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#201  Postby Blip » May 30, 2022 12:02 pm

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
2. The Expectation Effect by David Robson
3. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
4. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
5. A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H Knoll
6. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Lois Roth
7. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
8. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
9. The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
10. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
11. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
12. Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy
13. The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
14. Gorski by Vesna Goldsworthy
15. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
16. Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
17. The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
18. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
19. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl part translated by Ilse Lasch
20. The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Paul Britten Austin
21. Cop Killer by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Thomas Teal
22. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
23. The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
24. The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
25. I Is Another: Septology III-V by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
26. A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
27. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

The storytelling is of course first class but I feel that this brilliant author could have done much more with this, developing her characters and the element of magic realism.
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#202  Postby don't get me started » Jun 01, 2022 12:26 am

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink
2. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender And Identity- And Why This Harms Everybody – Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
3. A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton
4. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language – Patricia T. O’Connor & Stewart Kellerman
5. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning - Jenefer Philip, Rebecca Adams & Noriko Iwashita
6. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
7. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World - Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzche
8. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction - Heidi Harley
9. Questions: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives Jan P. de Ruiter (Ed.)
10. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey
11. English Prepositions: Their meanings and uses - R.M.W. Dixon
12. Draußen vor der Tür - Wolfgang Borchert
13. Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication - Jeannette Liitlemore
14. Tiamat's Wrath - James S.A. Corey
15. Leviathan Falls - James S.A. Corey
16. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World - David W. Anthony
17. The Unfortunate Traveler and Other Works - Thomas Nashe
18. A A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests (Studies in Language Testing, Series Number 14) - Anne Lazarton

19. Are Some Languages Better than Others? - R.M.W. Dixon.

272. pp.

This is a re-read and I'm sure that I got more out of it than the last time. The author is a very prolific academic who has done extensive field work with languages like Dyirbal in Australia and Jarawara in Amazonia. Dixon gives a broad overview, drawing on a huge variety of different languages, of some of the features that characterize natural human language. (He specifically eschews delving into the generative, abstract and idealized models of the Chomskyan tradition.)

Topics covered are such things as case marking (huge in languages like Latin, Polish, Finnish and Russian- limited to some pronouns in English); gender (two in French, three in German, eighteen in Swahili), alienable and inalienable possession (absent in English, present in many Polynesian languages), and the ever-challenging (at least for me) concept of ergativity.
(In English 'John saw Mary and ran away' means that it was John who ran away. In ergative languages it means that Mary ran away...yeah, it's complex.)

This and a lot more besides. There are core features that every language attends to in some manner, important features that most (but not all) languages encode in some way, and then there are the way-out extravagances that just seem baffling and unnecessary in a language- when viewed from the standpoint of an outsider. The bells and whistles that all languages have to some greater or lesser extent are a design feature not a failure.

Language, being a human artifact, definitely falls into the 'crooked timber' category of things in the world.
A fascinating read.

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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#203  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jun 01, 2022 5:02 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Hope of Heaven - John O'Hara
2. Pal Joey - John O'Hara
3. Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov
4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly
5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
6. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
8. The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
9. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle
10 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
11. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

12. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
13. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
14. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

15. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (a re-read, this time listened)
16. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Vernes (I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this!)
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (another re-read, this time listened)

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (another one I previously read and have now listened)
19. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
20. The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
21. The Forward Collection: The Last Conversation (Paul Tremblay); Emergency Skin (N.K. Jemisin); Summer Frost (Blake Crouch); Ark (Veronica Roth); Randomize (Andy Weir); You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Amor Towles)
22. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
23. Sarah - J.T. LeRoy
24. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#204  Postby Macdoc » Jun 05, 2022 12:06 am

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a moving book about a little know theatre of war in the Aleutians and two families...true story ..I enjoyed it very much.
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#205  Postby Blip » Jun 05, 2022 12:30 pm

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
2. The Expectation Effect by David Robson
3. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
4. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
5. A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H Knoll
6. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Lois Roth
7. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
8. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
9. The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
10. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
11. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
12. Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy
13. The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
14. Gorski by Vesna Goldsworthy
15. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
16. Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
17. The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
18. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
19. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl part translated by Ilse Lasch
20. The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Paul Britten Austin
21. Cop Killer by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Thomas Teal
22. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
23. The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
24. The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
25. I Is Another: Septology III-V by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
26. A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
27. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
28. A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

