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Old 10-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #2701
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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 12-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #2702
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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   #2703
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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   #2704
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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.

Reading this:



It's amazing.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:50 AM   #2705
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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   #2706
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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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Old 12-02-2013, 12:18 PM   #2707
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haha no, not for some time i don't think. Gibbon's book is very readable, excellently written and filled with insight. Though i haven't even finished the first Volume yet, i don't regret committing to it at all.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:48 AM   #2708
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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.
But Humbert Humbert is hilarious

'...she of noble nipple and massive thigh...'
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #2709
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But Humbert Humbert is hilarious

'...she of noble nipple and massive thigh...'


The Kubrick film is amazing too. Peter Sellers kills it.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #2710
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Haven't read a book that isn't involving school for months.

Last full book I read though was A Dance With Dragons from the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Winds of Winter needs to come out like yesterday.


Hell yes!
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #2711
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Haven't read a book that isn't involving school for months.

Last full book I read though was A Dance With Dragons from the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Winds of Winter needs to come out like yesterday.
Isn't it just full of weiners tho?
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:05 PM   #2712
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Holes & The Outsiders. Aced both test back in middle school. I'm just reminiscing here.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:42 PM   #2713
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When There's No More Room In Hell parts 2 and 3




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Old 12-03-2013, 04:45 PM   #2714
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #2715
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I have written about my love for Capote's prose before on this forum, love to hear your thoughts on this after you finish.

Currently I'm reading a new novel by Donna Tartt called the Goldfinch, her debut novel was the secret history which recounted tragedy amongst a group of bourgeosie students at a liberal arts college. Goldfinch continues in that vein with its focus on adolescence in New York. I have always been drawn to works about nyc, in particular post 9/11 nyc, as well as middle class ennui because it feels imminently relatable. Imo she's one of the most talented contemporary american writers today. Not very prolific but her books are worth waiting for.
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