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just started my collection desu
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I know you are proud of your new collection but I've already seen you post it twice within the last week.
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>>7568171
Yeah man, not be rude or anything, but like the other anon said there's no need to be posting your bookshelf this many times.

>>7568186
Fuck off, there's almost nothing wrong with that shelf.
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>>7568188
>>7568215
I just like seeing other people's and usually just post it to bump that shit up a bit. Apologies if its given the impression of me being boastful.
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>Cloud Atlas
>Lovecraft
>All those hideous, degenerate softcovers
>painted black bookcase against a tan wall

Why even bother
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>>7568171
Have you actually read any of them?
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>>7568241
This is the important question here.
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>>7568241
>>7568256
All except for Infinite Jest and War and Peace.
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OP, what country are you from?
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>>7568271
Ireland, why?
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>>7568279
Ah, I thought you were from Australia for some reason. I'm from Australia and wanted to know where I could get those Pynchon books from a bookstore.
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How do you faggots deal with knowing you will never be this patrish?
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>>7568288
I might as well just kill myself if I know I'll never have a bookshelf that patrician.
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>penguin
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>>7568287
I just got them straight from Amazon UK. Tbh don't bother senpai, some of the pages are a literal smeared with the ink. They're pretty low quality. That and the fact the covers look like trash.
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>>7568268
Followup question then: How do you keep your books completely pristine?

I am serious. Even that cheap penguin has like zero damage to the spine.
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Do you people actually read any of the books in your "collection"?
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>>7568297
I don't open the fully open so the spine doesn't crack and (this is gonna show the full scale of my OCD) I wash my hands before reading and don't let anyone else touch them.

also they don't go leave my room so they don't get forgotten somewhere in a bent shape.

only aesthetic rage my books get are sometimes the corners go white but I dint think you can see much of that in the pic.
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>>7568288
>asoiaf
>twd
>king
>Scott pilgrim
>prince of thorns
>zombie books
>comp sci theory
>cod and titanfall on xbox
>wine
>katana
>imgur filename
10/10 picture
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>>7568171
Doesn't look like you read any of them.
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>>7568171
some pleb stuff but at least you have a decent amount of good books so far so you have that going for you, nice Mishima

>>7568288
this pic is always good for keks

>>7568308
nice bait

>>7568348
nice set of books anon

>>7568360
what is even the point of posting this?
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>>7568358
Eh, I read one or two. I just buy them for show.
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>>7568360
t.reddit

for real though they actually look good, i have a soft spot for leather bound books books
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>>7568171
Nice, I like it. But why no Sun and steel though?
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>>7568332
i do similar desu
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>>7568406
>what is even the point of posting this?

Um, because it's my bookshelf?
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for what it's worth, not very clear
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>>7568332
Man, you'd probably go into an autistic fit if you saw my books. Whatever space isn't covered in coffee or grease stains is filled with notes. Spines completely fucked, dog-ears all over the place, etc.
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>>7568605
not him but i'd probably sperg out if i saw that. hate dirty/messed up books. writing in books make me REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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>>7568603
please no
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>>7568348
>los miserables

Don't know why I find that so funny
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Long time not posting in these threads, i always feel ashamed of the wall.
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>>7568605
Jesus Christ, why don't you take care of your books?
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>>7568627
They take care of me.
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Why don't you people read instead of taking pictures of your bookshelves? Vain idiots.
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/sci/ here, whaddup
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>>7568637
meanwhile you are on 4chan instead of reading reading :^)
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>>7568641
I just finished what I was reading today. :)
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inb4
>Three bibles *dibs adorno*
One's for scholarship, one's for lit-value, one's a companion text
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>>7568171
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>>7568650
>he actually has ulysses annotated

not bad
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>>7568288
I am such a fucking sucker for this retro-style high fantasy covers. I'm gonna read The Wheel of Time just because the covers are fucking gorgeous, i fucking LOVE that Eye of the World cover
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>>7568605
as you soon as you said coffee I knew what was coming and cringned violently
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>>7568667
notsureifbait.png
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>>7568638
You don't fuck around.
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>>7568171
These are just my fiction books. I have a no fiction shelf with various scholarly works (Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, etc.)
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>>7568681
go back to reddit
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>>7568171
So many unread books!
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>>7568681
excellent
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>>7568360
Why would you buy a box set of a series that isn't finished yet?
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>>7568686
I've never even been to Reddit.
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>>7568681
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>>7568687
>he didn't read the thread

