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Old 11-20-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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'The Gulag Archipelago'-Alexandr Solzhensitsyn

These accounts of the Soviet forced-labor camps are fascinating and horrifying.

It's surprising to me how little recognition Stalin gets for his sheer evil and brutality.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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"Searching For Bobby Orr" by Stephen Brunt
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Just got back from the library. Up next:

Trying to Save Piggy Snead by John Irving. I've read this before but can't for the life of me remember what it's about.

Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver. I've finished most of the Orson Scott Card books and need to find a new SciFi author. Hope this one's good.

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz. I've read the first 2 in this series and can't wait to read this one. Filled with terror, mystery, paranormal, and comedy. Good stuff.
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I am new to this website and this forum, but I love it so far.. these are a few books I read recently with my little book club

1. Me Talk Pretty one day, funny in a twisted way
2. Thousand splendid suns, author of the kite runner
3. 3 cups of tea, really good, makes you think of what we are doing sitting here reading

and now reading Big Russ and me
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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'The Gulag Archipelago'-Alexandr Solzhensitsyn

These accounts of the Soviet forced-labor camps are fascinating and horrifying.

It's surprising to me how little recognition Stalin gets for his sheer evil and brutality.
The Gulag is on my (imaginary) required reading list. I finished that book and said "holy s***!", and called my mom asking why I didn't know about Stalin (other than the fact that he was generally a bad guy). The second volume (IMO) is the most important one. Read all three.

Three Cups of Tea is on my to-read list, I think it is just the kind of thing I will like. And 1000 Splendid Suns is just a beautiful, awful story.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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The Pesthouse.. liking it so far
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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The Gulag is on my (imaginary) required reading list. I finished that book and said "holy s***!", and called my mom asking why I didn't know about Stalin (other than the fact that he was generally a bad guy). The second volume (IMO) is the most important one. Read all three.

Three Cups of Tea is on my to-read list, I think it is just the kind of thing I will like. And 1000 Splendid Suns is just a beautiful, awful story.
Stalin gets overlooked by Hitler-don't get me wrong, Hitler was pretty evil, but I think Stalin was every bit as nasty.

I have the second book as well-what's the third one?

'Gulag' by Anne Applebaum is another well-written account of gulag history.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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Stephen King's new collection of short stories: "Just After Sunset". Great read!
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:50 AM
 
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Stalin gets overlooked by Hitler-don't get me wrong, Hitler was pretty evil, but I think Stalin was every bit as nasty.

I have the second book as well-what's the third one?

'Gulag' by Anne Applebaum is another well-written account of gulag history.
The Applebaum was good, and pretty "comprehensive" IMO, but, I read it after all of the Solzhenitsens and there was nothing new there. And after reading S's, her's was just too "balanced"...

The third was the most read-able, but also the most emotional. He was writing everything he had left to tell with loads of bitterness and desperation to get it out while possible. Alot more on the political atmosphere of the time and how that was affecting his reporting.

Apparently after the fall of communism, S had a short commentary piece on evening news in Russia...but it was short-lived, people weren't partiuclarly interested in hearing what he had to say...could you imagine?? I wish I could watch/listen to him...I think he is a political prophet!
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:13 AM
 
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Just finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
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