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Gryfynn

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About Gryfynn

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  • Birthday 13/10/1984

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    Stockholm, Sweden
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    reading, writing, music, astronomy, chess, languages, theatre, travelling,
  • Current Book
    Heresy - S. J. Parris

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  1. what is everyone doing?

    spent the last hour or so laughing at people who think there's been a terrorist attack in Sweden that our government has hushed up. Easier to hush something up in the US than it is here.
  2. the way I feel about it, it's really necessary to read the 3 books together, and because they are so deep, and in some ways complex, it probably does help to read them together. I don't think I could have left great big gaps between the two, but I really did feel wierd after nonstop Beckett for 3 weeks.
  3. what is everyone doing?

    deciding how I can best be productive for the hour before I have to go pick up my little one from dagis. then I will probably just give up and look at forums for that hour.
  4. Currently Reading

    Heresy by S. J. Parris Was reluctant to read this because I didn't want to be disappointed, but I love her depiction of Giordano Bruno.
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/15/philip-pullman-unveils-epic-fantasy-trilogy-the-book-of-dust?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Facebook I honestly couldn't be more excited if I tried. It's almost the feeling of the possibility of another Terry Pratchett book.
  6. It really depends on what the book is. Usually my reading list is so long that I can't get too excited because I don't like messing up my order and want to read the books I had planned first....
  7. Book Lists 2017

    ***all books in Audio Format*** 1. Lies, Damned Lies and History - Jodi Taylor 2. Molloy - Samuel Beckett 3. Malone Dies - Samuel Beckett 4. The Unnamable - Samuel Beckett 5. Heresy - S. J. Parris 6. Dodger - Terry Pratchett
  8. This exactly! but it's also the moments of pure tenderness that make his work worth reading too. And the fact that he seems to know just the right amount of bleak hopelessness readers could possibly take before throwing in something completely absurd and terribly amusing. I found myself flicking between a terrible despair and rolling about laughing at some comments. “The blue face! The obscene protrusion of the tongue! The tumefaction of the penis! The penis, well now, that's a surprise, I'd forgotten I had one. What a pity I have no arms, there might still be something to be wrung from it. No, 'tis better thus. At my age, to start manstuprating again, it would be indecent. And fruitless. And yet one can never tell. With a yo heave yo, concentrating with all my might on a horse's rump, at the moment when the tail raises, who knows, I might not go altogether empty-handed away. Heaven, I almost felt it flutter!” Samuel Beckett - The Unnamable I have the complete short prose 1929-1989, but after 3 weeks of nothing but Beckett I really need a break, plus the audio for this recording doesn't seem to be as good, but I expect I will put the effort in later in the year. I have only just today managed to pick up another book and start reading. I was literally unable to settle myself to another book after this, there was so much that was going through my brain.
  9. I probably need to start this topic by pointing out that I listened to the Naxos Audiobook editions of these books. I did not read them myself, I do however think this was the best way. It's difficult to give a plot summary for the trilogy, barring the first book, which at least has something that seems like a basic plot. However there are all kinds of mysteries wrapped up in the trilogy, which make it all the more enjoyable. Are Malone, Molloy and Moran simply the same person? A satisfactory answer is never really given. Molloy: The book tells the story of how Molloy leaves home to go to see his mother and how various events and his own disorientation prevent him from doing so. The second half of the book is told from the perspective of Moran, an agent for an unknown (possibly fictitious) organisation who is sent to find Molloy in the company of his son. Malone Dies: The second book picks up the story of an old man by the name of Malone, who is dying in an unknown location with unknown people bringing his food and emptying his chamberpot. He tells a rather rambling disjointed story to pass the time. The Unnamable: The unnamable is the most difficult book in terms of text. It's a fragmented, disjointed monologue by a nameless entity who may or may not be any of the above characters who has lost the ability to do anything but speak. I found the whole trilogy in itself very difficult to read, but not because it was badly written. The text is hard going and I did find myself rereading parts of the book to be sure I had understood what had been said. However the tragic way in which Beckett represents the human condition perhaps resonated with me somewhat, since I have a physical disability. Over the course of each book the circumstances of the characters becomes worse and worse, particularly their own physical condition. Both Molloy and Moran are left almost unable to move at the end of the first book, while Malone is left to starve without the use of his stick, which he has lost and cannot retrieve, and the monolog of the unnamable becomes more and more despairing as the book progresses. I could see echoes of his later plays in the trilogy too, particularly from Waiting for Godot. I remember upon finishing the 3rd book feeling a profound sense of despair and hopelessness, but also beauty. Human beings are capable of nastiness, cruelty, kindness and beauty, but you never know what you're going to be on the receiving end of. Above everything it did make me realise that, for the most part, we waste a lot of time in meaningless action, maybe because we don't really want to think about what we should be doing with our time. Maybe this resonates more because so many of us spend so much time online these days, social media and always need to be contactable. It would be harder just to disappear like Molloy or Moran now, but we've come up with so many brilliant ways of distracting ourselves from life and living. I know I had other thoughts, but I still haven't managed to get my head around all of them yet. I definitely feel these were just made to be listened to though. Sean Barret does an incredible job, especially with the Unnamable, its just amazing to listen to the way he performs the text.
  10. what is everyone doing?

    I might do that, if nothing else to try and actually get how I feel down somewhere, because I still can't quite make sense of it, to be honest. I know, for example, that my life has changed since reading it. Not a huge change, but my outlook has shifted and it will never be the same again. I should have specified too that throwing myself to the winter ground would have been a positive action, since I love the cold and love the winter. However it snowed last night, so I'm glad I didn't.
  11. what is everyone doing?

    sinking into a meaningless void, unsure what to do now that I've finished the Beckett trilogy, torn between running outside to toss myself in the winter soaked ground or curl up and cry. knowing I shouldn't even be posting this. what's the point of posting this? what's the point of social media? forums? does it enrich my existence or anyone elses? Is this the right use of my time. maybe. I don't know.
  12. Books that make you cry

    yep, that was most of the reason I got it. I can't imagine anyone else but Brian Blessed reading a book by Brian Blessed.
  13. Books that make you cry

    I spent most of The Shepherds Crown balling my eyes out, mostly because I knew it was an end to Discworld, and I couldn't handle it, at all. I really did grieve for Terry Pratchett. Quite a few of Terry Pratchett's final books have forced tears out of me. Night Watch especially caused me real pain when reading it, and I still can't read it without tears now. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde never fails to make me cry, as do a lot of the later Harry Potter Books, and I am dreading reading The Little Prince to my daughter because I will never be able to read that allowed without balling. The final book in His Dark Materials made me cry at the end, and I can't reread without crying all over again. There were parts of the final Left Hand of God book that also made me cry, and I am sure this is not all of them, because I am a big softy. Brian Blessed's autobiography oddly had me pissing myself laughing and blubbering like a baby in almost equal measure.
  14. It really depends what you love most...and how much fiction you want. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose historical murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian Monastery. Hilary Mantell's Wolf Hall books are excellent if Henry viii is your thing, and other than Bernard Cornwell, most of what I read is much more historical fantasy....
  15. First Few Lines of Current Book.

    “I shall soon be quite dead at last in spite of all.” Malone Dies - Samuel Beckett
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