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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby Facundo on Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:59 pm

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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby SkronkFronkerdale on Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:19 am

I don't care for Hemingway.

I recommend Mrs. Dalloway for anyone who thinks life is too short to read Ulysses yet maintains an interest in the touchstones of modernist fiction. While it has a great deal of similarities with Joyce's masterpiece(and was very likely influenced by it, despite her calling it a bore), it is more concise, accessible(relatively!), and avoids the obsessive systematizing that can make Joyce so exhausting to read. Woolf's masterpiece remains The Waves, however. Undoubtedly two of my very favorite writers!
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby kokorodoko on Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:59 am

goatlord wrote:I think that we have to re-think James Joyce in the literary cannon, and even though he was important for funding a lot of things well... how shall I say it... I haven't enjoyed any of his books?

I felt an instinctual aversion to Joyce when reading the first pages of Finnnegan's Wake. How every other word is made up and there are all these "hidden meanings". Which as an occultist I should dig, but it just felt overwrought and made me think of reference humour, which I hate. I won't knock him until I have read seriously, but yeah.
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby losthighway on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:37 pm

SkronkFronkerdale wrote:I don't care for Hemingway.

I recommend Mrs. Dalloway for anyone who thinks life is too short to read Ulysses yet maintains an interest in the touchstones of modernist fiction. While it has a great deal of similarities with Joyce's masterpiece(and was very likely influenced by it, despite her calling it a bore), it is more concise, accessible(relatively!), and avoids the obsessive systematizing that can make Joyce so exhausting to read. Woolf's masterpiece remains The Waves, however. Undoubtedly two of my very favorite writers!


Yeah, I'll confess to liking Virginia Woolf way more than Joyce too. That's made me something of a pariah in some booky talks. I really liked To the LIghthouse as another modernist puzzle of fiction.
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby losthighway on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:38 pm

I don't like Lovecraft.
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby zircona1 on Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:26 am

I've attempted to read The Satanic Verses multiple times and quit around page 75, last time I was confused by who was who and what was going on.
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby goatlord on Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:46 am

Except for Dennis Cooper and some Samuel Delany, I can't read any transgressive fiction as of late. It just seems so silly and adolescent now! I tried reading the first book of Apocalypse Culture the other day and I just couldn't be bothered being dragged into that world again. I think that I like the idea of those authors existing more than the act of reading them.

I think that as I get older, I find the lack of empathy on a writter more and more of a handicap. And the point of view of the socipath more and more boring. There are some kind of socipaths that I still find entertaining (like Thomas Bernhard or some Nabokov assholes, for example), but I prefer reading people saying how awful the assholes are, not how entertaining they are.
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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:56 pm

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Re: One-Sentence Literature Confessions

Postby Dave N. on Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:06 pm

I am currently reading Neil Peart's Ghost Rider and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
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