Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by SteveJ, Dec 20, 2011.
I have 3 books sitting on the bedside table that I haven't started yet: a collection of George Orwell's essays, a biography of Brendan Behan and something by Will Self (can't remember the name of it).
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There's a massive fucking one on the front cover.
I was given The Great Gatsby for Christmas. I'm yet to read it though- or anything else by Scott-Fitzgerald for that matter. Obviously I'm familiar with Benjamin Button, but that's about as far as my knowledge of his work goes. Has anyone read Great Gatsby? I know it's considered his magnum opus, so I'm looking forward to starting it if I ever get the chance.
I have and I quite enjoyed it. It's a very polarizing novel, especially because of the hype that surrounds it. I'm not a lit-major or anything but I can see why its so highly rated, the prose flows very freely and the characters and especially well written. The romanticism of the Jazz age is something I didn't quite get into or understand very well but even despite that I can see why people consider it to be a masterpiece. It's on my list of books that I will definitely re-read again at some point.
Just finished reading Brotkhers Karamazov and can I just say that my mind has been BLOWN. I'm so glad I stuck with it. I'm still digesting all the little bits and layers and intricasies but wow, I'm so glad I stuck with it ... what a rewarding reading experience.
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How Bram Stoker's Count created the template for modern vampires:
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I've just started on that, so far so good.
The primary texts I need to read for this semesters lit module are as follows:
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928; London: Penguin, 2006)
Walter Greenwood, Love on the Dole (1932; London: Vintage, 1993)
Lewis Jones, Cwmardy (1937; Cardigan: University of Wales Press, 2006)
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956; London: Penguin, 2006)
John Braine, Room at the Top (1957; London: Arrow, 1989)
Buchi Emecheta, Second-Class Citizen (1974; London: Heinemann, 1994)
Pat Barker, Union Street (London: Virago, 1982)
Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting (1993; London: Vintage, 1994)
Just started reading Love on the Dole which is pretty interesting as it's set in 1930's Salford.
Not generally a Lawrence fan, but I enjoyed that one.
Just some light reading for me currently;
Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus
Goethe, Faust I & II
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown
Nietzsche, Will To Power
Schopenhauer, The World As Will and Representation Vol. 1
Aside from the last two, I've read them all.
100 novels everyone should read - Telegraph
I've cheated and downloaded the audiobook...
I've read a grand total of 7 out of that 100
This Nietzsche fella is quite clever, he's also approaching meta-astrophysical levels.
Anyway, Middlemarch 1st? Atonement before LOTR?
LOTR at 100?
Moby Dick at second is quite cool though.
Lucky Jim at 36 is a joke.
Where are you reading literature mate?
As long as words are cool, the novel will flourish | The Observer
Lorenzo Carcaterra does good crime fiction:
Sleepers and Gangster are two of my favourite novels ever. You've probably seen the Sleepers film
I know I went all modern (by that, I mean post 1750!) and weird in my last post but lets go back to my specialist area with some medieval literature.
I read 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and Sir Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte Darthur' last semester - really excellent literature and fantastic tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - some of the best works of the middle ages. Malory's has easier language and is more dramatic but Gawain was a simpler story (although the Middle English is very complicated in that one).
I've read 43 of those.
It's not a very good list though (some glaring omissions).
I studied Gawain in the first semester of my first year, I liked the bit where they rip on wirral folk.
Despite being Welsh, I missed out on Gawain. And I only read Wolfram and Chrétien de Troyes because I was madly in love with the whole Rennes-le-Château mystery biz. What a twit.
It's very good but I think Malory is better for a definitive Arthurian legend.
A member of my family just gave me a £50 Amazon gift card thingy, so I'm going to order a few books.
Ya'll seem to know your stuff, so any recommendations? I'm drawing a blank here for some reason.
I'm open to anything except the effeminate vampire genre.
Give us a clue about your interests, mate.
Robert Musil's 'The Man without Qualities' it's leering at me (unread) from the bookshelf.
Colin Wilson is interesting on Moosbrugger, mate. Y'know...back in the day when Wilson's writing & ideas seemed fresh.
Once it's not crime or romance, I'll read anything.
And I'll give that a look, pete.
Susan Hill and Jane Goldman on The Woman in Black novella, screenplay & film:
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I've read 43 plus a couple of volumes of Proust and parts of a few others! Yes!
Courtesy of Jennifer Weiner:
Are books and the internet about to merge? | guardian.co.uk
Absolutely they are. Tablets allow books to be far more interactive than ever before and allow the insertion of movies or sound to enhance the reader experience. The best example I've seen recently is the Scam School book (I follow the author's internet shows pretty religiously) which is kind of a textbook for fun magic and mind tricks/illusions.
Brian Brushwood - Bizarre Magic: America's #1 College Magic Show - Books
Each separate trick comes with a video showing you how it's done and audio commentary talking about context or interesting stories about how the author has used the trick before.
This is all stuff we've previously seen on web pages, and it's fantastic to see them incorporated into books. After all most of the encoding behind eBooks is based on html anyways. I'm excited for what this means for textbooks and education in general.
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