Haven't seen a thread like this on /lit/ in a while. Post your favourite books you've ever read, and other people can recommend books for you. There isn't a limit to how many you can have on your list, and try to keep it judgement free (although if someone has a particularly want list, you can let them know).These aren't necessarily books you think are the best of all time, or most important, just books you in particular really enjoyed. My top are, in no particular order:
>The Fall - Albert Camus
>A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
>Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
>One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hi everyone! This is my book club's first semester reading list. What do you guys think? (I picked a couple of these. Guess which ones! Haha ;) )
Hmm, seems to me you like quite light reading. Why don't you try something a little heavier? I know this might be bait, but I'd recommend something like Marquez's Chronicle of A Death Foretold
I feel I'm always bad at recommendations but if you liked Camus you will probably like Dostoevsky and Akutagawa (specifically I would suggest his autobiographical stories from later in his life ie 'the life of a stupid man'). And if you liked confederacy then I could probably suggest more picaresque stories. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck is maybe in a similar vein?
Ah cheers, these are great. I've always meant to get into Dostoevsky, but for whatever reason never got around to it. I've never heard of Akutagawa, what's he like? desu, I wasn't super into Grapes of Wrath, is Tortilla flat different?
no, let's have judgment heavy recommendations
Your reading indicates the devolving dissimulation of a paedophile in denial. Read The Enchanter by Nabokov before it's too late for everybody.
Dissimulating masochist. You should read Justine by Sade because I think you'd have a wonderful weekend with it and might even get fired.
Fucking Epic. XDDDDDD. Just give OP a recommendation, you twat. You probably have none, Redditor.
>Something is popular so now I don't like it.
How could you hate the book that gave us the movie that gave us this Irish qt?
I think so. Personally, I like Confederacy of Dunces for it's characters, not so much for it's prose. The characters are charming and funny, so you'll probably get the same enjoyment out of the translation than from the original text, more-so if you don't think your English is up to it.
(it's spelt flak) I personally really dislike Harry Potter and most YA stuff. I doubt we'll see those sorts of threads popping up any time soon given this boards hatred for John Green, and given 4chan isn't exactly every preteen girl's favourite website. In terms of judgement free threads, the reason I wanted to make one is because I feel that when you begin to bring elitism into the literary world (a world already dripping with snobs) it drives away people from wanting to read more complex literature, which I believe is counter-productive to the goal of writing. If the goal of writing is to disseminate ideas and philosophies and bring to light things which we often do not see in the world, it should be the plight of the who love literature to encourage everybody to read more complex material. I realise that's not this board's perspective and that I'm opening myself up to criticism by saying that. But that's just my 2c.
I think you might like this book. It has no coherent plot and its main character is imaginary.
>placing yourself above others because you visit a Taiwanese hentai website to discuss books you like.
True mate, if that's the only enjoyment you get from life, it's probably best to pack it in.
Anybody else who's interested in religion should also read this one too.
mfw no one recommends a book for a serious post
You should check out Oblivion (also by DFW) if you haven't already, specifically good old neon is very similar to the fall.
My favorites are:
Waiting for Godot
White Noise - Don Delillo
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
it's infinite jest and confederacy of dunces at the same time, but not nearly as clever
serious critique of psychiatric methodology interspersed with accounts of the flabbiness of boi pussy
Tortilla Flat is very different to Grapes hehe, it focuses on a bunch of lazy, unemployed losers who somehow end up kind of wealthy and have a bunch of whacky adventures.
Akutagawa is maybe not as well known as some other Japanese writers, his later stuff is quite nihilistic. ie characters talk about 'waiting for the fate that would to annihilate' them and shit like that. very influenced by western modernism
Here's what I would call my top ten:
Journey to the End of the Night
In Search of Lost Time
The Transylvania Trilogy
Of Human Bondage
The Sea of Fertility
Mason & Dixon
Being and Time
Madness and Civilization
I think you'd like Proust
Check out some novels by Philip K Dick. I feel like you'd like how psychedelic they are.
Petersburg by Bely, very good book and cool use of experimentalism in the prose.
I've only read Midnight's Children by Rushdie but I've been meaning to read Satantic Verses, mostly for how controversial it was. Since I'm not a Muslim and don't have any Islamic connections a lot of it would probably go over my head.
As for K Dick, Valis is a solid book but very trippy well worth the reading though.
Insatiability - Witkiewicz
Pornografia - Gombrowicz
Autodafe - Canetti
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis - Saramago
Nazarin - Galdos
Lost Steps - Carpentier
The Moon and the Bonfires - Pavese
Les Faux-Monnayeurs - Gide
Hourglass - Kis
Moskat Family - Singer