Do you memorize books?

I was reading The Count of Monte-Cristo and at some point the Abbé Faria says that he read over 2000 books, selected 150 out of those and memorized those 150 books. How is that possible? Are there people out there really able to do that? Are there any techniques that can help one memorize 100+ books?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It helps not being constantly inundated with written works as a result of say an information age

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Of the hundreds of books I have read I cannot quote a single line from any of them but they have formed me into the man I am today

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Uuh I think literature isn’t for you then being quite honest…

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        nta.
        was literature for Emerson? or he shoulda done something different with his life than writing in your opinion?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What the frick are you talking about?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            he's referencing a famous quote by Emerson
            >I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Emerson was a hack who is a point of decline in the American tradition.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
      lol checks out

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >unironically believes his conscious mind represents the totality of his mental processes

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      do you at least remember the meals you have eaten?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      memorizing quotes is ridiculous; i do remember roughly something that sounded right at roughly some part of a book which if need be i will check by opening it up and reading that section

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Start by learning poems by heart. Best "brain training" practice I ever discovered.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Who are the greatest poets of the romance languages (english not included)?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'd say in Italian one could do worse than learn some Dante and Leopardi and in French Hugo, Baudelaire, Verlaine.
        Don't know about Spanish or Portuguese.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Pessoa for Portuguese. For Spanish, I would probably say Lorca or Borges.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Pessoa
          >not Luís de Camões
          shiggidy.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >romance languages (english not included)
        Well yeah, why would English be included? It's not a romance language.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Some people like to say that English is the “song of ice and fire” of languages, i.e., the perfect mix between romance and germanic.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            But English isn't a "mixed language", it's a Germanic language that just has a bunch of Romance loanwords. Loanwords do not constitute linguistic ancestry.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not as good as learning new languages

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >memorize books so you can drop epic references :=)
    What a fruitless exercise.
    Nah I will keep considering myself a bee sampling flowers and collecting nectar to create my own personal delicious honey 😀

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yeah i remember history from encyclopedias

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It's not fun at all
      >I have a lot of fun reading it
      ????

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What happened to her knees?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      She's been on them a lot, if you know what I mean

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Praying in the church.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Poems and short essays, yes. Whole books no, though I've thought about it. I use a program called linebyline.app, it's a spaced repetition system geared specifically for memorizing texts. I also know some more analog techniques, if you're interested I could elaborate on them.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, please do elaborate, I’m very interested.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The first I read about on IQfy, it's pretty simple, it's meant primarily for poetry though you can also adapt it for prose:
        >read poem over, focusing on picturing the meaning
        >now read it over one line at a time, first reading a line, then looking away from the page and repeating it aloud
        >then do the same thing but two lines at a time (read the first two lines then repeat them aloud together, read the next two lines and do the same, etc)
        >then three, four, five, and six lines at a time
        >try to recite the whole thing
        >sleep on it and see how much you remember the next day, review if necessary
        The other I learned from a YouTube video:
        >read over the text a few times, paying attention to the meaning
        >copy out the first letter of each word on a piece of paper, replicating the formatting and punctuation of the original
        >read off the text from the first letters, referring back to the original if necessary
        >once you've done this a few times, try to recite it without looking at the initials

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Memorization is a mental skill we don't practice much in the modern world since we have multitude mechanisms by which to supplement it. The trade off is having time to further develop the skills we can't supplement. It's a practical adaptation to our environment.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I basically only ever read non-fiction. I remember the concepts. Most long books could be written in 50 pages.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've been trying to put together a list of 150 books that merit memorization or at least near memorization of the details. After the Greeks, it becomes very difficult.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i memorise whole books when i need to pass uni exams. In my country this is how exams work.

    when i am reading for leisure i only read shit once.

    >Are there any techniques that can help one memorize 100+ books?

    Repetition and saying shit out loud till you get it right, on both a sentence and a paragraph level

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What country are you from?

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Faria was fluent in different languages, and most likely these were not novels but scientific, academic books, that are co-related.
    Dantès had to learn them aswell and they also had enough time to do that.
    certainly it helped to talk about it, more than reading and repeating it out loud.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why are you taking pics of underage girls?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      She’s clearly an adult.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a man anon

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous
  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah it's possible. Use a memory palace. The contemporary technique is encoding verbatim information to subject, object, verbs and putting them in the palace in their order. Here is Cicero revealing the memory palace technique. http://www.laits.utexas.edu/memoria/Ad_Herennium_Passages.html Realistically you can't do 250, start with 1 and see if you don't hate it by the time you memorize 1 book.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >rethorica ad herennium
      Do you recommend reading that book?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, If you're interested in rhetorical techniques. The part of the book relevant to memorization is in the link I posted. If you want to study the memory palace technique most of the work is done experimenting what works for you in your personal brain.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I memorise the events of novels as images in my head.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Obviously it takes a good memory, it can be trained but it can only improve so much, what you were born with will be the deciding factor. That guy might've had a photographic memory, meaning something quite accessible for him to do could be impossible for someone else.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    At this point I'm lucky if I can remember my passwords. Maybe you can memorize books if you have a good memory. Word of advice if you want to do so: don't smoke weed. It made my memory into a block of swiss cheese.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I memorize poems and portions of Scripture or literature, but I've never memorized an entire book.

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