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Time to satisfy our shared book fetishism. Post you recent cops and your current backlog.
Did you read something in another's post? Share you opinion on it.
Me first:
Julio Cortazar - Hopscotch/Blow-up/We Love Glenda So Much - Everyman's Library
Thomas Mann - Death in Venice and Other Stories - Everyman's Library
Augustine - The Confessions - Everyman's Library (battered library book - $1)
Marcel Proust - Swann's Way - B&N Classics
Nabokov - Pale Fire - 1st Ed.
Maria McCann - As Meat Loves Salt

Not sure what to read first, but I'm leaning towards The Confessions.
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>>7315459
And my backlog these are adding to:
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Slaughterhouse Five is better than I expected it to be
I think I might read Lot 49 before I read GR, I've only read Inherent Vice before.
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>>7315649
Vonnegut's always been a favorite of mine, he's like a cozier version of Orwell. After Slaughterhouse, I'd suggest Mother Night next, Which I think is his second-best work.
Lot 49 is my preferred Pynchon book, but only because I enjoy him in small doses. If you liked Vice and you end up loving Lot 49, go ahead and dive into GR and good luck.
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>>7315681
Thank you. I've read about Mother Night here and there and I've also added it to my 'to buy' list.
>cozier version of Orwell
This seems quite accurate so far

Inherent Vice was really good, would read again. Kind of ironically, the size is actually the one thing dissuading me from buying Lot 49 at this stage. Mostly because it's very short for the price I'll be paying. I could download it I guess, but it's always nice to own things isn't it?
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>>7315459
Arrived today and added to my already very stacked reading list. Open to recommendations.
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>>7315704
http://www.amazon.com/Crying-Lot-Perennial-Fiction-Library/dp/006091307X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446531960&sr=8-1&keywords=lot+49
Used copies are going for a penny a piece. Don't be afraid of "marked" editions. My copy of 49 is marked and full of annotations by someone who ALMOST understands it and it's hilarious, mostly because I only almost understand it too.
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>>7315734
I don't live in the States, so things are a little more expensive after shipping.
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>>7315710
I've always wanted to "start with the greeks", but I've never gone beyond Homer and Virgil (not that he totally counts). Any of pic related you'd recommend?
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>>7315781
There's an infographic on the first page of the wiki in the sticky that is pretty good
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>>7315459
This belongs on your personal /his/
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>>7315747
Where are you? I'd be willing to send my copy of Lot 49 for Christmas.
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>>7315791
I live in Australia. That would be very kind anon
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Pale fire is probably my favorite fiction book of all time
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>>7315796
Damn. My brother was stationed down there for a while, a package needed to be guided by Virgil himself to make it there. I'll look into it by the time December rolls around, I got a book-exchange thread planned for this board and I'll remember to set aside my Lot 49 for the /lit/izen from down under.
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>>7315867
no worries at all friend, thanks for consideration!
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>>7315896
dear me when will this meme end
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>>7315649
Nice covers
>>7315710
The Theban plays are such good reads
>tfw no Antigone gf

These are mine. Posted some recently, but the rest of the order came in, so this was the entire haul. Finished both Dazai's, Lispector and Hemingway now. Reading Senselessness and Iran.
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>>7316206
Thanks. I adore those editions of No Longer Human and The Setting Sun. They're books I've wanted to read for years, but never got around to it. What do you think of them? Which should I read first?
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>>7316206
>Iran, Empire of the Mind

YES
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>>7316215
Yeah, the colors are really nice. I actually like the Lispector even more, though. In bright light it has a very unique color combination.

Dazai is pretty good, No Longer Human being more interesting than The Setting Sun, imo, but it's good to read both to get a better picture of the style of character Dazai is going for. I find his style very dubious, both in content and in experience. No Longer Human for instance, has the most unreliable narrator I've read, and the prose can switch from poetic and hilarious to very bland and tedious. But it got me feeling pretty depressed for a few days after, with suicide not far off my mind at many times (the idea, not the action) so it's definitely worth a read. The Setting Sun starts off a bit slow, picks up emotionally, and the ending is pretty enjoyable. This was the first Japanese lit I've read, though, so it might be a style that I'm just not used to, yet.
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>>7315649

God, my Vintage SH5 was full of typoes
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>>7316291
Read any of those yet? I want to read Thucydides and Herodotus because I've heard they're absolutely hilarious, but for some reason I can't bring myself to order them yet. I found the Myths of Mesopotamia quite a let-down. Not trying to be a knob or anything, but you'll see what I mean once you [ ] loads of [ ] it is very annoying to try [ ] that.
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>>7316302
>Read any of those yet?

