WhyteRaven74: Proust is wroth it, even if Remembrance of Things past is very long, it's well worth it even with the shifting around in time, shifting of characters it's always easy to follow and even if it is seemingly unending actually reads well without much you find yourself thinking of as filler or dull, which if you think about it is quite the achievement.
Embden.Meyerhof: I was hoping that Cormac McCarthy's The Road would be on there; the story of how to be a father in the most difficult of times.
Dear Jerk: There's nothing essential, or particularly useful there.
k4mi: I agree, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was terrible. I don't know why it gets so much attention.
555-FILK: A bit off subject from the list of books but I recently tried reading Trainspotting and it was simply unreadable with the Scottish dialect used in the book. Stopped reading after about 60 pages.
ClintonKun: It can be daunting, especially The Baroque Cycle, but they are all still very, very readable.
ZiegZeon: As odd as it may sound, I would never actually recommend my favorite book as I realize it is very possibly full of itself, but I loved House of Leaves.
reverend maynard: War & Peace is the only book I ever read that had a glossary list of all the characters in the book. Still couldn't keep track of them. Some 5 years later still haven't finished it.
proteus_b: i'm hardly a feminazi but are women just not meant to read at all, or just to focus on the jane austen works?
keylock71: The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
likefunbutnot: I've read eight of those titles. Don Quixote is by far my favorite among them.Dickens is god awful and his work, along with Hardy, Austen and anyone named Bronte should be collected on to a rocket and hurled toward the sun.Gravity's Rainbow has been anchoring the bottom of the stack of books I'm meaning to get to since 1996. At least it makes a solid base.
washington: All joking aside, Moby Dick is a wonderful read. It has a fart joke within the first 10 pages, I mean, come on.
keylock71: They wouldn't qualify as a top ten books everyone should read, but I've been working my way through these two the last week or so and enjoying them greatly:Cathedral - Raymond CarverThe Moviegoer - Walker Percy
amindtat: /because it's horrible
theorellior: amindtat: /because it's horribleGood God, was it ever. Such a shiatty, shiatty book.
ZiegZeon: Now I just want to make fatty porn where Ahab obsesses with "spearing" the White Whale.
ModernLuddite: THOMAS HARDY IS AWESOME
luyseyal: Bah, I hated Ulysses. What a bunch of self-aggrandizing CRAP. The whole thing smacks of "look how brilliant I am putting that bit there and this bit here".I would take a clearly written book over literary masturbation any day of the week and would recommend "Every Man" do likewise./not trolling, I promise.
amindtat: A daunting read:[upload.wikimedia.org image 222x350]/because it's horrible
OldManDownDRoad: Heh - I'm currently sitting two blocks from the theatre where he wrote some of the first draft. Good book, glad it hasn't been forgotten.
johnny queso: walker percy is fantastic. the moviegoer and love in the ruins both are excellent. the gf calls me binx due to my tendency to wander the streets and watch the world go by.
ModernLuddite: likefunbutnot: I've read eight of those titles. Don Quixote is by far my favorite among them.Dickens is god awful and his work, along with Hardy, Austen and anyone named Bronte should be collected on to a rocket and hurled toward the sun.Gravity's Rainbow has been anchoring the bottom of the stack of books I'm meaning to get to since 1996. At least it makes a solid base.While I tend toward agreement THOMAS HARDY IS AWESOME. I had been warned and warned about how terrible he was, then somehow ended up reading "Jude the Obscure". That book is farking amazing. I really, really encourage everyone to read that one novel.//In the introduction, Hardy argues that he is "not a pessimist".///LOL.
Xythero: Agreed. I'm almost embarrassed that I read it.
under a mountain: OK Farkers, what is the best version of Don Quixote to read?
adamgreeney: As a Creative Writing major, I feel that the only literature worth reading is the kind that shows off an authors brilliance. I want to feel the pages stick together from their massive deposits inspired by their own work. If you can't appreciate that, go back to your Dan Brown and James Patterson.Oh, and did you want that coffee with room for cream?
hasty ambush: ooops
keylock71: I was a Communications Major so I'm in no position to ridicule Creative Writing Majors... (I did go back and get a degree in Graphic Design when I was in my 30s, though).
Saiga410: Saiga410: BohemianGraham: especially ACO, since Kubrick adapted the American version which lops off the last chapter and thus ruins the symbolism Burgess had going.I thought it was the other way. The american version added that abismal ending, something about the publisher thinking that american audiences were not smart enough to enjoy a book without a happy ending. That book was worse for the happy ending.not sure which version is which nowJust checked I am wrong. The american publisher thought that the american audience would not like the happy ending./prototypical american
555-FILK: BohemianGraham: 555-FILK: mr_a: Total read: 5Total enjoyed: 0Did you (or anyone reading this thread) ever read Pillars of the Earth?A bit off subject from the list of books but I recently tried reading Trainspotting and it was simply unreadable with the Scottish dialect used in the book. Stopped reading after about 60 pages.It's not that off topic, as it is a "daunting" read in a sense.Reading Trainspotting was a lot like reading A Clockwork Orange. You have no idea what the fark you're reading at first, but then you begin to pick up on the language and it's easy as fark to read. I thought the accents and the slang in both books really worked, and they were far superior to their film counterparts, especially ACO, since Kubrick adapted the American version which lops off the last chapter and thus ruins the symbolism Burgess had going.I actually missed the accent when I tried to read the sequel to Trainspotting, Porno.I enjoy reading a lot but I just coudln't get past the difficulty I was having with Trainspotting. I just heard it was really good book and movie and I had just finished Requiem for a Dream. That book hit me in a way like no other book ever has. I want to see the movie but it sounds more "brutal" than the book and from some of the stuff I saw on You Tube the book doesn't seem as harsh as the movie. Not sure I can stomach the movie but love the characters in the book and how I rooted for them to kick their habits. I never connected with those characters than I did in RFAD. There was no happy ending and their hopes and dreams failed them all. Very sad and I think it's more non-fiction than it's meant to be.One book I read at a rather bad time in my life after my divorce was Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Excellent book, IMO, and makes what I was going through pail in comparission to what Frankl went through in a concentration camp during WWII. Actually helped me get through that rough patch with a more optomistic app ...
ModernLuddite: While I tend toward agreement THOMAS HARDY IS AWESOME. I had been warned and warned about how terrible he was, then somehow ended up reading "Jude the Obscure". That book is farking amazing. I really, really encourage everyone to read that one novel.
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