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  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Interested in the average Beijinger's literary appetite... So, what ya reading?
  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:
    as to books, I read a lot of books of my profession, and something abt social study. As to literatures…merely read any…
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    I'm reading the collected stories of 鲁迅 (Lu Xun), in English, sadly.
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    His stories. I like the one where the man is scared people are going to eat him.
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Three books at the same time:

    John Berger 's The Stoyteller ; Umberto Eco's Misreading;  Eric Rohmer‘s Contes des 4 Saisons

    but all translated into Chinese.

  • 张翯
    张翯 wrote:
    business law...
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Carlos,u are talking about Kuang Ren Ri Ji 狂人日记。

    I would like to know which translated version are u reading, who is the translator? Gladys?

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Yuki, yes 'Diary of a Madman'

    I am reading a very new translation by Julia Lovell. It has just been published by Penguin
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Lu xun 's novels are not the style what i like, too much symbolism and impede the story telling. Prefer his brother, Zhouzuoren.

    But there is one i do like from Lu xun, Shang Shi. 伤逝

  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Carlos, um um, check it, seems quite new. I would like to read his prose in English, would be interesting!

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Yes, I'm enjoying it but am probably not familiar enough with the historical context to understand all the symbolism.

    Some of my Chinese friends who do not like him because they had to read him so much when they were at school!
  • MoMo
    MoMo wrote:

    "Being Zen"...and "The ending of the time"

  • John
    John wrote:
    韩国语口语入门
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Yadan, surely a healthy combination, no?

    I have heard good things about Bloom's criticism.
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    @Peter

    Garcia Marquez is great! one of my favorite!  especially his Love in the time of Cholera , I would like to read it one day in Spanish, too.... 

     

  • John
    John wrote:
    I have other books I'm reading but I'm not sharing!
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    If you like Marquez I would suggest 'A Chronicle of a Death Foretold' . A haunting and brilliant novel.
  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:
    @Zhaohong, I do read those professional books with 100% concentration. As for fun, umm...I only read magazines...My gf has recommended some novels to me, and i finished them, I like them, but still, I prefer magazines...oh, the author is called...Sydney Sheldon? or some other name, I dunno. Besides SS's, I've only read another two English ones, one is called the five people you meet in heaven, the other is called the kite runner. So pathetic, that's all...As to Chinese ones, haha, there are too much more that i cannot list them :)
  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:
    这个...原版小说还是比较好懂的吧,估计楼上的诸位说的都是原版。毕竟是小说唉,情节很丰富,一点儿也不晦涩,原版的专业书之类的东西看着可就讨厌了...

    中文我喜欢的?没有喜欢的唉。小说这种东西,看完了也就完了,信息量也不大,顶多回味个几天,实在是谈不上什么喜欢不喜欢的。人们都说看书能让人受启发,这话没错儿,不过说实话,给我启发最大的全都是那些自然科学的书籍,特别是物理。直到现在我都相信,真想去研究哲学这么牛逼的学科,起码得是个物理学硕士才行...算了,有扯多了...
  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:
    对对对,有共鸣最重要。咱又不是什么文学欣赏家,“实用”就好,哈哈
  • MoMo
    MoMo wrote:
    小时候喜欢看小说,越大越不喜欢,太过细腻和繁琐。可能比较怪,但是喜欢哲学书。看原版书还是比较好,虽然有的也看不懂了。但是中国很多人翻译程度并不是很高,有的时候原版作者的意思都被扭曲了。。。想要让好书普及,还是要有好翻译啊。
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    just going to drop a line in here. someone needs to install some kind of jukebox in to liven you stiffs up. me likey de roth updike mailer nancy friday antony lane gore nvidal stuff... also the chinese girl who read martin amis's non-fiction in english wins a personal visit from me, date to be arranged later. actually I'm between books at the moment. just finished 'wild swans' - it';s been four years but at last it's over. what next? something distinctly sexy please
  • 柯威
    柯威 wrote:
    Alexis de Tocqueville's "Memoir on Pauperism"
  • Saint - Spartacus
    i like '1984' cause i like the story of the writer
    archéologies du futur le désir nommé utopie
    danse et nouvelle technologie
    Testo Junkie _ Beatriz Preciado
    Reimaging october
    story telling
    verbicide
    10 dimention imagination
    purple
    Findet mich das glück ^^ fischli &weiss

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)
    ...

    Guess I should live up to the expectation ... so, porn, porn and, well, porn ... also reading some Chinese published financial planning books and the "interesting" comments in this forum :)
  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    Currently trying to finish War and Peace and O Ran (Welsh-language fiction).

