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    Post by yancy on Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:03 pm

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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by rubberman on Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:05 pm

    Balzac, Illusions Perdues

    read this about three years ago, liked it alot

    but right now it's like, way too complex and convoluted for me
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    Post by vIv on Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:58 pm

    Nick wrote:Bought Moby Dick this weekend. Never read it before. It was only $6 so I figured what the hell.

    Incredible read. One of the strangest, most impenetrable, flat-out awesome "baggy monsters" in the American canon. I love it and re-read every ten years or so. Find that I'm picking up waaay, waaay more with each successive read. Enjoy.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by chrondog on Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:46 pm

    rubberman wrote:Balzac, Illusions Perdues

    read this about three years ago, liked it alot

    but right now it's like, way too complex and convoluted for me

    Balz is the man, i've been told his stuff is pretty straightforward and Old Goriot was that. maybe you can learn to love him again in time.

    i've been meaning to read The Red and the Black.
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    Post by Duff... on Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:47 am

    Gonna be on the lookout for an opportunity to to refer to Balzac as "Balz" in a social setting.
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    Post by Bruegel on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:28 am

    really enjoyed reacquainting myself with this cad:



    love the fact that he was conceived as an anti-Sherlock and it reads like another piece of the 'Charlie Mortdecai influence' puzzle

    I seem to be to drawn these lovable rouges but i'm not sure they have a particularly good influence on me because i catch traits/mannerisms/turns-of-phrase creeping into my own repertoire
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by rubberman on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:45 am

    jasperness wrote:
    rubberman wrote:Balzac, Illusions Perdues

    read this about three years ago, liked it alot

    but right now it's like, way too complex and convoluted for me

    Balz is the man, i've been told his stuff is pretty straightforward and Old Goriot was that. maybe you can learn to love him again in time.

    i've been meaning to read The Red and the Black.

    Le Pere Goriot is p great from what i remember, though the ending is very sad

    i once read the first couple of chapters of the red and the black (le rouge et le noir) and it literally bored me to sleep

    victor hugo > everything tbh

    e: balz is p straightforward sorty-wise i agree, but he writes huge pages-long paragraphs of uniform text and that shit is way too dense for me
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    Post by chrondog on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:18 pm

    rubberman wrote:he writes huge pages-long paragraphs of uniform text and that shit is way too dense for me

    a lot of it isn't about very much either!

    at least he's not Flaubert
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    Post by monotony on Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:20 am

    i read the Red and the Black about 4 years ago for uni and I can't remember a thing about it.
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    Post by rubberman on Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:35 am

    jasperness wrote:
    rubberman wrote:he writes huge pages-long paragraphs of uniform text and that shit is way too dense for me

    a lot of it isn't about very much either!

    at least he's not Flaubert

    never read Mme Bovary because of the story...just aint for me i guess

    on the other hand, shit like Bel Ami or Germinal is pretty damn great
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    Post by reuben on Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:06 am

    It's been a while since I read Bovary but that book was pretty funny as I recall.
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    Post by zappo on Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:16 am

    Truth.
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    Post by Nick on Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:16 pm

    Damn, the crew just took down the first whale of the excursion. Melville can fucking write a pretty gruesome account of murdering one of these amazing creatures.
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    Post by Michael K. on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:44 pm

    Reading Tenth of December by Saunders. "Escape from Spiderhead" is so good I read it and then read it again, aloud, to my wife.
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    Post by rubberman on Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:33 pm

    reading the first chapters of dumas's 'le comte de monte christo'

    i nearly came when they mentioned napoleon, but then it quickly became a borefest

    also read it about a week ago but the nausicaa manga is possibly the greatest thing ever created by mankind
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    Post by Duff... on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:55 pm

    Yeah, Nausicaa's great.
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    Post by Bruegel on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:08 am

    Michael K. wrote:Reading Tenth of December by Saunders. "Escape from Spiderhead" is so good I read it and then read it again, aloud, to my wife.
    Spoken like man with a MobiPak™ full of VeriTalk™
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    Post by C-poots on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:27 am

    Having no exposure beforehand, I am loving the hell out of In Search Of Lost Time Vol. 1 - Swann's Way from Proust. Despite having little by way of plot or narrative, I've never really cared to read so closely and carefully each word. Great read so far
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    Post by Ҩ on Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:32 am

    Shit. I've been meaning to try that someday. Good luck dogg.

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    Post by Nick on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:39 am

    I am enjoying Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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    Post by Ҩ on Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:43 am

    That sounds groovy. I'm excited for my six week break since I can sit down and do some serious fiction reading. I think I'm gonna try getting through Gravity's Rainbow since I finally found a way into that book.

    I know, college, whatever though. It's interesting and engaging shit.
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    Post by monotony on Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:13 pm

    ~150 pages into this. Wonderful stuff.

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    Post by Ҩ on Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:50 am

    Michael K. wrote:Reading Tenth of December by Saunders. "Escape from Spiderhead" is so good I read it and then read it again, aloud, to my wife.
    He came and spoke at DePaul and I was in the audience. He also read one of the stories from Tenth of December outloud. A really exceptionally great guy.
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    Post by jesus jones on Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:21 pm


    about halfway through this

    it's pretty good, if a little pretentious
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    Post by C-poots on Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:47 pm




    I took a small break from Proust as his writing is fantastic, but an occasional plot might be exciting, and recently read through Anne Carson's "The Autobiography of Red" which was not a book in the wheelhouse of my typical reading interests, but I found it engaging and interesting. I'll likely be going back to Proust and hope to get a few new books for the Christmas season including some William Gaddis, Kenzaburo Oe, some more Saul Bellow, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", and and this "Good Soldier Svejk" that hovers over this forum.

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