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  • #71
    Loose:
    "Life is elsewhere" (Kundera) was good. It's not his best novel. If you're fond of Kundera, go ahead. He's a master in making you feel as pitiful as the characters

    Just finished "The art of being always right" (Shopenhauer). Very good, but discussion about dialectic were sometimes difficult. Very interesting and still funny.

    Trying to read "the house of mirth" now. I have been two years i borrowed this book to a friend.
    "C'était un des principes fondamentaux de la doctrine Gradgrind que toute chose devait être payée. Personne ne devait jamais, en aucun cas, rien donner à qui que ce fût sans compensation. La gratitude devait être abolie et les bienfaits qui en découlent n'avaient aucune raison d'être. Chaque pouce de l'existence des humains, depuis la naissance jusqu'à la mort, devait être un marché réglé comptant. Et s'il était impossible de gagner le ciel de cette façon, cela signifiait que le ciel n'était pas un lieu régi par l'économie politique et que l'on n'avait rien à y faire."
    - D.i.c.k.e.n.s., "Temps Difficiles", 1854.

    ... stupid words filter. xxxxens is an author!!!

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    • #72
      I'm reading..... Mrs. Dalloway now... Having seen the movie The Hours, I must say I am not surprised that the movie was so boring... the book is even worse.. i mean, come on... one book on one friggin day??!?! I hate Virginia Woolf's writings. But anileve will disagree and call me a misogynist.
      I disagree.

      "Moment of terror is the beginning of life." - ?

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      • #73
        Originally posted by Dan I'm reading..... Mrs. Dalloway now... Having seen the movie The Hours, I must say I am not surprised that the movie was so boring... the book is even worse.. i mean, come on... one book on one friggin day??!?! I hate Virginia Woolf's writings.
        If you start a book and find it to be a terrible bore (in your opinion) do you go on reading it so you can finish and see if it gets any better, or do you just drop it and pick up another?
        The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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        • #74
          I try to finish it.... I do my best. but having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), it's a little hard for me to do that. so unless i absolutely have to read it for class (being an English Literature major... ), sometimes i just stop reading the book, even if i'm halfway through or almost done. i did that with the Scarlet letter and then picked up the book a year later and continued from where i had left.

          but if a book is boring till halfway through, chances are, it won't get any better.. lol.. which is the case with this book i'm reading.
          I disagree.

          "Moment of terror is the beginning of life." - ?

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          • #75
            ive been so lazy with reading lately, anybody have any good books they can recommend.
            "If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained twice, they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again."- Goodfellas

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            • #76
              Originally posted by dstyle ive been so lazy with reading lately, anybody have any good books they can recommend.
              Too lazy to read some of these posts ?
              "C'était un des principes fondamentaux de la doctrine Gradgrind que toute chose devait être payée. Personne ne devait jamais, en aucun cas, rien donner à qui que ce fût sans compensation. La gratitude devait être abolie et les bienfaits qui en découlent n'avaient aucune raison d'être. Chaque pouce de l'existence des humains, depuis la naissance jusqu'à la mort, devait être un marché réglé comptant. Et s'il était impossible de gagner le ciel de cette façon, cela signifiait que le ciel n'était pas un lieu régi par l'économie politique et que l'on n'avait rien à y faire."
              - D.i.c.k.e.n.s., "Temps Difficiles", 1854.

              ... stupid words filter. xxxxens is an author!!!

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              • #77
                ya that 2 lol
                "If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained twice, they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again."- Goodfellas

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                • #78
                  Originally posted by dstyle ive been so lazy with reading lately, anybody have any good books they can recommend.
                  I recommend Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, if you're up to that sorta reading.

                  What genres do you like?

                  Read some of Kurt Vonnegut Jr's books. Slaughterhouse-Five is good (sorta weird though). His Mother Night is good too. And his Bluebeard is the "autobiography" of an Armenian. Haven't read it yet, but when I have the time, I will. Also his book "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian" (haven't read that one either, but own the e-book).

                  Or read Catch-22 or Fahrenheit 451.
                  I disagree.

                  "Moment of terror is the beginning of life." - ?

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                  • #79
                    Originally posted by Dan I try to finish it.... I do my best. but having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), it's a little hard for me to do that. so unless i absolutely have to read it for class (being an English Literature major... ), sometimes i just stop reading the book, even if i'm halfway through or almost done. i did that with the Scarlet letter and then picked up the book a year later and continued from where i had left.

                    but if a book is boring till halfway through, chances are, it won't get any better.. lol.. which is the case with this book i'm reading.
                    I've done the put it down pick it up a loooong time later with books... Sometimes If I find a book to be too tedious or otherwise unnecessarily boring I'll not read it until quite a while later, even if I am already halfway through. Sometimes it seems to be better the next time I pick it up. I can't imagine reading something so bland would be easy withh any kind of attention issues. sorry! Anyway I'm glad then I am not doing any required reading for an english major or something, although somtimes reading scientific texts gets to be quite monotonous and repetative, not to mention boring.

                    A little while back I was having a 'love affair' with Russian literature... I only wish I knew Russian enough so I could actually read these brilliant works the way they were meant to be read (instead of setting for the English translation)... On top of my list: De Sade, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche (I recently finished: Thus Spake Zarathustra, it's pretty GREAT), Tolstoy, and Pushkin. Damn those Russian names kill me. Why does ONE person need to be referred to four or five different ways in the same book??
                    Last edited by ckBejug; 02-19-2004, 02:25 PM.
                    The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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                    • #80
                      Originally posted by Dan Read some of Kurt Vonnegut Jr's books. Slaughterhouse-Five is good (sorta weird though). His Mother Night is good too. And his Bluebeard is the "autobiography" of an Armenian. Haven't read it yet, but when I have the time, I will. Also his book "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian" (haven't read that one either, but own the e-book).
                      Have you read Cat's Cradle or Galapagos?
                      The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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