Started by BWV 1080, May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PM
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Quote from: Brian on May 26, 2023, 06:48:17 PMRe info dumps, too many people think they can pull off Moby-Dick. Melville inspired the wrong kind of imitation.
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PMTrolling for some new reading material once I finish my WTV / Pynchon binge, but here is mine in no particular order. Mine are mostly big & darkWG Sebald AusterlitzRoberto Bolano 2666William T Vollman Dying GrassJonathan Littell The Kindly Ones (Les Bienveillantes)Thomas Pynchon Against the Day
Quote from: ultralinear on May 27, 2023, 06:41:22 AMStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is probably the recent book that I most enjoyed and was impressed by.
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 27, 2023, 06:38:44 AMMoby-Dick is one of the two books I blame for this. The other is Ulysses.Speaking of BR Myers, have you read his article "A Reader's Manifesto"? I don't agree with everything he says, but it's definitely worth reading:https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/07/a-readers-manifesto/302270/
Quote from: Brian on May 28, 2023, 07:12:34 AMParts of it rang faint memory bells, but it was still a pleasure to revisit (even if, like you, I don't always agree). Then I went on to the Franzen one containing the remark you noted earlier.
QuoteI'll have to read Station Eleven as soon as possible. For a long time I thought it was "pops" fiction,
Quote from: Brian on May 28, 2023, 07:12:34 AMI'll have to read Station Eleven as soon as possible. For a long time I thought it was "pops" fiction, not helped by a recommendation from a family member I do not trust on books, but it seems to be building consensus in this thread!
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PMJonathan Littell The Kindly Ones (Les Bienveillantes)
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 28, 2023, 02:07:22 PMI don't get the issue with long books
Quote from: Archaic Torso of Apollo on May 29, 2023, 07:35:30 AMThe issue isn't so much length as whether the length is justified. I don't think The Brothers Karamazov or Ulysses or Middlemarch are too long. I do think a lot of contemporary novels are, because the length is a result of padding that actually makes the book worse.
Quote from: BWV 1080 on May 24, 2023, 02:02:16 PMWG Sebald AusterlitzRoberto Bolano 2666
Quote from: SimonNZ on May 24, 2023, 07:47:54 PMThese days I don't read much fiction and when I do it tends to be older - not because I've got anything against modern fiction, but because I've got a 3000-year backlog.
Quote from: Artem on May 31, 2023, 08:13:56 AMThe Factory - Hiroko Oyamada
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