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Steve Martin's Autobiography
Lord of the Flies
the great gatsby (cause its amazing)
existentialism and humanism (cause i had insomnia)
then some agatha christie and harry potter and obvious read in a day stuff, life of pi, the usual.
but i read a version with an introduction and annotations SO ITS A BOOK.
I felt no emotional response.
Better go with the smug intellectual options now to swing the compass of cool back round to subzero:
The Great Gatsby
and also the metamorphosis. way cool, go me.
i've just got the first circle in the post
he was a bit mental eh?
It's the painstaking detail that grabs you and the inhumanity and the irrational nature of the political system in brutally destroying so many people's potential, so many people's lives.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by mental, whether you mean the way in which he wrote, the nature of the system which he chose to depict, or whether you're actually referring to the way in which you think his personality might have altered due to his time in the camps. By the end of his life I believe he had become very pro-Putin though, but I'm not sure as to whether his pro-Putin stance was based on support for particular policies (occupation of and war with Chechnya) or whether he actually supported the growing authoritarianism of the state under Putin in the early part of the last decade.
think i'll pick it up in the winter when i'm more amenable to slogs. wasn't being madly serious with the mental thing, was only going off the little audio i heard, he had a very strange way of speaking english as well as a very interessin/pretty unique POV for a novelist ofc.
Others I remember:
On Chesil Beach
A few of the Harry Potters
Catcher in the Rye
(I can only remember books other people have already posted it seems).
how high thy brow
cause that's what i'm doing anyway. just gonna put my head above the parapet and say well done me. i couldn't read properly till i was 7.
so I turned to twat dial up to 11 and tried to imply I'd read the trial in German to see if I could smoke them out.
i'm gonna go into turbo twatface and say part of my motivation to learn german is to read it (and a few other books) in the original german (cause there's a lot of wordplay and tone that's lost in translation i've heard and stuff that's not even that obvious in the original german like the word for 'attics' contains a notion of 'mind' or something which sorta more true to the novels expressionism or soemthing, idk and like frauline burstner means miss scrubber....)
my house will have a roof
you were the first ones I forswore.
Factotum - boring.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - easy read on a 8 hour drive. quite good, better ideas than the movie but executed worse
How on earth did they make it into a film?
matt dillon is cool and he fights a midget
I haven't seen it but I remember people on here saying it was shit when it was on TV a few months ago and I hoped the book would be a bit better.
Catcher in the rye
Factotum, Post office and Women
Any Michael Moorcock
Also sat up for about 35 hours reading Juvenals Sixteen Satires. That drove me a bit mental
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson
The Man Without Qualities
Tale of Genji
Dream Of The Red Chamber
Phenomenology of Spirit
That's the one where Obelix gets turned into stone and then reverts to a weakling child, right?
if these are all true. im impressed. long concentration span.
^pretend that was irony, and i'm not just really stupidly/irrationally gullible.
Dream Of The Red Chamber in one sitting. The most readily available English translation is in like 5 (400-600 pages) volumes.
my legs don't work.
Are you actually learning German or do you just want to?
i've booked lessons for next year too and (kinda) organised staying in munster with some friends after i finish my degree, then going somewhere in the east where its cheaper and you can enrol in university language courses for a bit cheap (the goethe inst. is a rip off). so yeah i have a real desire to learn german and have started taking steps towards becoming a german speaker.
I have a vague desire to know Russian, largely (it has to be said) to read Pushkin in the original (and a bunch of other books, I guess). And also because I'd quite like to go to Kazakhstan.
But it's not actually going to happen cos I'm not THAT bothered.
i think i need to get over being too embarassed to pronounce stuff and not be able to say things perfectly. i mean why would i be perfect, i've not been taught anything yet. just need to resign myself to coming across as crap at german for the first couple of years.
