pretty good desu sempai, even though it is not a history book, it encapsulates the soul of Argentina and why its such a failed country(its always been since its inception). also the prose is beautiful and Sarmiento has a sense of humor.
Godfather I'm not a feminist, I hate tumblr... But this book is annoyingly sexist. Sure, some of it can be attributed to the time period in the book (1940s) and male characters definitely will have conservative opinions, but it's obvious that the writer himself can only create two kinds of female characters - good loyal wives and cumdumpsters. And I can't say I'm interested in reading chapters dedicated to cumdumpsters and their oversized vaginas. Otherwise the book is fine. The plot is exciting, and being immersed in this ethically fucked up world is interesting.
So far so good, can't believe a book on Lacan is so enjoyable. I noticed that Zizek reuses some jokes and anecdotes from his youtube videos, that's kinda awkward .
Everything makes sense in this capsule of handpicked references, but I'm asking myself if Lacan worked with any empirical data to bakc his claims ? There is enough proof for the existence of the subconcious, but is there any evidence for the imaginary and the symbolic order, or the Other. Seems like a tool for rationalisation of human behaviour, not a real science
I'm about halfway through. It's a lot funnier than I expected. The constant upturning of all serious situations into comic ones and back and forth and vice versa is an amazing feat. All orientation is lost, especially after it's revealed more and more how much of an ass K. himself is, along with the rest of them.
I'm only halfway through, but it feels like a collection of short stories sharing the same theme than a traditional novel. I feel you could take almost any chapter so far and turn it into something along the lines of The Metamorphosis or The Judgement with just a little editing. But maybe that's just Kafka - this is the first novel of his I've read.
I picked it up because she just won the Nobel, the books pretty good and very well translated. Its fast paced and I don't normally read nonfiction but I'm really enjoying it. I wish there was a little more history in it, like if it prefaced with a narration (which it kinda did but it served more as a recap than an introduction). The whole thing just kinda banks on emotion and imagining these peoples past struggles, it has almost no prose or real pacing. Its not trying to be a novel, obviously, but its really not what I'm used to reading.
>>7569607 Are you mentally retarded? The intentions of The Godfather was NOT to have developed female characters. You understand the setting of the novel, don't you? The history and politics around it? Go back to fucking Imgur, you moron.
I started it a couple months ago but since college started back up I put it down. I can't convince myself to read very much when I already have to study and read shitty textbooks trying to force feed me their ideals.
That being said I started reading it with the Winter Quarter. I really enjoy it but getting back into it after a few months is proving difficult.
>>7569667 Your arguments are great. Very objective, and you are obviously very open to discussion and dialogue. In fact, you just made me change my opinion. Women in Godfather really shouldn't have a personality!
I'm really enjoying the fable-y quality and the dreamlike events that happen. Waiting for it to go somewhere more concrete as far as theme is concerned though.
>Earthly Paradise, Colette
Pretty cool book as it's her autobiography as put together through bits of her own writing that was collected later. I like how it's put together and told, sometimes I forget it's not fiction. Very comfy, and also stirs a move-into-the-country-and-live-simply impulse within me. I would recommend it.
>>7569667 kek, how often I've seen reviews on that site that gives books 1/5 stars just because of feminism
A lot of the times they even write how they actually liked the book and the story but then mentions how they were triggered by something not being progressive enough and ends up giving the book 1/5 stars just because of that.
>>7569717 I remember seeing a picture of a gay man giving Death of a Salesman 1 star because he said it was sexist and it took a woman saying "This play was representative of society's vision of women during the '50s" to get him to shut up.
binged the show and couldn't get enough. I read A Scanner Darkly a couple years ago and enjoyed it but never got into more Dick. High Castle is really interesting, and the show deviated enough from the novel to where I don't know whats around every corner, which was a pleasant surprise.
>>7569540 I'm with Kundera's Inmortality and i have already read the Unbearable Lightness of Being. At least with this novel i could tell that Kundera still has his magic, i won't spoil it to you, but it wouldn't dissapoint you.
>Ask /lit/ what should I read next >Infinite Jest >Pay $30 for a pristine edition of the book >Make it 1/4th the way in before realize /lit/ recommended that I read garbage You all are fucking shitheads.
