This nigger will crawl inside your soul and turn you inside out.
Not even kidding, he knows you better than you know yourself.
And yes I'm aware he's dead.
I'm kind of disappointed I can't think of anything better. Maybe True Grit?
To be short, reading this is similar to being baptized.
VENN-DETT-A .... VENN-DETT-A
Read this one this year too, mah pals.
Pictured may have been my most enjoyable read this year, but I wouldn't rate it as the best.
Currently reading Petersburg by Andrei Bely and it's really good. If it maintains what its got going it might be my number one for this year.
Such a comically bleak novel. It's hilarious how much pathos Houellebecq crams into that novel.
Too many times she been round that track, but she ain't no houellebecq girl. Ain't no houellebecq girl.
I read that it was his favorite on Wikipedia, never saw this video though. In fact I've never really watched interviews of Cobain, seems a lot smarter than I'd gather from his music.
although i read many different kinds of books, i can only really get swept up in sci fi and to a lesser extent fantasy. this came highly recommended by /lit/ and you guys weren't lying.
A biography of Oscar Wilde's wife. Really gave an entirely different view of the man. He was not nice to his family. Also, the people to whom he owed the most money were cigarette sellers. Didn't expect that.
Truly a masterpiece of postmodern literature
it's hard to narrow it down because i tend to like everything
i read up on camus and a very simple description on him and his "absurd". after reading the book, i still didnt get what the big deal was.
for me, its this. shirt and sweet, and that ending was a shock IMO
Probably Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia, it was really good.
“There is no real direction here, neither lines of power nor cooperation. Decisions are never really made – at best they manage to emerge, from a chaos of peeves, whims, hallucinations and all around assholery. ”
as I took reading as primary hobby only this year, I guess my favourite books is this
I am so going to regret mentioning Pierce here. Kel is best Tortall girl, by the way.
Can Neil gaiman write a climax to save his life? American gods and anansi boys suffered in much the same ways. most of the story meanders in no particular direction, with no guiding force. then before you even realize what's happening it's over.
he needs to create his characters faster so he doenst spend 80% of his novel on developing them
>Too many times she been round that track, but she ain't no houellebecq girl. Ain't no houellebecq girl.
Either pic related or Sartre's "Nausea". Both for different reasons: Páramo's for its amazing narrative and Sartre's for helping me during an existential crisis I was having at the moment
My best reads this year are a tie between pic related, Gormenghast, I Am A Cat or The House on the Borderland.
I suggest this Tesla biography as it's a great read, I haven't read the one you've got but I enjoyed Wizard, thoroughly. It covers pretty much everything you'd need to know about his life and goes into full detail about how he got Jewed out by businessmen.
>Candide is the shit.
This is a direct quotation from my personal translation of Candide
>"OH, LOOK AT ME! MY NAME IS LEIBNIZ AND I'M FUCKING RETARDED! EVERYTHING THAT IS TERRIBLE IS SECRETLY THE BEST! THAT'S TOTALLY WHAT I MEANT WHEN I SAID THIS WAS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS!"
Truly a masterpiece.
I read it every year, and am yet to find anything that beats it.
Absolutely fantastic, particularly the chapter entitled "Snow."
The Toy Collector. It's very funny and quite wild.
An actual book and not literature bullshit, simpletons.
>Stigma pertains to the shame that a person may feel when he or she fails to meet other people's standards, and to the fear of being discredited – which causes the individual not to reveal his or her shortcomings. Thus, a person with a criminal record may simply withhold that information from fear of being judged by whomever that person happens to encounter.
this is some mindblowing stuff right there. i hope he gets paid the big bucks for discovering this shit
Nothing has beaten this so far. It's one of the two horror stories (the other is The Turn of the Screw) where the author nails gothic horror absolutely perfectly
Nigga, that ain't even the greatest WWI novel of all time.
shit i remember that chapter.
i wish i didn't have a lifetimes worth of unread books oppressing me constantly, i really want to read this again.
For me it would be the The Maurizius Case, which is an outstanding book with a superb psychological density, simple language and fluid narrative. I got so invested in this novel that by the end of it Anna Jahn had me growling in a fit of anger, given that the shallow whore perfectly depicted women and displayed the most repulsive ingratitude I've ever experienced in literature or any other medium. It was written by a Jew so it contains many SJW tendencies, but I can't quite say it would please feminists, in fact the very opposite is more than likely to happen.
Does he mean literally every day? fuckin squattards and their meme exercise I swear. even SS's 3x a week is too fucking much
This has to be the most beautiful work I've ever read.
I still can't believe a French translation shows such a mastery of the English language.
>even SS's 3x a week is too fucking much
Only if you've got osteoporosis or some shit.
Anyway, you calling me dense made me get that book off my shelf and reread that essay about lying in bed and drawing on the ceiling so thank you for that.
Now that it's fresh in my mind it kind of astounds me how much Chesterton can get out into just a few pages. A meditation on art, creativity, society, morals etc all in a brief, beautifully written essay.
I didnt know melville would be so good.
shit's mad cash
Reading the triolgy right now. Shit's trippy
This has been haunting me all year.
Recently finished Moby Dick. I wasn't ready to leave it.
Some great books I've read this year:
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America from George Packer - really great non-fiction mapping the "fall" of the US into the financial crisis over the last 30, 20 years
Mein Leben from Marcel Reich-Ranicki - German public intellectual, holocaust survivor. If you're into German authors post-WW2
If On A Winter's Night A Traveler from Italo Calvino - fun postmodern book of books based on the idea that beginning a book is more fun than finishing one
Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside The Center from Ray Monk - Ray Monk writes amazing biographies, how is that possible
Inside Scientology from Janet Reitman - Depressing history of scientology
The Painted Bird from Jerzy Kosinski - WW2 violence porn. Not based on actual history, but from someone who went through similar things.
The World of Yesterday from Stefan Zweig - Autobiography from one of my favourite German writers
Read My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard in Danish.
The analysis of the poem, and the Hitler biography made me put the sixth part down for a week, but I still finished the entire thing in five weeks.
I hope plenty of /lit/ will read the English translation when the entire thing comes out.
Just got into Norse Sagas this year and my answer is pic related
from what I hear, it's not even the best one
Im from Brazil and this is great.
Most people say Graciliano Ramos or Machado de Assis are the GOAT brazilian writers, i prefer Nelson Rodrigues but jesus, Vidas Secas is just plain awesome.
Have you read anything made in Brazil besides this?
it is up there for me
I'm looking forward to reading Grande Sertões, some friends said to me its great but it has such a fucking shitty extra difficult portuguese i'll just start infinite jest instead
3rd br anon here. I skipped most of my recommended readings during high school since I was a rebelious teenager or something like that and was getting into literature with some other stuff instead (don't judge me - Borges, Garcia Márquez, Wilde, Saramago). What is the best brazilian literature? Vidas Secas has long picked my interest, and I haven't even read Dom Casmurro. And yet I go to med school in a public university, but summaries go a long way for literature tests.
Nelson Rodrigues is great, his cronics about football are just plain beautiful and his other books too, my favorite writer, try reading "O casamento"
I'd skip Don Casmurro and start with Bras Cubas, my favorite book by Machadão
I dont read much of brazilian lit but u must like those
Just finished Lolita, was thinking about rereading Catcher next (hooray for child abuse) but feel not interested
Currently debating starting 100 years of Solitude or trolling /lit/ till I find something of interest