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  •  How long? (2+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Brecht

    Gibbon's Decline and Fall, that is.  Multiple volumes?  I keep trying to avoid getting interested in works that are too long, but Gibbon keeps trying to get my attention, darn it.

    Dickens is one thing, but even Don Quixote impressed me with how little has changed since way back then.

    And the fiction of Naguib Mahfouz brought home how little difference there is in basic human nature from one culture to another.

    •  very true!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Monsieur Georges
      how little difference there is in basic human nature from one culture to another.
      I have a book of Chinese poems,  Sunflower Splendor by
      Wu-Chi Liu, Irving Y. Lo (Editor) that I feel the same way about.
      A comprehensive anthology of Chinese poetry from the 12th century B.C. to the present.

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      by cfk on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:11:23 PM PST

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    •  D&F is 3 volumes (2+ / 0-)
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      cfk, Monsieur Georges

      but it's a free Kindle download. One of the coolest things is the 200 years of footnote fights. "Clearly the Author has overlooked the influence of Christianity in the positive outcome of the yadda yada." "Clearly the above erroneous note was written before the discovery of XYZ." "Clearly the more recent scholarship would consign the latter observation to history's festering atheist maggot pile." Okay, I exaggerate, but not a lot.  

      Gibbon gives you a very big political perspective--you see how much certain things have changed. Truman fired MacArthur, and MacArthur came to D.C., and there was a grand parade, and MacArthur gave his Old Soldiers Never Die speech, but MacArthur did not then order the military to seize the government and have Harry and Bess Truman's heads impaled on poles and set outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Though there were plenty who would have cheered if he had.

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