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Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:31 pm

For stuff that's worth a read.

I'll start.

The White Darkness
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by ed » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:48 pm

Thanks for this.

Look at William Boyd.
I came across him thru a three part adaptation of his book Any Human Heart.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Any_Human_Heart

I cannot recommend both the video and the book enough. I am working my way thru his work. At the very least he is delightful, at best, stunning.

The end of the video of Any Human Heart is one of the most affecting things I have seen.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:07 pm

On the same topic as your book, Anax, I started reading In the Heart of the Sea, a story about the Essex disaster.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(whaleship)

I quit after a bit because, frankly, it started becoming like a Monty Python skit with page upon page of horrible stuff. 300 pages of that is hard to take.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:20 pm

The Green Child by Herbert Read. "Magic realism" before it was called that.

Herbert Read is best known (if known at all) as a lefty journalist roughly contemporary with George Orwell.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:28 pm

ed wrote:On the same topic as your book, Anax, I started reading In the Heart of the Sea, a story about the Essex disaster.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_(whaleship)

I quit after a bit because, frankly, it started becoming like a Monty Python skit with page upon page of horrible stuff. 300 pages of that is hard to take.
The story that inspired Moby Dick. Didn't read it but I did see the movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:30 pm

The Dwarf by Par Lagerkvist.

Don't let the Nobel Prize for literature scare you off. It's really worth reading.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:41 pm

I also started The Past is a Foreign Country. I think I might skim a bit. I am finding that my patience with books and movies is not what it was.

We have the 7 minute rule for tv/movies ... rivet me in that time or into the memory hole you go.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:45 pm

The Rock Pool by Cyril Connolly, but only if you have already read Tropic of Cancer by Arthur Miller.

Picture Tropic of Cancer if it were written by one of Orwell's classmates at Eton.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:46 pm

ed wrote:I also started The Past is a Foreign Country. I think I might skim a bit. I am finding that my patience with books and movies is not what it was.

We have the 7 minute rule for tv/movies ... rivet me in that time or into the memory hole you go.
You mean The Go Between ?
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Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:53 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:The Rock Pool by Cyril Connolly, but only if you have already read Tropic of Cancer by Arthur Miller.

Picture Tropic of Cancer if it were written by one of Orwell's classmates at Eton.
Arthur Miller is simply transcendentally boring. Another fucker that made me waste hours on his crap. Ulysses is there too. I'd kick Joyce in the nut sac if he were still alive. And Miller. Self absorbed over the hill begging for another 15minutes bastards.
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Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:54 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
ed wrote:I also started The Past is a Foreign Country. I think I might skim a bit. I am finding that my patience with books and movies is not what it was.

We have the 7 minute rule for tv/movies ... rivet me in that time or into the memory hole you go.
You mean The Go Between ?
You mentioned Tropic of Cancer, you cred is in the crapper.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:03 pm

Orwell liked Tropic of Cancer.

Wait a minute. I seem to recall ed doesn't fancy Umberto Eco. Case dismissed. :roll:


Speaking of which, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:05 pm

If you haven't read anything by Salman Rushdie yet, The Moor's Last Sigh is a good place to start.
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Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:11 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Orwell liked Tropic of Cancer.

Wait a minute. I seem to recall ed doesn't fancy Umberto Eco. Case dismissed. :roll:


Speaking of which, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
WOP authors are right out.
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Re: Recommend readings

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:11 pm

If science fiction isn't too nerdy for this hoity toity crowd ...

The Forever War, Joe Haldeman.

Make Room Make Room, Harry Harrison. Much better than the movie.

And some "mainstream" fiction from a writer better known for science fiction:

Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K Dick.
Spoiler:
The crazy UFO cultists really are just crazy.
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Post by Witness » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:31 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Tropic of Cancer by Arthur Miller.
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Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:33 pm

Not to be imported because of refined taste
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Post by ed » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:35 pm

I've mentioned this in other contexts but Richard Evans trilogy on Nazi Germany is really required reading.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:47 pm

Cyril Connolly is a much better writer than Arthur Miller.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:50 pm

Hey ed!

Ever read anything by Philip José Farmer?

I was real into that stuff in junior high. :oldman:
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