Time to satisfy our shared book fetishism. Post you recent cops and your current backlog.
Did you read something in another's post? Share you opinion on it.
Julio Cortazar - Hopscotch/Blow-up/We Love Glenda So Much - Everyman's Library
Thomas Mann - Death in Venice and Other Stories - Everyman's Library
Augustine - The Confessions - Everyman's Library (battered library book - $1)
Marcel Proust - Swann's Way - B&N Classics
Nabokov - Pale Fire - 1st Ed.
Maria McCann - As Meat Loves Salt
Not sure what to read first, but I'm leaning towards The Confessions.
Slaughterhouse Five is better than I expected it to be
I think I might read Lot 49 before I read GR, I've only read Inherent Vice before.
Vonnegut's always been a favorite of mine, he's like a cozier version of Orwell. After Slaughterhouse, I'd suggest Mother Night next, Which I think is his second-best work.
Lot 49 is my preferred Pynchon book, but only because I enjoy him in small doses. If you liked Vice and you end up loving Lot 49, go ahead and dive into GR and good luck.
Thank you. I've read about Mother Night here and there and I've also added it to my 'to buy' list.
>cozier version of Orwell
This seems quite accurate so far
Inherent Vice was really good, would read again. Kind of ironically, the size is actually the one thing dissuading me from buying Lot 49 at this stage. Mostly because it's very short for the price I'll be paying. I could download it I guess, but it's always nice to own things isn't it?
Arrived today and added to my already very stacked reading list. Open to recommendations.
Used copies are going for a penny a piece. Don't be afraid of "marked" editions. My copy of 49 is marked and full of annotations by someone who ALMOST understands it and it's hilarious, mostly because I only almost understand it too.
Damn. My brother was stationed down there for a while, a package needed to be guided by Virgil himself to make it there. I'll look into it by the time December rolls around, I got a book-exchange thread planned for this board and I'll remember to set aside my Lot 49 for the /lit/izen from down under.
Thanks. I adore those editions of No Longer Human and The Setting Sun. They're books I've wanted to read for years, but never got around to it. What do you think of them? Which should I read first?
Yeah, the colors are really nice. I actually like the Lispector even more, though. In bright light it has a very unique color combination.
Dazai is pretty good, No Longer Human being more interesting than The Setting Sun, imo, but it's good to read both to get a better picture of the style of character Dazai is going for. I find his style very dubious, both in content and in experience. No Longer Human for instance, has the most unreliable narrator I've read, and the prose can switch from poetic and hilarious to very bland and tedious. But it got me feeling pretty depressed for a few days after, with suicide not far off my mind at many times (the idea, not the action) so it's definitely worth a read. The Setting Sun starts off a bit slow, picks up emotionally, and the ending is pretty enjoyable. This was the first Japanese lit I've read, though, so it might be a style that I'm just not used to, yet.
God, my Vintage SH5 was full of typoes
Read any of those yet? I want to read Thucydides and Herodotus because I've heard they're absolutely hilarious, but for some reason I can't bring myself to order them yet. I found the Myths of Mesopotamia quite a let-down. Not trying to be a knob or anything, but you'll see what I mean once you [ ] loads of [ ] it is very annoying to try [ ] that.
A question about Theban plays since you seem to have read them. Is penguin classics translation good for a beginner ? I have never read much of the Greeks before. Just some paragraphs of The Symposium.
I don't know about Penguin. I've read Oedipus The King translated by David Grene, and Antigone by Elizabeth Wyckoff, in a bundle by Uni of Chicago press.
They are fairly easily understandable, though. Not very difficult to read. That's what mine looks like.
I'm starting to read books in english (spanish is my first language), and getting into /lit/ as well
Just started reading the DeLillo. Any thoughts on what I should go with after that?
Also, side question: Best (that is to say most enjoyable to read) modern translation of Don Quixote?
I've read all of Tao's other books and I like his style but I just never felt like buying Taipei. About a week ago I sent him a few bucks worth of bitcoin and he sent me the book so I might end up reading it. Do you like his other stuff or was that the first of his books you read?
that was my first go at anything of his
knowing that this is how he actually lives just made me sad and embarrassed for him. Senseless, empty, uninspired life is just ridiculous to me. It's just such a spergy car wreck I couldn't put it down, even though it bored me to death
Lippincott's Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology. I collect antiques and antique books. This one was published in 1905 and has a note in it dated 1906.
>knowing that this is how he actually live
But he actually doesn't live exactly like Paul (? I always forget character names). He purposely made Paul an asshole so he could write the character from a detached distance.
They often don't include notes with their translations, sometimes the words they choose just don't make sense, the intros can be very poor. It's a lot of sloppy details I have noticed over the years.
Ordered these two last week and they just came in. The collection is much heavier and larger than I thought it'd be.
BE isn't the greatest, but it's still pretty fun. If you drop your expectations from GR and read it on a lazy afternoon, you should have a good time.
> Heart of Darkness / Conrad
> Hundred Years of Solitude / Marquez
> White Teeth / Smith
> 2666 / Bolano
I was pretty pleased.
Horror time of year is best time of year.
>tfw waiting on payment to come through so you can buy more books
Getting into the memery. Which one should I start with?
Canadian. I was really surprised to find it, but I guess it wasn't too good to be true.
That rubicon book is the wrong book, as much as i like learning about oil my mom was ordering them for me as i refuse to get a credit card.Got the normal roman rubicon book coming tomorrow
I decided to get some different translations of Dostoevsky and actually get into Japanese literature the lit way. I've got No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, I Am A Cat by Natsume Soseki, and the McGuire translation of Dostoevsky's Demons coming in the mail soon as well.
This is my only recent purchase. I usually download e books for free but couldn't find an error free mobi.
Probably going to buy infinite jest next to play footnote tennis. It sucked trying to do that on a 2nd gen kindle.
Ciao Swedish senpai. Akademibokhandeln all the way, am I right? No, but seriously, go to Abebooks and order your books second-hand for a couple of dollars, you pay less even with shipping from most sellers.
Just a tip
Got all these for under 20 bucks, finished reading The Gambler, shit was dope
this is off-topic, but who in the fuck do you connect to #bookz? I've got the irc client (colloquy), I've connected irc.undernet.org, but when I try to join the room #bookz, nothing happens.
Loeb will royally fuck you out of money if you only buy Livy from them. Unless you want the original Latin text on hand, go with a translation; oxford has Livy, and I just finished and very much enjoyed Penguin's translations, all 35 extant books for about $40 in 4 volumes. You will literally spend like $400 if you buy from Loeb instead.
Good choices though. Rome is cool as fuck, haven't seen enough people here finishing the Greeks and graduating to Rome.
8 eurobucks for this lot at a store.
All pretty much unread, just spend time catching dust on shelves.
and the picture lol
I was planning on getting the Penguin one at a later date my mom actually bought me the loeb one, she saw the hardcover and latin translation and planned on hiding it till christmas but I found it first. I appreciate the advice though, i'll make sure to take it for the rest.