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Old 02-12-2008, 12:50 PM   #16
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now?

Same advice I gave to Shun: make sure you've read the Odyssey before getting onto Ulysses (if you haven't done so already). I'd start with Dubliners before the big books... can't say I reccomend Portrait in any way, but I guess it's one of those books you "must" read. (easily the worst thing Joyce ever wrote, imo).
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:30 PM   #17
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Does no one read books just to enjoy them anymore? Do you have to analyse what the author may or may not be saying?

*sigh*

For all you intellectumals you are hereby required to read Asterix & Obelix.

Pardon me for being low brow. Fucking bastards.

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Old 02-12-2008, 05:02 PM   #18
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I've started reading the Popul Vuh. I'm in Advanced Video Production this semester and haven't really been struck by any ideas. Thought Mayan mythology/science might help fuel the engines.

Got Irigaray's I Love to You on the table...just finished Kundera's Identity, which while always penned nicely, was a big MEH at the end, but I liked his cynical thoughts on friendship. The narcissism in everything. Just finished Ryu Murakami's Piercing as well.

Lately I've been bogged down by my required Geology class though, which I need to graduate sooo...

Recently my passion for Alan Moore has reemerged, so I think I'll be getting my hands on a copy of From Hell for a reread...
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:20 PM   #19
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Woo hoo! For some reason I'm really curious to hear the thoughts of an Asian on this seminal Western text. Please do share your thoughts as you go through, Shun.
I'm actually on book IV now. Got the verse version just as you recommended. It's Allen Mandelbaum's translation, to be exact, and he did such a fine job on it. There's also a Glossary at the back in case I get confused will all those Greek names. And it only costs $5. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

And of course, I'm liking it a lot. I think I just might want to read a few poems after this. More thoughts to come once I'm done.
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:27 PM   #20
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Does no one read books just to enjoy them anymore? Do you have to analyse what the author may or may not be saying?
Oh, I do read just for fun every now and then. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, for one, delivered on the fun part too well that I just might want to analyze the author.

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Old 02-12-2008, 08:15 PM   #21
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I'm actually on book IV now. Got the verse version just as you recommended. It's Allen Mandelbaum's translation, to be exact, and he did such a fine job on it. There's also a Glossary at the back in case I get confused will all those Greek names. And it only costs $5. Pretty sweet if you ask me.
For 5$ it's an absolute bargain. Most editions of ancient epics come at more than three times that price.

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Don't know if you'll be up for more poems once you're done with book 24. But feel free to ask, I'd be happy to address you if the kind of poetry falls within my branch of specialisation.
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For all you intellectumals you are hereby required to read Asterix & Obelix.

Pardon me for being low brow. Fucking bastards.
LOVE. EVERYTHING. ABOUT. ASTERIX. (except the mistreatment of the Romans. Guess that's the backlash for occupying them for sixhundred years - they're STILL pissed off about it).

But what about Tintin?
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:00 PM   #23
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LOVE. EVERYTHING. ABOUT. ASTERIX.
As well you should They make exellent bathroom readers.

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Wouldn't you be? I'm wondering if in a thousand years there will be an Iraqi Asterix & Obelix.

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Tintin is in another category though, its not nearly as funny as Asterix. I read them both growing up, but Asterix is the one I keep going back to. Tintin was always my second choice if I couldn't get Asterix.

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Tintin is in another category though, its not nearly as funny as Asterix. I read them both growing up, but Asterix is the one I keep going back to. Tintin was always my second choice if I couldn't get Asterix.
Other way round for me. And I think Haddock is every bit as funny as anything in Asterix. The geographical and historical accuracy of Tintin's (later) stories also add an extra level of depth to me, but then that's all subjective (and it probably still goes back to that thing about the Romans).
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Same advice I gave to Shun: make sure you've read the Odyssey before getting onto Ulysses (if you haven't done so already). I'd start with Dubliners before the big books... can't say I reccomend Portrait in any way, but I guess it's one of those books you "must" read. (easily the worst thing Joyce ever wrote, imo).
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Try to read 'Portrait'(and Dubliners too, if you want) before Ulysses. It's better than what AVP would have one believe(but I won't say why due to spoilers and such). It probably is the worst thing he's wrote--other than individual short stories--but saying it's 'the worst' gives the wrong impression: it's a hell of a lot better than most stuff.

My readings have ftapered off; funny story really(which doesn't need to be told). Anyways, I plan on starting up Snow Country soon. 1000 Cranes was cool, so I have high hopes.
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I am currently reading Silk, by Alessandro Baricco. This guy is incredible - in my opinion, one of Europe's most important contemporary voices. So much so that I've decided to write my Masters degree thesis on him.

Anyone interested in checking him out, Ocean Sea is his best novel translated in english, imo. Very unconventional writing - go into it with an open mind.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:43 PM   #27
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My God, how long is it since I last posted here?

Anyway, I'm currently reading a bunch of sci-fi novellas. As for books I've just finished, Odyssey and Ulysses.

You can read my reactions of it on this blog post.
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:44 AM   #28
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I'm currently reading "The power of Now" great book!!
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:31 PM   #29
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My God, how long is it since I last posted here?

Anyway, I'm currently reading a bunch of sci-fi novellas. As for books I've just finished, Odyssey and Ulysses.

You can read my reactions of it on this blog post.
The androgyny (sp?) of the Odyssey is indisputable... the Greeks were a patriarchal society and there's actually much worse texts going around (the Orestea... *shudders*). I don't know about the idealism though. Greek epics, as most epics, are about a golden age and are supposed to represent a better world. Greek heroes, in this sense, are naturally archetypal, since they're supposed to function as moral guides for men of the present. It might not make for a story-telling experience quite as engaging as a contemporary novel, but then, it wasn't written for contemporary readers.

Doubt you'd like the Iliad, given your reactions. Might enjoy the Aeneid though. Also, well done on joining the circle of pretentious wankers who have read Ulysses.
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:44 PM   #30
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Greek epics, as most epics, are about a golden age and are supposed to represent a better world. Greek heroes, in this sense, are naturally archetypal, since they're supposed to function as moral guides for men of the present. It might not make for a story-telling experience quite as engaging as a contemporary novel, but then, it wasn't written for contemporary readers.
That's an interesting theory you got there. Personally, I haven't read a lot of epics, but the one I'm quite familiar with, which is Journey to the West (which I definitely recommend, especially if you want to understand some part of Eastern culture), isn't quite as idealistic as heroes from Odyssey. Sure, the four main characters have superpowers, but each of them has their own weaknesses. Son Goku is too impatient. Cho Hakkai is a hedonist. Sa Gojo is hideous. And Sanzo has no superpower at all.

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Doubt you'd like the Iliad, given your reactions. Might enjoy the Aeneid though. Also, well done on joining the circle of pretentious wankers who have read Ulysses.
Well, since I do have the Iliad, I might as well dust it off my shelf soon and read it. I'll probably roll my eyes on its many parts, but I doubt I'll hate it. And thanks for the congratulations. I feel... expanded!
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