘s really great on audio too. 10mo
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manicdirteater @Readingismyescape I think that‘s just remarkable how the opinion of a book can vary. I‘ve read things now in my 40‘s that I also read in my 20‘s and they‘re so much more meaningful now. 10mo
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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I have a very abrupt, sharp laugh that scares even the people who know me well and I frightened a few people who were nearby while I was reading this book. I didn‘t like them though. Read this book with hors‘ d‘oeuvres at the next dinner party you attend and find out who your true friends are.

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Daddy's Girl | Debbie Drechsler
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This is an unsettling and graphic work of graphic art. The juxtaposition of Lil having a childish argument with her sister in one panel and being forced to suck her father‘s dick in the next is quite jarring and mimics perhaps the experience of being a victim of childhood incest. My only complaint is no sequel—I would like to know how Lil is doing now. Also it‘s not exactly a cheerful story but one that had to be told. Thank you Ms. Drechsler.

As_An_Adamant This review contains spoilers and I hope that it‘s not visible to anyone who doesn‘t want to see it. I‘m still figuring Litsy out! 👋 (edited) 10mo
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I like reading books that have discreet notes and appendices. Interesting to see where Shakespeare got some of the inspiration for many of his tragedies. I think that Sophocles might say that rather than love, fate conquers all.

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As_An_Adamant Thanks! I‘m really enjoying it so far 10mo
AlaSkaat Uh, I do not trust fate 10mo
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As_An_Adamant Fate is an unwieldy beast... 10mo
AlaSkaat @As_An_Adamant Only fate followed by an action I believe in 10mo
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The Book: An Homage | Burkhard Spinnen
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A book about books. The chapters are very short but still quite substantive, including titles like “the discarded book”, “the signed book” and my favorite chapter “the dictionary”. The author, Burkhard Spinnen, is German and the prose is often awkward and formal—-though not necessarily due to poor translation, I think that the author likely just has a very distinctive voice. I will definitely reread this book.

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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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Maybe I just don‘t have any sense of wonder or appreciation for the magic of mundane oddities or whatever but this book was awful. Worst thing I have read in awhile. I think this was a weak short story that couldn‘t be published on its own merits so it was fleshed out with some enigmatic illustrations. Chip Kidd‘s name should be on the cover, as the artist/illustrator, he was responsible for the only good part of this book. 1/5

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Not so much travel notes as a windy and winding prose-poem. I didn‘t understand a great deal of it but it was occasionally interesting and mercifully brief. 3/5

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One reviewer notes: “Ms. Beard seems more eager to tell us what historians DON‘T know than what they do.” This is an occasionally frustrating tendency of hers but ultimately I appreciate her cautious approach.

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This is an accessible and engaging history of Ancient Rome. It is funny, informative and almost never boring. This book nicely covers the major institutions of the Roman Republic-turned-Roman Empire, and the lives of the individuals who comprised them. An apocryphal quote attributed by Tacitus to an enemy of Rome nicely sums up the imperial project: “They create a desert and call it peace.” We may yet have something to learn from history.

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4/5

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Confessions | Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.), Albert C. Outler, Mark Vessey
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St Augustine has a way of confronting paradox that is very intriguing. Book 1 contains questions I have asked of myself and of God, without receiving any heretofore discernible answer. Some of the chapters are more interesting than others, some are extremely dull. The theft of rotten peaches is quite the underwhelming sin. His conversion experience was very moving. 4/5

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Confessions | Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.), Albert C. Outler, Mark Vessey

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your torrents, and all your waves and breakers sweep over me. —Ps 42:8

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Confessions | Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.), Albert C. Outler, Mark Vessey

But even so, we still live by faith and not by sight, for we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope. —Book 13.13.14

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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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Camus said he wrote this in “the American style”, meaning I think, short and declarative sentences that tell a grimy and sordid tale. It works. The best of both Hemingway and Kafka—this story might ultimately be a tragedy of toxic masculinity.

As_An_Adamant Thanks! 10mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 10mo
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As_An_Adamant @RaimeyGallant thank you for the tips. This app is really interesting, I‘m looking forward to meeting some fellow book-lovers. (edited) 10mo
LiterRohde One of my favorite books since high school. 10mo
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Saudade | Traci Brimhall

Years ago she watched a man ride//a diving bell to the bottom of the amazon to face/the mysteries God placed there. The chain broke,/and they pulled him to the surface smiling, stiff, refusing//to open his fists. They broke and unpeeled his fingers./No one wept or fought to hold it. She covered her eyes/so she wouldn‘t see what God, in his innocence, had done.

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Saudade | Traci Brimhall

The past is never dead. It‘s not even past. —W. Faulkner

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Saudade | Traci Brimhall
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A dead or stillborn baby; betrayal; taboo loves and lovers: these images and motifs repeat throughout. The poems comprise a sustained lament to a god the narrator is uncertain exists yet continues to seek and long for.

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Hilarious and vulgar; lighthearted and dark at once; thoroughly imbued a sense of the numinous that nevertheless remains irreverent to the end.

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The New American Bible | Oxford University Press, Inc.
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I‘ve only read the New Testament but so far, it‘s dynamite stuff.

Taylor The Old Testament is just as good! Then it flows into the New Testament so naturally. 10mo
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This is one of the best memoirs I‘ve ever read, though admittedly I haven‘t read many. I‘m not sure some of the anecdotes he shares from his childhood are strictly “true” as in objectively reflecting reality (he gets too many clever one-liners in his fights) but I think it‘s as true as any autobiography can be. His fight with his uncle had me on the edge of my seat and as an ex-SDA, I can confirm the accuracy of his observations about the church.

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The influence of WB Yeats‘s visceral imagery is strong and also Stephen Dobyns‘ macabre sense of humor. But Sasha West is her own poet, with a powerful and distinctive voice. I‘m eagerly awaiting her next offering.

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