I love Murdoch's writing and this is a fine example: I must read some more of her work.
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#206  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jun 07, 2022 3:58 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Hope of Heaven - John O'Hara
2. Pal Joey - John O'Hara
3. Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov
4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly
5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
6. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
8. The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
9. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle
10 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
11. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

12. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
13. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
14. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

15. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (a re-read, this time listened)
16. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Vernes (I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this!)
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (another re-read, this time listened)

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (another one I previously read and have now listened)
19. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
20. The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
21. The Forward Collection: The Last Conversation (Paul Tremblay); Emergency Skin (N.K. Jemisin); Summer Frost (Blake Crouch); Ark (Veronica Roth); Randomize (Andy Weir); You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Amor Towles)
22. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
23. Sarah - J.T. LeRoy
24. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
25. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
26. The Arabian Nights - Andrew Lang
27. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
28. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

29. The Europeans - Henry James
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#207  Postby Macdoc » Jun 07, 2022 9:12 pm

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Learned a fair bit ....it's pretty relevant as the ships were only found in 2019 ...of course the Inuit knew where they were but no one asked them :roll:
One kid even took a picture of the mast sticking out but lost the camera so did not not tell anyone.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/cult ... aeologists

Size large boondoogle by the Brits and mass murder by the supplier of the tinned food ( lead poisoning combined with scurvy).
The ships were fit, the crew was not, including Franklin who was waaaaay too old for that role.

https://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarcti ... anklin.php

They actually credit Franklin with the North West Passage as he mapped the last unknown bit. Politicking at play there.
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#208  Postby UncertainSloth » Jun 08, 2022 9:52 am

fascinating - i'm more than a little obsessed with the story of those two ships, so will have to pick that up, not one i've read
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#209  Postby Macdoc » Jun 08, 2022 11:51 am

The world certainly was and the new videos coming out of the sunken ships has renewed it.


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#210  Postby Kaleid » Jun 09, 2022 11:05 am

1. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold
2. The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain - Ian Mortimer
3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
4. The Golden Strangers - Henry Treece
5. White - Marie Darrieussecq
6. Villette - Charlotte Brontë
7. The Dark Island - Henry Treece
8. Fat Chance - Simon Gray
9. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollett
10. Red Queen, White Queen - Henry Treece
11. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

12. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

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What a read! More layers than a field of onions, superb characters and, unexpectedly for me, a foundation of dark humour that actually had me laughing in many places.
I've tended to shy away from literature that invokes the supernatural too much, because I always tell myself that I won't be able to take it seriously. This book has really convinced me to be a bit more open-minded. I have irritated my other half to no end talking about how my favourite character is a cat.
I wish I'd read this years ago. A fantastical, quirky book, a real pleasure to read.
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#211  Postby Macdoc » Jun 09, 2022 12:17 pm

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#212  Postby Blip » Jun 10, 2022 7:39 am

The Master and Margarita is one of my favourite novels, Kaleid. A magnificent work.
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#213  Postby Evolving » Jun 10, 2022 10:08 am

Agreed.

I started re-reading it recently (but left it, for the time being), so it might crop up in my list too at some point.

Actually it was a book called "Der Meister und Margarita", but it seems to have some considerable similarity....
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#214  Postby don't get me started » Jun 11, 2022 5:15 am

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink
2. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender And Identity- And Why This Harms Everybody – Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
3. A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton
4. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language – Patricia T. O’Connor & Stewart Kellerman
5. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning - Jenefer Philip, Rebecca Adams & Noriko Iwashita
6. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
7. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World - Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzche
8. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction - Heidi Harley
9. Questions: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives Jan P. de Ruiter (Ed.)
10. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey
11. English Prepositions: Their meanings and uses - R.M.W. Dixon
12. Draußen vor der Tür - Wolfgang Borchert
13. Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication - Jeannette Liitlemore
14. Tiamat's Wrath - James S.A. Corey
15. Leviathan Falls - James S.A. Corey
16. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World - David W. Anthony
17. The Unfortunate Traveler and Other Works - Thomas Nashe
18. A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests (Studies in Language Testing, Series Number 14) - Anne Lazarton
19. Are Some Languages Better than Others? - R.M.W. Dixon.

20. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollet

Once again I find myself inspired by Kaleid's reading list. I have always loved those 18th century novels such as Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews, Tristram Shandy and so on. So I was glad to delve once again into the genre. Earthy, insightful, opinionated and above all funny, Smollet takes us on a tour of the realm, providing a fascinating glimpse of life in those times.

Written in the characteristic ornate style of the age, it is laugh out loud funny in places. For me, the circumlocutions contribute to the comedy...a victim of a practical joke involving a plate of mushrooms fancies himself near to death from farting and shitting and the clergyman that is summoned for the sake of is soul has to read out his prayers whilst holding his nose as the victim is set 'in a chair of easement' and is performing his evacuations to the olfactory consternation of the entire household.

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#215  Postby Macdoc » Jun 13, 2022 5:20 am

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What a wonderful and heartbreaking story well told.
A second heartbreak is one of his brilliant sons Johnny also was diagnosed with the same mental illness Nash mostly recovered from ( a rare occurence ) His illness confirmed his father's sometimes questioned original diagnosis.

Growing up during the same period covered I was only vaguely aware of the lofty heights of mathematics and Nobel level work. Very enjoyable and I really liked the movie tho the book is much more comprehensive.

Flawed genius indeed.
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#216  Postby Blip » Jun 14, 2022 7:49 am

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
2. The Expectation Effect by David Robson
3. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
4. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
5. A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H Knoll
6. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Lois Roth
7. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
8. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
9. The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
10. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
11. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
12. Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy
13. The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
14. Gorski by Vesna Goldsworthy
15. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
16. Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
17. The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
18. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
19. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl part translated by Ilse Lasch
20. The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Paul Britten Austin
21. Cop Killer by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Thomas Teal
22. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
23. The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
24. The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
25. I Is Another: Septology III-V by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
26. A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
27. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
28. A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
29. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

Lots to relish in this deservedly acclaimed work.
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#217  Postby UncertainSloth » Jun 15, 2022 11:18 pm

1. the long take - robin robertson - 8/10
2. the gatekeeper - russ kane - 5/10
3. dr potter's medicine show - eric scott fischl - 8/10
4. just one damn thing after another - jodi taylor - 8/10 -
5. trinity - louisa hall - 8/10
6. the night ocean - paul la farge - 9/10
7. washington black - esi edugyan - 8/10
8. the monsters of templeton - lauren groff - 8/10
9. hystopia - david means - 6/10
10. the bones of avalon ( dr dee #1) - phil rickman - 9/10 - love rickman's books and had this one sitting here for a while, a rollicking read in elizabethan glastonbury

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#218  Postby Macdoc » Jun 20, 2022 9:07 pm

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Nice prequel to A Beautiful Mind as it shows the emerging power of technology pre and and during WWII and the minds harnessed to develop it.
Of course ATT was the evil empire of the time but it's a fascinating story with memorable characters.

This was a disappointment and did not finish - only a couple chapters in and just could not take the speculation and anthropomorphic view with little or no support. Well meaning with fascinating anedotes and I rarely give up on a book but dipped my toe in twice and just too annoying in his approach.
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#219  Postby BWE » Jun 20, 2022 10:21 pm

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I just finished Gleik's "The Information" which starts off with Shannon, Turing et al. and is really beautifully written. It was kind of nice to read popsci that tells the story of the history of a topic I know enough about to get a lot of aha!s from.
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#220  Postby Blip » Jun 21, 2022 7:30 am

1. A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
2. The Expectation Effect by David Robson
3. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
4. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
5. A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H Knoll
6. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Lois Roth
7. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
8. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
9. The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
10. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
11. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Alan Blair
12. Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy
13. The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
14. Gorski by Vesna Goldsworthy
15. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
16. Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
17. The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
18. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
19. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl part translated by Ilse Lasch
20. The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Paul Britten Austin
21. Cop Killer by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Thomas Teal
22. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
23. The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö translated by Joan Tate
24. The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
25. I Is Another: Septology III-V by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
26. A New Name: Septology VI-VII by Jon Fosse translated by Damion Searls
27. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
28. A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
29. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
30. Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine

One day in Dublin from the perspectives of a young lesbian woman with autism and an older married woman who has given up IVF after multiple failures.
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