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    "Oliver Twist." Took me a while to get through this one. And was Charles Dickens a horrible anti-Semite? I can't believe Disney made a musical version with Billy Joel as the Artful Dodger. I just learned that, right this moment.

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    He wasn't more of an Antisemitic than anyone else in the UK at the time, and that's hardly the main characteristic of Fagin, or Shakespeare's Shylock for instance if you go earlier in culture. The Jew in there is not a positive character per-ce, however Fagin is not the monster like Bill Sikes. I try to think of Fagin as the magician instead.
    Dickens was not unaware of the allegation of Antisemitism and he later published an apologetic novel with a positive Jewish protagonist. I always try to think of dickens as the very first mass blogger who compiled his novels from day day today according to his crowd's reactions. By the way, Roman Polansky's adaptation is refreshing and still interesting .
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    The Art of the Deal.
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    Just re-read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I've read it several times, but I had forgotten how much I like it.

    I'm listening to a really good audiobook version of Hamlet, read by Frank Muller. So good. And it explains the uncommon words and phrases Shakespeare uses.

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    By the way, Roman Polansky's adaptation is refreshing and still interesting .
    Anything related to Roman Polanski turns my stomach.
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    Just re-read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I've read it several times, but I had forgotten how much I like it.

    I'm listening to a really good audiobook version of Hamlet, read by Frank Muller. So good. And it explains the uncommon words and phrases Shakespeare uses.
    I'm actually rereading Gaiman's Sandman run in Graphic Novel format.
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    Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.
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    "Elmer Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis. I think my high school English teacher recommended it to me. It's a little long, but is still pretty relevant despite being written in 1926.
    After that, I wanted a quick read so I picked "Rage" by Richard Bachman/Stephen King. I already had "The Bachman Books" and was curious given the book's reputation and King's insistence that it never be published again. I was surprised that the book isn't very physically violent at all, but mostly psychological. Makes sense, really.

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    I'm going through a Dark Horse winter readings of graphic novels, Harrow County is definitely worth waiting for a trade paper back.
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    "Molly's Game" by Molly Bloom. I was in Hollywood and knew some of the poker players who attended her games. Not ground breaking, but a fun read

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    Do Comic Books count? I read a bunch of those each week. Just finished Justice League International. That was alright. Reading Injustice Year Three right now (amazing!), and have Black Science and Astro City waiting in the pen. Otherwise, last solid book I read was the entire Sword of Truth series when I was in Iraq. Loved that series.

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    Do Comic Books count? I read a bunch of those each week. Just finished Justice League International. That was alright. Reading Injustice Year Three right now (amazing!), and have Black Science and Astro City waiting in the pen. Otherwise, last solid book I read was the entire Sword of Truth series when I was in Iraq. Loved that series.
    Yes, comics count. I like reading comics. The last series I read was Catwoman. I really like her.

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    Yes, comics count. I like reading comics. The last series I read was Catwoman. I really like her.
    Brubaker's Catwoman from the early 2000s, or was it something more modern. I love Brubaker's run. Catwoman gets out of the male fantasy costume and into a rugged, more realistic costume (still sexy though), while she transitions to anti-hero for real. Great stuff.

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    The ones with the fairy queens are so good! Glad you're enjoying it
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    I'm only about half-way through but I LOVE The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. It's so historically relevant, and poetically written but also easy to follow and a great story. Has anyone else ever read it?
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    ^^I love that book! Thanks for reminding me. I'm gonna go check it out at my school's library on Monday. I've been dying to start reading again. Love this thread.

    I love Tell Me How It Ends and Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli. Short, quick reads, but very eye opening.

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    "The Jungle" is on my bookshelf right now. I had been thinking of making it my next book to read. I'm almost finished with "Breakfast of Champions."

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    I want to read Fire and Fury (or do I need any more affirmation of what I already know???). I also am interested in the book about the Dresden files.

    I have a stack of like 7 or 8 books on my nightstand. I keep opening them and not finishing. I read really fast so I tend to skim a lot. I need to get through at least one of them!!

    I bought a book called "Cooking for Madam" on Amazon. It was written by Jackie O's former family chef. It is a cook book and has recipes but also anecdotal stories about the Kennedys. Being from New England; my mother was pretty enamored with "america's Camelot". TBH I think it came up because I was trying to figure out how to make some old timey dish and it was like 3.00.. but I actually like the personal photos and allegorical accounts of someone who lived with them. I love Summer and also Christmas in New England and it takes me back.

    The other day I was in a City Building and they had one of those book exchange boxes. I saw "Go Down, Moses" in the box so I grabbed it because a free Faulker for my book collection! It has all of these hand written notes from the book's previous owner, Linda S. I did start it but was appalled by the number of times n***er is in the book. I know it was written in 1st person and the opening part was pre-war, and also the whole context of the book is about race relations; or rather interactions between blacks and whites over a few generations in a set of separate but intertwined vignettes. I just need to be in a different frame of mind when I open it again.

    I also have "The Power" by Rhonda Byrne (author of 'The Secret") in the pile; which I like alot.

    I should get through all of them n the next 2 weeks and maybe go back and pilfer the book exchange box.
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    I'm reading Lolita right now and OH MY GOD. It's so beautiful and well written, The first sentence is permanently stuck in my head. It does such a fantastic job of making you absolutely loathe Humburt, while also getting where he's coming from and how fucked up he is. You really just feel like you're inside his head.

    I also just finished Salt Houses and it really got me into reading again. It was pure prose and the stories and glimpses into a families life over 4 generations was so fantastic.

    Theres always Discworld too! Thats my go to whenever I cant think of the next book to read or I just want something silly, witty, and relaxing.

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    Discworld. So you recommend it?
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    “A People’s History of The United States” by Howard Zinn. I’m not a fan of academic reading and I have a love hate, emphasis on hate relationship with the university, however this book was very engaging and fun to read.
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    Discworld. So you recommend it?
    Absolutely!

    I'd start with color of magic, then follow this chart and just start on whatever series sounds best. theyre all very loosely connected so publication matter dosent matter much.
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