DeaH: Fouccault disappointed me. I agree with you 100% that the book is essentially a thriller, and the thriller plot was pretty so-so. The metaphysical stuff, the elements of the book that hinted at deeper meaning, those were just a tease. They were dropped for a rather pedestrian thriller, and I ended up feeling cheated.
CravenMorehead: I read Foccault's Pendulum when it first came out. I remember loving the book until the ending and the ending was hugely disappointing. Don't remember anything else about it though. I may have to give it a re-read.
Nurglitch: Foucault's Pendulum was nice, and I really enjoyed the notion that all of that ancient mystery mumbo-jumbo was just good, old-fashioned dumbfarkery.
Springy23: And as a last comment before I go to sleep, I has a sad that there are so many David Foster Wallace haters here. Why is that? Do people think he's hipster? Personally I find his work to be touching in that "aw shucks," kind of way, not to mention insanely funny. One of my favorite lines of all time comes from the first page of IJ when Hal says, "I am in here," despite being dumb as a result of a fungus/nervous breakdown/self-choice/mystery. Every section with Steeply and Marathe on the Mesa is sheer brilliance. There is so much awesome in that book. ...... So many small details of that book are hilarious.It also happens to be a really accurate portrayal of depression and drug use, as far as I'm concerned. You really get a sense of authenticity throughout the book despite all of the off-the-wall creation that DFW does.
PonceAlyosha: fark that. Crime and Punishment is just the rough draft for the Bros Karamazov.
Theonceovertwice: I've only read one of those: Crime and Punishment (twice)./English major
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.
unitednihilists: Theonceovertwice: I've only read one of those: Crime and Punishment (twice)./English majorHow is it possible that the only book on that list you read as an English major was a Russian lit novel. I've never been to University so you'll have to help?
expobill: I recommend 13 moons by Charles Frazier
Tired_of_the_BS: If I could only pick one Hesse novel, I guess it'd be 'Magister Ludi'/Glass Bead Game'.
Tired_of_the_BS: Yet another blasphemy: I preferred Henry Fielding's 'Tom Jones' to almost all of Dicken's works - I did like 'David Copperfield'.
NathanAllen: Also put Paradise Lost on the list, damned near unreadable, nuts to bolts.
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.
stuhayes2010: A Brief history of time is a book people brag about reading at parties. How many understand it? Zero. Yes. That includes you./physicist.
unitednihilists: 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.That book annoyed the crap out of me. 250 pages of EVERYONE is going to kill us.... Dad dies and the first person the kid meets is a Christian who is going to save him. Arrrrrgh.
Tax Boy: 1. Moby Dick -- surprisingly enjoyable. The tangents and discourses on whales are pretty cool. Plus "pockets full of sperm; sperm everywhere, etc." is unintentionally hilarious.
mekkab: I read trainspotting (and a bunch of other Irvine Welsh) in college with me mates(sic). We ended up speaking Glaswegian for a period of 6 months, despite living in Baltimore and all being born in the States.
Springy23: I don't often get to brag on Fark, so here it goes...I'm 14/14. But I'm also working toward a PhD in Cinema Studies and got my Masters in comparative lit.
Nurglitch: I'd add the Gulag Archipelago to this list.
kroonermanblack: Anyway, since this is a literary thread, could anyone recommend some new novels for me if I love Jim butchers Dresden, and moderately like the Anita Blake series (laurell k Hamilton). I like the supernatural, the detective, the 'going up against odds which should kill me and surviving by will power and grit and intelligence and planning' aspects. I hate the endless sex scenes and romantic plots of hamiltons novels, they're just boring.
theorellior: I've read:Moby-Dick: damn fine book.Brief History of Time: meh. Hawking doesn't do as good a job as Feynman or Weinberg.Don Quixote: pretty good, actually.War and Peace: another great book, if a little longFoucault's Pendulum: hilarious meditation on conspiracy theories and the mutability of realityZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence: BOOOORING. Maybe groudbreaking in 1959, but in 1995, when I read it, it was very old-hat.
The Loaf: The main difficulty when reading Moby Dick?Cetology.
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?
robertus: [photo.goodreads.com image 311x475]/5.25 out of 14. farkin Proust, man.
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