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Postby bels » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:43 pm

I think most people who like Joseph Conrad like his prose style. He was a really big stylist because or despite learning English as a second language. Because he's a bit archaic it might take some time to get into it but I think it's worthwhile and he's definitely not hopelessly unreadable like some authors.

Heart of Darkness is cool because even though it's about life in all its horror you can put it in your pocket and read it on the bus.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Stingray Sam » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:46 pm

I just read heart of darkness again today, i forgot how good it was
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby charybdis » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:39 am

cameron- wrote:what class are you reading W+P for?

is the class "War and Peace"?

seriously having a hard time imagining that shit in a survey class


It's a russian flaxy/history course about tolstoy and the russian experience. So we're basically reading almost anything notable he's written.

It's a lot of reading but I like the class.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby freddy » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:42 pm

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby purkinje » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:49 pm

I'm reading Infinite Jest at the moment. Really cool book, really distinct writing style/voice.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby odradek » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:14 pm

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feels weirdly banal for pynchon, but i've only just started. hopefully the insane will crank up soon.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Stingray Sam » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:01 pm

just started reading infinite jest, i like it so far
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby starfox64 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:21 am

i haven't read infinite jest because my copy is (stupidly) a hardcover, but A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is one of the best things I have ever read. When I used to teach writing classes, I would assign that all the time.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby freddy » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:35 am

i don't think i've ever read a novel in my life
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby charybdis » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:35 am

starfox64 wrote:i haven't read infinite jest because my copy is (stupidly) a hardcover, but A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is one of the best things I have ever read. When I used to teach writing classes, I would assign that all the time.


I have yet to finish that book, but I once used my copy of infinite jest to fend off this drunk dude who thought my dorm room was his.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby ramseames » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:02 am

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Title is very B-movie esque but it's pretty incredible, if a little more difficult than other Dagerman I've read. Gonna try and finish the last 50 pages on my flight this morning.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby teck » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:32 am

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his writing is very terse and tight. a bunch of short stories, most of which are very depressing. there's one story that i literally couldn't read but in pieces.

i dont know if its the cover but it has a very 80s feel to everything. its interesting to me that a collection could feel so specific to a time.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby purkinje » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:40 pm

I started The Things They Carried yesterday. Really easy read, author is a Vietnam vet who based a lot of the book off of his personal experiences.

Need to finish Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Stingray Sam » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:03 pm

I just bought the things they carried yesterday, i have to read it for school. I've also been reading a lot of short stories for school as well, I liked the outcasts of poker flat. Editha was okay, the author certainly does a good job at making editha easy to dislike.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby purkinje » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:17 pm

Stingray Sam wrote:I just bought the things they carried yesterday, i have to read it for school. I've also been reading a lot of short stories for school as well, I liked the outcasts of poker flat. Editha was okay, the author certainly does a good job at making editha easy to dislike.

You in AP flaxy too?
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby can- » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:18 pm

Bela tell me youve read this

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby b4my » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:24 am

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I've been re-reading this it's still amazing.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Stingray Sam » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:08 am

Calc: no, American literature post 1865
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby midvh » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:51 am

the illustrated man, bradbury
1Q84, murakami

i'm not sure how i feel about 1Q84
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby charybdis » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:14 pm

midvh I personally think it's his weakest novel. I ended up not finishing it because I realized that I seriously didn't care.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby midvh » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:22 pm

dwindles wrote:midvh I personally think it's his weakest novel. I ended up not finishing it because I realized that I seriously didn't care.


Yeah, right now I feel the same way. I'm halfway through, so I'll probably finish it tho.
I re-read Kafka on the shore a couple of months ago. Such an incredible book.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:35 pm

I finished it and I regret it. Weak last two/thirds.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby charybdis » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:36 pm

Fuck. I've always planned on reading the last 100 pages or so I didn't finish.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby milky_funk » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:13 pm

Read a ton in the last year but currently limited to law school text books.

That said, I just started The Blue Fox, by Sjón. Interesting so far; it's a first translation so I'm still working out what's stylistic interpretation and what's just awkward. I don't like to form opinions until the end though.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby teck » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:23 pm

on 1Q84. its my first murakmi book and i liked the style but it was crazy boring. plus there were too many anime-ish elements to it. is that how he rolls? maybe i wont like his other books altho people say his other stuff is awesome.

im reading the New York Trilogy. anyone else read it? i think im going insane.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby starfox64 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:45 pm

i read it. i like it more now than i did when i read it, if that makes sense.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:05 pm

teck wrote:on 1Q84. its my first murakmi book and i liked the style but it was crazy boring. plus there were too many anime-ish elements to it. is that how he rolls? maybe i wont like his other books altho people say his other stuff is awesome.

im reading the New York Trilogy. anyone else read it? i think im going insane.



Murakami prolly is pretty animeish but his other books aren't as crazy boring in my opinion and have better resolutions provided you read the book three or four times.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby charybdis » Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:38 pm

teck IQ84 isn't a great representation of Murakami's work. I wouldn't really say his writing is anime-ish.... although it has elements of the fantastical. I would read A Wild Sheep Chase maybe?

hoops God, a visit from the Goon squad is really great.
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