Nope, literally just got them in the mail
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>>7315459

>Julio Cortazar

well done OP.
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>>7316291
:^)
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>>7316291
:3
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>>7316291
c:
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>>7316291
;]
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>>7316291
',:^\
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>>7316291
^__^
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>>7316291
8=D
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>>7316206
A question about Theban plays since you seem to have read them. Is penguin classics translation good for a beginner ? I have never read much of the Greeks before. Just some paragraphs of The Symposium.
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>>7316416
I don't know about Penguin. I've read Oedipus The King translated by David Grene, and Antigone by Elizabeth Wyckoff, in a bundle by Uni of Chicago press.

They are fairly easily understandable, though. Not very difficult to read. That's what mine looks like.
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>>7316452
Thank You, kind anon.
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>>7315463

>Mars

Great choice m8
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>>7316312
I just read a few random chapters of Hopscotch and I already love it.
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>>7315459
Halfway thru The Confessions and I'm blown away. I left the church a long time ago but this is bringing me so many feels.
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I'm starting to read books in english (spanish is my first language), and getting into /lit/ as well
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>>7315710
that copy of Sophocles is pure ass

i hate that translation so much damn

>>7315649
>tfw got the 1973 original edition of Gravity's Rainbow recently for 14 bucks
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>>7317707
is that edition of count of monte cristo unabridged?
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>>7317766
>reading penguin translations
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>>7317766
It is, clocks at 1276 pages total
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Just started reading the DeLillo. Any thoughts on what I should go with after that?

Also, side question: Best (that is to say most enjoyable to read) modern translation of Don Quixote?
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>>7317964
Tai Pei is the most painful autist read I've ever done, so just read that and get it out of the way
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>>7317978
I've read all of Tao's other books and I like his style but I just never felt like buying Taipei. About a week ago I sent him a few bucks worth of bitcoin and he sent me the book so I might end up reading it. Do you like his other stuff or was that the first of his books you read?
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>>7318006
that was my first go at anything of his

knowing that this is how he actually lives just made me sad and embarrassed for him. Senseless, empty, uninspired life is just ridiculous to me. It's just such a spergy car wreck I couldn't put it down, even though it bored me to death
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>>7315710
Penguin on translations is shit desu.
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Lippincott's Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology. I collect antiques and antique books. This one was published in 1905 and has a note in it dated 1906.
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>>7318054
>knowing that this is how he actually live
But he actually doesn't live exactly like Paul (? I always forget character names). He purposely made Paul an asshole so he could write the character from a detached distance.
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>>7318320
But I already have so many Penguin books and they look nice together :(. Also, for most of the books I own it's really hard to get other editions off Amazon.
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>>7318794
I recommend Modern Library and Everyman's to every customer who comes into my store over Penguin, the only time Penguin is good is when they do deluxe editions.
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>>7318645
pretty sweet senpai
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>>7318645
very nice
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>>7318784
a lot of that book is autobiographical dude
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>>7318841
what is wrong with penguin?
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>>7319014
They often don't include notes with their translations, sometimes the words they choose just don't make sense, the intros can be very poor. It's a lot of sloppy details I have noticed over the years.
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>>7319082
Ah so you mean avoid them when it comes to translations? Books originally published in English are fine then?
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>>7318645
How do you read books that old and large without damaging them?
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>>7319117
You got it my friend. Though as always I would say compare your publishers if you are buying a copy to add as a permanent part of your library.
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>>7319118
Carefully.
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I recently got Bleeding Edge, and the first few pages seem, for lack of a better term, rather cringy. Does it get any better? I really liked GR.
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>>7318841
Thanks. Yeah, I've encountered a few poor translations myself.
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Ordered these two last week and they just came in. The collection is much heavier and larger than I thought it'd be.
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>>7319941
They look quite beautiful actually, nice job anon.
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>>7319950
Thanks, anon. The collection is of impressive quality for the $30 or so I got it for.
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>>7319254

BE isn't the greatest, but it's still pretty fun. If you drop your expectations from GR and read it on a lazy afternoon, you should have a good time.

> Heart of Darkness / Conrad
> Hundred Years of Solitude / Marquez
> White Teeth / Smith
> 2666 / Bolano
$1 each.
I was pretty pleased.
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Horror time of year is best time of year.
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>>7320346
cut your finger nails
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>>7320381
maybe he plays classical guitar dude? don't make assumptions
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>>7320107
Is 2666 really that much of a monolith?
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>tfw waiting on payment to come through so you can buy more books
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What am I in for?
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Getting into the memery. Which one should I start with?
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>>7320662

White Noise.

Based on nothing at all, really. Though it could be justified a bit - DFW mentions DeLilo as an influence.
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>>7320662
How big is that copy of Infinite Jest? Is there anything you can compare the size to?
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>>7317745

Stop bragging about that, you're making me jealous.

and it kind of makes you look like a tool
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>>7320683
it's a big book
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>>7320683

It has been measured before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
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>>7320692
I kekked.
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Ordered these.

