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The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. second attempt, and i've got further than last time
it's amazing/ really moving...
have you read the judgement? It's just brilliant. When it comes to short stories pretty much nobody comes close to kafka...
it pretty much contains all of kafkas hang-ups in 40 pages. Dominent/ tyrannical fathers, the law, marriage, women in general, friendship, religion to an extent...
have you read the penal colony? It's one of the most macabre things i'v ever read; brilliant but macabre :P
with the exception of At The Penal Colony, The Judgement and The Metamorphosis are really contrived and torturous.
The novels are far far better.
And about one billion writers surpass old Franz's short story writing abilities.
i think a lot of the shorter ones are ace. C.f A hunger artist and the cares of a family man. I like the that his short stories retain good structure, a lot of writers tend to throw this kinda stuff out of the window when it comes to stories. Each to their own i guess...
just out of interest who produces your favourite short stories?
Saki (H.H. Munro)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allan Poe.
No women. that ought to be rectified at some point...hmm...
some good short stories...
Where's a good place to start with fitzgerald/ greene's short stories?
21 Stories. Particularly awesome is The Destructors, which they discuss in Donnie Darko.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, get a collected edition with The Diamond as Big as the Ritz in
also, read Joyce's short stories Dubliners, because they are GOD!
of things i really should read
"The Sandman" is also one of my all-time favourites. Its quite genuinely terrifying, with lots of very realistic, almost banal touches, so when it starts getting weird, the mood feels like its been directly transposed onto you. Also, Borges seems to get a lot of love on these boards (and rightly so)
the sandman was on one of my courses last term but i only ever red around 4pages of it :P (it was a good start as i remember but i got sidetracked by other stuff) I'll give it a proper read :)
by John Fowles. It's not as bad as I'd imagined but I keep imagining a young Meryl Streep putting on her most dramatic looking face, which kind of ruins it.
getting somewhere with A widow for one year by John Irving
and nowhere with Wizard of a Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.
'Touching From A Distance' but I got 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' yesterday for £2 so I'm really looking forward to that. Even if it turns out to be a letdown you can't argue with value like that right?
it's probably the most vacuous/ pompous thing i'v ever read. V clever but oh so empty.
Then again everyone i know loves it, so maybe it's just me..
but also found it to be pretty boring... But I've read more books from that time since so I'm tempted to give it another read to see if it was actually the story itself that put me off, or just the style/genre/whatever you want to call it.
a lot of people knock it. I don't know, its obviously not a patch on his plays or poems, but I don't think its as bad as people tend to make out. As a novel it lags a bit, but his flair for delicate and vivid imagery still seems to come through
Every time I've heard someone mention it they've been like OMG IT'S JUST THE MOST AWESOME AMAZING BOOK EVAR
H. Rider Haggard - King Solomon's Mines
Racist, sexist, ultra-exciting, badly written Victorian pulp fiction ftw.
by Friedrich Engels. I don't normally read all political science books but this is genuinely interesting and Engels raises some very valid points, especially regarding the "enslavement" of women.
most Freudian name ever?
as the word "therapist" when considered as condensation
A Brief History of Time.
Two totally different things, but I like to mix it up.
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Malaise in Africa. I can feel the sun and sand.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. I doubt I'll ever read another novel the same.
Not sure what to start on next, someone bought me On Chesil Beach recently so that I guess.
the Will Self short story collection.
It's much more accessible than The Book of Dave with it's impenetrable made up Lahndahn language.
A. J. P. Taylor - Origins of The Second World War
I'm still reading Caesar: A Biography by Christian Meier. (It's really thick.) Tomorrow I will start Nonzero by Robert Wright, as I need something to read at work towards the end of the day, and I can't lug Caesar along to places with me.
I can't read.
and Blaze by Stephen King.
Going to start "Cather In The Rye" tonight.
I need to give Catcher in The Rye another chance, we read it in college but I never really bothered with it cause the teachers were so overly enthusiastic about it.
this morning, and am planning to start The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis in about 10 mins.
by joshua ferris. it's about the trials and tribulations of office life and really rather funny.