    Will be moving onto The Count of Monte Cristo afterwards. (I'm trying to fill in gaps in my reading of classic novels!)

  • Peter Baird
    Peter Baird wrote:

     I am reading research papers 6-10,000 words in length. Over 200 of them. :-(

  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Peter, I am reading research paper,too, :(

    about pesticide and infertility...........     :(

  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:

    Erika
    I re-read "1984" once a year to keep it fresh.

    Daniel
    Cheers for putting "The Count of Monte Cristo" on your list. But be forewarned: the book's entire midsection is excised from the films and can be grueling at times.

    In terms of classics, I recently tackled Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov," Austen's "Pride and Predjudice" and Huxley's "Brave New World."

    Currently reading a book on public speaking, Barbara Tuchman's "Stilwell and the American Experience in China" and and Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."

     

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Tony I'm with you on Updike and Roth, genius writers- no question.

    "install some kind of jukebox in to liven you stiffs up"... A 'Withnail and I' reference I see, one of my favourite films of all time.
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    Thanks Carlos. Nice picture of you with Baron Greenback by the way. It's a toss-up right now between Hunter S Thompson's Kingdom of Fear and one of the Berlin Noir trilogy. Which do you think? Also, look at my dating thread, no one has replied, it's a sad disgrace
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Tony,

    Kingdom of Fear is good, though I have to say it's the kind of thing you read for the style more than the content. It's basically an excuse for Thompson to rant about anything he sees fit, but with prose that fizzles like that he's allowed...

    Haven't read any Kerr but would like to, I know he gets rave reviews.

    Suprised about your dating thread, anything on here about boys, girls, love, sex, dating usually goes ballistic.
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    looks like you if you wish to discuss hermaphrodites, say, or crazy sex, the WLIB crowd is not the place to do it
  • Peter Baird
    Peter Baird wrote:
    Nice one, Sheryl. I just read Condrad's An Outpost of Progress. It's about how living in a foreign enviornment warps and twists your soul. Kind of made me thinka bit...
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Not sure, bout the Lu Xun thing, Sheryl. I'm finding it great and don't know too much about the background and context. Perhaps, I just lucked out with a good translator
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    Sheryl, for the best dude who does English-as-second-language try Vladimir Nabokov. One of the great prose stylists of the whole language.
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Nabokov is great, but i dont know why my favorite is his Pnin.

    Anyone like Raymond Carver? I am writing an article about him.

  • Winnie
    Winnie wrote:
    i dont like reading..pity
    but just a while ago, i was reading "a complaine free world" given by a very respect director in qingdao
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Winnie, seems that book is quite popular amongs white collar girls... two of my friends talked to me about it months ago.

  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:

    I've read Raymond Carver's "Cathedral." Full of booze and lonliness.

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    sounds like my life Pete
  • When Proust Smile...
    i read "i etcetera".its like short novel,interesting,,,,
  • When Proust Smile...
    i also reading raymond carver's "where im calling from". the “distance” really touch me.it can not change into film,its owned by 文学,我的英语太差了。
  • Saint - Spartacus
    THE NEW WORLD ORDER H. G. WELLS
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    YUKI, If you are writing an article about Raymond Carver, you'd do well to remember the fact that Gordon Lish, his editor, pretty much created his prose style: he rewrote most of his books, abbreviated them, retitled them and created the entity we know as Carver-esque today... this all came out last year
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Viz Magazine, anyone?
  • Fin
    Fin wrote:
    Biography is always my favorite,
    I also like philosophy books and books talk about the logical relationship between science,life and behavior of the human. For example, I just finished "Les Rêveries Du Promeneur Solitaire"(by Jean Jacques Rousseau),"Looking for Spinoza--Joy,Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain". I bought four other books about the history of some crazy experiments, the map of human history and the medicolegal evidences of some big controversial cases.Sounds interesting, isn't it?
    Novel, writen by a french writer named J.M.G.Le Clézio,who once won the nobel prize for litera.It's a story about a girl who lived a tough life.
    Articles,writen by my supervisor, so many~~~~
  • Foxxy_vivi
    Foxxy_vivi wrote:

    After read Malcolm Gladwell and , on the way reading his second novel , shamely wasn't that good as same as the other two. So quite slowly now...

    Also, read a few chapter of  by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Really interesting...

    Personally, quite enjoy the book which could inspirt you with a difference conception, otherwise, felt a bit waste time and it won't keep long...and won't make you knowledgeable.

     

     

  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    @Pete, actually I cried during reading Cathedral, but yes, I am a easy cry-er.

