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Township books  I_icon_minitimeFri 15 Jan 2021 - 14:54 #1

Don't panic! Thank God, TS didn't publish any book, at least not yet (I hope I didn't give them any ideas).
I thought about starting this thread for literature lovers that I assume there must be in our forum, to comment, recommend or simply share some book that you have liked (or not!)
And because I started it, I share with you one of the many books that, when I read it for the first time, made me reflect on the importance of the value of life. For the times we live in, it is worth reading. Just a humble suggestion.

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EDIT: Since Tolstoy died more than 100 years ago, his originals writings are in the public domain. You can easily find the book (PDF) on the web.

I hope you like the idea and join the proposal! study
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Township books  I_icon_minitimeSun 7 Feb 2021 - 1:06 #2

@Chorilandia  I read this book recently and I agree, it is GREAT!  Really made me sit down and think.

I really wondered what Ivan was scared of and what relief he found in the end...I think he was terrified of dying, but realized that dying was just the end of torment.

I took away from that song this:  live your life in a way you won't regret, and also, don't get too attached to this life since we all die.  I also really want to be like Ivan's nurse attendant guy, who although not "cultured," took the time to actually care.  Too often people give token sympathy and move on.  I have a lively horror of being like Ivan's wife, who was like "Oh good, he's dead, he was SO inconvenient sick."

At the same time, since Tolstoy didn't have a bright view of the afterlife, I also felt mildly depressed walking away from that book, but not in a bad way.

The book I read most recently is called "Blackout," by Candace Owens.  It's a critical view of the current treatment of African Americans in the US by someone who dares to look deeper than the status quo.

For my non-political reading, I'm about to go revist "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.  Exceedingly interesting book.  What I like about it is the stunning (especially for the time Conrad wrote) reversal of black and white as symbols. It was set in the Congo after slavery, but while Portugal still exploited the area's rubber and ivory.  Well worth reading (although not PC, but I don't expect books written back then to be up to modern standards of political correctness.  It was radically forward-thinking for its time.)
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Township books  I_icon_minitimeSun 7 Feb 2021 - 17:15 #3

@Light of the World~Emily

I love this book because it is timeless. Do you notice any difference between today and the 19th century? Fear, pain, loneliness, indifference, living according to social conventions. The human essence does not change. 
It is terrible to die knowing that you have not lived, to realize when it is too late that your whole existence was meaningless. 
Wow... it's too much... let's go on with Township...
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