Ha, I was just looking up Journey to the End of the Night. It's been about ten yrs. since I read it, think I'll read it again.The Gnome said:You want real meat? L.F. Celine...THE writer of the 20th...
One of his most dull books really - massively pointless interlude.kingjr said:The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
The whole thing, not some shortend version.
Best book I've read yet. I'm reading it once every year and it doesn't get old.
I thought I would like it more. I preferred 1984.Libertine Seguros said:"We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin: an excellent satire in science fiction dressing smuggled into the West that you can clearly see was a major influence on Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.
I thought Blindness was overrated. Powerful story but it got bogged down in the second half. Not a feel good story. I think that American Psycho and the Hubert Selby book, The Room were two of the best disgusting books I have read. Both were compelling.Christian said:Recently read "Blindness" by José Saramago.
I have actually been a fan of Saramago and read 4 of his books before this: History of the siege of Lisbon, The elephant's journey (see my profile pic), The gospel according to Jesus Christ, and Job. But I never wanted to read "Blindness" because it sounded too much like a horror movie and I don't care for horror movies.
Now I'm a bit torn about it. As far as style goes, it's typical Saramago. In that sense, if you've read one of his books, you've read them all - the style is always the same. It's funny, it's entertaining, but it also gets a bit old at some point, at least after the 4th book.
The book itself is odd. On the one hand it's incredibly disgusting and very very explicit in all the disgusting scenes. Basically it's a 300-page orgy of fecies, urine, vomit, sex, rape, violence and death. I get that there is not much that separates us from wild animals - but you get that point after the 3rd chapter. After that you ask yourself what the point is of describing every little detail of violence and rape.
But the initial premise is intersting, as usually with Saramago. It's a good idea, and he's a great storyteller, so of course you cannot say that this is not a good book. It goes to show Saramago's skill that even though you are disgusted by what you read, you cannot put it down.
But I think now I am saturated with Saramago for a while. And I don't want to see the movie, even though I seriously wonder how they could possibly turn this book into a movie without it being prohibited for under 36 year-olds.
Then you'll have to read Trifles for a Massacre, lol.RetroActive said:Ha, I was just looking up Journey to the End of the Night. It's been about ten yrs. since I read it, think I'll read it again.
O, thanks for the reminder that I still need to read Homage to Catalonia! I've got the book for years, but somehow still didn't read it yet.Echoes said:Interesting interview with Gilad Atzmon about Orwell's 1984 & Homage to Catalunya. I don't agree with everything but it's quite different from mainstream (in English with French subs).