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Old 01-14-07, 11:50 AM
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^the Unconsoled is my favourite by Ishiguru^
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Old 01-14-07, 12:25 PM
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I will definitely have to check this out. I hadn't read anything by him before... I really liked the premise for the book, and the story itself was really nice - I just found some of the narration a little too precious.
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Old 01-14-07, 12:49 PM
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His narratives are usually deliberatley vague, to imitate the confusion of the protagonist. His style is kinda like Kafka's "the Trial", taken to the extreme.
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Old 01-14-07, 02:06 PM
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Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep;" for a Jewish-American Lit class. Pretty depressing coming-of-age story
of a young Jewish immigrant boy in New York in the 30's. Think I'm gonna drop the class though.
One requirement is a twenty-minute oral presentation. I hate oral presentations unless I'm trying to
sell a used car or some ****.
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i read "call it sleep" about 4 years ago. it was ok, but nothing special.
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Old 01-14-07, 02:11 PM
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I just finished Rosalind Franklin & DNA by Anne Sayre and The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills. Brilliant! Just about to start The Van by Roddy Doyle.
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Old 01-14-07, 03:58 PM
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Im re-reading The Iliad by Homer.

On my book shelf at work I have The Odessey, The Aeneid, White Oleander, and The Great Gatsby <--- My personal favorite.

Other books I want/plan to add: Atlas Shrugged and The Life of Pi

But, due to my spring semester beginning tuesday, i might not be able to read all of the books that I planned.
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Old 01-14-07, 05:10 PM
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Old 01-14-07, 05:37 PM
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i couldn't understand what the deal was with the great gatsby? on the other hand, i couldn't put life of pi down!
i just borrowed brave new world because i figured it was about time i read it. i also borrowed a version of tao te ching and am slowly reading through the introduction; not a subject i have significant knowledge of.
i just finished a quasi-biography of marie antionette (had nothing to do with the recent movie, just a coincidence), which is another subject i don't know a lot about. kinda interesting how it related to current events. i either borrow books or buy them at yard sales/second hand stores, so i don't usually make a "book list", just whatever the universe decides to throw at me...
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Old 01-14-07, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Terror_in_pink
Foucault "this is not a pipe"
into the non-affirmatives?
is your painting no longer going to be affirming, in any form?

Originally Posted by zippered
i couldn't understand what the deal was with the great gatsby?
really? how so?
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Old 01-14-07, 06:50 PM
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i am trying to recall exactly what my impressions are based on. it's been several months since i read it, and i've read a fair number of books since then. perhaps my expectations were too high because i had heard so many people refer to it? i remember feeling very indifferent to the characters. it seemed like the author was trying to allude to something, but was being purposely vague. maybe i missed somthing, maybe i just couldn't care about a bunch of rich folk with too much time on their hands? to each's own, i guess!
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i'm in the middle of caulfield's nyc adventure.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:22 PM
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Somehow I managed to get to 30 without reading Black Like Me. Just read it. Love.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:27 PM
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comic books lots of comic books
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Originally Posted by zippered
i couldn't understand what the deal was with the great gatsby?
i just borrowed brave new world
i DESPISED the great gatsby. that and catcher and the rye are the two books i hate most. i'd rather read moby dick again (which i actually have to this coming semester).

brave new world is an amazing book.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 3MTA3
i'm in the middle of caulfield's nyc adventure.

one of my favorite books as far as literature goes, i've read the catcher in the rye 3 or 4 times and my reaction to holden is different every time. as far as current, I just picked up a bunch of random sci-fi books while I'm waiting for william gibson's new book to come out.
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Old 01-14-07, 07:56 PM
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On the night stand:
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Ruined Map by Kobo Abe
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The History of Salt by Mark Kurlansky

Quite a few Haruki Murakami fans on the board. I read Hard Boiled Wonder Land and the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and liked them, so I will have to find the others mentioned.
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Old 01-14-07, 08:07 PM
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Just finished "Mary" by Vladimir Nabokov. I've been hooked on his books for a few months.
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Old 01-14-07, 08:11 PM
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I'm reading Noam Chomsky's "Understanding Power" and I must say it is an eye opener.
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Old 01-14-07, 09:32 PM
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in the middle of:



reading for school



favorites:





too many booooks.....
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Old 01-14-07, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by 3MTA3
i'm in the middle of caulfield's nyc adventure.
Franny and Zooey is my all time favourite book ever. And I'm not one to declare favourites.
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Old 01-14-07, 09:47 PM
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i love both of those.... each show completely different but true sides to the outdoors.
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P.S. if you don't know who Richard J. Mackin is.... i beg of you.... please go read something by him.... right now
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Old 01-14-07, 10:00 PM
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I just finished Capote's "In Cold Blood" which tore me to pieces; working on Oscar Wilde's "Picture of Dorian Gray" for a lighter read.
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Old 01-14-07, 11:49 PM
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i just read some stuff by a portland (i think) author named elizabeth ellen, and it blew me away. try to find some if y'all can. her style's a little...maybe between hemingway and raymond carver, but more...soulful. i dunno. intense ****.
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Old 01-15-07, 07:57 AM
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just finished: the omnivore's dilemma by michael pollan. It was well written, thought provoking (I would often stop reading to think about what I just read) and had a ton, a ton, of information about four food chains: industrial, industrial organic, sustainable local/beyond organic and hunter/gatherer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is socially conscious and likes food (even if you aren't necessarily an omnivore).
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