Yes, I have that edition of the Upanishads too, trans. by Alistair Shearer and 
Peter Russell. In fact, I have two copies, so if anyone would like one, just 
let me know. 

Lear is ruthless, I agree. You have to be in the mood for it. I actually prefer 
to read it than see it performed. Someone here in Fairfield produced an 
abridged, two-hour version of the play a couple of years ago. It was 
surprisingly effective. 

---In, <s3raphita@...> wrote :

 Re "The Upanishads as one of the spiritual books that has most influenced me . 
. . more inspiring than the Gita" : 

 I'm with you there. I've got a pleasing, old edition translated by TMers Peter 
Russell and Alistair Shearer. It's also a photo-book with evocative 
black-and-white prints. 
 Out-of-print now so I shall jealousy guard my copy. 

 I had previously read the Juan Mascaro translation you like. It is one of only 
two books I ever read through while stoned on hash. The other was Hermann 
Hesse's Journey to the East. 

Re "Tolstoy's War and Peace, King Lear, Whitman's Leaves of Grass, the poetry 
of Blake.":

 Whitman/Blake were big for me too.

 King Lear I could never ("never, never, never, never, never") get. Too grim. 
Just shows how shallow I am. I'm more Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and 

 A BBC five-part series on War and Peace is currently getting rave reviews. The 
cast is great, the scenes spectacular but it's pretty "one-dimensional". 
Downton Abbey on steroids.




---In, <> wrote :

 I was sent this link by a good friend. For all of you Bowie fans, you might 
find the list of his top 100 books interesting to view. Perusing the library of 
someone is always interesting and revealing.

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