Does this book have some sort of literary merit, even if only on a pop level?
I know it's a fucking pickup book, but something about this really gripped me when I first read it. I don't know what it was exactly. But it really had that 'page turner' quality. I just wanted to read more and more.
The way he describes his moral dilemmas, his hopeless search for self esteem through sex, is interesting. It's also interesting reading about him getting pulled over by crooked cops in Eastern Europe. The whole 'project Hollywood' thing...
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I just read you are a little bit happier than i am, and the narrative voice is such a cunt.
His novels have to be better than this, right?
They really aren't. There's a small group of people here who jerk off to Tai Pei, but after reading Eee eeee Eee and Shoplifting From American Apparel, I'm convinced it can't possibly be worth reading even if it is "better" than those.
fitzgerald broke the fourth wall
Who are some good contemporary poets?
Can I get some writing, preferably non fiction resources? It's been about 5 years since I left school and I have no idea on the even the fundamentals of writings, wither in structure or even grammar.
It's really depressing that a man who barely finished primary and whose only qualification was an E on history can have more engaging writing about day to day things than I can come up with trying my damnedest.
This is false. Having a strong grasp of the fundamentals is key to developing a writing style. Most beginners do not even realize how many "rules" there are that affect their piece of composition.
You should check out The Elements of Style by William Strunk JR. and E.B. White. I never thought I'd look back 5 years after buying it for an intro English and say it was the most useful book on writing I had read. It's damn useful and dirt cheap.
How do you properly analyse a poem? What are some literary devices you can name-drop to get a better grade? I wrote 4 pages of an analysis of For my people and how it relates to injustice, problem is I was really sleepy on that day so I wrote half-assed and perhaps ironically. I said how the poem reflects on white supremacy. I think the people marking the exam may think I'm trolling. I basically explained the meanings behind certain lines in specific stanzas.
I just finished this masterpiece
But i just can't see the point of the very end
I get what Kririlows idea was about, camus made that very clear in myth of sysiphus, but what was Stawrogins motive to kill himself ?
In his final letter he claimed he could never kill himself because it would be just another of his lies.
So what does his suicide mean in the context of the book ?
Unfortunately, I can't quote because I read it in German, sorry about that.
Just ordered a few books from B&N. I live in South America, and they sent it through Asendia. Are they any good? Any experiences with them?
What is the best translation of Parmenides' "On Nature"?
The sources I'm finding online can differ drastically, and when I try to discern between them I find too many holes in an otherwise (fairly) concrete or cohesive understanding.
I swear to God, skimming the wikipedia article might be just as fruitful
>The Greek Daedalus built the labyrinth, a nearly impossible maze
>Stephen Dedalus (James Joyce) wrote ulysses and finnegans wake, two incredibly obtuse and puzzling novels
/lit/ what philosophy books can I read so that I may think and act more like Tyler durden? What would he have read? And what's a good chemistry book to read?
Is Chaucer the best poet since Shakespeare?
Which author do you think as the smartest fanbase? And while we're at it, which one has the dumbest? Gaddis fans seem pretty informed.
You'd kinda have to be at least slightly above average to actually appreciate Gaddis. I read a bit of The Recognitions and it's great so far but it has to be one of the most casually dense books I've ever seen.
What's the point of this book?
It shows to what extent morality is a arbitrary and a construct.
In the ilght of post-modernism, it isn't as ground-breaking as it was back in the day (of modernism).
It's well-written enough that you can enjoy it without foregrounding the philosophy though.