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The Classics Spin #31
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For this Classics spin #31, I got #2 which on my list was
This selection of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke was published in 1948, and then translated into English in1981. But these poems were actually written between 1899-1926.
I found this book at a library book sale last year.
I haven’t read Rilke since my teen years, so it will be lovely to revisit.
Plus it’s a bilingual edition, and it will be fun going back to German as well.
I’ll start reading it as soon as I’m done with my current print book, conversations between Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa.
He is considered one of the German language’s greatest 20th century poets.
He also wrote more than 400 poems in French.
Have you read this selection, or other works by Rilke?
What did you think?
It’s never too late to challenge yourself to (re)discover the classics and connect and have fun with other Classics lovers. See here what this is all about.
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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:
For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc
For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)
For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin
For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov
For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki
For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!
For Classics Spin, #25, I got # 14: The Letter Killers Club – which was way over my head.
For Classics Spin, #26, I got # 11: History in English Words, by Owen Barfield, a fascinating book, which I haven’t reviewed yet!!
For Classics Spin, #28, I got # 12: A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh, alas a disappointing one.
For Classics Spin, #29, I got #11: The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey.
For Classics Spin, #30, I got #5: The Bride Wore Black, by Cornell Woolrich
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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
IF YOU ARE MEMBER OF THE CLASSICS CLUB,
WHAT BOOK DID YOU GET FOR THIS SPIN?
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Wonderful! I aim to someday read Rilke in German.
well, you might want to use this bilingual edition. It was fun to see that my German can actually come back pretty quickly. I studied it many years at school – my specialty was 3 foreign languages: English, German, Spanish
Oh, Rilke, one of our most famous poets. I hope you like him.
I got “Shirley” from Charlotte Brontë, I’m sure it’s a great one.
I loved Rilke a lot as a teenager. I probably still do.
I have never read Shirley! I hope it works for you
Thanks, Emma. I hope so, as well.
Do you/did you read Rilke in English or in French? Or in German???
I did study him in German a few decades ago, and read more of him in French translation. I actually don’t think I have ever read him in English! This edition is bilingual German-English. It will be a new experience then
So, you speak German then? How interesting.
And I like those multi-language editions, even if I don’t speak the original language well. Did that with a Spanish book some time ago. My Spanish is very limited but it was nice to compare the texts.
I wouldn’t say I speak German, especially now. But I did study it for 8 years and could manage the reading. I still remember pretty much the grammar I think, but forgot so much vocabulary! But I remember enough to be able to appreciate a bilingual edition.
I’m definitely better at reading Spanish. which I studied for about the same number of years.
I guess, after eight years you know more than a little. But I can see that you do Spanish better, it is a lot more similar to your own language. I have always been helped with my French knowledge both in Spanish and Italian. Not that I speak French perfectly and I don’t know all that much about the two other languages but it does help. A lot.
The problem is, I basically stopped reading anything in German, so I lost a lot since then
I always hoped I might speak French half as good as I speak English one day, alas, I suppose that will never happen, even though I try to read French books, do Duolingo and visit Brussels from time to time …
In case you need help, you know I’m actually a French tutor, and I teach online – skype, zoom, google meet. we can focus on French for reading, or French conversation
Thanks, that’s good to know.
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As I already said, good luck with reviewing a book of poetry. I couldn’t do it, that’s for sure!
Thanks. We’ll see how it goes
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I Emma! Ha, I wouldn’t have thought to add poetry to my list. And I guess it’s actually rather obvious… I hope you enjoy these!
I’m very proud of myself, I’m going to try to do another spin! Luckily it fell on a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages – Of Mice and Men.
That’s a good one – and short! My post on it is one with the most views, usually at the beginning of school years – some students must be looking for ways to skip the reading lol
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