I fucking love it, though I'm only one chapter in. I've read a lot of 20th century literature recently so it's nice to travel back in time with a medieval romance. Gahmuret is a fucking badass, and there's a lot of jousting. Great stuff.
>>7569863 I guess I'll find out soon. I haven't read any Barthelme before, but I know he is supposed to be one of the big American pomo-ists, alongside Hawkes, Barth, Gaddis, Gass, and Pinecone, so I had to check him out
>be me >receive doctor sleep as gift for Xmas >read back >the shining sequel >should have read the shining first It's a good book. I grew up reading the King's novels and I have a special place for him in my heart. But seriously though I should have read the shining first.
Holy shit that's what I'm reading right now, too. The other short stories are pretty solid, but BotSC just ripped my heart out. That brief digression on the nature of the lover and the beloved was masterful.
Wolfe sure does like to use hyphenated adjectives. I like that the main character is a writer. He's not a best-selling, famous, good looking author; God knows there's been enough written of those. He's an unsuccessful, beaten down unknown that's seen a good many rejection letters in his day. So far, from the first 50 pages, I like it a lot.
About halfway through DeLillo's Mao II. Was kind of enjoying it, then I saw it being shit on here, and I haven't picked up since. It seems he writes with an illusion of clarity. It seems like crystallized thought, but it lacks substance. Like a replica car--a Ferrari with a six cylinder. The more interesting themes seem tenuous--terrorists and writers--but it's still interesting.
Other than that, I've had Thus Spake Zarathustra half read for a while. Nietzsche is a robotic, whining histrionic. I share sentiments, am like that, but it's repulsive like reading of others' depression. If I were depressed and happened to see words, by another hand, of my own, I'd be disgusted. Nietzsche is repulsive in a weird way.
I'm reading Anne Karenina. Only twenty pages in. Got sidetracked by a Wallace short story earlier today. Big Red Son. It was alright, but not spectacular.
Anne Karenina on the other hand already has masterful characterization in the span of 20 pages. Definitely excited.
It's really great you're posting hello reddit pictures. It's like coming to terms with terminal illness. Once this board is completely dead, there'll be more time for reading without the allure of distracting shitposting.
I really really wish Melville would stop interrupting the story every other chapter with his autism about the minuscule details of whale anatomy and whaling history. When the story gets going it's incredibly captivating and the prose is absolutely beautiful but it constantly gets interrupted by these essays on why the whale is a fish and not a mammal.
Nice prose; not like anything I've read in the past to be honest. I'm not a native speaker so I'm grasping it slowly to set the mood. Already bought my GR (Gravity's Rainbow) copy from overseas, will have it in about 2 (two) months. Did I dun goof'd ordering GR (Gravity's Rainbow) over V (Vee)?
I'm an atheist but the Christian themes and philosophy is actually a bit nice and touching. Very engaging so far, I'm a novice so when I'm done with it it'll probably be my favorite book I've ever read so far
I particularly liked the whole bit about Classical vs Western math being both born of their unique world-feeling, and that it ties in with the art each produced. 10/10 book so far. Looking forward to Imperium.
>>7573693 that's my favorite novel by him. it's definitely his most masterfully written. >>7573747 I agree. It wasn't the length, it was the digression into things like whale tales, although it didn't bother me too bad. i still really enjoyed it. >>7573980 No, Gravity's Rainbow is far superior, I really loved it. V. is great and is easier, a better entry point, but not nearly as good.
Right now I'm juggling the Plot Against America by Philip Roth (much better than I expected), No Country for Old Men (eh. It's like an airport novel with great writing, but pales in comparison to Blood Meridian or the Road) and On the Genealogy of Morals (kinda just reading this because I'm super excited about starting Ecce Homo and didn't want to miss out on his major works while reading his final and comprehensive).
Finishing up The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
I've enjoyed it moderately so far, but I don't think I'm well read enough to appreciate what it did for the genre/medium. I understand his writing style was incredibly experimental and poetic, but its not making me go 'Aww yiss Joyce'
I'm probably just a pleb though. I'll pick it up again in 5 years or so.