Should be here any day now.
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>>7317964
Edith Grossman's is the best Quixote in English mate
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>>7321558
>English Mann translation
>DKK
?
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>>7321651
Hader at læse på dansk.
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>>7321652
Fjollet
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>>7321661
I mit hoved lyder alt så soelle på dansk. Der er ikke noget slag i det.
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>>7321663
Det er sgu synd at hore
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New books
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>>7321667
Ja, det syntes jeg også selv.
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>>7320520
In short you'll either find it great or droll. You'll know after four or five pages. Read one of the shorter ones first.
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>>7319082
Have yet to see any translation that looks remotely out of place. No clue what you've read.
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Got Bleeding Edge new for $5.
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>>7321836
Might I ask where?
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>>7321896
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/bleeding-edge/9780999741023-item.html?ikwid=bleeding+edge&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Canadian. I was really surprised to find it, but I guess it wasn't too good to be true.
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That rubicon book is the wrong book, as much as i like learning about oil my mom was ordering them for me as i refuse to get a credit card.Got the normal roman rubicon book coming tomorrow
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>>7317766
>>7317839

Heh, I remember reading my Penguin Monte Cristo and thinking it was the abridged version when I got to the time-skip
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I decided to get some different translations of Dostoevsky and actually get into Japanese literature the lit way. I've got No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, I Am A Cat by Natsume Soseki, and the McGuire translation of Dostoevsky's Demons coming in the mail soon as well.
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I wish I had money to buy these.
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>>7324576
I get most of my books used, try Thriftbooks or Half Price Books. Or the library of course.
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>>7319941
I approve of both of these choices, well done anon
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>>7315649
the vintage covers are really nice
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>>7317745
That's a shame, because as far as Penguin go, that Sophocles-cover one of the prettier ones
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>>7321663
Har Danmark som nation nån gång övervägt att gå över till ett riktigt språk istället för en talfelsparodi?
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>>7320381
Or at least clean them.
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This is my only recent purchase. I usually download e books for free but couldn't find an error free mobi.
Probably going to buy infinite jest next to play footnote tennis. It sucked trying to do that on a 2nd gen kindle.
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>>7320662
Ciao Swedish senpai. Akademibokhandeln all the way, am I right? No, but seriously, go to Abebooks and order your books second-hand for a couple of dollars, you pay less even with shipping from most sellers.

Just a tip
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>>7321558
Why don't you just use abebooks and get them second-hand? How much is shipping from the UK to Denmark?
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>>7321671
Man, I love you dog. Have fun with Private Investigator Wittgenstein.
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>>7325119
Sjukt icke PK av dig att säga så.
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>>7318645
lmao worhless.
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>>7320662
where did you buy that White Noise? I've wanted that version for ever.
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>>7325284
Swedish bookstore
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>>7324588
Thanks anon.
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>>7325284
Not him, but I got that cover at a half price books.
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>>7321671
Is that a Brittany?
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Got all these for under 20 bucks, finished reading The Gambler, shit was dope
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this is off-topic, but who in the fuck do you connect to #bookz? I've got the irc client (colloquy), I've connected irc.undernet.org, but when I try to join the room #bookz, nothing happens.
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>>7317771
>yfw the penguin edition of the Count of Monte Cristo is the only totally unabridged and uncensored copy currently available

Time for this meme to die
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>>7327034
dunno senpai
try hexchat, always worked for me
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>>7323054
Loeb will royally fuck you out of money if you only buy Livy from them. Unless you want the original Latin text on hand, go with a translation; oxford has Livy, and I just finished and very much enjoyed Penguin's translations, all 35 extant books for about $40 in 4 volumes. You will literally spend like $400 if you buy from Loeb instead.

Good choices though. Rome is cool as fuck, haven't seen enough people here finishing the Greeks and graduating to Rome.
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8 eurobucks for this lot at a store.
All pretty much unread, just spend time catching dust on shelves.
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>>7328846

And a gift from the Slovenian MoD
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got the iliad and the odyssey for £5 at a local store
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>>7328886
and the picture lol
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>>7328888
Are you reading moby dick already? I think I see a bookmark
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>>7315459
>Julio Cortazar - Blow-up
Enjoy every page of this masterpiece OP
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>>7320413
Late, but whatever.

It's 900~ pages, so yeah - it's pretty long. The print in the pic though is notably thicker than the version that usually gets posted on /lit/.
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waiting for books to arrive is such a great feeling
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>>7328961
yeah man started as soon as i bought it, it's really great so far
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>>7327089

I was planning on getting the Penguin one at a later date my mom actually bought me the loeb one, she saw the hardcover and latin translation and planned on hiding it till christmas but I found it first. I appreciate the advice though, i'll make sure to take it for the rest.
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>>7328846

Where do these mythical bookstores exist?
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>>7315710
how do you want your translations senpai?
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>>7325236
Shipping from bookdepository is free (bundled into book price). What you see is what I payed. Usually Abebooks is more expensive even for second hand because of shipping.
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