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9907331 No.9907331 [Reply] [Original]

Which book is perfect in your eyes, anon? Not just something you enjoyed, but something that's a full 10/10 for you.

If you can, suggest another book you think that fellow anon may also enjoy.

continuation from >>9877500

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>> No.9907451

john gardner's grendel. if you're into the idea of a monster wandering the scandinavian wilderness and monologuing about the insipidity of human life, there you go

>> No.9907475

The Secret Agent, definitely.

>> No.9907481

Tristam Shandy

>> No.9907579

I have that book sitting on my desk. I borrowed it from the library on a whim. Is it as good as the critic endorsements make it out?

>> No.9907584

Epic, foreboding, but also kind of hopeful? Made me think of Robinson Crusoe.

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9907306 No.9907306 [Reply] [Original]

Which has the better story?

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>> No.9907361


/lit/ is a Catholic board and has been since it's inception. Redditors need not apply. No migrants allowed.

>> No.9907448

100% this. NT is not story-oriented at all, and it's hard to appreciate it from a literary perspective since Jesus is literally a "can do absolutely no wrong" kind of character.

OT has tons of flawed protagonists, and even the proto-Jesus characters like David had genuine flaws or suspicious circumstances around their greatness.

>> No.9907497

Old Testament has funny stories. And Jesus is totally a bro.

>> No.9907530

>Mosh Steinbergowitzgreenbaum

>> No.9907589

Bible is a 50+ book mega series that is beyond epic and beautiful. Meanwhile the Quran is like a very shitty novella .

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9907231 No.9907231 [Reply] [Original]

What books do ya like to read

>> No.9907241
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i've only ever read philosophical texts out of my own volition

i think german idealism is cool

>> No.9907250

t. frogposter who shitposts in every thread about poetry
>yo poetry is for dumb people everyone can write a poem lol suck my dick yo

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9907228 No.9907228 [Reply] [Original]

Does someone has a scanned version of this book ?

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9907217 No.9907217 [Reply] [Original]

>you will never protect her from an early age
>you will never have her grow up, be completely devoted to her and impregnate her
>you will never have a lover as pure as her
Even though it's not as good as the first two books, and even though the romance is pretty mediocre, Raul's feelings and insecurities really hit me.

>> No.9907224

Endymion was a mistake

>dude I'm in love with a messiah who's literally cucking me with the entire cosmos lmao
>dude the Shrike getting beat up by a girl lmao

>> No.9907232

But she wasn't. She was completely faithful to him. She cucked him with his future-self in any case. It's Rachel whose the whore.
>cucks Melio with Kassad

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9907215 No.9907215 [Reply] [Original]

Let's say that I'm a 21 year old art forger from a dainty New England town who spends his days listening to Nick Drake and Stockhausen, smoking fish, gardening with his neighbours, and habitually creating a new form of literary prose. What sort of books would you recommend?

>> No.9907312

Robertson Davies' What's bred in the Bone- or why not the entire Cornish Trilogy? Clearly, youve got the time.

>> No.9907316

John the Posthumous by Jason Schwartz

>> No.9907321

>new england
nice try guy

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9907185 No.9907185 [Reply] [Original]

When I visit the public library, the largest section by far is the Mystery wall, which gets segregated from normal fantasy and fiction. Columns and columns of American authors with Italian surnames, but /lit/ never talks about them.

>> No.9907517

Essential geriatricore

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9907174 No.9907174 [Reply] [Original]

Guys can you help me decide what ooks to get rid of? I need to get rid of a lot of books.

First order of business. Do i need to keep any michael crichton books besides the jurrasic park ones? I have a billion.

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9907173 No.9907173 [Reply] [Original]

Janos Kodolanyi: Sons of Iron

A 1200 page historical epic about the life and times of IV. Béla, who rebuilt Hungary after the mongol invasion of Europe in the 13th century.
A magnificient and well-researched novel.
Sadly, I don't think it's available in english.

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English translation is ''Ancient Tillage'', by Raduan Nassar. There's other great Brazilian novels but this one is particularly neat.

/lit/ would love this book

>super dense, difficult and poetic prose
>is a lot about being a weirdo and a disappointment to your family
>the author is a reclusive mysterious figure who quit literature after writing 2 books
>it's also about incest

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9907172 No.9907172 [Reply] [Original]

What is your take on "show, don't tell"?

