Books I've decided to pick by the end of this month:
1) Brothers Karamazov
2) Crime and Punishment
4) Don Quixote
5) Anna Karenina
6) The Trial
7) The Search of Lost Time
8) The Devine Comedy
9) War and Peace
10) Les Miserable
Is my taste good? What should I expect from each book in the list? Which books in the list should I avoid? Also, suggest good translations.
nigga you're clearly just getting into reading, just read shit that's going to get you motivated to read and stop worrying about how you look. The Brothers K is not gonna hook you, neither will half those books
That's going to take you quite some time and shouldn't avoid any of them. What kind of question is that anyway? Read them and form your own opinions, although your obviously a new reader and I'm not sure you can keep up with all that.
Using google to find great works has nothing to do with your taste, but yeah, you have some good literature there.
Just make sure to research properly before choosing translations.
He is right though, you should just get off of /lit/ and read most of those and come back in a year. The fact that you would list all those books and then ask if your taste is good and also want people to take the time to post information about all of those books reveals that you only came to /lit/ very recently and probably come from reddit.
Buying books does not mean you have good taste especially since you probably would not have bought most of them without seeing them frequently on /lit/. Your post that started this thread is basically going "hey guys I bought all these books liked by /lit/, am I sophisticated yet? do I fit in yet?"
Just stop posting and read them and only lurk on /lit/ until you have read a good amount of those.
Maybe you should just read the books and fuck off. Nobody gives a shit about you reading a few popular books.
Just have your own opinions and read them, nobody's gonna be like 'Great effort anon! Really patrician taste there!'
Also Dostoevsky is shit
Anna Karenina isn't a good choice for a pleb
Don Quixote isn't a good choice for a pleb
MOM'S GONNA FREAK is a better start for Cafe
In Search of Lost Time is not a good choice for a pleb
The Divine Comedy isn't a good choice for a pleb
8/10 bait tho
High quality/decent literature that is still relatively easy to read and not-too-boring for new readers:
War & Peace
Kafka's short stories
War and Peace? Ok bud.
Op, you should be looking at these.
Don't listen to these fags, except for Proust and maybe The Divine Comedy those books are perfectly appropriate for a new readers. Just be sure to sit down and read for at least 1h everyday and to be constantly thinking instead of just passively running your eyes across the page.
You should start with the Bible desu. All of those books contain subtle references that will go right over your head if haven't read it.
as the guy who posted the list of the 8 or 9 easy-but-good books I would add
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Heart of Darkness is good but intermediate difficulty, it should be read after reading maybe 4 or 5 of the other books listed first. The vocabulary isn't hard but the sentences are a little dense and long. Its a good stepping stone to higher-tier stuff after you have a few under your belt.
>Is my taste good?
No. It's what Nabokov would call poshlost, what Woolf would call middle-brow, what I would call faggotry.
Bad touch with the spelling errors. Gives it away. You should be aiming for greater subtlety.
Hmm...Siddhartha I agree with. Really enjoyed the ending scene at the river.
For Whom the Bell Tolls - used to be a huge Hem fan as a high schooler...doesn't "ring true" these days so much. I reread Sun Also Rises a few years ago before heading to Pamplona...enjoyed it more.
I think it makes it more interesting. But if you want something straight through, and a more aggressive reading plan, I recommend the Bible in 90 days.
eh the point is just to read - although getting past swann's way would be challenging I can't fault the guy for trying to swing for some of the great books. Hence, start with lolita from that list.
What music, movies or videogames do you like OP? What is your age? Do you like technology, history, war, romance?
All these books are considered classic literature, but they are so very different. I've never read Anna Karenina, because it bores me to the limit, but I enjoyed the Miserables. Classic literature is not one thing.
Some prefer Dostojevski and others prefer Vern.
One is a political-social writer, the other is scientific "fiction".
Oh, and your taste is not "good". It's not taste at all. It's random very well known titles . Some of these books suck (as much as classic literature could suck, which is not that much).
Kierkegaard would call it a "spidsborger" in Danish. I believe the English (very poor) translation is usually "automatic cultural man". In his defence, the Danish word isn't nearly as autistic or ugly.
To save this trainwreck of a thread, can people come up with other terms to describe this particular strain of vulgarity OP is presenting? So far poshlost, middlebrow and spidsborger all apply.
Man, you can't even spell half of those correctly. You are clearly just starting out and I wouldnt recommend those books, as they will probably bore you out, except for maybe The Trial and Lolita.
I'm trying to make /lit/ great again, not giving the trolls even more tools to make me question reality.
Seriously, these last few days the trolls have been too sophisticated, too perfect. While it used to be relatively easy to identify a troll, lately, they're becoming perfect simulacra of sincere stupidity. The kind of trolls that lure you into trying to be of assistance, then casually and very gradually aggravate you through their subtle idiocy, all the while seeming so earnest that you can't help but think them sincere.
Hyperreality is real.
How is that "your taste", if you havent read any of those books?
You sound new to reading and just want to fit in with /lit/. You should seriously start with something easier to read, because you won't probably finish any of those books.
Whatever trash you filled your life with before literature -> Vonnegut -> Orwell -> Huxley -> Thompson -> Steinbeck -> Hesse -> Dostoevsky
From there, you can move in a number of directions, and should have shed most of the pleb. You're still on the lowest rungs of the ladder though, but you'll have moved upwards.
>newfag who should be LURKING gets absolutely BTFO
this makes me extraordinarily happy, please do it more familia
You know you have to read the books in order for your taste to develop, right? You should be able to identify with patterns in readings that you encountered before, which can only be done if...you've read before. Simply showing a list of books (that you haven't read) and announcing you have good taste doesn't make it so.
TLDR ; OP is a poser 5/10 made me reply
I think it's a great list; I read most of those over the course of two years along with others and so I would like to warn you that a deluge of 19th century literature may affect your speech in such a way that people look at you strange when you speak. In no way do I say this to deter you but instead to inspire you further to jump into the superior era of literature!