get the frick out of here and finish the book you're reading, anon. but before you do: what ARE you reading right now?

get the frick out of here and finish the book you're reading, anon

but before you do: what ARE you reading right now?

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  1. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Mistborn.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      how is it so far

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        It's alright. I've only read one other Sanderson book, but I like the magical systems he creates.

  2. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    The Trial, by Franz Memeka

    I'm loving the atmosphere, and how the protagonist is as much a creator of his own suffering as the world he inhabits. It's not just "gubbmint bad" like 1984, there's something deeper here: Josef K is bored, bordering on depression, and he seems to be seeking trouble himself.
    He's not an innocent victim to whom bad things happen, rather he commits small (very human) greedy offences that end up biting him in the ass, like when he felt like doing a big speech at his first trial because it made him feel good to stick it to "the man", only to realize the people applauding him and going YEAAHH behind him were all employees having a laugh at him having an euphoric moment.

    It's a very unique kind of hell. One that is in equal parts brought down on the protag, and also created by him himself.

    The prose sucks ass though. That needs to be said.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >The prose sucks ass though. That needs to be said.
      Jesus, imagine reading Kafka and actually thinking this...

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        Maybe I got a bad translation

  3. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Kinda stinks.

  4. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Stella Maris. Finished The Passenger about a week ago and this has been waiting for me ever since. I'm kind of putting it off though because I didn't think The Passenger was particularly good and I have no reason to think Stella Maris will be better, but I'll probably force myself to make a start tonight and just get it over with.

  5. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    i already told the two other threads

  6. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Borderliners

  7. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Finishing Name of the Wind, less than a 100 pages left.
    I don't know how that homosexual manages to write some parts really good, then goes full moron in others. I almost forgot
    >m'lady *tips fedora*
    people exist outside of jokes. The worst part is he has a writer's block. So even when I finish this and his next book, I won't be able to conclude his Harry Potter ripoff.

  8. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Ancient Greek: A 21st Century Approach and Shakespeare's King Lear. After King Lear, I think I'm going to go on to either Julius Caesar or Coriolanus.

  9. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    The Bell Jar
    If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
    A Foray into the World's If Animals and Humans

    The library copy of Bell Jar I got has been getting grosser and grosser the longer I read through it, so I've been wanting to get another copy to read it from. I have covid, so I need to wait . Besides that, it's a pretty good book, I understand the appeal

    Calvino is one of my favorite authors, so I'm not suprised his second masterpiece is amazing

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
      based
      I take it you've already read Hidden Cities, right?

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        Yep, I loved Invisible Cities. I'm planning on rereading it this year

        • 6 days ago
          Anonymous

          Tip: read it backwards this time (as in, starting from the last chapter)
          It's structured in such a way that the real end of the book is in the middle. God, I love it.

          I dropped Cosmicomics though (that said it was a looong time ago). Should I give it another try?

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >I have covid, so I need to wait .
      Who gives a frick. Just put a mask on and make sure to socially distance. If you go to the bookstore when it's empty it doesn't matter anyways.

  10. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Halo Envoy
    This is what I've read so far this year

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      100% worthless. You've gained nothing. You might as well have just played vidya or binged Netflix.

  11. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Confessions--St. Augustine

  12. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    I was actually about to read as soon as I left this board. The Names by Don DeLillo

  13. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    >Moby-Dick
    >Paul: a Biography
    Not finishing either anytime soon, but I've made a dent in both today.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >reading more than one book at the same time
      It's one of those things that sounds Chad but it's actually cap
      (fr fr)

  14. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Reminds me of Joyce's portrait a lil bit

  15. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    This right here

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      >I fricked up

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      I was considering buying this one. Any good?

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        NTA but I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed it. Towards the end the book suffers from what lots of books in this genre suffer from: he arrives at the grand thesis that supposedly everything good in the world is in some way traceable to the Mongols, including all of the European enlightenment basically. Authors of books like these really become a hammer and see nails everywhere. But that's only really the final chapter or so.

  16. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    I've already finished reading the first part, I'm really liking it.

  17. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Chill out, I'll do it either tonight or tomorrow, I'm 2/3rds of the way through.

    The Book Of Songs, the Waley translation. I've read excerpts of it translated by Legge in his Sacred Books Of The East, and I prefer his translations far more. Legge was a little more orientalist, but Waley is just so damn dry and academic, he doesn't have as much of a natural ear for poetry

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      Poetry of Tao Qian. Just finished the poetry of Du Fu and it's very interesting to compare and contrast. Tao is closer to my sensibility than Du is in a lot of ways but he's obviously aiming at a much humbler goal.

