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Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago at Jul 19 5:41
I've meant to read that for sometime, as well, and had such a premonition, though my reexploration of The Sound and The Fury has taken much of the confidence I'd had in this

I ought to take this chance to mention Omensetter's Luck is both brief and might very well be my favorite novel (though JR's existence makes such a claim one too weighty for me to speak so confidently); things you might want to take into account.
Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago at Jul 19 5:09
Brothers Karamazov is generally pointed to as Dostoevsky's best by enthusiasts (the opinion that Crime and Punishment would bear this title is one held only by those more drawn to the idea of reading Dostoevsky than actually reading Dostoevsky) and it is the more "rich" of the two, though I found it to be flawed where as The Idiot maintains it's excellence throughout. It's more the sort of thing your curiosity should decide

I've wanted to read that for some time, and recently acquired my own copy of it. Both Life and Fate and Petersburg are what I intend to serve my next two significant projects, respectively, but I wonder if, prior to entering such thick volumes, it would be in my interests to explore briefer works posing great promise like the aforementioned or Baldwin's Giovanni's Room

As for The Idiot's closing portion, I'm actually not in agreement. Not that it's closing pages are anything short of superb, but it really isn't the sort of thing that deserves such merit. I made indirect mention of it's consistency, but I do need to stress this as one of the novel's greatest qualities; it sets a standard of excellence, and maintains (surpasses, at points) such throughout
Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago at Jul 19 4:28
If you're wondering why I'd taken several days to complete after having said it would have taken but a day's time last week, I'd had sleep trouble three days after, then found myself invested in Fate/Zero (a wonderful anime) and thought, given how little left I had,I would have best taken the whole of the day following my completion of the series to finish the whole of it, so as to better take in the undoubted excellence of it's closing portion
Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago at Jul 19 4:22
It furthers my bafflement at Dostoevsky's acclaim among the literary public, what with their hatred of sincerity and humanity.

Ah, wonderful; read at it at your own pace. It was somewhere around the 150 page mark the intrigue gave way to fascination, then to awe at around the 300 page mark. Though all of it's excellent; the extent of that excellence just comes to show itself all the more at a later point, a bit like Pynchon, in that regard. Or maybe that was my own experience. Either way, if I'm correct in my assumption that your taste in literature doesn't suck (you've yet to show otherwise), you have before something incredibly rewarding.
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Jul 14 7:40
The fourth section really can't be spoken of in the same sense as the other three, as (as you said) it really is just a thematic device, though Faulkner being the talent he is made it an enjoyable work in itself

I'll concede and admit that Quentin is the more complex of the two, and the novel's second section is it's best (more than that, it, at times, sounds identical to Gaddis (or rather Gaddis at time identical to Faulkner in Quentin's portion), but I have a draw to Jason that's rather abstract. There's a quality to Jason so... human (as I said, the draw is abstract (or I'm simply inarticulate and can't give word to my opinions). More than that, his vileness at times is quite funny. I actually have a ranking of my favorite, on which Jason falls second (to Jethro Furber of Omensetter's Luck). Hell, if such a dull thing is of any interest, I could list off the whole of my rankings
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Jul 14 7:15
If I recall, Jason said this line taking a lunch break from his job, easing his subconscious shame over holding so humble a position with this justification.

I'm shocked to hear the third is actually your least favorite of the three. At times, I've found myself thinking it's the greatest novel of all time for Jason's character alone.

I'm only really an enthusiast of the middle portions; the book ends were rather underwhelming. I actually feel a bit annoyed thinking of Benjy's portion; it's given Faulkner the reputation among the pseudo literary as a gimmick author, and they praise him as such! Faulkner that I can't see the origins of Gaddis and Gass in simply isn't Faulkner, for me
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at Jul 14 6:54
Oh god,please do share things like this in the future; I quite like that. The lines of a novel most pointed to are generally those most lacking in subtlety (I understand Finnegan's Wake is obviously a different matter entirely (as it always is) and men like you and (might I be so arrogant as to say?) I to call to light, in whatever insignificant manner we can, those passage containing genuine depth or excellence.

Continuing on the subject of "lines of excellence in famous works of fictions never made mention", do you recall the bit about the mahogany desk in The Sound and the Fury's third portion?
Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago at Jul 13 6:28
Ah, Byron the Lightbulb; what a pleasant memory you've conjured
Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago at Jul 13 6:24
Also, I went to purchase Dream Story, but it seems it's out of print. Given it's length, I think it would be more in my interests to just read it at a library rather than seek out an undoubtedly expensive copy from Ebay or some such thing. I decided, in it's place, to order Andrei Bely's Petersburg; along with Vassily Grossman's Life and Fate, I'll be having a quasi study of 20th century Russian literature; a pleasant prospect
Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago at Jul 13 6:14
I reply to both statements with "wonderful". The closing moments of the novel are so wonderfully absurd (Pynchon's best use of limerick?)

I can now say The Idiot is superior to Karamazov and on par with Demons, both statements bearing great weight. I'l likely be completing the novel tomorrow.
Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago at Jul 12 18:16
I've been meaning to ask (ever am I without this intent?); why is it you bother to comment on lists like that Genesis one or those of that kid who wants to watch "good adult movies"? It's a bit like that "what types of books do you like" forum. I don't mean to suggest that it's pretension or masked arrogance on your part (it probably is, though you'll never be the pretentious ass I am and thus I'd never be so haughty as to criticize or admonish you for this), but doesn't it all seem rather futile? Speaking harboring not the slightest meanness, doesn't such a person just a seem like the type who'd best not listen to Genesis progressive years? Or is it that I'm too boring to relieve the boredom of the internet and you grasp at straws? My apologies
Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago at Jul 10 2:10
Ah, forgive me, I failed to mention; the paper was simply that sentence alone.

