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    Jamesian, just be warned: I think I agree that...

    Jamesian, just be warned: I think I agree that The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle didn't do as much as it seems like it could have with it's length (about 600 pages of fairly small print, for a contemporary...
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    Hah, yeah... the skinning scene... that was just...

    Hah, yeah... the skinning scene... that was just something else. Many parts of the novel were actually uncomfortable to read, I think. I'm not sure what it was about that novel, but after you get...
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    Where did he mention the boy who cried wolf, I'd...

    Where did he mention the boy who cried wolf, I'd like to see that.
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    Okay, well let's just consider the final...

    Okay, well let's just consider the final paragraph a "twist ending." Does it really get much better than that as far as these little gimmicks are concerned?
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    No one has mentioned The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle...

    No one has mentioned The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle yet, which I've heard is supposed to be his masterpiece. Anyway, it's the only one I've read so I can't comment on the quality of his work as a whole....
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    In the strictest sense no narrator (whether of...

    In the strictest sense no narrator (whether of fiction or nonfiction) can be reliable. But in general we normally take it for granted that most narrators are describing what is for the most part...
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    What exactly do you mean by "turn phrase." I...

    What exactly do you mean by "turn phrase." I think the fascinating aspect of the story is how it almost pushes the bounds of what we conventionally think of as unreliable narration. I'm sure there...
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    Vladimir Nabokov's "The Vane Sisters"

    What do you think of this short story? In my opinion it's quite amazing, but I'm really looking forward to discussing it. I won't say anything about it quite yet, so as to not spoil anything.
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    I'm not sure if you want more than one book by...

    I'm not sure if you want more than one book by the same author, but since Vonnegut books are short and fast reads for most readers, I would highly recommend Mother Night and Slaughterhouse-Five, both...
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    Oh, as for my favorite love story, it would have...

    Oh, as for my favorite love story, it would have to be Lolita.
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    Midas, I agree, but don't you think the conflict...

    Midas, I agree, but don't you think the conflict could exist not between the two characters but between forces that divide them? We see this time and time again... say for example in Romeo & Juliet....
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    How does Iran tie into all this?

    How does Iran tie into all this?
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    Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Thomas...

    Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
    Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49.
    Vladimir Nabkov's Lolita.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions on how to read...

    Thanks for all the suggestions on how to read (and how not to read) Pale Fire.
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    How best to read Pale Fire?

    Kinbote himself makes several suggestions in the Foreword, but are we meant to take any of these.

    My question is basically, should the poem be read first before consulting the commentary, the...
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    I find it hard to read during terms too. ...

    I find it hard to read during terms too. Vonnegut's books are quite short, and I would recommend Mother Night especially. You could also try reading Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 as it's...
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    Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (already read it...

    Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (already read it and loved it!)
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated by Vladimir Nabokov with annotations by Alfred Appel Jr.
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    It's called subvocalization, those who always...

    It's called subvocalization, those who always subvocalize, such as myself, often read slower, and many of these people are not aware that not everyone subvocalizes, in fact I think most people don't...
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    Non-recent acquisition on my bookshelf (I've...

    Non-recent acquisition on my bookshelf (I've probably had them longer than a year) or somewhere in storage (that comes to mind):

    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    Focault's Pendulum by Umberto...
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    I'll second Humbert Humbert.

    I'll second Humbert Humbert.
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    When we covered Lord of the Flies in my senior...

    When we covered Lord of the Flies in my senior literature class we were required to pick an intepretive frame that was not intended by the author (the suggestians were Freudian psychology, Jungian...
  22. Thread: Please read!!!

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    Can't think of one right now, but I believe the...

    Can't think of one right now, but I believe the Ingmar Bergman film Cries and Whispers fits quite a few of those criteria, so I'd recommend that if you're open to watching films as well. Sorry that...
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    I think you are right, but none of us really have...

    I think you are right, but none of us really have enough time for everything. If you're sticking to western literature mostly, why don't you just grap a copy of Bullfinch's Mythology and maybe a...
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    I'm on facebook, so I wouldn't necessarily frown...

    I'm on facebook, so I wouldn't necessarily frown upon the idea.
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    My mistake, the original poster didn't ask for...

    My mistake, the original poster didn't ask for films, I probably got this mixed up with some other thread. Apologies.

    NickAdams, I'd be interested in hearing about such films, you can just PM me...
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