>>7568694
maybe now's a good time to start
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>>7568694
Fix that
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>>7568360
Decent shelf tbqh.
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>>7568697
>>7568699
>>7568702
What's the problem? Taste is subjective. I don't shit on you for buying books you don't actually enjoy just to feel smart.
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>>7568638
>Joyce
>Gaddis
>Nabakov
I feel like we'd be good friends lad
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>>7568708
>I don't shit on you for buying books you don't actually enjoy just to feel smart.
>projecting this hard

wew lad
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>>7568708
Let me tell you the fuck why, anon.

This board is called /literature/, not /books/.

If you want to talk about any book, go to /r/books, over here we discuss literature, that doesn't include shit-tier YA (as if there's anything other) or genre fiction.
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>>7568708
No, you pushed it too far. Your bait had potential, you had those guys on the line -- apply this knowledge next time
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>>7568650
>Celine and Calvino

high five
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>>7568712
I think I'm one of the few honest people ITT. Most of you are just posting big books to look smart. Maybe you're projecting?
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>>7568708
>>7568712
>>7568719

Actually, I take >>7568720 back. You're doing fine.
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>>7568727
kek'd
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>>7568709
where is your shelf?
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>>7568719
Genre fiction is a meaningless term and literature and books are the same thing. Read a book once in a while.
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>>7568731
I'm OP dog
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>>7568650
good shit
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>>7568745
nice, i agree with your earlier post.

jelly of those nice looking stefan zweig's. who is the publisher?
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>>7568766
pushkin press senpai

they're paperback singles are pretty shit but they're special edition collections (the ones I have) are top tier
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>>7568662
there were no male pharaohs ancient egypt descent was matrilineal
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>>7568832
figured you were british lel

i mostly see his stuff in the states published by nyrb, which are nice editions but have crappy spines
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>>7568288
>Introductory Algebra
Fucking kek
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>>7568848
this is an obscure bait...
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>>7568406

is
>>7568288
pasta?
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>>7568894
lurk more
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>>7568744
>literature and books are the same thing
feckin kek
guess my coffee table book of cats sleeping is literature now
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>>7568916
they are
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>>7568916
you parade your opinion around as being legit, so why can't a coffee table book be literature?
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>>7568926
all books are not literature for the same reason that not all apples are granny smiths. how about spending less time on reddit and actually read some literature for once?
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>>7568916
>literature: books, articles, etc. about a certain subject - Daniel Webster
That is a book about cats, so yes, it is literature.
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>>7568963
Maybe you should spend less time on reddit and instead lurk until you can reliably realize when someone's pulling your chain

So you know, you don't embarrass yourself getting baited like a newfag
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>>7568963
All books are lit by definition. If you like the book that is a personal opinion.
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>>7568848
It still looks hella epic tho
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>>7569002
BTFO ty based webster
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>>7568963
All Granny Smiths are apples. What's the matter with you? And again with your reddit thing. Please just go, even your bait is boring.
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Rate me pls
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>>7568360
>light blue leatherbound book

who the fuck thinks that looks acceptable
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>>7569329
inb4 people shaming you for reading translations.
>tfw cant find gravity rainbow in portuguese
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>>7569329
please be a troll
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>>7569355
based Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman
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>>7568650
>>7568638
Why are there so many nice hardback copies of Finnegans Wake but not of Ulysses?
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>>7569370
Thanks friend. A gift from my father from when he was studying comp sci in undergrad
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>>7569329
>pinocono
>en castellano
top plebeyo
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What does /lit/ think of my pile of books?
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>>7569527
How long did it take to acquire/ read all that? Also ballpark how much did it cost.

