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Old 07-18-2014, 10:30 PM   #12581
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bought some discworld novels today, Mort and Reaper Man
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:32 PM   #12582
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I read Mort at the beginning of summer. It's a nice, charming read. Can only take Pratchett in small doses though.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:39 PM   #12583
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that sounds wonderful steve, i think i was gonna read Stoner next though if my library has it, anyone read it? that or Dubliners probably

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I think that, and what I mentioned too, is why Kafka could be taught to younger kids. I think they could really get it, and he's not gay like Shakespeare so they wouldn't be embarrassed about liking him. I also think they would pickup on a lot of the humour.

yeah kids would definitely get it i think. to me it even reminded me of Alice in Wonderland at times, as if disney could adapt a slightly less dark version in a similar way
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:29 PM   #12584
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:13 PM   #12585
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"Thus come and go the bright sun-days of autumn, not a cloud in the sky, week after week until near December. Then comes a sudden change. Clouds of a peculiar aspect with a slow, crawling gait gather and grow in the azure, throwing out satiny fringes, and becoming gradually darker until every lake-like rift and opening is closed and the whole bent firmament is obscured in equal structureless gloom. Then comes the snow, for the clouds are ripe, the meadows of the sky are in bloom, and shed their radiant blossoms like an orchard in the spring. Lightly, lightly they lodge in the brown grasses and in the tasseled needles of the pines, falling hour after hour, day after day, silently, lovingly, ---all the winds hushed, -- glancing and circling hither, thither, glinting against one another, rays interlocking in flakes as large as daisies; and then the dry grasses, and the trees, and the stones are all equally abloom again."
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:29 PM   #12586
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Plainness is one of the main qualities of "kafkaesque". People approach his works expecting the Kafka of the billboards and bullet-points where everything is just fked up all the time. There's a reason he's described more as "nightmarish" as opposed to surreal: the strangeness in his stories are not just weird but they stick out against a dry backdrop and are depicted in a very non-judgmental objective manner.

the term "kafkaesque" begets the question "which kafka?" because all of his works are distinguishably different in tone and style. i think it can be more readily applied to the castle and less to the trial and metamorphosis -- i don't believe there is a typical kafka in that regard, at least. if we were to talk about being trapped or about bureaucracy there would eb
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:08 AM   #12587
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I've been meaning to ask this for awhile but kept forgetting. I'm reading a collection of Edgar Allen Poe and some names and dates are dashed out. For instance there will be a poem called 'To G____ or July 18___. Anyone know why this is?
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:12 AM   #12588
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^ Redacted for security reasons. Little known fact: Poe was with the NSA.



Anyway, anyone know where I should get started with Bertolt Brecht? I'm loving Dubliners btw. I feel like his stories sort of end two pages before they should. He's very odd.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:26 PM   #12589
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finished ulysses for the second time, joyce is absolutely magical
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:50 PM   #12590
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Anyway, anyone know where I should get started with Bertolt Brecht? I'm loving Dubliners btw. I feel like his stories sort of end two pages before they should. He's very odd.

I just read the first two stories and like it but the first felt like an average short story and it made me feel like I was missing something but after looking it up I couldn't see what

The second was great though and I'm looking forward to the rest for sure.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:53 PM   #12591
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I really love The Sisters. I actually thought The Encounter was a lot more average I always feel like I'm missing something every time I finish one of the stories haha. That's this book's blessing/curse for me.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:14 PM   #12592
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Will be buying walden lake and civil disobedience by thoreau tommorow. Any insight on the book?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:18 PM   #12593
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Man I would pick a shorter book after a long ass read like that
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:44 PM   #12594
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long books are great
if the author is decent, it's just a lot of a good thing at once
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:47 PM   #12595
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This is true, but if you read a shorter book first you will sound more impressive when you say 'I read x many books this summer'.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #12596
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i read war and peace, gravity's rainbow and ulysses this summer
i think that sounds impressive enough
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:09 PM   #12597
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'3 books' sounds shit tho
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