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Any must read french books /lit/? Looking to practice my french.
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Sarkozy doesn't like it but the reason it came up is he thought it shouldn't be on the civil service test which I think is fair point.
personally i love the idea of a bunch of FEMEN whores reading <<...ce qui seul peut faire le bonheur d'une femme, qui est d'aimer son mari et d'en être aimée>> just to spite that LR coward.
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La Belle Dame Sans Merci
<<La blancheur de son teint et ses cheveux blonds lui donnaient un éclat que l'on n'a jamais vu qu'à elle>>
>"A sadist or an idiot, up to you, included questions about 'La Princesse de Cleves' in an exam for people applying for public sector jobs," he said,
Yea, it sounds like the Vilain Nabot is right on that one

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Which is the best book to film adaptation?
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I found Tarkovsky's Solaris rather disappointing desu. But I came here to post Stalker.
Is Kubrick really so talentless that he can't make a movie with an original story?

And don't give me that "2001 was written at the same time as the movie!!!1!" bullshit. We all know that Clarke is the one that had the idea and gave it to Kubrick.
>Apocalypse Now
>Barry Lyndon
>Blade Runner
yeah V was different and modernized but honestly i don't think a faithful recreation would have made as good of a movie.

the sterile cuckoo was a great adaptation. also changed a lot from the book but most of the changes were to tighten up the story, length-wise, i felt.

>tfw you paid £9,000 per year for a Professor to ask you: "What did he mean by this?" over and over again
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>tfw once you leave school you will have to pay taxes out your arse
Go to a better school.
>yfw Americans think 120k student debt is preferable to 40% income tax
Such as? I know people from all over the world and everyone has the same opinion. I'm starting to believe that the people who say this are new to university, and are not yet jaded.
I live in NA, I'm just certain a better school must exist. Look for a smaller university with discussion and research based courses.

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What books take me away from this nightmarish reality?
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It's a fucking incredible book. If you enjoy maximalist fiction, or experimental fiction in general, you will be enthralled. He also changes the style of prose every chapter, so you can go from reading his insane 'breather' chapters that use this incredible form of prose he calls the colloidal unconscious, to really touching and straightforwardly written vignettes of interactions between women and men. You should read the chapter called Ship Rock, it's online somewhere, it's a chapter of w&m around the first quarter. Incredible chapter, describes this volcanic formation, but beyond that it's impossible to explain. Please give McElroy a try, he's impossibly underappreciated for how uniquely virtuosic he is. attached is a random section from the novel, each page is just as good, often better.
you sound like a limp wristed faggot lmao
Just meet new people and do stuff that you find mutually enjoyable, it's more helpful than any book for suicidal people
The Enneads
Read Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories" and then dive into fantasy novels.

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How does one come up with a good title for a book?
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>He thinks all traditionally Roman mythology names are natively Roman.
>He thinks Latin words can have an /y/.

>The name has several variants: in Greek the character was called Olysseus (Ὀλυσσεύς), Oulixeus (Οὐλιξεύς), Oulixes (Οὐλίξης), and he was known as Ulyssēs in Latin or Ulixēs in Roman mythology. Hence, "there may originally have been two separate figures, one called something like Odysseus, the other something like Ulixes, who were combined into one complex personality."
>we did it Marty, we finally have become True Detectives
Another excellent example from True Detective.
That stomach in the pic is flat tho
Sounds gayer than balls smacking balls in a two man back beast

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Thinking about reading the glass bead game, is the book complicated ? what are your opinions about it
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I really liked it. An intellectually playful, subtle work.
The structure is really interesting if I'm remembering it right. I love all the extra material in the back.
5/5 masterpiece. helpful if you've read hesse's major works to lead up to it as it's (fittingly, and you'll see why when you read it) a synthesis of hesse's ideas he developed over his life. i'd recommend some combination of demian/siddhartha/steppenwolf/narcissus and goldmund before glass bead game.
correct post

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So what happened with the samizdat? I just finished the book tonight and more or less loved it up to the end, where it felt like 100 pages were just plain missing. I reread the first "Year of Glad" chapter, and the bit about Hal and Gately digging up J.O.I's head was enlightening, but it seems like there's too much of a gap for the book to feel at all complete.

>inb4 the plot isn't the """""""point"""""""
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DFW wanted to create a book in which he could convince the reader to engage in tackling something challenging and not immediately satisfying. The ending is a part of this. Dig deeper, it's the final boos. The clues are there. Don't ask for an easy answer, because that is what DFW wants to warn about with this book (Which only matters, of course, if you care about what he wanted to do with this and maybe even agree with his fear on what contemporary culture does to the individuals who live in it)
im hungover so i dont have the energy or will to write a lengthy reply but i also just finished the book and yeah i absolutely fucking loved it. so sad at the end when mario keeps asking hal why hes sad.

i feel depressed now that im finished, gaping void...
Yup, Mario (and that family's dialogues in general) fucked me up in a big way.
I agree. I loved Infinite Jest probably until the last 50 pages or so. I felt like it should've ended a bit earlier instead of mostly Gately in a hospital bed. I did enjoy parts of that bit, but it mostly dragged on. It's still one of my favourite books though, and I would love to reread it when I get the time.
Where do you think it should've ended then? Like, I wanted to see what happened when the wheelchairs rolled out into the exhibition tennis match. And while not necessary, it would've been awesome (and taken wayyyyy longer) to explore how Hal/Mario were cornered into helping them.