Loving the Eco though
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>>7569529
Acquired over the course of a few years, I've only read about half of it so far t b h but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop buying books
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>>7569529
there's no way he's read over 50% of that. its a good pile to work through though
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>>7569533
I'd put on the brakes, homes. There's a lot of good shit in there. Are you in school right now? I see a lot of technical philosophy books.
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>>7569527
good pile. nice eco.

what is that book on philosophies of mathematics? do you have much interest in the area?
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>>7569608
>>7569556
I'm studying English Lit with a minor in Philosophy at a small Canadian university, most of the technical philosophy texts were purchased for school (although a few, like Zizek's Jokes and the philosophy of mathematics book were bought for personal interest/study)
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>>7569527
that mla paper
this upsets me i dont know why
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>>7569621
Hey good on ya. I just graduated with Classical Studies/ Philosophy double major; applying to grad school next year. Do you have plans for after graduation? Sorry, I hate asking that stupid question because it makes me sound like a pretentious STEMfag but I'm legit curious
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>>7568662
Why is Pride and Prejudice so thick?
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old books
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>>7569648
I've always wanted to go into teaching, ideally after grad I get my TESL and go teach abroad, ideally somewhere in Europe (I'm semi-fluent in French which I'm hoping should help)

After a few years of that I'd want to come back to Canada and teach, maybe go back to school in my 30s to get my MA/PhD

Good on you for slogging it through to Grad school, I never had the discipline or the talent for publishing papers so it's always great to see other people making it.
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>>7569674
That sounds like a good plan! Isn't Canada's pseudo-French kind of looked down upon by more linguistically "pure" French speakers?

And thanks man, I'm looking forward to it. Not sure what the higher ed climate is like in Canada but in the US if you're not going to a top tier place it's better not going at all. Even then though, it can be pretty difficult to get a job as a professor. Publishing papers is, obviously, a huge part of it but solid teaching experience actually matters when looking for jobs in higher ed. I'm pretty close with my old college profs who are in the process of hiring now and, while they've had a wealth of candidates who have published interesting material, the only ones they are seriously considering are those who have teaching experience or have made being a good teacher part of their priority in grad school. So definitely something to think about it after you've travelled a little.
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>>7569704
>Isn't Canada's pseudo-French kind of looked down upon by more linguistically "pure" French speakers?

Not who you were replying to, but not in my experience as an american who lived in paris for three years. French speaking Canadian tourists are adored by the natives, and are really the only tourists tolerated by the French, and it's all because they feel linguistic kinship with the Quebecois. French are very proud of their language and many I met thought it was best suited to be the 'language of the world'.
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>>7569727
Oh cool, I had no idea. Thanks
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>>7569672
aesthetic as fuck desu
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>>7569329
Do they not have ampersands in Spanish?
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>>7569527
Those books at the bottom are going to have their spines wrecked.
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>>7569796
Is that a good thing?
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>>7569789
Ampersands aren't a thing in Spanish. If you use them you are raping the language.
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Part One: Childhood books

>inb4 patrician reader

Redwall, Stephen King, and Harry Potter were what got me into reading longer works. From there I started to branch out more.
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>>7568171
That edition of War&Peace makes my cock rock hard, and IDK WHY! Does it feel good in ur hands, OP?
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>>7569876

Part Two: New ones.

Found a whole treasure trove of classics in my basement, left there from one of my parents' old university friends.
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>>7569900

Part 3: The rest.

Dat bible. Tragic case. Metal cover, gold pages, incredible introductory preface with ethnolinguistic details, anthropology, and history details. But i guess its been in the family so long that its practically decayed. Both covers aren't bound to it properly anymore.
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Posted this in the last thread
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>>7569876
>>7569900
>>7569913

incredibly pleb.
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>>7568288

>the fucking Franzen hidden on the bottom-right shelf

every time
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>>7569789
>>7569869
Really? Fuck's sake. I keep using ampersands and 's. When will scholars simplify Spanish??
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>>7568638

Gravity's Rainbow, Infinite Jest, Ulysses. All of them on the same shelf.

