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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Prized Possessions
Quentin Buvelot, David Taylor, Rupert Goulding
Progress: 86/192 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 6/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 76/534 pages
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Progress: 246/615 pages
Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin #20)
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 73/272 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 16/160 pages
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 11/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 78/259 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 192 pages.

Prized Possessions - Quentin Buvelot, David Taylor, Rupert Goulding

"Country house portraits" is a genre I've never come to appreciate but apparently a couple of Dutch Old Masters in England specialised in it. Like the later family portraits they seem to be vanity projects with little interest - but the painters had to make a living from the upper class or give up the profession.

Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

Alexander the Great's empire collapsed only two years after his death but the Greek language remained in a large swathe of Asia for centuries after.

Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

Father Hubburd's Tales (printed): The opening poem is radically re-written and expanded from the manuscript version, but the story gist is the same.

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 192 pages.

Prized Possessions - Quentin Buvelot, David Taylor, Rupert Goulding

This painting by Cuyp is easily the most impressive so far, gets a double page reproduction:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Aelbert_Cuyp_View_of_Dordrecht.jpg

Reading progress update: I've read 243 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

Greek colonies along the Meditereanian coast brought literacy to the Gauls, who used the Greek alphabet but their own language.

Reading progress update: I've read 404 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Boethius (Boece in Middle English) was, by his own account a victim of political persecution.

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 192 pages.

Prized Possessions - Quentin Buvelot, David Taylor, Rupert Goulding

Shout out to Gersina ter Borch, who was "herself a gifted artist."

Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

Father Hubburd's Tales (printed version): The dedication is again to a satirical figure that is a cheapskate patron.

Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 272 pages.

Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin #20) - Patrick O'Brian

And we're off to Chile - from Gibralter.

Reading progress update: I've read 227 out of 615 pages.

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World - Nicholas Ostler

From Sanskrit to Greek.

Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

The Ante and the Nightingale (manuscript): It seems that war veterens were treated very badly then as now.

Reading progress update: I've read 162 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

The Ante and the Nightingale (manuscript): After the ploughman disaster, the ant tried being a soldier.

Reading progress update: I've read 311 out of 438 pages.

Human Is?: A Philip K. Dick Reader (Gollancz S.F.) - Philip K. Dick

If there were no Benny Cemoli: How to evade a war-crimes trial...

Reading progress update: I've read 397 out of 1327 pages.

The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Boece: Chaucer's translation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy from the original Latin.

Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

Wowzas, Middleton really did not like lawyers.

Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 2016 pages.

Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works -  MacDonald P. Jackson (Editor),  John Jowett (Editor),  John Lavagnino,  V. Wayne, Gary Taylor, Thomas Middleton

The Nightingale and the Ante (manuscript): The ant starts its tale of his life as a ploughman. No explanation of how it can turn itself into a human, though.