>>7574664 I had this same problem when I read the book a few years ago. I wanted very much to fully appreciate The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but recognized very clearly that Joyce went way over my head. I want to try again this year.
More than half way through it and it's pretty good. The character change of Pip throughout the book is strong yet suttle. I compare it to a scale of sorts: he is still that blacksmiths boy at heart but is enveloped in his new environment of great expectations creating an imbalance of his inner self at points.
It's set in a future of a typical fantasy world, where noone goes onto adventures anymore. The protagonist is a university student trying to find a job. That's the main theme of the work, the so-called 就職活動 and absurdities that come along with it. To my best knowledge, lot of the ridiculous stuff Romeo describes in the book is real.
Currently I'm about 40% in and it's only getting better and better as I continue. I also like Romeo's treatment of the main heroine, Yomika, the girl on the cover. While the book is published under a LN imprint, it's not really close to a typical LN in any way, so Yomika isn't a stupid LN heroine either. The protagonist still kinda dislikes her, so I'm interested to see what will Romeo do with that.
One thing that I'm not 100% fan of is the usage of the setting, which is perfectly transparently meant to represent the human world along with its own magical Twitter and Line equivalents. It's the kind of obvious wink wink at the audience you either like or don't. I mean, I don't hate it, but I'm not fully sold on it either.
What I do like and what makes the whole thing worth reading is Romeo's text. To put it simply, it flows really well. Romeo can make even seemingly mundane passages seem interesting. For example a flashback about a failed expedition into an underground city is presented in almost purely factual manner, yet it's not boring. If I had to name one reason why, I'd say brevity. I'm not claiming I have great understanting of Japanese language as a whole, but I can easily imagine a different writer spending way more pages than Romeo to tell the same things.
>Ulysses >Oxen of the Sun chapter This book is godly, I curse myself for not reading it earlier. Can't remember when I enjoyed a book to such degree last time. The irony in last two chapters was top notch.
just started and finished the tempest. positively surprised at how well i understand it (english is my second language) and how entertaining it's been so far. can't really say much more. i probably won't end up reading all of it, but at least around half of the plays and all of the sonnets
any recommendations on some of the lesser known plays?
>book is fucking huge >two-column pages take a godawful amount of time to read
>>7576509 yeah i was debating on whether i should read it in chronological order or not, and ended up just following how they were presented in the first folio. i figured the publisher would've thought it through more than i ever would
about 430 pages in. really disappointed, did i fall for a shill or what? the book is average and this far in i literally have no idea what pauls motives are besides the fact that he is apparently the chosen one. also what the fuck is spice even used for? is the appeal of this book the expansiveness of the lore or what?
Remains of the Day Halfway through it and I'm loving it so far. It feels like Wild Strawberries if the professor didn't have regrets but it feels like Stevens does have regrets that he's trying to justify to himself, what with saying that he doesn't know Darlington while he was serving him when his father died
>>7576550 I'm also reading Dune, my comment is three above yours
The only thing i find good about the book so far is that it's really come up with a lot of different ideas for such a desert culture not as far in as you, but i guess paul's motivation is to make his parents proud or something, i mean, he is just a kid so it could be something as simple as that The spice is for food, it was pretty early stated that the spice tastes different each time you eat it
Currently reading Blood Meridian, although I'll have to set it down because of college, I'm halfway through and I'm enjoying it a lot despite being reading at snail's pace because of McCarthy's prose and the fact that english is my second language
>>7576042 Pet Sematary is one of King's best and the one that legit sent chills down my spine, it definitely has a slow start, even slower than King's used to, but it's well worth it once the story picks up.
Also, I saw The Name of The Rose and couple other books by Umberto Eco today, would you guys recommend I get Name of the Rose?
I'm on the third chapter which deals with money in a round about way. First two chapters deal with Confucius and the Greeks and he makes the point that by 200b.c. The scope of Western thought had already been made clear.
On almost every page there is something I don't understand and am forced to research, it's a great book.
>>7578054 Everything he says is intended to point you in a direction so I'm presuming it's all meant. He writes in shorthand a bit too and condenses words and uses archaic spelling, it's all simple enough to decipher. The Chinese characters are the real confusing thing, they obviously mean something. I recently had the chance to buy a few first editions of Pound for cheap, Kulchur just stands alone. Personae is a good place start. His cantos are very difficult and probably require a guide book. The Pisan Cantos are read the most out of all of them.
