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Old 09-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #2656
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Recently finished this and it was a really great read. The most fascinating part for me was putting modern times into a historical context. For example, he talks about how religion originally served as a means to connect strangers to avoid violence. Members of different New Guinea tribes will sit down for extended periods of time when they meet in the wild to go through their family lineage trying to find a reason not to kill each other.

Also, it struck me how amazing the concept of a supermarket is for the first time. I had never really considered it in the context of the evolution of human society.

It is also a great read to get an idea of how the world's current power structure came to be.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:01 PM   #2657
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About 150 pages in so far and it is very good so far. I won't say much about it because I haven't read much of the main plot so far (the first 150 pages lay the groundwork and flesh out the characters) but I will say that the book has aged beautifully. The characters and situations are universal and the dialogue/prose seamlessly fits into modern modes of writing, (other than the language being written for the time period).
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:39 PM   #2658
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I find this book fascinating.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:09 AM   #2659
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:08 AM   #2660
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Read Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
His weakest book in my opinion. Things get interesting in the last third but that's after 700 pages. I just didn't care about the characters as much as in other Dostoyevsky books.


Reading Blindness by José Saramago
Read about 20%.
The story is very intriguing from page one on. Language is easy. Those long sentences containing parts of direct speech but without quotation marks make it a restless read. Highly addictive! I think I'll be done within a week.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:07 AM   #2661
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Reading Blindness by José Saramago
Read about 20%.
The story is very intriguing from page one on. Language is easy. Those long sentences containing parts of direct speech but without quotation marks make it a restless read. Highly addictive! I think I'll be done within a week.

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Old 10-14-2013, 02:50 AM   #2662
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havent read any books in 2 years. Just finally started reading again. I finished Ender's Game. Not bad, since i like sci-fi. But not going to read the rest of the series.

Next book I'll probably read Catch 22. or 100 years of Solitude.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #2663
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I'm currently reading these:





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Old 10-16-2013, 04:20 PM   #2664
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #2665
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About 150 pages in so far and it is very good so far. I won't say much about it because I haven't read much of the main plot so far (the first 150 pages lay the groundwork and flesh out the characters) but I will say that the book has aged beautifully. The characters and situations are universal and the dialogue/prose seamlessly fits into modern modes of writing, (other than the language being written for the time period).

"Everything is permitted."

Among the truest shit ever written.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #2666
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Brothers Karamazov was very good but there are spots where it felt like it dragged a little too much. The middle section of the book that chronicled Mitya's actions the night of the murder was too long. There are some really powerful moments tho, like Alyosha's experience directly after Father Zossima's death, Alyosha's conversations with Ivan, Ivan's decent into brain fever, etc. There is plenty to chew on and I don't think I will ever really come to a satisfactory review of the book without a lot of discussion with others who have read it. Definitely a recommended read.

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #2667
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Brothers Karamazov was very good but there are spots where it felt like it dragged a little too much. The middle section of the book that chronicled Mitya's actions the night of the murder was too long. There are some really powerful moments tho, like Alyosha's experience directly after Father Zossima's death, Alyosha's conversations with Ivan, Ivan's decent into brain fever, etc. There is plenty to chew on and I don't think I will ever really come to a satisfactory review of the book without a lot of discussion with others who have read it. Definitely a recommended read.

The charachters are so powerful and universal, it is amazing (well that can be said of any Dosto's novel). Too long has passed since I read it for me to discuss it in detail, but I agree that in some parts it felt like it dragged + other parts definitely stand out to me, while wonderful per se, as formally unharmonious (word?) with the main body of the novel (the Iliusha story, the Inquisitor chapter).
There is indeed a lot to chew on.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #2668
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Brothers Karamazov was very good but there are spots where it felt like it dragged a little too much. The middle section of the book that chronicled Mitya's actions the night of the murder was too long. There are some really powerful moments tho, like Alyosha's experience directly after Father Zossima's death, Alyosha's conversations with Ivan, Ivan's decent into brain fever, etc. There is plenty to chew on and I don't think I will ever really come to a satisfactory review of the book without a lot of discussion with others who have read it. Definitely a recommended read.

Now I am reading:



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I loved the trial also: in particular the closing remarks of the defender and prosecutor. The biggest fault of Dostoevsky for me is his incessant need to have his characters descend into hysterical ravings and ramblings throughout his books - this was particularly present in TBK.

Found Federalist Papers interesting, though somewhat depressing due to how much of what these guys said has been completely ignored, and at the severe decline of politics/politicians. The language isn't easy, but it's certainly worth the effort.

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It's amazing.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:50 AM   #2669
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^ Wow. Next up, Proust's Recherche?


However, lately I've been more keen on essays than fiction.

In particular, I am exploring the history of Music and reading quite a lot about it.
All in Italian at the moment, so I won't bother posting covers for you guys.

But after I am done with a general History of Music book I will probably take on some Charles Rosen essay, I am still undecided between this:



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Old 12-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #2670
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Ah, man. I tried reading a novel titled "Lolita," but I just couldn't do it. It was too much. Reading into the mind of a pedophile is interesting, but I don't know.. Maybe it's because I'm a father or maybe it's just because I found the topic revolting even before becoming a father. I don't care what justifications are used for pedophiles, they all deserve to die painfully.
With that said, as far as I read into it (probably half the novel before I said, "F*ck this. No more."), it is a very well-written novel. The author Vladimir Nabokov was an intelligent wordsmith.
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