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Ulysses by James Joyce
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New England White by Stephen Carter
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Just went through a few from Murakami:

Kafka on the shore
After dark
What I talk about when I talk about running

Not his best imo...though Kafka is pretty good!
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Not his best imo...though Kafka is pretty good!

They had a deal at this bookstore when I was on holiday last month and just picked them up, cause I had nothing else to read and had heard about him here.

What are some must reads of his?
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El amor, las mujeres y la vida by Mario Benedetti.
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They had a deal at this bookstore when I was on holiday last month and just picked them up, cause I had nothing else to read and had heard about him here. What are some must reads of his?
My favorites are Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (undisputed best) and Norwegian Wood. Edit: To be honest though, Wind-Up is the only one that stands above. The others are mostly very enjoyable but a step below. I never read After Dark but haven't talked to anyone that liked it. That said, I plan on giving it a shot one day nonetheless.
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I was considering it. The jargon is tough and most of it is un-google-able.

My experience was that it's a bit like reading, say, Gaddis or Faulkner. If you just sort of surrender and go with the flow of the narrative rather than trying to parse every word and phrase, you'll end up getting most of it from context. YMMV, obviously. It could just be that I'm lazy.
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England Made Me, Graham Greene.
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Maurice by E.M.Forster
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
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Started on Transmetropolitan last night. These books are fucking hilarious.
Spider Jerusalem is one of the great character names, maybe of all time. Transmet is definitely one of a kind.
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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Fuck yes. I'm reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen. Continuing to work my way through the bilingual edition Selected Poems of Victor Hugo. Also rereading W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn. Still stunning.
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Maldoror-Comte de lautreamont
^ totally batshit i get a bit creeped out whenever my eyes rest on the spine of that book on my shelf pure evil! cecil taylor famously ate that book while seated at the piano at some performance. he didn't play a note. i posted about in this thread before i think...
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Just went through a few from Murakami: Kafka on the shore After dark What I talk about when I talk about running
i want to read kafka on the shore, mainly because i love kafka after dark was not good i did really enjoy What I Talk About When I Talk About Running i love reading about writers' processes and routines
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^ totally batshit
i get a bit creeped out whenever my eyes rest on the spine of that book on my shelf
pure evil!

cecil taylor famously ate that book while seated at the piano at some performance. he didn't play a note.

i posted about in this thread before i think...

I remember in that book, God is a being that eats men.
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Maldoror-Comte de lautreamont
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^ totally batshit i get a bit creeped out whenever my eyes rest on the spine of that book on my shelf pure evil! cecil taylor famously ate that book while seated at the piano at some performance. he didn't play a note. i posted about in this thread before i think...
I read this book because William Vollmann said it was one of his favorites- I also read 'The Axe' by Sigrid Undset because of his recommendation. His life (Ducasse) was so ridiculously short and sad- I can see how he was able to write this, half-starving to death and feverish in Paris, a million miles from home and alone. Of course I'm making that part up (knowing what was in his head while he wrote Maldoror), but it comforts me. I am currently reading 'The Last Notebook' by Evan Dara, which also by coincidence won an award or something from William Vollmann. I'm a fan, what can I say.
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^ totally batshit
i get a bit creeped out whenever my eyes rest on the spine of that book on my shelf
pure evil!

Just because the protagonist has sex with a shark, that's no reason to be creeped out.
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