What does it mean?
Do you agree with it?
Who are some writers who "show" well, or poorly?
Who are some writers who "tell" well, or poorly?

Bonus points for citing passages.

>> No.9907204

My take is that "show, don't tell" means, instead of writing "John felt sad", you expand and unpack the "felt sad", to make the sad-feeling vital, palpable, real.

A lot of children's stories, as well as stories that are over 800 years old, tend to tell a lot more than more contemporary ones. For good examples of telling, folk tales, Dr Seuss, the narrative parts of the Bible.

Good examples of showing can be found in modernist fiction, though some people would say that some modernists go overboard. To The Lighthouse, imho, is an excellent example of showing, without showing too much.

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9907170 No.9907170 [Reply] [Original]

>tfw you study enough to realize that ~92% of what normalfags say about life is the truth
>tfw you realize that just being a generally solid dude with good moral values and a good social circle is worth infinitely more than any amount of interesting knowledge or intelligence

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>> No.9907245

I hate wise men because they are lazy, cowardly, and prudent. To the philosophers' equanimity, which makes them indifferent to both pleasure and pain, I prefer devouring passions. The sage knows neither the tragedy of passion, nor the fear of death, nor risk and enthusiasm, nor barbaric, grotesque, or sublime heroism. He talks in proverbs and gives advice. He does not live, feel, desire, wait for anything. He levels down all the incongruities of life and then suffers the consequences. So much more complex is the man who suffers from limitless anxiety. The wise man's life is empty and sterile, for it is free from contradiction and despair. An existence full of irreconcilable contradictions is so much richer and creative. The wise man's resignation springs from inner void, not inner fire. I would rather die of fire than of void.

>> No.9907290

Its normal to be self-conscious about such a tender post anon, the spelling won't matter to anyone else though.

My grandfather died a few days ago. He was in his 90s and had Alzheimers, and I regret, maybe too conceitedly, the way people in my family, loving as we were, treated him as a bit of an oaf and a fool. I can't imagine what it was like to live the life he did. He was so erudite and articulate before his dementia set in apparently, though I never really got to know him that way. All I knew was the silly old man who mumbled words, said embarrassing things and would close his eyes and conduct with his hands if you played classical music for him. I remember a framed sketch he had of Goethe, and all his busts and books of Churchill.

>> No.9907313

Thats what existentialism is all about. Its about action, not solid contemplation. Although thats not bad in of it self. But those rotten nihilist in their NEET solitude who in their existential depression do not see a purpose or point of life, you are not gonna find it in your books. You are gonna find it in your personal struggle in your personal life. Who knows what would have happened if you had taken upon your self the mission of sorting out your personal relationships and all that bad karma in your life that you are both the receiver and creator of and being a moral upstanding guy.

People are simple creatures with simple needs (although there are individual differences in temper and traits), and if you get your needs covered chances are that you are gonna be somewhat happy or at least content instead of bitter and depressed. If you as an animal can get resources, secure a mate, get some social status and all that, its gonna have positive effects on your hormonal and chemical systems and you are gonna feel good.

Get your shit in order in life and maybe its not that bad at all. The real challenge of life is not letting the shit get you corrupt and resentful. I wish someone would have told me this years ago.

>> No.9907347

nobody likes to hear excuses

>> No.9907503

>just being a generally solid dude with good moral values and a good social circle
that's all positively correlated with intelligence though.
if what you're saying is that intelligence (and some superficial understanding of philosophy, literature or whatever) ALONE isn't sufficient for living a good life then yeah, this is obviously the case.

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9907159 No.9907159 [DELETED]  [Reply] [Original]

How will Roman Catholics ever recover?

>> No.9907342

OP, do you have the "virgin religion vs chad spirituality" edition of this meme? It's similar to this

>> No.9907349

Kill yourselves

>> No.9907382

Shut up bitch

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9907122 No.9907122 [Reply] [Original]

Hey /Lit/izens I need to write a report. Can you help me think of a topic.
I think I may right about the board on this very imageboard known as r9k.

Is this a lit approved topic or not?

