Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 24 of 24

Thread: Books about being mad at the world?

  1. #16
    Thanks for your suggestions. I take it I'm not the only one here who's been "mad at the world" so to say.

  2. #17
    Literature Fiend Mariamosis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Many novels by Dostoevsky

    Dicken's Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" is an obvious example.

    Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street". Although the main character didn't hate the entire world, only small town psychology and the monotony of it all.

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by sixsmith View Post
    Sabbath's Theatre - Philip Roth
    Looked it up on Amazon. Sounds hardcore. Will check it out.

  4. #19
    "Les Chants de Maldoror" by Comte de Lautréamont

    also, "Notes From Underground" was a good suggestion

  5. #20
    I would think that if you were feeling resentful you would prefer some suggestions of books that provoke happiness. Although it may help to read books in which you can easily sympathize with the characters, it might be healthier to generate bliss rather than further your resentment...unless, of course, that resentment has reason; for without reason, there can be no knowledge, and without knowledge, there is only ignorance, and ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.

    As for the book suggestions, I can't think of any that involve characters that are mainly "mad at the world" so to speak throughout the story. But then I guess we need to define that phrase, don't we? You probably don't mean that you are angry at the physical world; I doubt it has done anything to provoke you. I can see a few probable meanings, though: Perhaps you are mad at the people in the world, or more specifically politicians or government, or maybe even close friends or family. Or you could be angry with God, or gods, if you have any (not to get into religion too deeply, though). I suppose there is always that ambiguous psychological tendency to be angry without reason; you might not know what you're mad at, or who. You might simply be angry, but likely this hollow emotion would not last long. The mind, though, is incredibly susceptible to confusion.

    Sorry for getting so philosophical; you didn't ask for it, but when I read "mad at the world" I couldn't help but ask a few questions.

  6. #21
    Registered User JZD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Notes from Underground obviously popped into my head immediately.

  7. #22
    Pièce de Résistance Scheherazade's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Tweet @ScherLitNet
    Wasp Factory is a bizarre one.
    "It is not that I am mad; it is only that my head is different from yours.”

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Blog Entries
    The Castle, by Kafka.

    It's the only Kafka I've read, but from what I hear, all his work is suitable for your predicament.

    Also, I totally sympathize - when I am in your condition (I know you weren't asking for music but I can't help it) I listen to the early work of a musician called Elliott Smith. Sorry to go off topic.

    I'll get back on topic by suggesting Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller. It's not exactly angry, but it's very 'outsider', chaotic and freewheeling.

  9. #24
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Victory by Joseph Conrad - if Schopenhauer had a son he would be Axel Hyst. He can't be bothered doing anything, so he drifts around the world until he drifts into running a mining company on a desert island. The company collapses, everyone leaves, except him! Separate enough for you? Actually he seems reasonably content on his island, it only gets really bad when a woman and four nasty villains get involved...

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. The Magical World of Children’s Book Illustration
    By Janine in forum General Literature
    Replies: 122
    Last Post: 07-02-2019, 03:08 AM
  2. Thomas Pynchon's V discussion
    By Guzmán in forum General Literature
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-02-2014, 04:29 AM
  3. A Brave New World
    By SPHS- Sean Burridge in forum A Brave New World
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-23-2011, 11:52 AM
  4. Replies: 33
    Last Post: 02-12-2009, 10:41 PM
  5. FIFA World Cup 2006
    By Scheherazade in forum General Chat
    Replies: 169
    Last Post: 08-01-2006, 09:11 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts