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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11680 on: November 25, 2021, 07:16:46 AM »
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« Reply #11681 on: November 25, 2021, 12:56:32 PM »
F. Scott-Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby





This is a book that I have already read two or three times, albeit when I was a much younger man. It has been quite a while since I last read it. This time, however, I feel that I have gotten a lot more out of it, having lived and experienced a lot more since my last reading of the novel. This is why I re-read many of the books that I have not read since I was much younger.
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« Reply #11682 on: November 25, 2021, 04:25:36 PM »
F. Scott-Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby





This is a book that I have already read two or three times, albeit when I was a much younger man. It has been quite a while since I last read it. This time, however, I feel that I have gotten a lot more out of it, having lived and experienced a lot more since my last reading of the novel. This is why I re-read many of the books that I have not read since I was much younger.

Maybe I'm still a young man at 26, but I got a lot more out of Gatsby in a recent rereading than I ever did in the past.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11683 on: November 25, 2021, 06:59:40 PM »
Definitely masterpiece! I love the sophistication, coolness, subtlety, and loneliness in the work. Have you guys read FSF’s Rich Boy and/or Winter Dream? They are somewhat similar styles and unforgettable stories.

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« Reply #11684 on: November 25, 2021, 07:26:22 PM »
Just finished The Sundays of Jean Dézert by Jean de la Ville de Mirmont (what a name!)



It was short, and its plot was kind of uneventful, but I really liked it. I've been bad at finishing books lately. I need to read 6 more before New Year's to get to 100 books in 2021, so there will be some short ones ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11685 on: November 25, 2021, 07:50:18 PM »
F. Scott-Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby





This is a book that I have already read two or three times, albeit when I was a much younger man. It has been quite a while since I last read it. This time, however, I feel that I have gotten a lot more out of it, having lived and experienced a lot more since my last reading of the novel. This is why I re-read many of the books that I have not read since I was much younger.

I recently re-read The Great Gatsby, then remembered the book that I wanted to re-read was Tender is the Night. :(

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« Reply #11686 on: November 26, 2021, 05:13:43 AM »
I've read a few Modiano's books. I enjoyed reading them, but I don't remember a single thing about them.

I’m spending quite a bit of time with Modiano at the moment, and getting a lot out of it. While I can see where you’re coming from, I’m arriving at the conclusion that he had a sort of epiphany around the turn of the century, and his books then become rather more than well polished narratives, some of them start to achieve some sort of insight and profound universality. If you haven’t read it let me recommend this one.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11687 on: November 26, 2021, 08:00:35 AM »
Kiss of the Spider Woman (El beso de la mujer araña), Manuel Puig. Re-read. A complex friendship between a transvestite and a socialist revolutionary in Buenos Aires.
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« Reply #11688 on: November 26, 2021, 01:13:26 PM »
I’m spending quite a bit of time with Modiano at the moment, and getting a lot out of it. While I can see where you’re coming from, I’m arriving at the conclusion that he had a sort of epiphany around the turn of the century, and his books then become rather more than well polished narratives, some of them start to achieve some sort of insight and profound universality. If you haven’t read it let me recommend this one.


Thank you for the suggestion. I'll add it to my wish list. I look forward to read more Modiano books.

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« Reply #11689 on: November 26, 2021, 08:07:58 PM »
Interested in this Modiano character, as I'd love to find a contemporary French writer whose works resonate with me (no luck so far). Anything worth reading in translation? I can read French but it's a chore.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11690 on: November 27, 2021, 07:16:15 PM »
The Poems of Wilfred Owen



Really good stuff. Always knew I'd appreciate this poet, it's good to finally read his work.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11691 on: November 28, 2021, 03:12:33 AM »



Maybe I'm still a young man at 26, but I got a lot more out of Gatsby in a recent rereading than I ever did in the past.


Definitely masterpiece! I love the sophistication, coolness, subtlety, and loneliness in the work. Have you guys read FSF’s Rich Boy and/or Winter Dream? They are somewhat similar styles and unforgettable stories.


Perhaps one definition of a masterpiece is that it continues to offer as long as one continues to revisit it.

No, I have not read either Rich Boy or Winter Dream unfortunately.
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« Reply #11692 on: November 28, 2021, 03:13:13 AM »
I recently re-read The Great Gatsby, then remembered the book that I wanted to re-read was Tender is the Night. :(

Surely not a waste of your time though?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11693 on: November 28, 2021, 06:03:23 AM »
Something that I did not quite catch on my first reading of Gatsby which surprised me this go around is that there appears to be a scene in which Carraway is involved in a homosexual encounter with a stranger he meets at a party. I do not know what other way to interpret this scene—it's not quite made explicit—and I'm not entirely sure why Fitzgerald put it in there, but I found it very curious. Does anyone else know the part I'm talking about?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #11694 on: November 28, 2021, 09:12:08 AM »
Definitely masterpiece! I love the sophistication, coolness, subtlety, and loneliness in the work. Have you guys read FSF’s Rich Boy and/or Winter Dream? They are somewhat similar styles and unforgettable stories.

I've read both Rich Boy and Winter Dream. Don't remember much about them (unlike with Gatsby) except that I liked them. Fitzgerald was one of the greatest literary minds in 20th century America. I've read several of his short stories and from novels Gatsby and The Last Tycoon. Loved most of them. Fitzgerald's language is very poetic.