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>tfw so bitter I seriously contemplated vandalism of a normie looking person's property
>tfw look at Reddit forever alone and see bluepill advice for ugly beta males and can't even bear to rage-read anything, just close the tabs
>similarly with other bluepill advice Google results
>go to gym in late evening and on the way see normies younger than me at clubs, living the life I'll never have
>feel like every hobby consists of a hierarchy to be forced to work in
>the entire economy requires looks, social skills, extroversion, and networking to succeed in- none of which I am capable of due to being an ugly beta loser

My spirit is crushed. I only read books in case people call me a pleb. I only go to the gym to avoid fatness. Everything is a chore. Conmen, snake oil salesmen, people laughing at me etc are everywhere. I've never had female attention even at the age of 26. I am blackpilled.

Putting in no effort at work is currently my main pleasure.

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>> No.9907269

Try the Pickwick Papers

>> No.9907274

>stay celibate for 7 years only to emerge on the scene a stable, emotionally healthy adult who is ready for love

>> No.9907284

when i said wait, i didn't literally mean sit on your ass for 7 years

>> No.9907285

It's actually easier than you think

Get good at something, become a tutor, pick up younger uncorrupted qt's and shape them into your waifu

Also look good

If you don't then suck a fuck

>> No.9907301

>? would you date your betamax ass i
This is a retarded cop out, though, only used by persons who actually have to try desperately hard to get laid, which is not far above being a virgin imo.

The fact is that the two sexes are constituted differently and, therefore, societal checks are necessary to maintain a balance between the virtues and vices of them. In a too male society, women are treated as second rate men and their rights are abridged. In a too female society, men are thrust into an anarchic competition for female attention and what ensues is the degeneration of romantic love into lust at worst and mere practical compromise at best.

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9907109 No.9907109 [Reply] [Original]

what is your favorite collection of short stories and please explain why

>> No.9907114

Despite that it's fairly base and plebian by /lit/'s standards, Bad Behaviour, by Mary Gaitskill, cuts deep into dysfunctional relationships in 80s America, with grace, power and depth that I've not seen anywhere else.
Also: depictions of BDSM relationships that do not glorify or demonize.

>> No.9907127

The characters in Dubliners are more real than most people I know.

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9907105 No.9907105 [Reply] [Original]

>"'I challenge all of you, now, you atheists: how are you going to save the world and where are you going to find a proper path for it? You, men of science, of industry, cooperative associations, fair wages, and all that? How are you going to do it? With credit? What is credit? Where will credit take you?'"

Well, atheists?

>> No.9907566

The Idiot is probably the most under-appreciated Dostoevsky novel

>> No.9907569

nothing matters bro so have to make everyone at comfortable as possible and you do that with profit

>> No.9907608

Holy fuck, I'm into slave morality now!

>> No.9907620

Believing in the myth of progress is the new slave morality though...

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9907081 No.9907081 [Reply] [Original]

Is absolute spirit a real thing?

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I am just interested about your opinions on this subject. So I will put some art to up the thread, if you don't mind. Btw English is my foreign language.

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Actually my own opinion is that the edge between real things and illusions is very subtle. So you can say, that there is the great world behind your room, but in the same time the same great world is inside the same room.

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I have almost nothing to do so bump.

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9907059 No.9907059 [Reply] [Original]

The old thread got archived.

Let's post our recent acquisitions and stacks. Here are my recent buys in the language of Pear Shaker.

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Here are my most recent stacks

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Being and time is kino, also not nearly as hard as people make out.
If for some reason you know french, pick up en entant Godot, i think the humor rings through a bit better in that.

My current stack, it's about 3/4 finished.

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If pursuing one's personal happiness is the most worthwhile thing one can do (this also applies to morals as those who follow their morals do so ultimately so they don't feel awful about themselves thus still pursuing their own happiness) ,is just getting addicted to hard drugs where nothing else matters and morals disappear the most worthwhile thing one can do?

>> No.9907058

If hard drugs make you happy, yeah.

>> No.9907083

hard drugs can't and won't make you happy

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9907034 No.9907034 [Reply] [Original]

Sup /lit/, I've a made a companion to the Bible charts for Quran translations, since there seems to be interest but not much knowledge.

Hope you guys find it useful.

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Shit, that file size is stupid. Have a lightweight jpg.

>> No.9907072

What are the major differences between the denominational editions? The text is the same but the notes are different?

>> No.9907103

The Shiite and Salafi translations rely heavily on commentaries from their respective traditions to translate the meaning. But the biggest difference is the notes, the Shia one has notes on Shiite doctrine and observance and biased notes on Islamic history. The Salafi one is similarly biased, but towards Salafism of course. The notes of the Sufi translation reflect more mystical interpretations though the translation itself is relatively non-biased.

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