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I want to read two more "serious" works before skipping over to Druon. Tom Send a noteboard - 22/01/2011 06:03:09 PM
I decided to plunge in and start Les Misérables. I have never actually read the book and am familiar with the themes solely as the result of having been dragged to the Broadway musical. After 50 pages that breezed by (I only had to look up one word) with a simple, unobstructed prose that reminds me of Tolstoy's Russian, I am enjoying the book so far. Of course, it's 1500 pages so it's going to take a while.

After that I'm thinking of reading something by Molière or Sartre (probably Tartuffe or La Nausée). By that time I'm hoping that my German will be refreshed enough to read Kafka or Schnitzler and so that will be my "challenge" reading, whereas Druon will be for fun. I think that a solid year of French reading is needed to make sure my vocabulary doesn't slip again (and I'm going to do the same with German).

Then, at that point, I'm probably going to hit my Latin, Greek and Hebrew next year (but with French and German interspersed throughout) and after that mix it up, adding in a few things in Aramaic, Egyptian and Akkadian from time to time. The idea is to keep up my proficiency in the key languages of Western culture.

Political correctness is the pettiest form of casuistry.

ἡ δὲ κἀκ τριῶν τρυπημάτων ἐργαζομένη ἐνεκάλει τῇ φύσει, δυσφορουμένη, ὅτι δὴ μὴ καὶ τοὺς τιτθοὺς αὐτῇ εὐρύτερον ἢ νῦν εἰσι τρυπώη, ὅπως καὶ ἄλλην ἐνταῦθα μίξιν ἐπιτεχνᾶσθαι δυνατὴ εἴη. – Procopius

Ummaka qinnassa nīk!

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I agree with much of what you say. - 20/01/2011 07:57:57 PM 2508 Views
I'm glad to hear that the read wasn't easy for you, either. - 21/01/2011 06:30:00 AM 1636 Views
Yeah, I think it's safe to say some of those words would give even native speakers pause. - 21/01/2011 06:37:02 PM 2223 Views
I'm certain it was intentional. - 21/01/2011 07:21:45 PM 1601 Views
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