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Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien - Because fifth time is, hopefully, the charm and I've been failing my save against boredom with this book for literally half of my life. It begins to feel personal.

From a non-fiction section, it's America. A Narrative History by Tindall and Shi, and The Story of Civilisation vol 6: The Reformation by Will Durant.

veen  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wait wait, volume 6?! How far into the tome to end all tomes is that?

Devac  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Chapter VII (out of 39): Middle Europe, it's about 1/7th into the 6th volume and there are 11 volumes. I'm on my way to the point of no return with the series. Finding a way of keeping notes that works for me allowed me to avoid constant, recursive backtracking I've been dealing with in the first four volumes.

OftenBen  ·  293 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm thankful I read the Silmarillion, I didn't particularly enjoy the process. I hear that this is common.

kleinbl00  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Got a little frisson reading Winter of the World because the Partisan slogan of the Spanish Civil War was "They Shall Not Pass." I've always found LoTR to be entirely too trivial, and Tolkien insisted it wasn't an allegory for squat... but once you've been dragged through a dramatization of the European Theater from 1907 to 1937 you begin to wonder.

OftenBen  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've written less than you but I believe the phrase 'People write what they know' is more of a truism than not. How could he not incorporate elements from his world into his creation?

kleinbl00  ·  291 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Absolutely. Nonetheless, it took the triviality of LoTR down a few notches for me. The runup to WWII was a lot more nuanced than we, as postwar Americans, have learned.