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Umberto Eco has died. I recommend "Mouse or Rat".

Slightly different output from Harper Lee. I wonder how each of them will be remembered.

Jonathan

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and while we ae remembering Harper Lee may I also recommend Maya Anjelou's Autobiographies , the first one, of 7, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,  a fascinating study of a fascinating life from a fascinating Lady,  you might have, guessed I am quite impressed by her :-) 

 

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Never felt tempted... where would you recommend starting?

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The first one, as edited above :-)   and if you like strong and fascinating women, and don,t we all, something totally different from above, have you tried Dervla Murphy, with your penchant for travel I think you might enjoy her writing, Full Tilt is probably a good place to start 

 

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Thanks. It's now on the Kindle.

Read a fair bit of Dervla Murphy but got annoyed with the risks she took with her young daughter in the Andes. (I was with mine in Patagonia at the time.) I can't separate the artistic merit from that sort of thing.

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I suppose my take is if her daughter escaped harm then all was well and she has memories and tales for life, I know that only works retrospectively, but what's life without risk.

 

and while I am feeling Bookish, must be moving house and sorting through books that's done it,   if you like a bit of social history mixed in with your stories, The Bodhrán Makers is another of my all time favourites, doubt you'll find a kindle edition though, might have to be a proper book 

 

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Having recommended reading some Eco I should add that I don't think his nonfiction works qualify as either anthropology or philosophy. Just great writing and interesting reflections on human behaviour.

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Can I  recommend the great American novelist Richard Ford ? I started with Independence  Day and my last was Let me be Frank with you . His prose is impossibly good - wry ,insightful and perfectly expressed.  

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But today I'd recommend a celebratory reading of "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote", especially if you haven't tried Borges before.

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Tried some Richard Ford on the Kindle on the bike trip, but didn't get very far. Will try again.

Jonathan