Agreed. There's always some "laugh out loud" moments for me when I read Kafka. I find some of his stuff absurdly funny.While the allegories are interesting to reflect on, I've always loved how fun it is more than anything.
I command you to read Hamlet, The World as Will and Representation and David Copperfield/Great Expectations/Our Mutual Friend! I would just buy a cheap compendium of Schopenhauer essays and savor that for about a month. To the extent to which you consider the Brother's K an adventure book, I have more latitude in my other recommendations. Perhaps, on the Classics side, you would enjoy some sillier Faulkner like Sanctuary, and, on the postmodern front, you might do worse than William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, William Gaddis, Thomas Phynchon, Vladimir Nabokov and even Stephen King. I would read The Dark Half, The Stand, Pet Sematary, The Dark Tower series, The Shining and It if you want to get into King's darker and more entertaining stuff. Rage, The Long Walk and The Running Man are great, but definitely flawed and pessimistic, King books written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. This is sounding fanboyish but I feel King is an exceptional storyteller, a competent enough writer and entertaining as hell. Your mileage may vary. My verdict: read the Dark Tower series first!Strangely enough, I'm only reading one book these days, The brothers karamazov, and I'm reaching the end. Not sure what I'll continue with afterwards, but I feel like reading some good, classic, adventure type books. I have never read any Charles Dickens for instance (yeah, I know). Do anyone have any recommendations? Would be nice with a list of classics "everyone should have read". Also, if you could read only one, just one, Shakespeare work, what would it be?
Any recommendations on schopenhauer would be great as well. Thus far I've only read "on human nature", I believe. I like his way of writing. Very colorful
Faulkner has more aesthetic sense than Shakespeare.Just finished On The Road. I don't think I hate it, but I thing I solidly prefer Ginsberg and Faulkner. I need to process this book more, but I think my main problem was how Dean Moriarty was the whole expedition, and you don't figure that out until the end of the book. Sal is not as stoic as his compatriots would like to think, and is far too empathetic.
Eraboration Edeet:Just finished On The Road. I don't think I hate it, but I thing I solidly prefer Ginsberg and Faulkner. I need to process this book more, but I think my main problem was how Dean Moriarty was the whole expedition, and you don't figure that out until the end of the book. Sal is not as stoic as his compatriots would like to think, and is far too empathetic.
Let me know how that Jung book turns out. That was on my reading list last year but I somehow failed to scratch her off. I wish I could employ The Matrix strategy of uploading information...Bioschock: Rapture. It started out great, but has slowed down a bit. I hope it picks back up.
I'm also reading Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung. It's a thick read. There's a lot to digest.