Do You Fuckers Seriously Have Taste This Bad
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>>7568171
i just have vertical stacks of books all over the place

feel like merlin in "the sword in the stone" but look like a hoarder
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Q: do the numerous Pynchon/Joyce/Wallace drones in these threads also create all the threads about P/J/W? Or are most /lit/ users just ignorant of any author who isn't some postmodern experimental whizkid?
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>>7569946
There's no way anybody is this contrarian
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>>7568605
I don't mind that stuff, especially if I inflicted it. But I buy the majority of my books from Half Price Books and some have absurd amounts of writing in them. Pic related, I found No Longer Human after searching for a while but someone literally wrote on every other page.
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this is what's on my desk

i don't walk into the other rooms to photograph the rest

if u b8 me hard enough i might
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>>7570010
? how is it being contrarian pointing barely anyone on this board has any real engagement with literature outside of le meme trilogy
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>>7570033
oh my god
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>>7570040
>implying that we can see you as anything but an autistic butt arbiter if this is all you show us
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Just my top shelf. No particular order for the books.
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>>7570033
>you aren't the freaking victim here loser

Why would someone write this? What do they get out of it?
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>>7570033
>>7570067
More painfully he even says on the preceding page that he "failed to help" and included himself in his lost faith in all men because of this.

I'm honestly surprised someone so dumb could make it so far into the book.
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1/3
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>>7570080
It's not even a very complex book. Anyone who needs to highlight shit and write all over it is probably half brain dead.
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backwards books if any one cared
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>>7570054
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the /lit/ b8rs autismo academy
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>>7570083
>>7570090
>>7570096
if you haven't already, you should read orson scott card's homecoming saga

>>7570121
3/3

>>7570124
does lit have a hardon for listening to whiny boys talk about smoking dope? i swear at least 60% of you have infinite jest
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>>7570128
No need to be upset. DFW loves you.
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>>7570124
>has gr and ij
>no ulysses

T R A S H T A S T E
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>>7570128
I just got IJ today at Half Price Books. It was originally $6 but I had a $5 coupon. Hope it's worth the dollar. I plan on reading it this summer.
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>>7570141
I'm going to get it whenever I find it for under $10. It's not like I'll ever read it anyways ;^)
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>>7570128
we just keep it on our shelfs no one actually reads it.

haven't read homecoming but I do remember liking empire and invasive procedures.
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>>7568638
literally /lit/ and /sci/ core. are you people capable of individuality?
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>>7569329
10/10
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>>7569329
>falling for memes
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>>7569362
you can tbqh
it's just really expensive
http://www.estantevirtual.com.br/busca?q=pynchon
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>>7570165
>we just keep it on our shelfs no one actually reads it.

Why wouldn't you read it? Is this bait?
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>>7570341
lurk more
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>>7570344
I'll keep my eye out for those notoriously epic /lit/ memes!! Thanks for the advice!
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>>7570351
posting != lurking
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>>7570352
Thanks for the memes oldfriend!!
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>>7568638
suggested reading for analysis newbie?
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>>7569975
how do you like Carver? ive been thinking about buying that same collection.
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>>7568348

if you;re still here, can i get the ISBN for that Don Quijote
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>>7570444

Carver is one of my favorites. His collection Cathedral is his master work.
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too many redditors ):
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>>7570549
There's a whole collection where Cathedral came from??
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>>7570341
no I'm dead serious, I think maybe 10 people on this have actually read it.
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>>7568171
There is nothing more depressing than a bookshelf full of books with uncracked spines.
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>>7568288
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>>7568171
What's on the second shelf bruv?
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>>7570691
I try really hard not to destroy spines on new softcovers
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>>7571370
This.

Unless you're trying to force it open like some fucking barbarian it wont crack the spine.
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That feel when too poor for shelves
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>>7571385
craigslist/your local equivalent. there are people giving shelves out for free/pennies.
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>>7570462
I'm not that guy, but here it is: 8420467286
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>>7568619
>EMU
>Tomo

You are brave enough to post a picture of a bookshelf with those books in this board. Damn.
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>>7571471
Are you a Moslem Anon? I am Christian and looking into buying a Qu'ran, what do you think of the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation
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>>7571544
Yep, I am.

