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    Summer Reading

    i'm sure some moron posts this every season, so i'll be the moron to do it this time...

    since the beginning of june, what have you read?

    my list;

    Dracula
    The Vampyre
    Carmilla
    Frankenstein
    Transformation
    The Mortal Immortal
    Company Commander
    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    The Great Gatsby
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    "The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav地 of Hell, a Hell of Heav地"

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    1984 - George Orwell
    Mao II - Don Delillo
    Dubliners - James Joyce
    Horse Soldiers - Doug Stanton
    American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    Death of a Salesmen - Arthur Miller
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    Ghost Soldiers - Hampton Sides

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    im hoping to get to "Of Mice and Men" next
    "The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav地 of Hell, a Hell of Heav地"

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    So far this summer, I've read:

    Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
    Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    By the end of summer, I hope to also finish:
    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    Justine by Lawrence Durrell
    The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
    Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust

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    The Passion - Jeanette Winterson
    A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
    The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels

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    I'm in Chile, so that means i'm in winter. But with my winter vacations I plan to read a lot of books.

    I have already read 2:

    - Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    - The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilder

    I don't really know which ones to read now. But I've been thinking of the following:

    - Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    - 1984 - George Orwell
    - The Catcher In The Rye - JD Salinger
    - Through The Looking Glass (I think that's the name) - Lewis Carroll
    - The Outsider (?) - Albert Camus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post
    So far this summer, I've read:

    Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
    Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

    By the end of summer, I hope to also finish:
    Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    Justine by Lawrence Durrell
    The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
    Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust
    when you get done with "tender is the night" i'd love to hear your thoughts. i haven't yet read it, but after my magnificent experience with Gatsby, im anxious to read more of Fitzgerald
    "The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav地 of Hell, a Hell of Heav地"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_ View Post
    I'm in Chile, so that means i'm in winter. But with my winter vacations I plan to read a lot of books.

    I have already read 2:

    - Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    - The Picture Of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilder
    how did you like Dorian Gray? i just finished it two days ago. quite an ending eh? have you read other works of Wilde? i've read that Wilde used some areas of Dorian Gray to attack the Catholic notion of confessing one's sins to a priest. thoughts?
    "The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav地 of Hell, a Hell of Heav地"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwdean View Post
    how did you like Dorian Gray? i just finished it two days ago. quite an ending eh? have you read other works of Wilde? i've read that Wilde used some areas of Dorian Gray to attack the Catholic notion of confessing one's sins to a priest. thoughts?
    *Could be kind of a SPOILER*

    I liked it a lot. The ending, how it's so sudden and came out of nowhere is simply great. Because everything is settled but you're still curious about what could have happened later with other characters.

    And about that confessing thing ... I think in one part in the book it says that it's not the priest that gives you the forgiveness for your sins, but the confession itself of the things you've done. And I believe it's quite true. But besides that, I don't really see how that confession thing is in the book. Perhaps because Lord Henry tells Dorian that whatever he does is just ok, because he deserves it for being so unique and beautiful (Henry being the priest, that gives him the absolution) but Dorian always feels bad for his things. He feels fine for a while, but in the end he goes mad, because he never confessed the things he did, so it didn't matter what anyone said he still had that burden on him.

    The book is quite interesting, it has a lot of sides to the story that could be subject of analisis for example the Duality of Humans. I bought The Importance Of Being Earnest now so I would like to read it in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_ View Post

    - Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    - 1984 - George Orwell
    Can't go wrong with either of these novels. I've read both within that past month or two and found both very entertaining, though I lean towards Huxley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwdean View Post
    when you get done with "tender is the night" i'd love to hear your thoughts. i haven't yet read it, but after my magnificent experience with Gatsby, im anxious to read more of Fitzgerald
    Well, I'm 70 pages in, and right off the bat I can tell you that it starts off pretty slowly, and you have to get through a little bit to really get into the meat of the text. It's also beautifully written, and there's a big sense of tragedy looming around the corner from the very beginning.

    I actually didn't really like Gatsby, and I'm reading this to give Scott another chance. So far, I haven't been disappointed.

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    Johnny_, if my memory serves me correctly, confession was mentioned more than a few times throughout the work. i tend to read up on popular themes found in a book before i read said book. maybe that causes some bias in my studies... i also read that many considered Dorian Gray to be autobiographical in the sense that Wilde saw his life heading towards destruction, yet found repentance immeasurably difficult, perhaps impossible. any thoughts on this?
    Earnest is a great one, in my opinion. i do hope you enjoy it.

    Desolation, thats a shame. a damn shame. i loved Gatsby... It did, however, take a while for me to become involved in the text. hopefully Tender will pick up for you, i'll get to it by Sept, i hope.
    "The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav地 of Hell, a Hell of Heav地"

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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
    Inferno by Dante
    Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    添esterday's rose endures in its name, we hold empty names.
    ― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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    As anyone can see from my user-name, I heartily approve of reading anything from America's greatest writer. So, hooray for the Bede and his choice of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

    As such, I heartily recommend "Lighting Out For the Territory" by Walsh. Everyone here should know the the story of how Sam Clemens became Mark Twain.

    Also read a biography of James Garfield, and re-read Thoreau's "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience."

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