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Quote from: vers la flamme on April 01, 2021, 03:28:40 PMRaymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About LoveHaving finished Haruki Murakami's running memoir whose title pays tribute to this classic collection, I figured there's no time like the present to finally read some Ray Carver. Wow. I'm hugely impressed with the beautiful writing here. It's not at all what I expected, which was bleak, joyless, depressing minimalist narratives of downtrodden working-class Americans. Well, I guess that's all there, too, but what I'm finding more impressive is the deep poetry in this writing, which seems obsessed with the minutiae of life and the specter of death. This is dark stuff, sure, but some of it warms my heart, especially the stories toward the middle of the book. I'm fairly close to finishing and I suspect I'll be reading more Carver quite soon.
Quote from: vers la flamme on April 02, 2021, 03:20:51 AMMan, that book was amazing! Going to see if I can't pick up one of Carver's other collections later today, after work. Curious what the GMG community thinks of Ray Carver. Any fans?
Quote from: Artem on April 03, 2021, 11:21:31 PM Mishima's book was odd and felt like Tales from the Crypt series. It was written for Playboy, which explains its bizarreness.
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Quote from: vers la flamme on April 04, 2021, 01:19:53 PM@Artem, it seems you and I may go for the same kind of books. Have you read any other Mishima? I've been wanting to check that one out, but from what I can tell, it's somewhat of an oddity among his works.
Quote from: Artem on April 05, 2021, 06:15:36 AMTo me Mishima is a kind of writer that I would try to read everything he published.
Quote from: Artem on April 06, 2021, 05:41:17 AMEnjoyed your review.
Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on April 07, 2021, 05:15:43 PMNow reading Botchan (Young Master) by Soseki Natsume. A straight-talking, hot-headed and honest young man of upperclass family in Tokyo goes to a rural and unsophisticated area in Japan to teach at a high school (it's like an upperclass young guy in Boston going to a village in Mississippi). He fights with the people in the conservative, ridiculous, and corrupt system. He doesn't care if he will win the fight or not because he is--- "botchan." Hilarious and ironic.Ed. Natsume was one of Glenn Gould's favorite writers.https://www.peterowen.com/extract-damian-flanagan-introduction-to-the-three-cornered-world-by-natsume-soseki/
Quote from: aligreto on April 08, 2021, 01:35:54 AMMasterpieces of Maupassant Over the last couple of months I have read this collection [English translation]. Maupassant was a very admirable author equally at home in the novel or in the short story. He was a progressive writer and was not adverse to tackling delicate subjects. I have enjoyed re-reading these works. There are wonderful characters ranging from farm hands to elite Parisian socialites and they all have their own story. Maupassant was, for me, a bit like Dickens in that he unveiled the under belly of an apparent civilized society. But human nature is human nature whenever or wherever it appears.
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