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Old 15th-January-2016, 01:35 AM   #51
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Godel Escher Bach. Didn't finish it, but maybe someday.
Read that a bit ago. Unfortunately it doesn't end up tying anything together really.

Besides some dense Jung stuff, dense philosophy stuff,

I'd probably agree with others in math textbooks

Once was so bored read Grey's anatomy...

Read my gf's college textbooks when I'm bored too
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Old 21st-July-2016, 05:58 PM   #52
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Ulysses anyone? That book induces nausea and dyslexia. Finally gave up 3/4 through it.
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Narnia was an easy read.

I didn't bother to finish Moby Dick.
Midnight's Children was confusing.
I couldn't finish Crime & Punishment because there was too much irrelevant stuff in it, and the language was bad, but maybe I had a crappy translation.
The God of Small Things was confusing.
Nabokov's short stories made absolutely no sense to me.
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Thomas Pynchon

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Ulysses anyone? That book induces nausea and dyslexia. Finally gave up 3/4 through it.
I dislike Joyce's style, I have enough of it after a few lines of his maddening stream of consciousness. It's both tiring and confusing to follow.

I tend to imagine and empathise with the books very strongly and as a result I feel like I'm the one going mad and caged in the array of mystifying nonsense that he creates.

I'm never going to read his stuff, there's nothing to learn, enjoy or derive from his babble and it triggers my revulsion.


I think the book has some value as a meta-connective dialogue between modernist writers (or writers and literates in general who know all the allusions and tangents that are being made there), the kind of onanistic circle of adoration and self appreciation of their craft. It also is most likely well written since it's so widely regarded.

Similarly to my criticism to post-modernist mutual admiration societies of art and culture. "Look, look I farted, it is my innermost expression" "Oh what a fart! How free and beautiful."
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I gave up on Ulysses some time in the 1st chapter!
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I dislike Joyce's style, I have enough of it after a few lines of his maddening stream of consciousness. It's both tiring and confusing to follow.

I tend to imagine and empathise with the books very strongly and as a result I feel like I'm the one going mad and caged in the array of mystifying nonsense that he creates.

I'm never going to read his stuff, there's nothing to learn, enjoy or derive from his babble and it triggers my revulsion.


I think the book has some value as a meta-connective dialogue between modernist writers (or writers and literates in general who know all the allusions and tangents that are being made there), the kind of onanistic circle of adoration and self appreciation of their craft. It also is most likely well written since it's so widely regarded.

Similarly to my criticism to post-modernist mutual admiration societies of art and culture. "Look, look I farted, it is my innermost expression" "Oh what a fart! How free and beautiful."
I couldn't agree more. Modernist books like Ulysses see to be a circle jerk of self indulgent allusions. Books like these are indeed well written, but they have no soul. Still, this kind of stuff has artisanal value if nothing else; that puts it a cut above post- modernist "art".
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I gave up on Ulysses some time in the 1st chapter!
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Should have done the same. I tend to be stupidly stubborn smh...
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I wonder what you guys think about Virginia Woolf?
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