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what book are you reading?
also, recommend me a book plz, I have a bookmooch point
I'm currently reading Russell Brand's autobiography. I'm nearly finished and then I'm going to start on 'Lunar Park' by Brett Easton Ellis.
will soon have to read england's dreaming by jon savage which i am looking forward to a lot. the book that i finished reading yesterday was on beauty by zadie smith which i didn't like at first but it really grew on me.
what kind of books are you normally into? knowing this will make it easier to recommend something
I just finished the life of pi and I thought it was really good, and now I'm reading a model world and other stories by Michael Chabon, and I quite like it so far
you should read some jeanette winterson though, i fucking love her. start with written on the body and then sexing the cherry. they're both just over 100 pages each.
pretty flowery, but pretty damn good.
As for Michael Chabon, if you like the short sotries I STRONGLY reccomend 'The Yiddish Policeman's Union', which was probably the best book I read last year. Excellent. Also, his 'Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay' is really good, but a bit more sprawling. When I finished it I wanted to just read it again immediately. Basically, he is a good writer.
but the saved by the bell essay was enjoyable.
couple of days. Two should be delivered tomorrow. One is Generation Kill, the other one Mr Y something.
My girlfriend is reading it just now, and she says it's braw.
absolutely fucking superb. now reading the watchmen, which is also ace.
That's the one. A couple of people have recommended it to me so looking forward to reading it.
I'm reading Symposium, and Huck Finn still. I need to get my ass in gear.
I'd be reading Revolutionary Road, too, for DiS book club but I can't afford it just now and I can't check anything out from the library currently... Ooh, and I recommend that one, to do DiS book club.
I'm currently reading Me Cheeta. The autobiography of the chimpanzee from the Tarzan films.
Its generally all kinds of ace.
in it are bloody marvelous, I like the beaver comparison one. It was the first Vonnegut book I read.
And i'm trying to finish the ones that i've had on the go for ages:
Discipline and Punish (it's been months now. It's not as good as i thought i was gonna be and i just can't be arsed with the needlessly overlong sentences)
I'm not recommending you these though. The box i'm sending you has lots of good stuff to read in it.
it's a laugh a minute
Want to get hold of The Drought, but seems to be out of print
it seems to be the basis for lots of nightmares i have, especially the wind from nowhere.
Some of us have actually 8-6 jobs, y'know.
Why the sneer? You said you already had it, fartface.
I have a vague recollection of telling you something I had to about your present, but I think I may have dreamt it. Did I tell you anything within the past week about your present? But I think it's one of those things where you dream of little things that you need to do and then are all relieved that it's done and forget about it but actually you haven't done it. Sigh.
for a euro!
havent started reading it yet mind
i wanna get trainspotting tho,might pop into a shop later in the week
does anyone know if porno(the follow up) is any good?
what's it got in it?
children on the road
unmasking a confidence trickster(sounds like a locust song title)
the sudden walk
the excursion into the mountains
the plight of the bachelor
the business man
looking out distractedly
the way home
the men running post
for the consideration of amateur jockeys
the window on the street
desires to be an indian
it is at this point i relise these are short stories,and theres another page,so imma skip them,and just list the longer ones
The Judgement; a story for F.
the stoker:a fragment
in the penal colony
alright,theres a fucklot,id say there might be all of them,but i dont know much about kafka,idk
(translated by micheal hofman)
is fucking brilliant.
All of the longer short stories are fantastic, but some of them are unfinished. Also, read Metamorphosis if it's not in there, then The Trial then the Castle, then aphorisms, then his diary.
To really appreciate Kafka you need to read secondary stuff, the Very Short Introduction Kafka book is actually really good for an overview of perspectives and things to see in his work, and how his self is invested in his work.
He's definitely a person worth the time and effort of getting into. Like when you read it, you're actually reading him cos he "consists of literature" and you can only embody truth without knowing it...definitely my favourite author.
More of the same really.
Kafka's alright. His short stories are better than his full length stuff. The Trial excepted.
omg are you saying metamorphosis isn't that good?
