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Dec 23rd, 2013 01:06 PM
Sam L
Re: Top ten favourite novels

I have updated my list. It keeps changing. My Goodreads list is a mess. I need to update it too.
Feb 22nd, 2013 03:09 PM
Number19
Re: Top ten favourite novels

^
this.

Maybe I read it too late (mid-20's,) but I couldn't even finish the book.

However, a character having such polarizing responses to it is further proof that it does make for a good study.
Feb 22nd, 2013 09:49 AM
stromatolite
Re: Top ten favourite novels

Family Guy is probably not the ideal authority on literary matters, but I have to say that Quagmire's take on Catcher in the Rye is pretty much the same as mine, and probably several million others who don’t buy into the idea that it has anything particularly profound to say about teenage angst. I read it at school, didn't like it, and have reread it several times since without revising my opinion.

I suppose it’s not badly written, but that’s not enough for me, especially in a book that is as stultifyingly boring as it is.
Feb 22nd, 2013 07:31 AM
Barrie_Dude
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Different strokes. Sound & the Fury is often described as one of the most challenging novels to read in all of literature, next to perhaps Ulysses, due to its pervasive use of stream of consciousness narration and characters whose mental processes border on the psychotic, certainly way past dysfunctional. For me, it was a challenge to conquer, but I enjoyed doing it. I like the way Faulkner writes. I find that I mimic his style often in my own writing. By that I mean, I appreciate his ability to capture a deteriorating mind and portray it believeably.

As for the later, I have a novel in progress which is similar in tone to that which which Salinger infuses in Holden, so I do consider it somewhat of an influence. Not so much in content, or relevance, but for its style. I think that Holden remains a very "modern personality" with which most people can intuitively connect.
Oh, I do appreciate Faulkner and he is certainly a great author. I did find it rather difficult to comprehend and that is unusual for me.

Perhaps with Catcher in the Rye, I have heard for years how great it is and I was not impressed. I often find it a challenge to like something or someone that I find are trumpeted so loudly and so often. I am a bit of a skeptic so, perhaps, that colors my opinion


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Feb 21st, 2013 07:39 PM
Roookie
Re: Top ten favourite novels

Have to include "A Storm of Swords" in my list

I wanna read The Perks of being a Wallflower next because I loved the movie.
Feb 21st, 2013 06:22 PM
Sum_Of_All_Fears
Re: Top ten favourite novels

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Yeah, there are people like "Quagmire", and then there are people who can actually separate wheat from chaff and have opinions about things that go beyond tripe and pure bullshit and recognize the value in literature. Other than the fact that you like Family Guy's humor, and think it's a funny joke, do you have any actual literary basis for criticizing Salinger's book?

And by the way--it's precisely because Holden Caulfield is a self-appointed, "pseudo-intellectual" who's got a profanity-laced opinion on everything from A-to Z twice over that makes him so representative of modern society and its failures......do you know how many Holdens there are, for example, right here on TF? He'd be a model citizen in today's world, dysfunctional and constantly shifting blame onto others, which perhaps does make him an ideal target for ridicule, I suppose, but nonethess a worthy character to study.
Feb 21st, 2013 06:08 PM
Number19
Re: Top ten favourite novels

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I think that Holden remains a very "modern personality" with which most people can intuitively connect.
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Feb 21st, 2013 05:47 PM
fantic
Re: Top ten favourite novels

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Different strokes. Sound & the Fury is often described as one of the most challenging novels to read in all of literature, next to perhaps Ulysses, due to its pervasive use of stream of consciousness narration and characters whose mental processes border on the psychotic, certainly way past dysfunctional. For me, it was a challenge to conquer, but I enjoyed doing it. I like the way Faulkner writes. I find that I mimic his style often in my own writing. By that I mean, I appreciate his ability to capture a deteriorating mind and portray it believeably.

As for the later, I have a novel in progress which is similar in tone to that which which Salinger infuses in Holden, so I do consider it somewhat of an influence. Not so much in content, or relevance, but for its style. I think that Holden remains a very "modern personality" with which most people can intuitively connect.
Nothing can touch 'Finnegans Wake' (granted, some say it isn't even a novel )
Feb 21st, 2013 05:03 PM
Sum_Of_All_Fears
Re: Top ten favourite novels

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I still have issues with Faulkner. Hard to understand. Catcher and the Rye I hated
Different strokes. Sound & the Fury is often described as one of the most challenging novels to read in all of literature, next to perhaps Ulysses, due to its pervasive use of stream of consciousness narration and characters whose mental processes border on the psychotic, certainly way past dysfunctional. For me, it was a challenge to conquer, but I enjoyed doing it. I like the way Faulkner writes. I find that I mimic his style often in my own writing. By that I mean, I appreciate his ability to capture a deteriorating mind and portray it believeably.

As for the later, I have a novel in progress which is similar in tone to that which which Salinger infuses in Holden, so I do consider it somewhat of an influence. Not so much in content, or relevance, but for its style. I think that Holden remains a very "modern personality" with which most people can intuitively connect.
Feb 21st, 2013 03:03 AM
Barrie_Dude I still have issues with Faulkner. Hard to understand. Catcher and the Rye I hated


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Feb 20th, 2013 09:35 PM
Sum_Of_All_Fears
Re: Top ten favourite novels

The Sound and the Fury
Catcher in the Rye
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Lolita
Rage
Brave New World
1984
Slaughterhouse Five
The Grapes of Wrath
Tropic of Cancer
Feb 6th, 2013 05:49 AM
Barrie_Dude I have some non fiction books I love dearly as well. There is a bio on Charles Goodnight by j evetts Haley that I love dearly. We pointed them north, is a memoir of Teddy Blue Abbott and exceptional


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Feb 1st, 2013 11:06 PM
Roookie
Re: Top ten favourite novels

Off the top of my head in no particular order:

Cien años de Soledad - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
For Whom the Bells Toll - Ernest Hemingway
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
Pedro Paramo y El llano en llamas - Juan Rulfo
La Flor de Lis - Elena Poniatowska
La Noche Es Virgen - Jaime Bayly
Glamourama - Bret Easton Ellis
Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
Jan 30th, 2013 11:07 PM
Gagsy
Re: Top ten favourite novels

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I hope that you will stop speaking now.
how arrogant
Jan 30th, 2013 10:37 PM
Certinfy
Re: Top ten favourite novels

1. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

It's a visual novel on the PS Vita and 3DS.
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