I'm a regular /fit/izen and this is legit my first time posting on here- so be gentle or I'll fuckin' wail on you nerds.
My 21'st is coming up and I'm looking to buy some decent books as a present to myself.
I usually read non-fiction, stuff on axis WWII, fitness. I'm not big on fiction, only read Stephen King, some of the divine comedy, and quite a bit of Blake's poems.
I was recently recommended by /fit/ towards Yukio Mishima- long story short; which ones do I get/would you recommend?
A hundred thanks, maybe less, maybe more.
>so be gentle or I'll fuckin' wail on you nerds
We recommend that you kill yourself plz
As a /fit/izen we at /lit/ would recommend you begin with Eric Carle's HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. After you've slogged through that, no doubt a massive endeavor for you, you should move on to GO DOGS GO. You should probably stop there or you will risk losing your /fit/izenship as you realize how gay you and all /fit/izens actually are, and that your severe cultural myopia and somatic hypertrophy are simply a result of an intellectual privation which will inevitably be lost if you continue on this dangerous path of "reading books."
Go home, friend.
read the sticky for general book recommendations
..If you don't like fiction read Devil in the White City. It takes place at the end of the 19th century. It's about the architects of the first World's Fair and a famous serial killer who just happened to build a hotel for the occasion. I think you'll enjoy it.
Nice one, cheers for not being a conceited cunt about it.
Training the body and the mind.
Physically and mentally strong, dude.
No need to get aggressive.
Fuck these other cunts, OP, they don't even know the Greeks they want everyone to start with are still known by their wrestling names.
You want The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with The Sea if you're into WWII. It's an allegory about Japan after the war.
Sun and Steel is Mishima talking about lifting and aesthetics if you want straight up non-fic.
Stephen King and Blake are a good mix if you want to get into Swedenborg which none of these niggers will read, but who is interesting as a character even if you don't learn Latin. You may also like Goethe since you got through Dante and Blake. If you want something more specific and less deep end than those two, let us know and we'll find something written by another faggot.
Ay lad, fellow /fit/faggot here.
For Mishima, start with either Confessions of a Mask, or Temple of the Golden Pavilion. You may also want to read Sun and Steel, which covers weightlifting.
Storm of Steel - Ernst Junger
The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy (Maudes Translation)
Alcibiades I - Plato
The Saga of the Volsungs
The Nigger of the Narcissus - Joseph Conrad
Lives - Plutarch (Modern Library edition)
The Histories - Herodotus
Also, if you want to learn more about Blake, get the Norton Critical edition of his works.
Ignore all the epic trolls in the thread, I doubt they can even squat 2plate.
good recs here OP. Instead of Alcibiades read The Republic by Plato because you like axis history, and the Republic is Plato putting his fascism into Socrates' mouth.
Ignore the chart faggots besides the Mishima one because they can't answer the question and are just spamming any shit that's vague enough they won't get called on not having read fuck all.
>The Republic is fascist
>The Republic is a political work
>Socrates as a direct mouthpiece
No OP, start with Alcibiades I.
>he's limp wristed
Enjoy never achieving Arete.
nigga, it's fascist, like old school fascism. it's spelt Politeia in Greek, and became the Republic in Latin, where it also gave rise to the original fascists, the Romans one. as for Socrates not being a sockpuppet for Plato in the Republic or Alcibiades, lulz, you think Plato wasn't a jelly bitch hungry for Socrates' D, you've misread even the ones where he's not out and out writing slashfic
>it's spelt Politeia in Greek
Yeah I'm sure it is mate ;)
/fit/ turned /lit/ here. If you like nonfiction, check out some ancient history. Herodotus and Thucydides are grwat for Greece, and Livy is awesome for Rome. There's a lot of cool shit there which will help bridge any reading gap you might have; you basically trick yourself into learning ancient history by reading about Greece spanking Persia or the Romans BTFO everyone.
Livy might be an easier start; personally I found Rome a lot "closer" to me than Greece. No joke, I browse text files of my favorite passages from Livy between sets at the gym; that shit will get you pumped.
>when every man must die, all that mattered was whether he died fighting in the line, where the common chances of war often raised the vanquished and crushed the victor, or whether later on amidst the smouldering ruins of the town, dishonoured by chains and tortured with the lash, he breathed his last before the eyes of wife and children, prisoners in the enemy’s hands.
Also if you have trouble "getting" fiction, check out Susan Wise Bauer's "well educated mind" to give yourself a crash course on how to read different genres. It won't make you a pro, but I can honestly vouch for it giving me a foothold towards understanding literature for the first time.
Also seriously consider the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Oh sorry, I figured if I gave you it in the original script, you'd cry and wet yourself again, like that time you had to take off your shirt. Turns out you were going to do that anyway. Good thing you didn't understand the anglicized insult from Greek where I called you a punkbitch, you might have to call your mom.
Any time, just read the fucking books before you come back.
It's been some good banter mate, but I'm off. Have a picture of a big arse.