Also, I forgot to mention, but your Notes from the Underground remark was amusing. Thanks for the laugh; lord knows I get few from the time spent on Listal
Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago at Jul 9 19:41
My fondest memory of subversion in that class was an assignment on stream of consciousness for our Catcher and the Rye unit (that was neither mistyped or misread), on which I simply wrote "rows of cast steel"
Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago at Jul 9 18:59
Also, being a bit annoyed with my rather base wording of The Sound and the Fury's second portion, I decided to, in part reread it. Christ, has time done to it (as well as the third part, which I reread recently) wonderful things
Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago at Jul 9 18:54
Her justification for thinking that was?

I'm shocked to hear "objective analysis" is an actual practice schools are trying to enforce rather than the just the creation of her imbecility. I risked failing the class when the paper I turned in said "Objective literary analysis is an impossibility", but she allowed me to rewrite it for a passing grade saying "she know how much I loved books". God, how the stomach aches at the thought; for a person who'd never even heard of Borges or Pynchon to condescend so. Not that I take pride in knowing either name; it's simply that when my almost nonexistent knowledge dwarfs that of the one condescending, it really makes all things look like an appealing target for the fist

And yes, I took my permanent leave of high school this June
Posted: 2 weeks ago at Jul 9 8:12
I'm baffled that it's closing portion isn't as esteemed; I'd think one who wouldn't like the novel's absurd ending simply wouldn't like the novel, especially as both are the mark of god awful taste.

Be glad at having to simply abridged version of the Odyssey than the damn Jungle; writing about the symbolism in a work of propaganda gives one such a deep sense of shame. I might as well take this time to make fun of the god awful English teacher I had in Junior year. This woman professed to have studied modernism, yet hadn't read Ulysses, The Sound and the Fury, Mrs. Dalloway, anything of Borges, and, um... anything beyond F. Scott Fitzerald, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemmingway. I made mention of Molly Bloom's soliloquy, which she, having no involvement in the conversation, came up and commented "from Ulysses"; such stupidity you'd think would be amusing, and in hindsight it is, but having to bear witness to it is is evocative of a very particular fury. I'm talking to another teacher of mine (one not so utterly stupid) about The Sound and the Fury, and she, once more, interjects, saying something about gothicism. How at all do a retarded child, a neurotic intellectual plagued by incestuous thought, and a jaded cynicist at all keeping with gothicism? I won't, like that moron, claim to know anything of the aesthetic, but I'm rather confident The Sound and the god Fury falls out of it. I make passing mention of The Trial, and, as I mention Kafka's name, this is greeted with a response of "oh, The Metamorphosis". My mouth was agape, but I dared not say a word, as, if I had, against my will, they would be shaped into "no, The Trial you twat, two different fucking works". She asked us to give objective literary analysis! We had to mark every time Fitzgerald mentioned a color! She teaches a lesson on the picaresque, and says my mentioning Ignatius J. Reily is off -topic! Oh, that was cathartic
Posted: 2 weeks ago at Jul 9 7:13
Worry not about such things; the only thing you could do to truly offend would be to display bad taste in art. Or be obnoxious to a degree that's unforgivable, regardless of however respectable your taste.

How far along are you in Gravity's Rainbow? I recall enjoying the later portions a good bit more (the closing page is among my favorites). You said you'll be reading The Recongitions next, correct. God, I can't wait to have another soul to talk about that with
Posted: 2 weeks ago at Jul 9 2:32
Also, what in God's name convinced you Watchmen might be a good means of spending your time? Isn't the pseudo grit therein so immediately conveyed by it's surface? It's the work of a high school student still enamored by super hero lore but embarrassed for this, and hoping to rid himself of this embarrassment seeks to make American comic books "mature", as is defined by his juvenile mind. If "expanding" your horizons" is your aim, "The Long Halloween" is by a wide margin the best the medium offers. Under it's faux-noir surface is a pretty damn good detective story
Posted: 2 weeks ago at Jul 9 2:26
Your hypothetical show of narcissism bothers me not, as I'm one to do the same (when everyone else is so unabashedly mediocre (the means by which people have come to accept mediocrity) one needs to come to know oneself as strongly as the narcissist does (though the self-love narcissism connotes (or does it denote?) is the road to arrogance, the most hideous of personality traits, through which stupidity, ignorance, and baseness all become forms of exaltation). What I do take issue with, however, is the the suggestion that I may be at all prudent
Posted: 2 weeks, 1 day ago at Jul 8 5:52
I'm anticipating a month or so's time; I've been having sleep trouble for some time, and much of the time I would spend reading is spent in daytime sleep, which further disrupts sleep patterns and continues this vicious cycle of not reading what I'd hoped to. But that certainly isn't of any interest to you; the novel's incredibly good. Dostoevsky is very slow-burning, if you will author, and thus, only being at the 200 page mark, I'd rather avoid making any definite statement on where it stands in relation to Demons or Karamazov, but it's satisfied the literary needs the aforementioned works had, and to a similar degree. I can say that it's much better than Crime and Punishment, though; Dostoevsky's greatest talent is in his character writing, something The Idiot places much more emphasis on than the latter.

I myself have been feeling all too acutely the pain of loneliness. The damn problem is, though you feel as if you need contact with others, everyone about you is such a damn bore you find yourself in even greater anguish when you try and make awkward conversation. You find unfeelingly masturbating is a more fulfilling means of passing the time, but calming the erection of the body just calls to attention how raging that of the soul is.

Oh wait, your question was in regards to it's length, not artistic merit. Well, I typed that damn thing, I don't much feel like deleting it, so I'll simply tack this on; it's roughly the same length as Crime and Punishment and slightly shorter than other two. This is all said from memory, mind you