Thoughts: Georgy Girl, by Margaret Forster

This was a short and deceptively easy read that’s stuck with me. Tight plot, characters that are unlikeable on paper but compelling in your mind, vividly drawn. This is the only Forster I’ve read, but she seemed to be able to write novels effortlessly (check her bibliography) and yet to be haunted by this single one. I felt a bit bad for putting it on my list when I learned how she’d tried to outrun it. Well, it’s done now.

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Thoughts: Basti, by Intizar Husain, translated by Frances W. Pritchett

Oh man. I’m warning you now that this is going to be a big rant about translation, but I promise I will get some thoughts on the book in there as well.

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Apparent expertise and “the smartest man alive”

A stupid person’s idea of a clever person.

That title has been applied to many people – Newt Gingrich, Stephen Fry, Aldous Huxley. Now there’s a new contender.

In this video went viral yesterday, titled “Fox may have just interviewed the smartest man alive“, an unsuspecting Fox News journalist asks a man on Miami Beach if he’s worried about Hurricane Irma. The man then responds with a long, technical answer that leaves the reporter stunned and debunks all the fearmongering about the hurricane.

TV gold. The replies to the tweet are full of people laughing at the cocky reporter being shown up by “a professor of meteorology”.

Except almost everything he says is nonsense.

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Thoughts: Intelligence, by Stuart Ritchie

Well. I’ve been all very smug about my posh non-fiction reading, and when I read Intelligence something happened that had been going to happen right from the start, sooner or later:

I read something that disagreed with something I’d earlier read.

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Alternative Thoughts: Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang – plus a short story

Dove also wrote her thoughts on this one, and hers are better, but here’s mine.

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Thoughts: Stories of Your Life And Others, by Ted Chiang

I don’t read many short story collections, so this will be another collection of thoughts without much wider context for comparison, I’m afraid. It has been a while since I indulged in some proper sci-fi, though, and I enjoyed myself. Spoilers as usual, and be careful this time – one of the short stories was turned into the film Arrival, so if you don’t want that spoilered, stay away.

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Thoughts: Kipps, by H. G. Wells

This is the part of the holiday when I’d run out of books. I downloaded the sample of Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky because I wasn’t sure about reading in French on the Kindle and I didn’t know whether the version would be readable because it was by some random tiny publishing company (just for the e-version I think?). So I started reading the books Spuggy had brought and finished.

True confession: I’d never heard of Kipps before reading this book.

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapter 27

And here we are, at the end of everything.

It’s been a good, four month journey, and I have learned many things that have actually really helped my German along. The last words I liked the most are perhaps apt for the Hunger Games as a whole, and the world Collins (and her translators, Sylke Hachmeister and Peter Klöss) describe.

verschnörkelt: baroque, ornate

schmuddelig: grubby

Here’s to the next German book!

German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapter 26

The penultimate chapter! Ahhhh!

Confession: the reason I don’t have much to say is that I just read Bandi’s The Accusation and I’m saving up all my oppressive regime thoughts for the upcoming post.

geheimniskrämerisch: secretive (how apt!)

German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, Chapter 25

There was really only one choice in this chapter.

die Rumpf: torso (among other things, but here it was used to mean “torso”). Another one of those delightful words that do not look like they should mean what they mean.