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post #16 of 61
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I am going to start with a few of my favorites:

 

Notes from the Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Brother Kharamazov -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

White Noise - Don Delillo

Exile and the Kingdom - Albert Camus

Cancer Ward- Alexander Solzhenitzyn

Fight Club - Chuck Palhniuk

Franny and Zooey - J D Salinger

God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Short Stories - Franz Kafka

Brilliant Stuff - I have only read the Camus book from that list. "god of small things" is one of the few Booker winners that i haven't yet read - do you think it compares to the other winners in the last twenty years? 

 

Which of the Dostoevsky books would you recommend? I wasn't really convinced by "crime and punishment" - i thought parts of it were excellent but over all it was a bit of a trudge for me. 

 

Does "fanny and Zooey" compare to "the catcher in the rye"? If it comes anywhere close i will have to give it a go. 

 

Thanks for posting. 

post #17 of 61

Epic list indeed Paddy, very helpful, thanks! :beerchug:

 

Some random books I read and really liked:

 

 

- 'Mandarins' by Simone de Beauvoir

 

- 'Nietzsches Tears, The Schopenhauer Cure and The Spinoza problem' by Irvin D. Yalom

 

- 'The Book of Disquiet' by Fernando Passoa *

 

- 'The Discovery of Heaven' by Harry Mulisch

 

- 'Sarabande' by Albert E. Kahn  biography of the great Pau (Pablo) Casals, who had a very long and interesting life *

 

- 'Richter' by Karl Rasmussen, biography of the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter

 

- 'Kind of Blue', by Ashley Kahn

 

- 'Remembering Glenn Gould, Twenty interviews with People who knew him' by Colin Eatock

 

- 'Kind44' by Tom Rob Smith

 

- 'Shock Doctrine' by Naomi Klein

 

- 'Vita Activa' by Hannah Ahrendt

 

- 'Haydn' by H.E. Jacob *

 

- 'Shostakovich' by Krzysztof Meyer

 

- 'Brahms' by Jan Swafford *

 

- 'Beethoven' by Theodor Adorno (these are his notes on Beethoven, he never came to write the book)

 

- 'Black Hole War' by Leonard Susskind *

 

- 'The Cello Suites' by Eric Siblin *

 

- 'Diner with Lenny' by jonathan Cott

 

- 'Beethoven' by J.W.N. Sullivan *

 

- All Brian Greene books are fantastic

 

- 'Psychological Types' and 'Archetypes' by Carl Jung *

 

- 'The Higgs Force' by  Nicholas Mee blew my mind most so far in the science department :D **

 

 

Sorry I am not as orderly as you on dates and nrankings but al of these are worth a read IMHO..the * titles are special to me

 

 

-edit for piano fans- These books are wonderful to read if you have an interest in (classical) piano

 

- 'A Romance on Three Legs' (Glenn Gould's obsessive quest for the perfect piano) by Katie Hafner

 

- 'Grand Obsession' by Perri Knize (the quest for the perfect piano)


Edited by Quinto - 3/24/14 at 9:23am
post #18 of 61
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Brilliant Stuff - I have only read the Camus book from that list. "god of small things" is one of the few Booker winners that i haven't yet read - do you think it compares to the other winners in the last twenty years? 

 

Which of the Dostoevsky books would you recommend? I wasn't really convinced by "crime and punishment" - i thought parts of it were excellent but over all it was a bit of a trudge for me. 

 

Does "fanny and Zooey" compare to "the catcher in the rye"? If it comes anywhere close i will have to give it a go. 

 

Thanks for posting. 

Franny and Zooey is a wonderful little book. 

Notes from Underground is not as long as Brother's Kharmazov. It is wierd in its own way. However, I feel Devils/Demons and Brothers Kharmazov are quite fascinating. Camus, actually wrote the play ,The Possessed which is based on this. Its a cool short version of Demons. I was never able to get into Tolstoy though. I always preferred Dostoyevsky's craziness.

 

In Brother's Kharmazov, Dostoyevsky introduces a character called Smerdyakov ( i can never forget it, and I find it strange). - In his childhood he was very fond of hanging cats, and burying them

 

God of small things, is about Kerala and it is more of a personal selection. I am not sure, it will ring all the right bells for you. You can give it a try though...