Marilyn Mansons Autobiography
but The Trial took me like a month
kept getting mental block
yeah he is mental, huh.
requires a certain state of mind though i think. extreme posting on dis does not, unfortunately.
how are you?
i am embarrassed for thinking (for like, a couple of seconds, tbf) that someone could've read The Man Without a Qualities in one sitting. It took me like, 4 years. I guess I think that everyone on the internet is some kind of super-hero.
(i did have this typed out ages ago. and then i opened another tab to look something up and then forgot about it. i'm a bad person.)
As my primary motivation for posting on here is to make other people feel bad about themselves.
in other news....will.i.am, what a dick, huh?
(other than that, just doing stuff on the internet. then i'm going to finish reading Mrs. Dalloway. then i'm going to go to bed)
I could probably read Mrs. Dalloway in one sitting, but as shown above...i have suuuuch a short attention span.
interesting. tbf, Flaubert more about 'art' than life of w/e whereas Nietzsche's red-blooded man who weeps over horses and shit so kinda makes sense, huh?
ye i did not know that but looked it up just now. that makes sense in terms of that thing too^
idk i always start walking, think of a really good idea, and then when i get somewhere i'm sort of hot, so sit, have a drink of water and the idea is gone. lame.
to visit his tubercular cousin for three weeks. Although Castorp himself does not have tuberculosis, he somehow ends up staying in that sanatorium for seven years. The plot of The Magic Mountain mirrors the history of its composition: Mann set out to write a short story, but ended up producing a 1,200-page novel. Despite the novel's complexity, its central question is very simple: How does someone who doesn't actually have tuberculosis end up spending seven years at a tuberculosis sanatorium?
i went to see death in venice at the cinema last year and it was absolutely one of the most overlooked films (by me) of last year (that i saw).
but both my folks tell me its not and use words like interminable about it idk apparently you only need to read chapter11
felix krull was good iirc and i guess buddenbrooks is if youre down w/ family sagas i like visconti movies more than ive liked reading thomas mann tho so idk
you could read death in venice in one sitting. maybe i even did. i cannot remember.
It was called The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru. It's not a very good book, which is a shame because I could have an obscure masterpiece that he went on to direct. But I didn't.
i would go for either 'woyzeck' or 'the marquise of o - and other stories' by kleist or maybe some kant. idk.
this is a joke
this is a different book about a not so hungry caterpillar.
I like to read them in bits to get my money's worth.
Twelve by Nick McDonnell, which was Bret Easton Ellis-lite, but pretty cool.
kik just told us to grow up
i think it's definitely pretty important we all take this post very seriously and change our lives around
i probably stopped to scratch my butt while reading gatsbie le magnifique
oh yeah i read this is one sitting. it is a novella tho, so kik's point still stands.
I didn't even finish the The Sorrow of Young Werther by Goethe. I have a terrible attention span.
What is the best way to read a book? I guess if you're really engrossed in it and finish it quickly, but I quite like the idea of reading one book over a period of a month or two so it's almost episodic.
e.e. cummings is great.
which is favourite of the 100?
i like my sweet old etcetera
aunt lucy during the recent
war could and what
is more did tell you just
what everybody was fighting
isabel created hundreds
hundreds) of socks not to
mention shirts fleaproof earwarmers
etcetera wristers etcetera, my
mother hoped that
i would die etcetera
bravely of course my father used
to become hoarse talking about how it was
a privilege and if only he
could meanwhile my
self etcetera lay quietly
in the deep mud et
eyes knees and of your Etcetera)
but i like:
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
i formatted that better in the little text box.
but I wouldnt want to be able to read a book in one sitting, I like looking forward to whats going to happen next when I get another chance to read what ever im reading
the only one I've ever read in one sitting. although having said that I think I *might* have read the outsider in one sitting....
Helps that it was really short.
the first harry potter book
a scanner darkly
The 10th Anniversary of Calvin & Hobbes
when I was about 11. My dad took away my playstation and told me I wouldn't get it back until I read all of it. I hate my father but that besides getting my mum knocked up with me was the greatest thing he has ever done.
and scanning down loads of other people have said that too. Is this the most 'read in one sitting'ish book around?