    @TonyDice, Thanks for providing such important information. I've no idea about it before i saw u post, truely....I checked...and gained a lot of interesting information, and help to improve a lot the article, thanks thanks thansk :)

     


  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Fin, for me, Les Rêveries Du Promeneur Solitaire could also be attached high importance in literture extend. I like Rousseau, but more take him as a wonderful writer.

    Quite happy to see so many post here talking about passion on philosophy...since I have the same passion too :) I love postmodernism works , such as Lacan, Foucault and Derrida. also some structuralism like the just pass-away Levi-Strauss.

    And Foxxy, La sombra del viento, excellent novel. I saw it months ago then I bought Safon's another novel, Angle's Game. But seems not as good as the first one, but i havnt finished it yet.

  • Winnie
    Winnie wrote:
    Yuki,
    if you want to read that book,i'd lend it to you. you want it?
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    Thansk Yadan, I 've read the book already.

    Recently Stephen King wrote an article about Carver's life in NYT.

    Seems every 2 years, people start to talk about Ray once again, but what we talk about changed slightly. Anyway, I like King's article.

    link here

    Winne, which book? 不抱怨的世界?I'd love to read it, but I guess I can borrow from my flatmate. Thanks :)

     

  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:


    OK, 2 years, my bad. So this is what we talk about when we talk about Ray...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/books/17carver.html
  • Lukia
    Lukia wrote:

    i can't understand english ...

    no matter what english novels

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan wrote:

    "if this is history of Song dynasty" a historical book about Song dynasty of China for common persons

  • Mai Quant
    Mai Quant wrote:

    a book on Chinse astrology...

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Am thinking of giving Wang Shuo/王朔 a try, as I have a copy of 千万别把我当人 (Please don't call me Human) in English. I've heard he;'s very much a Beijing writer.

    Has anyone here read him. Just wondering if his work is worth my while? You only ever get to read so many after all.
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    He is quite a character, symbolizing a special ideology among a group of special youth in a special time in Beijing. People call them Da Yuan Zi Di大院子弟,whoes parents are normally high ranking army officials after 1949. They lived and grow up together in a community, grow up a unique personality or mentality mixed with traditonal/local beijing culture (痞子气,hard to explain in Chinese) and a belief in Mao, CPC, and culture revolution. 

    They once were the most powerful kids in beijing, fighting around the street, and have most access to new culture things and event. But after 1977, some of them become lost in the new society,can't move on, using sarcastic way to understand the world...

    If u are interested in culture revolution and beijing mentality, that's quite good to approach to Wang Shuo. And but the way, his technic in literture is quite special, too. Sarcastic with sadness.

    I've only read 看上去很美,顽主and 千岁寒,not sure about urs. I like 看上去很美.

    PS. He influence the movies of Feng Xiao Gang, Jiang Wen and Zhang Yang quite a lot. I like the movie 看上去很美,too. If u are interested in Wangshuo, u can take a look at the movies redirected from his novels first..then decide by urself~ 

     

  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    By the way, movie 阳光灿烂的日子(In the Heat of the Sun, directed by 姜文),also from Wang Shuo's short story (动物凶猛), is really an exellent movie for me.

  • Da Fan
    Da Fan wrote:

    你说你们有劲么?“有劲!”:P

  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:

    haha,我有劲,一看到夏红,浑身就有使不完的劲。

    噢。。。那是另一部了。。。。

     

     

  • C.J.
    C.J. wrote:
    Reading his/her mind and try to learn and feel how your counterparts think in a different way... which can be very interesting and significant!
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Cheers Yuki,

    fascinated by the concept of the Da Yuan Zi Di大院子弟...
  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    A bit less literary this month. Mainly reading the hip Chinese magazine, Vision. It's almost as good as Surface magazine
  • Xiaoli
    Xiaoli wrote:
    CARLOS,你太假了。
    i have never never heard of Surface...sorry la
    BUT i definitely know Vision,very good+famous+cool!
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    Yes, Vision, fucking useful magazine if you need a bludgeon.