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wow lots of books......

post #20 of 61
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Epic list indeed Paddy, very helpful, thanks! :beerchug:

 

Some random books I read and really liked:

 

 

- 'Mandarins' by Simone de Beauvoir

 

- 'Nietzsches Tears, The Schopenhauer Cure and The Spinoza problem' by Irvin D. Yalom

 

- 'The Book of Disquiet' by Fernando Passoa *

 

- 'The Discovery of Heaven' by Harry Mulisch

 

- 'Sarabande' by Albert E. Kahn  biography of the great Pau (Pablo) Casals, who had a very long and interesting life *

 

- 'Richter' by Karl Rasmussen, biography of the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter

 

- 'Kind of Blue', by Ashley Kahn

 

- 'Remembering Glenn Gould, Twenty interviews with People who knew him' by Colin Eatock

 

- 'Kind44' by Tom Rob Smith

 

- 'Shock Doctrine' by Naomi Klein

 

- 'Vita Activa' by Hannah Ahrendt

 

- 'Haydn' by H.E. Jacob *

 

- 'Shostakovich' by Krzysztof Meyer

 

- 'Brahms' by Jan Swafford *

 

- 'Beethoven' by Theodor Adorno (these are his notes on Beethoven, he never came to write the book)

 

- 'Black Hole War' by Leonard Susskind *

 

- 'The Cello Suites' by Eric Siblin *

 

- 'Diner with Lenny' by jonathan Cott

 

- 'Beethoven' by J.W.N. Sullivan *

 

- All Brian Greene books are fantastic

 

- 'Psychological Types' and 'Archetypes' by Carl Jung *

 

- 'The Higgs Force' by  Nicholas Mee blew my mind most so far in the science department :D **

 

 

Sorry I am not as orderly as you on dates and nrankings but al of these are worth a read IMHO..the * titles are special to me

 

 

-edit for piano fans- These books are wonderful to read if you have an interest in (classical) piano

 

- 'A Romance on Three Legs' (Glenn Gould's obsessive quest for the perfect piano) by Katie Hafner

 

- 'Grand Obsession' by Perri Knize (the quest for the perfect piano)

Great stuff - i will go through your list more thoroughly later. There is a nice selection of non-fiction in there and questions to be asked.

 

you might be the right person to as about - "Civilization and Its Discontents" by Freud, have you read it?  I am thinking of reading this next.

At the moment i am re-reading Walter Lippmanns "essays on the public philosophy". I find it interesting how Freuds "civilisation and its discontents"

influenced this work. 

post #21 of 61
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wow lots of books......

Yea - I binned the T.V years ago. ;)

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The Bbooker winners that I have read are: 

 

V.S. Naipaul - In a free state ( This is quite good)

Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children ( I have never liked Rushdie)

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishigiro (I hate this book :))

Ben Okri - The Famished Road (Nice)

Michael Ondatjee - The English Patient (All I remember is that sex scene)

Roddy Doyle - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Wonderful)

Ian Mcewan - Amsterdam (Nice)

Arundhati Roy - The God Of Small Things (It brings back feelings from Kerala)

J M Coetzee - Disgrace (Awesome)

Margaret Atwood - The Blind Assasin (I don't remember it now)

Yann Martel - Life Of Pi (Good)

DBC Pierre - Vernon God Little ( I liked it)

Kiran Desai - Inheritance of Loss( Lame)

Arvind Adiga - The White Tiger(Lame)

post #23 of 61
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Franny and Zooey is a wonderful little book. 

Notes from Underground is not as long as Brother's Kharmazov. It is wierd in its own way. However, I feel Devils/Demons and Brothers Kharmazov are quite fascinating. Camus, actually wrote the play ,The Possessed which is based on this. Its a cool short version of Demons. I was never able to get into Tolstoy though. I always preferred Dostoyevsky's craziness.

 

In Brother's Kharmazov, Dostoyevsky introduces a character called Smerdyakov ( i can never forget it, and I find it strange). - In his childhood he was very fond of hanging cats, and burying them

 

God of small things, is about Kerala and it is more of a personal selection. I am not sure, it will ring all the right bells for you. You can give it a try though...

Thanks - i will give those 3 a go for sure. I really need to read more Dostoyevsky - he is to important to just breeze over. 

post #24 of 61
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Great stuff - i will go through your list more thoroughly later. There is a nice selection of non-fiction in there and questions to be asked.

