Alright /lit/, long time lurker here, I finally want to get into proper literature. So, I have a bunch of books to choose from but i want a good first choice.
The choices are:
>The Karmazov Brothers
Worth noting i'm reading The Lotus Eaters, is it any good?
>goes to /lit/ just to validate himself as a pseudo-intellectual
>belittles and competes with other pseudo-intellectuals
>forces his subjective taste in books
What is the best strategy to start reading Middle English? I don't really see the value in a translation for a stage of English so similar to our own. Should I just sit down with a well-annotated edition of Chaucer and read until I get it? How should I approach texts like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight whose language is made more difficult by borrowing from Norse?
What you need to understand is that Middle English, all the way up until Chaucer, isn't really its own independent language so much as a clusterfuck of Anglo-Norman, French, German, Scandinavian, Latin and then further hindered by a lack of any established overarching grammatical rules. Even in reading the later works I would highly recommend either a grammar guide book or a Middle English dictionary through the internet.
While it does initially make the language seem like a meaningless transitory stage...
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Does anyone know either of these authors? (Mirko Jelusich and Ferdinand Kögl.) I'll read them eventually, just curious what I'm in for.
Also general German lit thread. Did anything come from that one Anon's German literature poll a week or two ago?
Is Tao lin's awkward way of speaking an affectation? Like he puts it on because people have convinced him that he's a special artist? It really annoys me a lot.
I have spoken to him several times in Brooklyn and Manhattan. That is how he talks. If you don't like, the solution is not to listen to him. It's not like he's on TV or radio all day. You have to seek him out to hear his voice. You are a fucking asshole.
Who else would love to fuck off and loaf about like Larry?
Postcolonial literature is the best re-writing of classic and modern literature.
I'm about to start reading the bible, but I'm not quite sure where to start. I'm reading mostly for cultural/literary/historical significance and I'm probably going to read stuff from both the old and new testaments. What do you guys think are the essential books to read?
I've already decided on the first 5 books of the Old Testament (Torah) but I'm not sure what else is super important. I've got the Apocrypha with me as well.
>I've already decided on the first 5 books of the Old Testament (Torah)
Those are the only ones I've read in full. I started off doing exactly what you are (and for the same purpose) late last year.
Bumping because I am interested as well.
I am assuming the whole New Testament since it's quite short.
Anybody here read this one? Would you recommend it?
why is this book praised so much? reading it was a chore desu
it's painfully american (muh individualism, muh society is bad, muh do what i want), but it was done in a very sympathetic way. the chief character narration was done very well and the book was fun to read.
it's praised because it captures a certain time period/attitude of american culture extremely well. few serious readers would laud it as a timeless global masterpiece, but it does what it does well.
More early furry shit?
why the fuck does it even exist? why would anyone read it? why is it necessary in modern western novel tradition?
It's like an Oscar's Speech. No one really cares, but it's there anyway. Although, everyone loosely pays attention to it, halfassedly, but so if something amazing happens they can catch it. Rarely ever happens though.
has anyone read the new Yann Martel book and know where I can get it for less than $20? Some punk already checked it out of the library.
Why do you act as if the judgement of art is objective? Why do you think you can get published if you're not living in New York or London and previously went to an Ivy League or Oxbridge university.
did you just look at recent threads to come up with an idea of the current userbase, then try to troll as many people as possible?
>no this is a real and literary thread :^)
here's your (you)
So I found this book for free and just finished it and I was wondering if you guys could help me figuring out why The Great Gatsby is such an acclaimed book, since many of you probably studied it in American Highschool.
I'm guessing it's notable for painting a picture of life in the 1920s, and the changing dynamic of love and marriage in the United States during the time period. Would that be a good assumption or not?
The other thing is what's the deal with the title? Why is Gatsby great? Is it some kind of anachronistic meaning of great like "Alexander the Great" or something? Or is it just because he's wealthy and shares his wealth freely with strangers and is an honest man but the jealousy of the people around him drags him down and
It's an interesting story with interesting characters and an extremely economical use of language for the kind of character and class portraits that it's able to make.
This thread is posted every week. Are people really expecting the book to be stellar because it's taught in high schools so much? It's taught so much because it's easy to read and short and good and American history.
I didn't say it was a bad book, I was just wondering why it's taught in American schools because I'm from Canada. I don't think Canada has a book like the Great Gatsby which is a shame because I like the simplicity of the story and the short length.