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I need a new book.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by imwjl, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. geoff_in_nc

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    I read it as a teen in the late 70s. It started my infatuation with all things Japanese (except anime), and is why I took 2 years of Japanese language in college.
     
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    "Dangerous and irresponsible"

    What does that mean, if anything?
     
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    Several of my favorites: Iliad, Odyssey, Moby Dick, and Madam Bovary. Now that I have impressed everyone :lol: I also have read most of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Fun but somewhat predictable.
     
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    Consider Cortazar’s novel “Hopscotch” (Rayuela); you can read it in varying order of the chapters which make different stories.
     
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    Have you tried Bill Bryson? Fun, funny, smart stuff.
    • A Short History of Nearly Everything
    • A Walk in the Woods
    • Home
    • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
    If you want fiction, an anthology of short stories can be very useful. You can browse around and then look further into authors you like.

    If you want eloquently thoughtful personal narrative-type essays on human nature and nature, Loren Eiseley is great:
    • All the Strange Hours
    • The Night County
    • The Star Thrower
     
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    It's fiction - so possibly not your thing, but I absolutely loved Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth". That one stuck with me for some reason.
     
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    Impossible to pick one book. but if I were to ask myself what my one desert island book would be, I would first try to cheat, frankly, by choosing the complete works of Shakespeare or Goethe, but that's not playing by the rules, so the single book would be Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. It really is a mountain of a book - it's a struggle to climb it - but I think it's the most brilliant novel ever written. I have reread it every few years for the past 40 years. I see more deeply into all sorts of things every time I read it, or so it seems to me.

    If it weren't so short (and dark) I'd consider Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy, which is in the running for the greatest American novel of the 20th century. (an opinionated s.o.b, eh?)

    If I could get it past the rulebound types, I might try for Will and Ariel Durant's Story of Civilization - 11 volumes, 10,000 pages - which is an education unto itself. No need to pay some gaggle of perfessers, woke to the point of being brain-dead, to educate that kid: just make him read Will and Ariel three times through.

    If I were to choose a book for sheer deep pleasure it would be Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, which I really do consider a (vast) single novel. I've reread all 22 books several times. Each time is like an extended trip to another world. It's Jane Austin - O'Brians favorite writer - for the tesosterone crowd. The people in that world are real. You come to know them. Unless you're determined to read them in order, I would start with Thr AMauritius Command, which is a heartbreakingly brilliant character study (of Lord Clonfort). It's an intense pleasure that book.

    If it had to be poems - and why not? - that's easy: the Complete Works of Wallace Stevens.
     
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    I just finished "Spying on the South". (Horowitz) Very interesting book.

    Before the Civil War a guy named Olmstead toured from Virginia to SW Texas spending like 3 years. He wrote articles about it for a NY newspaper.

    This author of "Spying on the South" follows his route by similar means: river boat, horseback, train etc and compares today, 170 years later, to back then. Very interesting from a "people" standpoint, but also from a nature perspective. Surprisingly SW Texas is some of the most interesting stuff.
    BTW; the original writer Olmstead ended up being the designer of Central Park later in life!

    Other good books I've read recently:
    The Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead
    Night- Elie Wiesel
    Backroads- Tawni O’Dell
    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle- David Wroblewski
    White Oleander- Janet Fitch
    Black and Blue- Anna Quindlen
    The Storyteller- Jody Picoult
    Bright’s Passage- Josh Ritter
    The Book of Koli
    Shantaram
    I Know This Much is True
    anything Barbara Kingsolver
     
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    I always wanted to read Magic Mountain, and you just reminded me. Thanks!
     
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    I remember driving by 542 East Parkway South in Memphis as a young man’s monocular violating Salinger shrubbery, perhaps hoping to charge legal pad ponderings with empirical truth I had not lived long enough to earn.
     
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    My sister earned her PHD in neuroscience and every so often we lock horns on the pronunciation of “data.” If academia is the penultimate latch on the Skinnerian box of market volatility, then why was I the one painting the walls of her house before the Lehman collapse?
     
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    Tales of the Otori (trilogy)- Lian Hearn
    Frankenstein (My favourite of what you would call classics)
    Anything by Philip K Dick
     
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    I used to wander through musty roledexes of sport-coats on the thrift store floor, peeling out to leak-ceiling mirrors and sandalwood mantels, perhaps to step into someone else’s sadness.

    Of course, I didn’t own a hand steamer, so as the lights of the stage married with the pits of my pretension, I smelled that which I shouldn’t, the audience saw that which I wasn’t.

    A pillowcase and Woolite can get you a ticket on the train, but other people’s ideas can land you in great and unnecessary peril.
     
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    I wish I still had a few of my treasures. Ended up popping the trunk for some goatee scratchers who couldn’t possibly appreciate the sacrilege of my page notes. Still, for some reason I kept this one.
     
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    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

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    My brother would tell me about Ignatius, I never read it but he loved it.
     
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    I see what you mean...
    You, sir, are a great writer, and it sounds like you’ve got some ideas of your own.
    Good fiction helps us to think critically about the real world and reminds us of humanity; things we need far more of, these days.
     
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    Frankenstein is outstanding!
     
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