Paul Auster's favorite books

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    kek, exactly what someone who has never read a book but spent a few days on IQfy would say

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I love all these books, but come on... he should've spiced it up a little.

      Wow, what a basic b***h.

      What's yours?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        hey, it takes a pseud to know a pseud

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The Golem by Gustav Meyrink
        The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
        The Lime Twig by John Hawkes
        The Sorcerers Apprentice by Francois Augieras
        Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
        Romaji Diary by Takuboku Ishikawa
        The Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald
        The Use and Abuse of Art by Jacques Barzun

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Clarice Lispector
          Stopped reading right there

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Jacques Barzun
          Stoped reading right there

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
          this has to be the most moronic thing ever written by a woman after harry potter
          the navel gazing nature made me vomit

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I have never even heard of this. I need to look it up, at the very least.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Entry-level IQfy, m8. Try again

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not that Anon, but, fiction-only, mine are:

        1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
        2. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
        3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
        4. The Iliad by Homer
        5. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
        6. Emma by Jane Austen
        7. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
        8. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
        9. Ulysses by James Joyce
        10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's kind of similar but with gay books like Austen's and Waugh's. Dante is a kino choice and an improvement. Don't know what to make of the genre fiction (Wolfe, Tolkien, Borges).

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Auster's list is better because it doesn't have women or genre fiction!
            so you don't read either, kek

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Borges is considered genre fiction?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            He writes fantasy, self-admittedly. But because he's not anglo it's considered literary or whatever.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        confederacy of dunces
        tom jones
        warlock
        songs of a dead dreamer/grimscribe
        suttree
        the dwarf
        king Solomon's mines
        the Conan chronicles
        Gargantua and Pantagruel
        The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I made it a chart

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        pseud list tbh

        1. Ecce Homo, Nietzsche
        2. Kreutzer Sonata, Tolstoy
        3. Finnegans Wake, Joyce
        4. On Last Things, Weininger
        5. Paradise Lost, Milton
        6. The Cantos, Ezra Pound
        7. Civilization and its discontents, Freud
        8. The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith
        9. Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann
        10. Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe

        >Proust
        >not a gay ass degenerate
        lol lmao he was worse than Dosto, he literally fricked boys.
        >Moralism wins every time.
        No, it doesn't.

        >No, it doesn't.

        Yes it does.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Yes it does.
          No, it loses all the time.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Bohemian debauchery leads nowhere besides pseudo-poetic despair. Meanwhile, morality leads to eternal life

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith
          lmao, ignored

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Give me your top 10, homosexual

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Did you enjoy Finnegans Wake

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I enjoy it. Haven’t read it straight through as one would read most books. I’ve been reading it off and on for years

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Nah, I never read it

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You are a fricking homosexual.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        1: A History of Warfare, J. Keegan
        2: Encyclopedia of German Tanks of WWII, Jenz and Doyle
        3: A History of World Societies, Hill McCaky & Buckler
        4: Dark of the Sun, W. Smith
        5: Out of the Mouth of the Dragon, M. geston
        6: Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
        7: Sword of Rhiannon, L. Brackett
        8: Pretty much anything by R. E. Howard
        9: The Stars my Destination, A. Bester
        10: The Spanish Civil War, A. Beevor

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Blindsight - Peter Watts
        Blood Meridian - Cormac MemeCarthy
        Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
        One, None, and a Hundred Thousand - Luigi Pirandello

        I'm a newbie to reading (I started literally this year) so these are all the books I've read AND liked thus far.
        I've read The Great Gatsby and found it mediocre.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Read Mattia Pascal if you like Piradenllo.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
        2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
        3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
        4. crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
        5. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
        6. Ulysses by James Joyce
        7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
        8. The Castle by Franz Kafka
        9. Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable (trilogy) by Samuel Beckett
        10. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        1. Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
        2. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce (yes I've read the whole thing and no I'm not
        joking)
        3. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
        4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevesky
        5. Native Son by Richard Wright
        6. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
        7. Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
        8. Bullet Park by John Cheever
        9. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
        10. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          cringe

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            what's cringe about it and while you're at it, post yours.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Already posted

            The Golem by Gustav Meyrink
            The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
            The Lime Twig by John Hawkes
            The Sorcerers Apprentice by Francois Augieras
            Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
            Romaji Diary by Takuboku Ishikawa
            The Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald
            The Use and Abuse of Art by Jacques Barzun

            , pleb

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            holy hell you have bad taste and are a homosexual. Keeping pretending to like Lispector and Adler bro that arthoe you've been chasing will eventually notice you I'm sure

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            nta but #1 is a giga pseud choice. Pretty much cancels out the rest of the list

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            How so? Have hou read Hopscotch or are you just being a moron? what's your number 1?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      t. contrarian midwit

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I love all these books, but come on... he should've spiced it up a little.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why would you spice up your favorite list with something obscure? To look interesting?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It doesn't need to be obscure; it just needs to show some individuality. This list told me very little about his literary tastes, apart from the modernism (Joyce, Proust, Beckett).