I can't say much on what would be a good translation, but I remember a thread on here a while ago discussing good translations, and I'm 90% sure that Abdullah Yusuf Ali's was mentioned as being a good one.
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>>7571546
>actual Muslims on /lit/
How the fuck can you be religious and be on 4chan?
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>>7571561
Why can't I be religious and be on 4chan?
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Only my german literature.
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>>7571979
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>>7571544

They're all good translations until you start criticising them and then youll hear 'bad translation,' as a counter-argument
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>>7571988
>The Man Without Qualities - all gathered in one hardback
Jesus you must get ripped reading that. That's 2.4 pounds according to Amazon.
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>>7570374
Apostol. If that's too hard, Spivak's Calculus.

Rudin and Royden are good but not for your first time around. Read those once you think you already know basic analysis.
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>>7571564
It's haram you fucking kafir
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>>7569975
Wittgenstein's Mistress!
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>>7570083
You have the edition of Schrodinger's Cat with all the sex cut out. Pretty much all of the second book is sex...
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>>7571988
What are your favorite works of Hesse's in German?

I've read almost everything except Magister Ludi in English translation, partial to Narcissus and Goldmund.

Do you think he translates well into English? Any translators to a good job? Never looked into his translators.
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my shelf at work. late 19th century Persian manuscripts. they're in terrible condition.
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>>7572213
What is your job? That's an interesting shelf.
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>>7572213
Those look like they will disintegrate into dust if you touch them. How careful do you have to be when reading them? What is your job? Are you going to preserve the contents?
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>>7572268
I photograph old books and manuscripts for archive and access. I'm not working on those volumes, though. Right now in my queue I've got an incunable (Decameron, fuck yeah) and a 3 volume set on the french revolution (yawn)...and some stupid foldouts and other random stuff.
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>>7572284
Sick fucking job anon. How'd you land that? Is the pay alright? What kind of training do you need?
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>>7572294
I've been a photographer for about 15 years now, full time. I've always needed up with jobs in reprographics, for some reason. About ten years ago I was in a bad way with no job and wife and kids and all sorts of bad shit, so I wrote to anyone and everyone that was doing what I was interested in and good at, and an ivy league called me up and here I am. Definitely an outsider, being a photographer in a building full of librarians, but I have a lot of theatre experience, read a lot, father's a writer, so I got along well with the curators. I'm paid less than I should be, since I'm an outsider and no degree to speak of, but I work with great cameras and old books all day, the pay is adequate.
Wide open field, lots to do in this area. I'm trying to bring some studios into public libraries in my area. Do some freelance as well. Pic is a lot of newspapers, which are nightmare projects.
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>>7572347
Do you have any photos of anything old in Arabic, it would be cool to see.
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>>7572368
Hmm. Specifically Arabic? I'm learning more about languages and I'm learning there a lot of variations. I'll look around for something similar.
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>>7572347
That is real fuckin neato anon. What's the coolest book you've worked with?
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>>7569704
>That sounds like a good plan! Isn't Canada's pseudo-French kind of looked down upon by more linguistically "pure" French speakers?

No. This is a myth upheald entirely by people, namely Canadians that hate Quebecois, who do not speak french and have no basis for making such claims. Quebec french is just older sounding as a result of being isolated from France and protected by the language laws in Canada.

Honestly though the Quebecois are cocksuckers though. If you're franco-ontarian they would rather speak to you in their shit English than in your fluent/adequate, but not Quebecois, french. Acadians are broteir tho
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>>7572381
That's tough, there has been some really cool stuff and I'm so incredibly grateful to be working with it. I did two drafts and a final copy of the emancipation proclamation, other Lincoln stuff...but also an Audubon, notebooks of US constitutional delegates, and in older more lit stuff a bunch of incubla like this Decameron and Hypnertomachia Poliphilli, some fragments from the dead sea scrolls and some Egyptian book of the dead fragments. Just did a whole bunch of independent press stuff from the early 20th century, like the roycrofters, so beautiful. A lot of first editions, and a hell of a lot of medieval manuscripts, which aren't really interesting in terms of subject matter.
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>>7572425
how often "please do not break" goes through your mind?
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>>7572459
Thankfully they go to conservation for approval first, and we can reject them if they're too delicate, or the chance of problems is acknowledged as a risk. Mostly covers detach. Obviously I'm incredibly careful but you'd be surprised (maybe) that old books hold up pretty well. Partly because when people used to make books they did so with skill and consideration that you'd be dragging it around on a horse. The paper was hardwood not that lignin filled softwood used now. Binding by thread, etc. Losing track of them is a more common problem, but not that common.
These accordion manuscripts were great but hard to work with.
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>>7572130
I think it's okay as long as I read it at home. I'm a big guy anyway.
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This is most of my fiction (plus some assorted non-fiction). I have another shelf with the rest of my Classics & Philosophy books, and a third with all my pop-WWII history books from high school
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>>7568171
Breddy gud op
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Hey guys,

What is the percentage of books you've actually read out of all your bookshelves?