      Wow good shit anon, very cool to see someone reading that. What do you think of it thus far? That's an interesting opinion, I haven't read Legge's versions in full but they're the ones I use for reference now since they're on ctext. I would've thought Waley was considered the more poetic translator, he certainly seems to have that goal in mind more than Legge does, but I suppose you could be right.
      Also keep in mind Waley put (what he considered, at least) the interesting stuff first, so you might find the last part to be somewhat of a slog what with all the rather generic dynastic praise hymns.

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        >What do you think of it thus far?
        I'm sure the content is good, but like I said, it's clearly suffering from an overly dry (and British, might I add) translation. Occasional bits of brilliance shine through nonetheless.

        I read this recently, and it was truly outstanding. I recommend it highly if you can get your hands on a copy. I'd link you to a yarr website (it's very short and quick reading) but it's not uploaded on there, I got it from my uni library

        • 6 days ago
          Anonymous

          I think it's possible/worthwhile to think about them and evaluate them as abstracted from the translation, i.e. in terms of the dramatic situations, images, etc., since whatever the quality of the translation it's obviously not part of the original product. I guess I just don't necessarily expect the same kind of immediate "poetic experience" from something so distant - not that it's wrong to expect that, just that there are different attractions available to you from that kind of text.

          I do have Bai on my list, I was actually planning on reading the Waley translation since I'm not much more enthusiastic about Watson than you are about Waley but since I assume there's some difference in the selection I'll probably check out both eventually. Stephen Owen is the scholar I've read the most and he doesn't really have a ton of enthusiasm for Bai but I don't think I would mind him (in selected form, of course - bit of a graphomaniac, that one).

          https://i.imgur.com/6pm3cL2.jpeg

          I just finished a book this morning and now I'm feeling reading fatigue. I don't know when I can start another, bros. I want to but the only unread book I have is The Odyssey and I don't know if I have it in me

          The Odyssey is very cool as a whole but yeah not always the most engrossing moment-to-moment experience. Kinda know what you mean though, I finished a giant book that I felt like I was supposed to like and it's taking me a little time to see what others see in it; generally the best thing is just to give yourself time to reflect, if the desire to read is there it will arise when your mind wanders back to things you've enjoyed in the past, or things you've heard about and look forward to reading.

  18. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing because I finished my book yesterday which was The Journey of Ibn Fattouma by Naguib Mahfouz

    Not sure what I'm going to read next yet

  19. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    I just finished a book this morning and now I'm feeling reading fatigue. I don't know when I can start another, bros. I want to but the only unread book I have is The Odyssey and I don't know if I have it in me

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      So don't. Reading is not obligatory.

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      Read something else then. If I'm getting reading fatigue that means I need to change genre or book for some time

  20. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures

  21. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Growth of the soil, kinda boring but easy enough reading to soldier on.

  22. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Harold H Joachim
    Nature of Truth

  23. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Silmarillion
    Dune
    Mein Kampf

    • 6 days ago
      Anonymous

      Tolkien and Hitler...you couldn't have imagined a more contradictory pairing.

      • 6 days ago
        Anonymous

        Whoever said you have to agree with what you're reading?

  24. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Just spent some hours in the sun reading Stefan Zweig's biography of Casanova. Really good. The sun is behind a building now but in a few minutes it'll be back on my terrace and I'm back to reading again.

  25. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    First time reading Kafka, slowly working through The Castle and enjoying it so far. I like the bizarre mood of it, having read Murakami previously it was immediately apparent how big of an influence Kafka was for him. Like reading Faulkner after McCarthy. The Castle reminds me of the movie Dead Man where the protagonist travels to a far-off town for a job that doesn’t even exist. I like K., he doesn’t back down to anyone and had the balls to steal Klamm’s bar wench within minutes of meeting her. I’m only 80 pages in, looking forward to how the story develops. Can’t agree with the other anon reading Kafka regarding his prose, I think it’s quite good.

  26. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Local shit that hasn't been translated to english. It's an absurd comedy about a fin who identifies as a swede (the book uses the term "nationalitytroony") and copes hard. A very light read with short chapters

  27. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Can't decide.

    Have many many books but can't decide what I want to read next

    Just finished Earthlings, & Moby Dick before that. Want something about 300-350 pages

  28. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    The True Account and Description of a Country of the Wild, Naked, Grim Cannibal People in the New World America by Hans Staden

  29. 6 days ago
    Anonymous

    Mind OS by Paul Dobransky

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