It is affirming and articulating the whole constellation of half-formed thoughts I have been trying to develop over the past three years. I feel I have found a kindred spirit, but one that is far more intelligent than I.
>>7569540 >>7575945 Just finished my first reading too. (Milan Kundera is a man, btw). I liked it a lot, but I'm not sure if I'm interpreting it correctly.
All of the "einmal ist keinmal" stuff seems like absurdist existentialism, but Kundera seems to embrace the absurd. The fact that their love is merely coincidence makes it more profound and not less. (I think? Would love to know what other people think.)
Also yeah I loved the stuff about kitsch. I feel like the book talked about a lot of things that I found interesting while still being really readable/fun.
>Gogol's short stories Hilarious and much more experimental than I was anticipating. Reads a bit like Kafka (bizarre and convulated hierarchies within society/administration) with the whimsy of Calvino
>History of Madness Just starting this one, i think it's brilliant so far. Im anticipating that I'll find it tedious after the 250 page mark and im finding it needlessly verbose/obfuscatory, but I'm still enjoying it.
man, this guy really has a hard-on for tragedy. not ALL of his stories, but so many end on such a down note. i'm not sure how to best go about reading a short story collection. do you read one after another like chapters in a novel? take some time away from reading after each to let it kind of sink in?
also, i'm learning a lot about bullfighting, fishing, and post-WWI Europe but i can't help but feel like my initial ignorance on these topics has made me miss a lot of subtext that might have been important (particularly important due to his sparse writing style)
To the lighthouse. Literally just started it today and I had to reread the first chapter because I read it on cruise control half asleep on the train. I'm still not quite sure I read the first chapter properly because I only remember the mr and ms fighting, and the kid getting bad vibes from his dad.
>>7585397 I just added it to my ereader. Sounds good.
enjoying the "challenge" of switching modes every few dozen pages. hoping for the broader narrative / network of narratives to continue becoming clear. ETA stuff is a solid enough throughline for me. i just wish the paperback wasn't so goddamned awkward to hold.
>>7585484 I'm reading it alongside other reads since it's so long. I also have the paperback, the only way I'm comfortable with it is having it on a table. I feel the cover and spine are gonna get torn though, dunno how people keep this paperback in one piece.
Started a couple of books for uni ficciones by Jorge Luis borges for my detective fiction class it's pretty good and borges is a real mindful To kill a mockingbird for my American lit 1945 to present class. Haven't read since 9th grade. It's okay kind of dull but not terrible. I can't wait til we get to White Noise
Amazing adventure of kavalier and clay, just hit part three, it's a pretty cute and refreshing story. I mean, for a story about Jews in ww2 era america, its very charming and, I'm afraid to use this term but naive, in a sense. Its also simple to read through which is welcome after a month of IJ and non fiction
I almost gave up midway through Genesis when it just listed what king was beaten where in the most boring and dry way possible. I'm currently at the really interesting part of Exodus, but I'm really concerned about Leviticus and Numbers. I mean if Genesis was such a bore for me, then maybe I'm just not meant to read it...
>>7569534 >I noticed that Zizek reuses some jokes and anecdotes from his youtube videos, that's kinda awkward . Oh that's nothing yet. Once you've read a bit more from him you'll see he's reusing stuff like all the time. It is in new context, but still.
>>7569312 book of disquiet. Its getting me anxious cause its taking a long time to impress me so far. There's a lot of impactful sentences, don't know if I like that or its too easy. I like his style of writing. And I can relate to the characters pessimism a lot. And that's what I like about it. The pessimism and the negative thinking but also the philosophical expressions and questions. Seems alright but the author could've rushes things up
>>7586248 You have to slog it out but I think it's worth it just to be a part of the fraction of the population that has read the fucking thing. Not trying to be elitist. I only feel it's an unavoidable part of the western canon.
Reading Dubliners right now. The introduction to the version I have (Bantam Classics) is the first introduction I've read that has helped me understand a book. Also, at the end of Two Gallants, what does the gold coin Corley has signify? Why did the woman pay him?
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