Mine is just above 60%.
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>>7572579
fluctuates between 70 - 85% I'd say.
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>>7572582
Mine is about the same right now. As you read more books (assuming you buy and keep them) your percentage should keep increasing.
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>>7572582
Also around 70%. Including complete readings? I just got my dad's books so that dropped my percentage a lot.
Do you count a book as "read" if you got partway into it and didn't like it?
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>>7572599
That's only assuming you buy and read at consistent rates. I could read every book on my shelf and then buy like 200 more books in a burst.
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>>7572606
finish what you start baka senpai
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>>7572606
Yes, well I did anyway. I had a lot of star wars garbage I couldn't bear reading completely. And I didn't count in comic books.
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>>7572612
Yes, that's true.
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>>7571512
This is correct
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>>7572613
Why? If I don't like it, why? There are so many books I won't have time to read, why keep going with one I don't like?
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>>7572623
>>7571948
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>>7572379
That would be cool, thanks anon senpai desu family
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>>7572168
1. Steppenwolf
2. Siddhartha
3. Narcissus and Goldmund

A friend of mine showed me his Bernofsky translation of Siddhartha and I thought it worked pretty good. Reading german stuff in english always feels weird to me, but I think Hesse translates better than f.e. Kafka.
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>>7572717
>not ranking glass bead game as #1
>not ranking it at all

senpai what are you doing...
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>>7572726
It's because I haven't read it yet, baka.
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>>7572737
oh...ok....

you'll like it senpai :3
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>>7570616

yes, it has raised my standards of american short fiction too much, though. Check out Vitamins, Preservation, A Small Good Thing

>>7572144

I checked it out based on Ann Beattie's praise of it. I haven't read it but I did check out the afterword by David Foster Wallace. He shit-talks Amy Hempel and implies there is such a thing as a 'Carver-ian' or someone derivative of Carver. Kinda made me angry
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Can't fit another shelf in my studio app unfortunately.
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>>7572579
I didn't post a pic but mine is 100%. I only buy in small batches and I make sure to finish them all before buying new ones.
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The top volumes are Cambridge Medieval Histories, circa 1950s
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>>7573768
>meme books
>trump picture

kek'd hard
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>>7573768
>The aeneid not beside the illiad and the odyssey
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>>7569527
how's the quality of that complete works of lovecraft? Any misspellings or deletions?
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>>7573768
Book spines are mostly pristine from what I can tell from pic.

Pseud.
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>>7571561
*tips fedora*
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>>7573772
Yeah, not gonna lie, the Trump pic is for you guys.

As for the memes, I only started collecting and reading literature a few months ago. I fell for IJ. I don't think anything else own really qualifies as meme material though.
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>>7573782
I've read everything except for IJ, M&D, Nietzsche, and Arrian

I only read in my house, and take good care of my books. Also, the binding on OWCs is excellent.
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>>7572143
kek
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>>7571988
We have lots of books in common. Although I haven't read Kafka's Die Erzählungen yet. What should I expect from it in comparison to his novels?

Pic related, my German literature.
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>>7573735

Kek, got exactly the same guitar set up

your shelves are pretty fucking terrible though
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1/3 no sorting
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>>7574094
>Ayn Rand

Threw up in my mouth
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>>7574094
2/3
>>7574096
I have no excuses other than they were 2.50 in a bargain bin.
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>>7574112
3/3
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>>7574096
Why does everyone here hate Ayn Rand? I've never read her, but I used to always hear the name "Atlas Shrugged" everywhere and assumed it's because it's really good.
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>>7574112
>Tim O'brian