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Why do people meme that he was some kind of scumbag to women? he did literally nothing wrong.
Shelley is my favourite poet, but it's no coincidence he fucked up the lives of every woman he was involved with.

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Theoretically, could one exist in nothingness? Or does a conscious creature always need an environment?

Any book recommendations that deal with nothingness?
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Just as a thought game, IRL it's of course not possible
Being and Nothingness is bready good tbqhfam.
Parmenides' 'On Nature'
if you were in nothingness how would you know you existed?
>nothing to see
>nothing to hear
>nothing to feel
>nothing to taste
>nothing to smell
>nothing for you to form concepts about
>nothing to identify your existence by
if you've never seen the color red you can't think about the color red. if you've never seen ANYTHING you couldn't think about anything. ergo consciousness requires external stimuli.
Most of the Buddhist canon desu

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I only scored in the 88th percentile on the Reading and Writing portion of the SAT. How should I kill myself, and what is the last book I should read?

>I'm 18
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I got 800s in math and writing, 770 in reading

yes, I know this is a lame bragging post.
Jesus christ you are spooked
I remember when I wanted to study film after highschool. I'd pretty much given up on the idea of getting into the Computer Science field, and flunked my math exams.

Unfortunately for me, being good at just English isn't good enough to get a high ATAR (the score that decides what university courses we can get into in Australia), so there go my dream of becoming a film director.

Now I'm on my way to becoming an F/A-18 pilot.

I fucking hate my teenage self.
this is true but the higher up you go the less drooling retards there are. top schools might not be full of geniuses, but there are far fewer 70 iq "humans"
You fool, the new SAT released just this year recombined the sections

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Does the gender of a Main Character ever make or break the deal for you /lit/? What are your preferences? Are there those among you who shy away from books with female/male main characters? Why do you think that is?
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A tranny MC could probably actually be interesting if there wasn't any political angle to it. Unfortunately that's next to impossible.
It already exists, Breakfast on Pluto

Nothing makes me drop a book in regards to character/perspective UNLESS it's a short story that takes place exclusively in the first person, and a lot of the time a novel that takes place exclusively in the first person. If it's a frame narrative told from a first person perspective then it's tolerable/good, but a flat first person narrative is dog-shit.
Why is David Mitchell so cute, lads?
He's the ugliest motherfucker on television.

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>Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo. . . .
>His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.
>He was baby tuckoo. The moocow came down the road where Betty Byrne lived: she sold lemon platt.

>0, the wild rose blossoms
>0, the little green place.

>He sang that song. That was his song.

>O, the green wothe hotheth.

>When you wet the bed, first it is warm then it gets cold. His mother put on the oilsheet. That had the
queer smell.
what did joyce mean by this?

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How do I write a novel that isn't plot driven? I can't seem to be able to write anything that takes place in a character's mind. I can't write what they're thinking in a compelling way, and I can't make any longer than a sentence or two.

How do I get better at this? I want to be able to write a character driver story.
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Just keep going with this, repeat your thoughts over and over, edit by adding why you shouldn't say something instead of deleting what you said, and remember to touch yourself sweetly, touch the room your in with flesh, touch the reader as though they're standing above your grave after you've been buried alive. Then go read Bernhard.
I'm glad it turns out I wasn't just amusing myself

me too, /lit/ has become more and more tone-deaf lately. Thanks for the (you)
Read Lolita untill you remember every instance where he refers to himself in third person by heart.
Audience does not care about anything but plot! WTF are you doing? No one will read it

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With /mucore soundtracks by Ryuichi Sakamoto.


Is this a literary documentary thread?
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Don Dildo documentary, haven't watched the full thing yet but what I've seen so far's okay
Sympathetic bump.
Y'know I was jus thinkin about this real funny coincidence

The whole pomo thing right

Thats all about the death of the writer yeah

And how the death of the writer leads to the birth of the reader

And the reader gets to decide shit wit the text right

Like the writer cant do shit cuz the readers the top dog right

But then they top dog postmodernist writer called Derrida

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who is your favorite philosopher?
who is your favorite poet?
who is your favorite novelist?
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This is pretty much god tier
>who is your favorite philosopher?
Schiller, I guess
>who is your favorite poet?
>who is your favorite novelist?

lel nice.
>Sam Harris
Pseuds indeed.

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