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Old 01-23-2018, 06:45 PM
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Okay. There are too many books in the library. I'd like to start an official thread of books that you've come across and wanted to read but have yet to get around to due to life.

So I'll start with a funny thing Amazon suggested after I mentioned The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle and it brought me to a book I'd seen in a book store and wanted to purchase but did not and forgot about. The Bear Went Over The Mountain by William Kotzwinkle

I bet I'd enjoy it terribly, but I've yet to read it.

What books have you been meaning to read and have not gotten around to yet? Perhaps someone else has read it and we can ..not spoil it but share if it was worth reading.

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War and Peace. I've gotten half way through it once, but wish I could read it all.
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That's a long one. I've not yet and might not for a couple decades longer. Reminds me of another, A Peoples History of the U.S. by Howard Zinn. I've got that in a box under the bed or in a barn or somewhere not in front of me --
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Ulysses

Read pieces of it.

Quite textured and rather twisty to my eye.
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Oh yes, and let us not overlook Pound's Cantos.

Bought this book.

Used to read parts of it (the guy writes some of it in Chinese Ideographs - aw, c'mon!).
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Oh yes, and let us not overlook Pound's Cantos.

Bought this book.

Used to read parts of it (the guy writes some of it in Chinese Ideographs - aw, c'mon!).


Hyep.

Finnegans Wake is the one I canít finish. Its like another intellectual planet. Or, universe.


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Being and Nothingness. A chapter or two of that and you will want to beat the id out of someone.

It soooo sucks.
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Oh, do read it! Mine was half eaten by my dog but still a great read.

Needful Things. Stephen King and I are in a difficult relationship. I read about 1/2 of the book and got annoyed.
War and Peace. I will do it, some day. Perhaps.
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I'm starting Crime and Punishment for about the twelfth time. Let's see if I can go all the way this time.
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I'm starting Crime and Punishment for about the twelfth time. Let's see if I can go all the way this time.


Iím always disappointed in the last section of that book, but until then I couldnít put it down.


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The Brothers Karamozov.

Another is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I've tried a couple times, and I want to finish it, I just... can't.
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Read it! Beats the Heller out of Crime and Punishment. Not only is it one of the funniest books, like, ever, but it's a generational/cultural icon; the key to how we old radicals think of the establishment.
Of course, then you'll have to read Closing Time and Something Happened. Worth the bother.

To anyone who thinks they ought to read the 19th century Russian or French novelists:
No, you don't have to. You might enjoy them... or you might be tempted to slit your wrists; either way, you're expected to invest a lot of time for very little reward.
If you want the flavour of the period, go to the English ones. Vanity Fair and Mayor of Casterbridge are a lot more fun. If you want to do literary penance, wade through Of Human Bondage....

I did read War and Peace, dropped those crazy Karamazov brothers on their head after Chapter 2; rather enjoyed Doctor Zhivago in a morbid sort of way, struggled through The Black and the Red, threw Madam Bovary against the wall and didn't even open Remembrance of Things Past - because by then I realized that I don't owe anybody anything.

I read what I like.

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If you read only one piece of 19th century Russian literature make it Gogol's 'The Overcoat'. Utterly wicked from beginning to end.

There's a passage in Anna Karenin which I have never forgotten, when just after her 'transgression' Anna senses how her fate is irrevocably sealed. It's so mercilessly acute. To this day it remains the most terrifying thing I've read.
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("...if you can't find the time to read certain books, then why not try them as an audiobook instead..." mentioned the goblin in passing then adding "...most of those that have been mentioned above I first saw on youtube or elsewhere as an audiobook...", and although the goblin didn't exactly recommend being ill, he did know that one of the best times to listen to an audiobook was when stuck in bed convalescing, relating "...yesterday, I listened to "the innocent mage" without straining my eyes, next I'll listen to "catch 22" I guess, simply it's great to be able to drive or do those chores or slumber in bed with a book playing in the background...")
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Believe it or not, I've never read the Harry Potter series (yet).
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Believe it or not, I've never read the Harry Potter series (yet).


You didnít miss much. I read them to my children (the first two). Fun in that context, but they donít make the top 1000 list for me otherwise.
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