I've got it in a collection
the three novels are the trial, the castle, and america (which is one of my favourite novels)
I think my favourite thing of his is The Trial. Or A Country Doctor, or A Hunger Artist
but amerika (or america) is so exuberant. just really good fun - maybe not a great reason to read a novel. sometimes people forget kafka has a brilliant sense of humour, i think, so maybe that's why it's underrated
The Trial is sublime.
cos the characters are so unwilling to accept really important stuff, like that they've turned into a giant vermin or that you're been stalked by two culluloid balls or josephine, singer of mouse folk only being able to squeak.
but it's unfinished. I think of the Trial as a "vision" not an "answer," and the Castle is an attempt to make contact with what he called the "indestructable" and be able to live 'dans le vrai' cos he believes the only world with essence is the spritual world. people always make the mistake of interprating it as a secular narrative based on the absurdity of life, when really he didn't think life was absurd.but you get to a point where intellect and art can't answer for stuff like this.
night shift dayshift conversations don't really work
and the whole counterpoint between epic and banal
but mostly, it might just be that the world kafka describes is actually physically quite similiar to that of lanark. glasgow sounds a lot like the oppressive places that kafka writes about (it would be pretty exciting if glasgow in march turns out be like a kafka novel)
I think i read an interview with Gray about how he read the trail and castle just before he wrote lanark, and it affected him major stylez
(I'm reading Lanark atm) as one of those footnote things.
There's huge similarities, like being surreal but real, the proccesses josef k and k and lanark are going through to find hope in a world that only has despair.
I know people who think recognise Glasgow as Lanark when they first walk about. But idk, i'm from Glasgow so i can't tell as much. I wish Glasgow was more reminiscent of a Kafka novel, but it isn't.
but it was more industrial city (which glasgow does fit the bill of to be fair), I guess more northern than southern, but that's probably becuase of the seemingly long nightime and rain and cold.
I read a book recently that had a Kafka themed bar, Idoru by William Gibson. it was pretty cool.
I want to work in the Kafka museum in Prague and design things for the gift shop and make a Harrow photo oppertunity.
The Trial is the best Kafka of all. Get on it.
Catchy title, huh? It's by a Times travel writers called Tom Chesshyre who flew to a dozen destinations in Europe that he'd never heard of. Like Szczecin in Poland, Paderborn in Germany, Tampere in Finland, etc etc.
That and a hilariously frightening 'SAS Guide' to Safe Travel.
is it? i've always wondered why some places remain completely obscure
it's an enlightening and exciting account of so many wonderful sounding obscurities. Like any good travel book, it fires you up and makes you want to explore these places yourself.
like a teenage girl it's ok nothing special, although I guess I am not the target audience. Before that I was on a Neil Gaiman spree... Neverwhere is really brilliant, I was a little let down by The Graveyard Book.
you old dog you!
It was quite fascinating, based on a true story, but involved so much detail and minutiae that it wasn't really captivating, because I just got bogged down in all the facts, some of which weren't entirely relevant, although interesting. Still, quite interesting if you're interested in 19th century Victorian country house murders. Very 'Cluedo'.
it's about 1960s "Swinging" London, little biographies on people like Terrance Stamp, Mick Jagger, Brian Epstein, Mary Quant et al.
It's nothing too deep. Quite a fun read. I got Girlfriend in a Coma today so i'm gonna go through that after.
and I'm not spending enough time on any of them:
Don De Lillo's Underworld - amazing prose but it's dense and epically long so I'm reading it in small doses
You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggars - about 2/3 of the way through this. Sometimes fast and funny, sometimes very irritating and self-indulgent. Not as good as A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius.
Brideshead Revisited - great so far.
The last book I actually finished was Less Than Zero, which was dark as hell but brilliant.
I hear it's good, but somehow want to read it less after Genius. But maybe it's just cause I've so recently read some Eggers. He's maybe not one I can take too much of at once, I don't think.
is that his short stories? Apparently they're quite good, I can see how he might be more focussed in that format.
I don't know if he's since published any other collections of short stories, but those are some at least.
Is Barrel Fever by David Sedaris good?
if that's that one collection of short stories of his, in which case I've read about half of it (it was my stepmom's and we moved apart shortly after I started, so I never finished). Pretty good.
Last of these posts, I swear.
by michael chabon
it's a lot of fun
to start this. Currently reading Dawn of the Damned by Charlie Brooker and Of Mice and Men
shouldn't be here!
and as I've got an International Relations Theory exam for my MA coming up I think I'll wait until that's out of the way and then jump into something light like Carry On Jeeves by PG Wodehouse which I got for £2 from HMV the other day.
Francis Wheens How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The World as well but I've not picked it up for a couple of weeks
KuroFai is totally canon. Stupid anti-fangirls.
And Clash of Kings again, because I've totally forgot half of what happens in ASoIaF pre-Feast.
think ah'm a gonna have a break when I get to the end of Part 2 (it has 4 parts). It's great, but I could do with reading some books I've been lent/that are coming out as films soon (Rev Road, The Road).
Also reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, which is great, but not as good as the first 50 pages or so hinted at. I think I'll pick up his supposed opus though (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues).
