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What haven't you read that you feel like you really should have?

For me:
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Ulysses - James Joyce
History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu
The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes


Let me warn you already that Genji Monogatari is boring as fuck. And don't get me wrong, I love japanese literature and specially old works, but it's one of the few books that I gladly dropped after some hundred of pages or so. Give it a try if you want, but I honestly don't recommend it.

As for me what I remember now:
Nansō Satomi Hakkenden - Kyokutei Bakin
Hsin Hsin Ming AKA The Book of Nothing
The Decagon House Murders - Yukito Ayatsuji

I also really, really need to check the Kindaichi cases.

There are probably more but my memory is shitty.


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why would you be embarrassed about this? we all have books we would like to read. just read them.



>Ulysses - James Joyce

>The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
>Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

I want my time back.


We'll see how it goes. The Heian era is pretty much my favorite out of all of history so I'm probably the best possible audience for it, but noted.

Maybe embarrassing wasn't quite the right word. I'll of course read them but I'm a real stickler for chronological progression so my backlog is still in the classical era.



First off, you must be someone who appreciates a well written sentence in order to enjoy it even topically. Nabokov was also a master of alliteration, and you will be struck by it at times if you are sensitive to that sort of attention to detail. At times reading the book feels like watching a Michelangelo being painted whimsically by a ballet dancer in motion - they just roll so easily.

Even better if you are the type who is drawn to a particular decision the author made, and are willing to investigate some symbolism or simile therein. I ran into some word choice and symbolism that ended up paralleling usage in his other works in subtle ways. It is quite a spiderweb of a narrative, which you will see.


I'm still trying to trudge through
Lolita. While I enjoy reading it, I have to take a break at the most every hour or so. I also have a hard time getting back into it the next day so I'll take weeks in between sessions with it.


I understand you. For me, it got really boring starting part 2. While the narrative is splendid, the plot isn't so much and it gets hard to keep reading.


I'll get around to reading The Brothers of Karamazof one of these days.


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Let me add a gigantic milestone for you people:
You all ought to read Discworld.


Well, dang. I wonder how much I am missing by reading a translation.

Stumbled upon it in the library and started reading without giving it much thought. I suppose I should download an English pdf.

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