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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2190 on: September 24, 2019, 05:46:24 AM »
Baghdad Without a Map and other misadventures in Arabia by Tony Horwitz.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2191 on: September 24, 2019, 07:55:00 AM »
Baghdad Without a Map and other misadventures in Arabia by Tony Horwitz.

It's an interesting read.

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Things were never what they appeared. Deviousness was a folk art, contradiction a way of life, and nowhere more so than in the Iran of the ayatollan revolution. Mr. Horwitz tells of attending a rally in Teheran during the funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Black-suited men were marching down a street, beating their chests and raising their fists, chanting "death to America." Mr. Horwitz managed to find a demonstrator who knew English, but when the man found out that Mr. Horwitz was American, he turned the conversation in a peculiar direction: he wanted to talk about Disneyland. "It has always been my dream," he explained, "to go there and take my children on the tea-cup ride." With that, he rejoined the other marchers and resumed his death-to-America chant.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2192 on: September 25, 2019, 09:43:51 AM »
The Backbiting Tongue. And Winnie the Pooh.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2193 on: October 08, 2019, 07:06:30 AM »
Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. It's a novel about the Black Death. It's pretty boring, actually.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2194 on: October 14, 2019, 05:34:15 AM »
The Last Plantagenets by Thomas B. Costain
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2195 on: October 16, 2019, 12:07:43 AM »
I am reading "The man who founded california, the life of blessed junipero serra" by murville, ignatius press. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2196 on: October 20, 2019, 05:57:56 AM »
Heidi. I finally found my favorite translation in hardcover. Leather-bound, no less! Received it for my birthday.  ;D Guess I'm still young at heart.   :P
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2197 on: October 20, 2019, 07:22:34 AM »
1/3 of the way through Louis de Wohl’s Citadel of God, about St. Benedict.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2198 on: October 20, 2019, 01:05:27 PM »
"Twelfth  Night" by "Shakespeare"
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2199 on: November 04, 2019, 06:27:06 AM »
The Three Edwards by Thomas B. Costain.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2200 on: November 04, 2019, 04:22:59 PM »
The Mukhtasar al-Quduri:

A manual of Islamic Law according to the Hanafi School.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2201 on: November 04, 2019, 08:30:34 PM »
Last week I read American Exorcism by Michael W. Cuneo.  I originally read it when it first came out in 2001 and used it as a source when I wrote a paper about exorcism in different religious traditions for a senior seminar in university.

Cuneo in the book examines exorcism and deliverance in both Catholic and protestant traditions, including the charismatics, prot and Catholic; the Pentecostals from whom the charismatics sprang; evangelicals; and the bona fide Catholic rite as performed by duly approved priests.  He interviews people and observes various deliverance and exorcism rites.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2202 on: November 05, 2019, 06:45:02 PM »
"Twelfth  Night" by "Shakespeare"

I abandoned this read. Too much prose, and when there was pentameter, most of the endings were female. Picked up King Henry IV Part 1 and I find immensely edifying. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2203 on: November 12, 2019, 08:04:55 PM »
Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, translated by Lisa C. Hayden.

Only on page one.  It's set in medieval Russia.  When it came out a few years ago, it won awards.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #2204 on: November 14, 2019, 05:33:23 PM »
Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, translated by Lisa C. Hayden.

Only on page one.  It's set in medieval Russia.  When it came out a few years ago, it won awards.

It has good reviews on Amazon. Let us know what you think of it.
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