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Posted by yeomusician on 2006.06.27 at 04:02
Hey guys,

I'm not gonna lie, I read the first three chapters of Garp and put it down and forgot about it. It's 624 pages, does that make me a bad person? Anyway I got this book "If on a winter's night a traveler" by Italo Calvino that I'm almost done and I think it's really good, so I recommend it to all (I mean, it could start sucking, but I don't know how, he gives you suggestions for reading at the beginning)! Have any of you read it? If so we should have a a highly nerdy post-modernism discussion! Maybe I should recommend some books I've finished too.. okay:

10 books I recommend: (I was going to write "books I've previously enjoyed" but it sounded like I'd raped the books which would be awful. Not to offend any of you who partake in the raping of books as a sexual fetishism, providing that it's a consenting piece of literature and was published before July 1989 'cause whatever you do at home is your own business anyway..)

1.Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman - Richard Feynman (not really literature so much as it's a very entertaining read... like the Da Vinci Code but smarter 'cause Feynman's a genius... literally... he worked on the a-bomb.. it's a memoir by the way.. you don't even need to care who he is to enjoy it, believe me I didn't!)
2.Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (a fairly balanced view of the right) - Al Franken (funny political book, I assume none of you support American Conservative Republicans and if you did, you should read this anyway for an update on the shady workings of their party it's not rhetoric, it's just really funny and realistic... yes I'm starting with some funny book, what's with the ridicule?)
3. Side Effects/Without Feathers - Woody Allen (two collections of pieces he wrote for the New Yorker and the New York Times and other similar publications: A Guide To Some Of The Lesser Ballets is not to be missed)
4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers (The publication details alone are FANTASTIC; you haven't read 'til you've read this)
5. The Castle - Franz Kafka (I may be the only one on this, but I thought it was better than the Trial)
6. The Areas of My Expertise - John Hodgman (if you've read my lj you should know why.. it's the best book ever)
7. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway (call me a sentimentalist, I don't care)
8. Candide - Voltaire (just 'cause)
9. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey (now I'm just being unoriginal..but it's SO GOOD)
10. Green Grass Running Water - Thomas King (I thought I'd be nice and add a Canadian one, I'm so liberal!)

If you've read any of these, do tell :)

Do you like how it's taken me this long to post something?


Garp.. or Arp or Arrr or AAAAAAA

Posted by flutegeek on 2006.05.30 at 22:41
Has anyone else finished The World According to Garp?? What did you think?

Getting Started:

Posted by loves_gershwin on 2006.05.17 at 17:25
Here's a random suggestion: How about John Irving's The World According to Garp?
I have no clue what kind of book it is. Dan suggested it to me.
Is there anything you guys want to read first?

Posted by flutegeek on 2006.05.16 at 22:44
Here is a tale of woe which involves Tess d'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. I was told, in my first year of University that it was a fantastic book... and absolute must-read. Last summer, I was thrilled to discover it in "The Wee Book Inn", a fantastic local used book store for only $1.50!!! How could I go wrong? Little did I know how completely wrong this book would go (cue ominous music).
Basically, I was treated to the classic, formulaic, Victorian novel. If you've read Jane Eyre, Age of Innocence and Wurthington Heights... hey... you've read them all.
Thus, I have crafted my guide to writing a victorian novel:

1)A girl/maid (whom is usually poor) has her honour besmirched in some way. Sometimes, by her poverty alone, other times by an evil relative who makes her work as a servant, other times (like in Tess) by a very jerky man.
2)She spends some time in shame/poverty as a result.
3) She meets "the right man" who makes things basically ok. (Except in Tess, because he rejected her and then she commited murder so he married her sister?!?!?!?!).
..I HATE victorian novels.....

Posted by loves_gershwin on 2006.05.10 at 08:49
Hey BMus Booknerds... hehe.
I've started Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Do we have a book we'd like to read?

Things I still need to read (in no particular order) are:

Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Aldous Huxley, Island
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
George Orwell, own and Out in Paris and London
Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter
Eugene Zamiatin, We
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisenwood Bible
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
John Irving, The World According to Garp

Things I have read an enjoyed (in no particular order) are:
Bolded are books that have changed my life

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Magaret Atwood, Handmaid's Tale
George Orwell, 1984
George Orwell, Animal Farm
J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Phillip Pullman, His Dark Materials
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Northrup Frye, The Educated Imagination
Lots of Vonnegut

There's a start.

I can across this list of 110 banned books. (Under the assumption that banned generally means "makes you think")
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Posted by flutegeek on 2006.04.26 at 22:30
Hi Kayla and Anthony... here's the start of our community :D