Probably start Hyperion by Dan Simmons after Jitterbug, I could do with some Epic Sci Fi.
was selling all the hyperion series except Hyperion itself. So annoying when that happens. Luckily I remembered my mate had the first one, took a gamble on buying 'the fall of hyperion', and it turned out he didn't have that, so we've swapped for a bit.
I read Ilium and Olympus, they were good, better on reflection than they actually were at the time, but still very good. Still need to read the naked god by Hamilton too.
Book swapping is good. Ilium and Olympos are really ace, I know what you mean about better on reflection, takes a wee while to sink in. The whole Hyperion series is good though. I also recently read 'The Terror' which is Simmons' book about the Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest Passage. It was excellent, really really good, and quite epic.
I imagine after reading the Hyperion books you'll be a bit Simmons'd out though!
only gonna read the first two hyperion books. The ilium/olympus books were just a bit over long I thought - some cracking ideas, but I don't think it needed to be 1500/1600 pages worth. But you kinda forget that in retrospect and just remember greek gods duking it out with shakespearean bad guys, greek heroes, post apocalyptic post humans and a univeristy lecturer from alabama (or wherever)
i have so many books lined up though.
i'll do all of them eventually, but as you say, i'll be a bit simmons'd out
I liked Mr Bump.
the one where they say "Let's play Draughts!" and open all the doors and windows.
It's great, because he's travelling round Ireland....with a fridge! WACKY!
£100 bet that he can't do it in a month - the fridge cost him £130. Lovely stuff.
A thrilling ride through the first century of Hendon Football Club's existence. Experience the highs as they win everything in amateur football, over and over again, the lows as the bailiffs move in and the club nearly go bust.
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow.
It's not very engaging and rather irritating. Ah well, it was a christmas present and it's short so I'll be done soon.
Before that was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy which was very brutal, poetic and really, really good.
i'm only about 10 pages in. but so far so good.
500 pages in, such an amazing book. Took me a while to get into (same with Crime and Punishment) but now I'm racing through it. And I bought The Life Of Pi, On The Road, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and 2 Murakami's from Fopp for £3 each last week so that should keep me busy for the next couple of months.
Which translation is yours? Also, which translation of Crime & Punishment?
The Pevear/Volohkonsky are the best ones to go for.(they did all Dostoevsky and a few Tolstoy, AK in particular).
I compared a Wordsworth edition of The Idiot with Pevear/Volohkonsky edition and the Wordsworth one is so clunky and hard to read.
Crime & Punishment had me from the first few pages.
So, the translation makes all the difference.
I compared a few in the shops and it seemed the best one. the book is really nice too.
Just look at Walter Kaufmann and the Nietzsche translations to see how much of a difference it can make.
Although I have no idea what version of notes from underground i have, and the writing in that was brilliant.
which also rings a bell
so far so good
It's pretty meh, certainly not a must-read. It makes me hate the guy even more than the film did, and the way the book continuously tries to draw parallels between him and great figures in literature gets annoying pretty quickly.
Anyway, I'm reading THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle, but just finished Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton.
Basically I only read books these days which are about how work and society sucks.
Watchmen, which I guess is a book.
I just bought 17 by Bill Drummond next I think i'll read Brave New World.
Just didn't get on with the style of writing at all.
Bloody hard work, but interesting nevertheless. Tells the story of this lesser know, but terrifyingly brutal european war. The real start of WWII in Europe
Might try the Last Free Cat by John Blake, or White Noise by Don DeLillo next
by Ronald Bergan.
Because it's the last of the two Yates books I haven't read, and I thought I'd read it now as the film is coming out soon.
As alley said way up there ^^^^^^ it's the first one for the dis bookclub. I'm really enjoying it so far. Didn't think I would.
which I'm thoroughly enjoying, and Adrian Tomine - Summer Blonde, which is also excellent. I read Sleepwalk over the holidays, which was also brilliant, but (and I know this is the point of them) the shortness of some of the stories is really unsatisfying, so Summer Blonde is really gratifying for longer stories. Used my Christmas book tokens to get Revolutionary Road, The Reader (Kate Winslet films ftw...), and The Flood, by J.M.G. Le Clezio. Really looking forward to all of those, if I ever finish reading Brecht's dramatic theories...
I like it. Not as good as The Sea, The Sea (the other one of hers I've read), but still enjoyable.
by Cormac McCarthy, and it's amazing. Like a shire horse kicking you in the soul. Read that.
what did you think of the ending?
I felt it was a bit forced, but i think it was meant to be a redemption tale in some way, so the deus ex machina thing almost worked
it was very moving - i liked how the description of physical survival was interspersed with occasional reflection, just threaded through, making every abstract thought (beyond surviving physically) really precious.
apparently the film they are making of it is equally bleak.
am going to read 'blood meridian' next, it think