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  1. Then all post modern books are flawed.

    Then all post modern books are flawed.
  2. There's no doubt about that. What I am to convey...

    There's no doubt about that. What I am to convey here is the emphasis of one over the other, and how it varies according to genres.

    It's a given that to create substance you cannot discard style,...
  3. Haven't read The Waves, so I cannot appraise it....

    Haven't read The Waves, so I cannot appraise it. But Ulysses to me is a case of style over substance, which is why it is very dependent on style. What little substance Ulysses has cannot make up for...
  4. The Style vs Substance Problem in Literature

    Hi all, I believe it's been two years since I last posted here. It's not that I didn't want to post. Frankly, I was too preoccupied (and still is, actually) with school and work. I haven't even been...
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    So a person who listens to Justin Bieber is by no...

    So a person who listens to Justin Bieber is by no means a lesser person than someone who listens to Beethoven?
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    I tend to maunder about after writing down few...

    I tend to maunder about after writing down few sentences. Most of time I maunder to develop ideas, but my mind has a habit of digressing into completely unrelated subjects.
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    Do you intend to disregard the greatness of The...

    Do you intend to disregard the greatness of The Divine Comedy?

    Paradise Lost is not as three-dimensional as Dante's magnum opus. No literary work is.
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    Osho, see Grammar not as a set of rules to abide...

    Osho, see Grammar not as a set of rules to abide by, see it as a box of tools to manipulate. The greatest writers use grammar expertly. They know where and when to break its convention, and where and...
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    I apologize for what seems like a rant in the...

    I apologize for what seems like a rant in the post above, and for not delineating my method toward becoming a good writer. Worry not, though, as I am going to share my view on this matter with you...
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    Good Thread! And here is what I think.

    People in general do not hold writing in high esteem, for writing is an act most people in developed countries can perform with relative ease. That's one of the reasons why the masses --laymen and...
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    Infinite Jest...does it has even a threadbare...

    Infinite Jest...does it has even a threadbare story?
  12. My favourites have to be English, which is my...

    My favourites have to be English, which is my second language, and Bahasa Malaysia, which is my native tongue.
  13. He might allude to both

    He might allude to both.
    One thing I am curious about is his prose quality, since I am a beginner-writer myself. Is it as good as Joyce's? For reference, peruse the quotation above.
  14. Sounds like he took the title from the last...

    Sounds like he took the title from the last phrase of James Joyce's The Dead.

    A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the...
  15. I bought Mo Yan's Red Sorghum recently. What can I get out of it?

    As the title says, I bought Mo Yan's most famous work recently. I admit I have not an iota of knowledge about Chinese literature whatsoever.
    That is why, my good fellow forumers, I wish to ask you...
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    Here he is

    http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Diablo
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    Dante is quite underrated these days.

    Dante is quite underrated these days.
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    I humbly think that that's a waste of time.

    I humbly think that that's a waste of time.
  19. I simply wanted to strengthen yours.

    I simply wanted to strengthen yours.
  20. Dante's La Divina Comedia is the single greatest...

    Dante's La Divina Comedia is the single greatest literary work in the Western Canon yet it is deeply rooted in Christianity.

    Just to let you know that, I, an agnostic, regard it so.
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    Dante is the only real canonical western writer.

    Dante is the only real canonical western writer.
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    So you are using it as a sleep inducer? That's an...

    So you are using it as a sleep inducer? That's an effective method.
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    It's probably the most polemical of all his...

    It's probably the most polemical of all his works, too.
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    The prose is sloppy (especially the various...

    The prose is sloppy (especially the various conversations among the characters), but the content is deep and interesting.

    The translation I am reading is about 700 pages long; so if you want to...
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    Not at all, no.

    Not at all, no.
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