[Literature] Currently Reading (discussion)

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Postby Blue Monday » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:43 pm

Finished Karamazov last night. Loved every page of it, and even though it's a long book, I wanted just a little bit more, to see the final outcomes of Ivan and Dmitry. What I didn't expect, and what I enjoyed the most, was the fictions-within-fictions element; such as the Grand Inquisitor poem told by Ivan (probably my favourite part, including his "meeting" with the Devil towards the end), or the account of Elder Zosima earlier in his life. I was pleasantly surprised by this almost postmodern presentation of substories and subjectivity. I even liked the deeper discussions and introspection into theology and free will, which is strange for someone who leans more agnostic.

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Another thing to point out is how the murder of Fyodor, Dmitry's implication and Smerdyakov's confession are still narratively volatile and ambiguous. For instance, I read Ivan's last meeting with Smerdyakov as potentially being completely imagined. This is the day his hallucinations were getting worse, and the subtle and awry elements of the meeting nod that something is amiss, e.g. that the table had been moved closer to the wall implies that it was moved in order for Smerdyakov to hang himself, or Smerdyakov's detached demeanour, et cetera.


I felt a wave of elation when reading the last few pages too, it really made me want to be more like Alyosha, which I guess is the intended effect of the book. I think it's also the fact that I can look forward to reading more Dostoevsky, or can revisit Karamazov again in the future.


Anyway, here's my shortlist of books I have up next which I'm excited for, seeing as though Karamazov took me a couple weeks to finish:

  • The Woman in the Dunes - Kōbō Abe
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Philip K Dick
  • Quarry AKA The Broker - Max Allan Collins
  • Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
  • Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Postby Guy Nacks » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:30 pm

View Original PostBlue Monday wrote:Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Philip K Dick



No shit, I actually started reading this just last month, but I've all but dropped it about a third of the way in.
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Postby Blue Monday » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:37 pm

True? Didn't like it, or just got sidetracked? I read the synopsis and I thought it sounded like Perfect Blue with cyberpunk/sci-fi, which struck me as my kind of thing. Keen to hear your thoughts (minus spoilers, of course).
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Postby Guy Nacks » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:07 am

View Original PostBlue Monday wrote:True? Didn't like it, or just got sidetracked? I read the synopsis and I thought it sounded like Perfect Blue with cyberpunk/sci-fi, which struck me as my kind of thing. Keen to hear your thoughts (minus spoilers, of course).


The plot just wasn't going anywhere and unlike Perfect Blue, who had a protagonist I could sympathize with, the protagonist of Flow My Tears is a racist misogynist cocksplat, so I don't really care what happens to him. This isn't to say that villain or morally grey protagonists are automatically a no-go with me (I love A Clockwork Orange and American Psycho), but the protagonist of FMT is just...uninteresting and has no real charisma, as far as I can remember...I haven't looked at the book in about a month.
Among the people who use the Internet, many are obtuse. Because they are locked in their rooms, they hang on to that vision which is spreading across the world. But this does not go beyond mere ‘data’. Data without analysis [thinking], which makes you think that you know everything. This complacency is nothing but a trap. Moreover, the sense of values that counters this notion is paralyzed by it.

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