I want to read a long work.
So far, in my library, I have the following:
War and Peace
Mason & Dixon
I haven't read anything by any of these authors. I'm most apprehensive about reading Pynchon, because of how inaccessible he seems.
Which of these would you recommend?
Of those, Les Mis is overrated, Anne Karenina and War and Peace are obviously good, and Don Quixote will go surprisingly quickly if you read the Grossman translation. Not sure of the Eco but I've heard lots of praise.
The rest are total horseshit, including Pynchon. Pynchon was interesting in the fucking 60s. What made it interesting is now in every 4chan shitpost you see. Don't read Pynchon unless you know more about why he was a thing and then in small doses, IMHO.
I prefer visualizing scenery over seeing it externally. There's an enormous array of things that literature can do sensorialIy that can't be done in other mediums.
I only like that cover because it makes her look like a cute anime loli.
This. If you read Pynchon without being sufficiently well-read you'll jump to moronic conclusions and start claiming he's a pseudointellectual because the depth of his writing is above your head.
totally, I can not read that antiquated dribble. I read mostly non-fiction. Les Miserables makes a better musical (no homo)
This week I might crack open, The Bell Curve
I hear about it on /pol/ all the time, snagged it at used book store for 1$
He's a hack and his writing is vacuous verbiage posing as something with a "deeper meaning" when really after reading his gibber jabber you are left with nothing meaningful to appreciate or reflect on.
But, if you're like you, then you can always tell yourself how unique his "style" is while telling everyone that they don't get it.
idk I don't really pay attention to that stuff tbhf
it might be worth it to double check online whether the one you have is shit or not tough because it will take a long time to read regardless of who translated it so you might as well not spend all that time reading a bad one
I have not read about which are good but I had the Barnes & Noble Classics which was translated by Smollett with further revision and then notes by a women named Slade, I thought it was really good and the footnotes on the bottom of the page was helpful in understanding references or jokes that aren't as accessible in a different language 300 years later.
As long as its not a bad translation you're good to go though. Start that shit now nigga or you will keep putting it off.