BORING

Did you get your whole collection by dumpster diving?
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>>7574121
Multiple reasons:
>boring 1-dimensional characters only meant to carry her shit philosophy, literally no challenge to her own philosophy within any of her novels
>unoriginal philosophy that was done by people centuries ago, yet she claims that it was somehow unique
>stupid manipulative cunt (this alone isn't a valid reason, but its not the only reason)
>a dirty jude (also not a reason alone)
>hypocrite who didn't believe in her own philosophy, welfare leach
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>>7574120
you seem like a horribly uninteresting person

10 bucks says you haven't read more than 10 pages in that shakespeare
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>>7574094
>>7574112
>>7574120
>he doesn't own the meme trilogy
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>>7574121
Because she's obnoxious. She also presents a capitalist utopia and some people are rather bitter how everything seems to go wrong and she's so smug about it. Her followers are basically the antithesis of communist Chinese peasants.
>>7574125
Haven't read it yet but thanks for warning me
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>>7574133
this really. you don't have to be some assblasted leftist to realise rand is utter dross.
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>>7574133
>>7574138
Ah, I see, thanks guys.
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>>7574134
No I havent, but I'm sure I'll get to it eventually. Do you read a book in its entirety before putting it on the shelf? I bought all of them compulsively over a month period and now I'm just going through them best I can.
>>7574137
<]:^)
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>>7571544

Why would anyone be a Muslim or Christian in 2015?
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I wish the /lit/ moderator wasn't such an utter piece of shit. Then maybe these disgusting threads wouldn't litter the board & slide decent topics into oblivion.

Mod, why is Bowie dead & yet you continue to live? When does it end? When?!
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>>7574175
*tips fedora*
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>>7574194
*posts fedora meme*
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>>7568171
you should probably keep at it and stay off /lit/ t b h
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>>7574236
>2016
>still putting spaces in between letters

s͏m͏h t͏͏b͏͏h f͏͏a͏͏m
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>>7573768
Is The Godfather any good?
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>>7568308
Is that Odissey translation good? I saw it the other day and thought about buying it.
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>>7572542
I could go for a white russian
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>>7568171
how much of that lovecraft have you read op?
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>>7574393
I liked it, its pretty good light reading if you're into that.
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>all this fetishism
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I own some books
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>>7574767
How's that British Empire book? I've been wanting to pick up a good history on Britain.
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Where the fuck are you you fucking brhues, I know there's at least other 5 out there
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>>7574783
It's pretty scholastic but paints an interesting picture, worth it
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>>7574793
2/3
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>>7574808
3/3
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>>7568171
>roald
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>>7574500
It's $23 on Amazon.
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>>7574793
Why the fuck do you own two copies of Ulysses?
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>>7568231
>painted black bookcase against a tan wall
>Why even bother

Tan and black is a fantastic combination you no-taste pleb.
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>>7574999
translation / original

when I first read it, I used the translation for certain passages I couldn't quite follow in the original, then went back and read it.

It's a very good technique for people reading harder texts in foreign languages, tbqhwy
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>>7575044
Ah, I didn't realize it was a translation, the spines are both in English.
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>>7574995
did you read very much of it?
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>>7575050
Most older translations went by "Ulisses", but this new one (which I've been told is the most faithful so far) keeps the y, so it is confusing.
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>>7575056
I've read through about half of it. It's got all him short stories and novel/novellas.

For $23 it's pretty good quality, my only problem is that the paper is a little too thin and you can see some of the text on the previous and next pages.

I'm not OP btw.
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>>7574999

I own two copies. A cheapie penguin for margin notes, and a modern library hardback because I'm no filthy pleb. Then I have a first edition of Ellman's biography.
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>>7574995
its 23?! does it have all of his works because if it does I'm selling my b&n one.
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>>7575381
Yep, it's got all of it. One novel, four novellas and fifty-three short stories.
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>>7574500
Oh shit. I just realized you asked how much of it he read, not how much it cost.
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>>7574001
Well, unlike his novels his short stories are finished. The structures are clearer than in his novels. See for yourself, don't trust me.

Check out Das Urteil, In der Strafkolonie, Der Bau, Ein Landarzt & Ein Hungerkünstler. If you haven't read Die Verwandlung yet, it is in there as well.
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