 

you might be the right person to as about - "Civilization and Its Discontents" by Freud, have you read it?  I am thinking of reading this next.

At the moment i am re-reading Walter Lippmanns "essays on the public philosophy". I find it interesting how Freuds "civilisation and its discontents"

influenced this work. 


Yes, I read it not too long ago, great read indeed, as is 'Future of an Illusion' ..

 

...liked the 'narcissism of small differences' part, genius 


Edited by Quinto - 3/24/14 at 9:59am
post #25 of 61
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Epic list indeed Paddy, very helpful, thanks! beerchug.gif

Some random books I read and really liked:


- 'Mandarins' by Simone de Beauvoir

- 'Nietzsches Tears, The Schopenhauer Cure and The Spinoza problem' by Irvin D. Yalom

- 'The Book of Disquiet' by Fernando Passoa *

- 'The Discovery of Heaven' by Harry Mulisch

- 'Sarabande' by Albert E. Kahn  biography of the great Pau (Pablo) Casals, who had a very long and interesting life *

- 'Richter' by Karl Rasmussen, biography of the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter

- 'Kind of Blue', by Ashley Kahn

- 'Remembering Glenn Gould, Twenty interviews with People who knew him' by Colin Eatock

- 'Kind44' by Tom Rob Smith

- 'Shock Doctrine' by Naomi Klein

- 'Vita Activa' by Hannah Ahrendt

- 'Haydn' by H.E. Jacob *

- 'Shostakovich' by Krzysztof Meyer

- 'Brahms' by Jan Swafford *

- 'Beethoven' by Theodor Adorno (these are his notes on Beethoven, he never came to write the book)

- 'Black Hole War' by Leonard Susskind *

- 'The Cello Suites' by Eric Siblin *

- 'Diner with Lenny' by jonathan Cott

- 'Beethoven' by J.W.N. Sullivan *

- All Brian Greene books are fantastic

- 'Psychological Types' and 'Archetypes' by Carl Jung *

- 'The Higgs Force' by  Nicholas Mee blew my mind most so far in the science department biggrin.gif **


Sorry I am not as orderly as you on dates and nrankings but al of these are worth a read IMHO..the * titles are special to me


-edit for piano fans- These books are wonderful to read if you have an interest in (classical) piano

- 'A Romance on Three Legs' (Glenn Gould's obsessive quest for the perfect piano) by Katie Hafner

- 'Grand Obsession' by Perri Knize (the quest for the perfect piano)

I picked up The Book of Disquiet about 8 years ago when I was a student and still dip into it now. Strange that it's still so relatively obscure.
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I picked up The Book of Disquiet about 8 years ago when I was a student and still dip into it now. Strange that it's still so relatively obscure.


One of those books I regret not being able to read it for the first time ever again. it's special indeed. ..

post #27 of 61
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One of those books I regret not being able to read it for the first time ever again. it's special indeed. ..

that good - yea? I must look into getting that also. This list is getting longer indeed - I am liking this. :D:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

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I picked up The Book of Disquiet about 8 years ago when I was a student and still dip into it now. Strange that it's still so relatively obscure.

I am going to try this..

post #29 of 61
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I have been meaning to read China Melville for a long time now. What would you recommend? I was thinking - "perdido street station" but im not too sure.  

 

I would start with the Bas Lag novels: Perdido Street Station; The Scar; Iron Council. The Scar is the best story out of those. His more recent books Embassy Town and The City and the City are also good, but they are more ideas heavy and I think suffer a little as stories as a result. But well worth the effort, particularly if you're interested in language.

post #30 of 61
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I would start with the Bas Lag novels: Perdido Street Station; The Scar; Iron Council. The Scar is the best story out of those. His more recent books Embassy Town and The City and the City are also good, but they are more ideas heavy and I think suffer a little as stories as a result. But well worth the effort, particularly if you're interested in language.

thanks for the input, i think i will leave it for a few weeks before i dip into them - they have big page counts don't they? I usually only do thousand pagers once a month more or less. 

 

I have a few long books on the list for this year ¬

 

Brandon sanderson - words of radiance (which i just finished)

fyodor dostoyevsky - the idiot 

fyodor dostoyevsky - brothers karamazov

David foster wallace - infinite jest 

 

 

I might try it before the Wallace book

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