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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 63/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 286/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 82/259 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 468 out of 615 pages.

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

Two (different) passages of English are quoted on facing pages, one from 1258, the other from 1385. The first is unintelligible to me. (I can recognise a few words.) The second I readily understood with barely more effort than I need to read contemporary English. A remarkable transformation in 2 1/4 centuries!