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 FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <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 Juliet. 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-BCmUeHE5c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-BCmUeHE5c ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> 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. http://electricliterature.com/david-bowies-100-favorite-books/ http://electricliterature.com/david-bowies-100-favorite-books/