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Wow, what a basic b***h.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well, he is a israelite.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Dostoevsky over Proust
    >W&P not #1
    >Anna Karenina not #2
    >Middlemarch not #3

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Dostoevsky over Proust
      Damn right. Problem?
      >W&P not #1
      It shouldn't be. DQ being #1 is the most based choice in the whole list.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Tolstoy is the greatest author who ever lived. Proust is objectively better than gay ass degenerate Dostoyevsky.

        Moralism wins every time.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Proust
          >not a gay ass degenerate
          lol lmao he was worse than Dosto, he literally fricked boys.
          >Moralism wins every time.
          No, it doesn't.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Our of these I've read
    >W&P
    >C&P
    >Moby Dick
    >Ulysses (halfway, couldn't finish it)
    It's insane to me that anyone who likes those first two could even tolerate the second two. Moby Dick and Ulysses are leftist horseshit, antiwhite garbage

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Moby Dick and Ulysses are leftist horseshit, antiwhite garbage
      The absolute state.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      you gotta be trolling

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Moby Dick and Ulysses are leftist horseshit, antiwhite garbage
      This poster is a falseflagging israelite

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This reminds me of Robert Eggers' favorite movie list where yea, they're great books and everything but they're all safe, expected choices. The only thing that has barely any personality is Tristram Shandy.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Never heard of any of these. Seems really pretentious

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He just picked straight from the college freshman world lit reading list lol

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    in this day and age he should at least pretend to like something other than white men

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cervantes is latinx

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nice b8

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    wow he's probably an actual good writer

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Meh. You can definitely see beckett's and other modernists influences in the new york trilogy but needless to say, he falls short
      First episode of the trilogy is the best as far as I remember, some meta stuff about Don Quixote

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Tolstoy
    >Dostoevsky
    It's terrible.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Its just the most stereotypical selections from the western canon. Probably better than a list of obscure works that arent as good

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Sure but the other selections at least have some praiseworthy qualities.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For a guy who can write pretty experimentally and poetically in prose, he can be quite a square sometimes. I read his corespondence with Coetzse and boy is that earnest and 'we are literary.' They wrote their letters knowing anyone interested would be reading them soon in a book form with a spring release

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >and boy is that earnest and 'we are literary.

      All great literature is anti-literary in this sense.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >and boy is that earnest and 'we are literary.'
      What do you mean.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nta

        it's common for people to pursue literature (and self-serious cinema) as a kind of pseudo-spirituality. Meanwhile they believe the universe to be essentially meaningless, but they hold onto literature as a beautiful consolation that they feel themselves noble (and superior to others) in dedicating their lives to. It is perhaps permissible when a great writer views literature in this way, but one cannot help but find it ridiculous when these views are held by a middling talent. And very often a great writer feels at odds with these values (one can easily imagine Nietzsche mocking the "literary" types).

        Literature in itself doesn't hold up to being made a way of life, as literature in its origin was something quite different than these tepid modernistic notions of self-expression--it was religious stories and ritual. Nowadays the discipline of art often just look like how to be miserable in an artistic manner--think Woody Allen. There's a reason that litbros and filmbros are a target of scorn from their promiscuous female counterparts--their values are as straw and they take themselves seriously in a manner that, being nihilists, they have no right to.

        James Joyce would be the ultimate example of this except for that his mind so eminently comic and unserious that his work, if read properly, should actually be an acid to the attitudes of all the literary types who venerate him.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have read don quixote and moby dick and I liked them

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There is no way someone actually picks these as their top 10. That's the ultimate educated NPC opinion.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    lmao at this thread and all the poser claiming the actually good literate author has bad picks because they're not obscure enough and he instead likes the greatest books ever written

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Ulysses
    like fricking hell

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    characteristically dull

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    1. Leaves of Grass
    2. Moby Dick
    3. On the Shores of Silver Lake
    4. Trout Fishing in America
    5. Crucible of War
    6. Le Morte d'Arthur
    7. The Jonny-Cake Papers
    8. White Jacket
    9. The Bible
    10. Rakkety Tam

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    why did everyone start posting their top 10s

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