Top six books for you

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  1. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    Is that just Portrait of Joyce in general? Care to elaborate?

    Also, Dedalus, have you read Joyce beyond portrait?

    I'd have to go with
    -Crime and Punishment
    -Sun Also Rises
    -Ulysses
    -Le Petit Prince
    -To the Lighthouse or Mrs Dalloway, even though I get annoyed with Woolf's style over the length of an entire novel.
    -CS Lewis' work in general
    -Does a collected works of Shakespeare count?
    -TS Eliot - The Wasteland etc.


    just portrait. I really enjoyed dubliners. I think portrait is the most whiny, self serving worthless piece of shit book ever made. watching other annoying self possessed artists masturbate over it is horrifying.

    t.s eliot is very good, although my favorite is prufrock
     


  2. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Oops...missed that! Okay, anybody else who thinks the emporer is buck nekkid?

    Yes. They are odd lists, and while people might like the books listed, I have trouble imagining that they are ones that really shaped people's lives. I'll give it a shot, though, and then you can make fun of me...

    The Road to Serfdom - Hayek
    Dead Souls - Gogol
    Freedom and the Law - Leoni
    How to Solve It - Polya (easily the most trashed book on my shelf)
    The Intelligent Investor - Graham
    Elementary Set Theory - Halmos (probably an odd one, but it really shaped how I see the world, and I have returned to it more than any books other than TRTS and HTSI)

    Mock Away.
     


  3. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    i honestly think less of people who enjoy portrait of the artist, sorry
    Excellent, I dislike having to live up to expectations.
    Is that just Portrait of Joyce in general? Care to elaborate? Also, Dedalus, have you read Joyce beyond portrait?
    No [​IMG] To my credit, I was so enamored with Portrait that I didn't want to miss anything when reading Ulysses. I'd promised myself I'd only read Ulysses once I'd gotten through all the books that it references, but that never happened. But, I've read his poetry and dirty letters, if that counts for anything.
    I think portrait is the most whiny, self serving worthless piece of shit book ever made. watching other annoying self possessed artists masturbate over it is horrifying.
    Hey, do I know you?
     


  4. AntiHero84

    AntiHero84 Senior member

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    Bonus books!

    Anything by Bukowski


    +1!

    God bless that dirty old man.
     


  5. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I haven't been able to come up with six. I really want to include a book on mathematics, but I haven't found one that is really amazing.

    Two definites on my list are "The Art of War" and "Siddhartha".

    I want to include "Of Mice and Men" too, but it isn't quite on the same level of The Art of War.


    "Down and Out in Paris and London" is another one.

    So I have four. . .
     


  6. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    Gatsby
    The Things They Carried
    The Stranger or The Plague
    the Andre Dubus novellas that were collected for "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (why can't anyone film a Dubus movie that justifies its existence?)
    Georges Simenon's Dirty Snow
    Down and Out in Paris and London
     


  7. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Yes. They are odd lists, and while people might like the books listed, I have trouble imagining that they are ones that really shaped people's lives. I'll give it a shot, though, and then you can make fun of me... The Road to Serfdom - Hayek Dead Souls - Gogol Freedom and the Law - Leoni How to Solve It - Polya (easily the most trashed book on my shelf) The Intelligent Investor - Graham Elementary Set Theory - Halmos (probably an odd one, but it really shaped how I see the world, and I have returned to it more than any books other than TRTS and HTSI) Mock Away.
    You like it, the maths. And Gogol? [​IMG] I'd put a Turgenev or a Nabokov up there before a Gogol. But it's a personal list. The books on my list helped change the way I think about things. Especially The Age of Reason and The Great War and Modern Memory.
     


  8. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I'm surprised at the number of people that have listed L'Etranger.
     


  9. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    I listed American Tabloid and Pop. 1280, which may not be mass market, but not exactly Norton Anthology either.
     


  10. Dedalus

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    I'm surprised at the number of people that have listed L'Etranger.

    I also love The Cure, if that explains anything?
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I'm surprised at the number of people that have listed L'Etranger.
    I loved the book, but not that much.
     


  12. haganah

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    Jesus. I wouldn't even know where to start.
    Atlas Shrugged?
     


  13. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Yes. They are odd lists, and while people might like the books listed, I have trouble imagining that they are ones that really shaped people's lives. I'll give it a shot, though, and then you can make fun of me...

    The Road to Serfdom - Hayek
    Dead Souls - Gogol
    Freedom and the Law - Leoni
    How to Solve It - Polya (easily the most trashed book on my shelf)
    The Intelligent Investor - Graham
    Elementary Set Theory - Halmos (probably an odd one, but it really shaped how I see the world, and I have returned to it more than any books other than TRTS and HTSI)

    Mock Away.


    I'm saddened to see no Thucydides, but I will assume it is because you are still not finished reading it.


    - B
     


  14. fairholme_wannabe

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    Gilead --Marilyn Robinson
    The Humanity of God --Karl Barth
    The Brothers Karamozov --Dostoevsky
    In the Penal Colony --Kafka (short story)
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee --Dee Brown
    The Puppet & the Dwarf --Slavoj Zizek
     


  15. MrG

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    So, am I the only one who will admit to liking books that ivory-tower lit professors would sniff at? (By the way, I have a master's degree in literature.)

    Hey, I included a book by Jimmy Buffett, for cryin' out loud. I don't think it gets much less ivory tower than a Buffett book.

    The Things They Carried

    That was a great, great book. Probably in my top 20.
     


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