    Carlos bought me a Paul Theroux for Xmas. Thanks old buddy...
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:
    U are all wrong!
    Global Times is the best magazine ever...if it has a magazine.
  • TonyDice
    TonyDice wrote:
    it's more of a "snoozepaper" but point taken
  • Børge Notkevich
    reading The Time Traveller's Wife, such a romantic, funny book!
  • Daniel Westerberg
    Currently working my way through the "Horus heresey" series.
    Nice, simple and relaxing reading.
  • Erik Thue
    Erik Thue wrote:
    毛选1~5
  • THIS IS A BIG IMAGE
    Hustler in black and white on the iPad
  • Ulrike Standau
    Just went through Jane Austens books again, now turning on "Wuthering Heights" by Emelie Bronté, after I managed reading and understanding Jane Austens books in English I thought, I'll try "Wuthering Height", let's see how far I come. In schools in Germany u usually just read Goethe, Schiller, Theodore Fontane and all those classics, but I am interested in other things, I managed Shakespeare and love it so I thought some female writers should be good too.
    Anyone, any recommendations what to read next?
  • Kodi
    Kodi wrote:
    I am reading "Sexual Violence Against Women" Classical Papers in order to learn more about the patriarchal system that men have created and how they use rape as a tool to keep women in a constant state of fear and subordination in the United States.

    I am also reading "Gender Violence" by Otoole in order to learn about rape and how it effects it's male and female victims.

    Also "Abolition Democracy" by Angela Davis to learn more about the prison industrial complex in the United States and how it is used as a racist tool of segregation to disproportionaltely imprison people of color and also as a solution to social problems. I am also learning about how the prison industrial complex has become a multi billion dollar industry supporting whole states and local economies. It is interesting that prisons do not make the crime rates go down and that they act as a transference from illegal slavery to institutional slavery in the United States. Gotta love sociology.

    I guess that makes me a male feminist and a radical prison abolitionist.
  • Kodi
    Kodi wrote:
    Has anyone read "Candy" by Mian mian? Chinese books banned in China and written by Chinese are beginning to grow on me.
  • Joakim Berg Solum
    Thinking about re-reading 1984 and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Good stuff...
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:
    Just finished second time Murakami's South of the Border, West of The Sun...but not really reread...since this time I read the English version...

    This book was once so important for me. It did talk about passed love, but at the same time it is never related to love. Love is just a mirage or self illusion for Haruki, like my memories.

    However, I shoule admit I did not find anything special this time when I read it. At the beginning a lot of trembling memories invaded me, but not any more. I even realized that I quite dislike the ending.

    Anyway. should start to read Akutagawa Ryunosuke and Izumi Kyoka, the aged fleurs du mal in Japanese novels.
  • Yuki Inés
    Yuki Inés wrote:
    @ Kodi, haha, Mian Mian...once was described as the beginner of lower-part-of-the-body writers. I found it actually boring when I really got a book...maybe too high expectation..especially when latter she is classified with a bunch of those Wei Hui...make me regret I had read this book before. Her 'legend' is much more interesting than her book.

    Mian Mian is not bad at all(could be worse like Guo Jing Ming and some other writer booming after 1999). But if think about writing and lower-part-of-body...i recommend a femal poet called Yin Li Chuan. hahah...kidding here.

  • Siliconfish
    Siliconfish wrote:
    Yesterday night I just finished The Dying Animal by Roth Philip. Charming little booklet, got arousal from inside out.-o-...
    The description of sex scenes is restraint, awkwardly detailed yet smoking hot (at least from my perspective). Relationship,fetish,sex,mortality, quite serious themes veiled by a romantic affair. But still his writting is eloquent and almost witty, for a while I nearly forgot how solemn he used to be.lol.

    At hand got a play by John Osborne, Look Back In Anger. Thin reading as well, hope do me a good lullaby before bed. (-O-).


  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:
    Impressive Mojito, Roth is one of the greats.. Enjoy 'Look Back in Anger', a brilliant play...
  • Siliconfish
    Siliconfish wrote:
    金瓶梅....The Forbidden Legend Sex And Chopsticks........you don't say...lol.
  • Siliconfish
    Siliconfish wrote:
    --Carlos,yeah,I wish I could read him more. ... normally myself to blame .... too lazy to make a bibliography and try to find them except for studying purpose...kinda read what I come across. I can see his novel-based movies though.
    As for another,I just finished the first act...jimmy boy...he can really use some tequila shots.
  • Asfand-yar Thathal
    I am reading Lolita, but one of my friends recommended me to read a room with a view. he said i need to read some real romantic books... ha ha, but that is the problem, the more romantic books that we read, the harder we can live in the real world?(maybe).
    so maybe i should read Tess of the D'Urbervilles, but i don't think i am strong enough for that book yet, after i finish Jude the obscure by Thomas Hardy ...
    then what is the next one that i should read?...
  • R-R
    R-R wrote:
    Light on yoga,the power of now,遇见未知的自己,anthropotomy
  • Martin
    Martin wrote:
    Web Architectures.... Wahhhhhh :S
  • Simen Wangberg
    Slaughterhouse-Five. So it goes.

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