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What should I read?
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:30:48 PM »
I'm a little pretentious, so I like to be somewhat well read, but I don't have time to read every day. I've read many of the more accessible and popular classics. Though I've missed loads too.

I have a few audible credits I wan to use. (I say read; these days I generally listen while commuting)

A small selection of favorites: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Moby Dick, Catch 22, Frankenstein.

What would you recommend? (preferably that is on audible)

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 08:22:18 PM »
Don Quijote de La Mancha
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2016, 09:44:47 PM »
Don Quijote de La Mancha

In the original Spanish.
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2016, 11:40:25 PM »
If there's a pattern there it's first person period piece.
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2016, 09:15:21 PM »
Well I'm enjoying Dog of The south which is also first person period. Huh.

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 10:09:39 PM »
In about a week when I finish up my two current books I was going to do a "best of 2016" books thread.  Looks like you read a lot more classic fiction than I do though.

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 11:00:52 PM »
Machiavelli's "Discourse on the First Ten Books of Livy" extra pretension because you get to tell people how Machiavelli was really a republican not an autocrat.  Its also a remarkably good book about government in general. 

Polybius' the Rise of the Roman Republic, similar to the above.

Xenophon's Anabasis, it'll make you appreciate the last few episodes of Hard Core histor

All extraordinarily pretencious. 

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2016, 01:40:21 PM »
If you want pretentious, but also really good stuff, and you haven't read the Russians, I recommend them:

The Idiot and Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky;

War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy;

The Queen of Spades, a delightful short story by Pushkin.

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016, 03:07:43 PM »
Umberto Eco is fantastic, and as he has shed his mortal coil this year, it is timely.

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2017, 09:00:23 AM »
I'm a little pretentious, so I like to be somewhat well read, but I don't have time to read every day. I've read many of the more accessible and popular classics. Though I've missed loads too.

I have a few audible credits I wan to use. (I say read; these days I generally listen while commuting)

A small selection of favorites: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Moby Dick, Catch 22, Frankenstein.

What would you recommend? (preferably that is on audible)

This may seem like a dumb question on this forum but have you heard any of Hitchens' audiobooks?

It's cliché, and absolutely 100% already known here, but seriously, if you haven't read him in a while....the majesty of that guy's rhetoric cannot be understated.  I hadn't picked up any of his stuff in years, and then pulled Love, Poverty and War off the shelf.  Wow.
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 10:00:12 AM »
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2017, 02:07:20 AM »
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

Followed by the other two books of the series: Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne

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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2017, 02:59:58 AM »
I'll second Don Quixote... it's a helluva book to get through (length-wise), but really terrific. The humor and commentary on the state of things when written is incredible.

If you'd like a lighter option, I have to strongly, strongly suggest the book I'm currently on, A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett, which is a collection of articles and speeches from Pratchett, spanning his entire career. He compiled them, and wrote a note a bit of context to precede each; it was published about a year before his death. Full of wit and laughs, insights on being a writer, commentary on fantasy and sci-fi literature, and insights on philosophy and religion (especially from his very late career, knowing he was approaching death and doing so with very open eyes).
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2017, 12:02:28 PM »
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
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Re: What should I read?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2017, 12:06:05 PM »
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzhenitsyn is so, so, so, so riveting.

It's astounding to me that the Soviets even allowed the publication of the book.  It's such a damning picture of the Stalin-era Soviet gulag system.  I can't imagine something like that coming out of something like the North Korean regime....
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Well.  There it is.

 

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