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Postby Kenny » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:16 pm

alaska wrote:oh my godddd i want to read the magic mountainnnnNNNN


I'm sort of nervous for big upping it so much now because it is a long book and I hope other people like it as much as I did.

And then if you folks like Magic Mountain also read Buddenbrooks because it's also killerrrr

Also I learned from the Bearded Hans Castorp thread that I must have got the hardback after reading it elsewhere and the copy I have has the letter translated, so that's the Everyman ed.

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Thank you, Kenny. I didn't know that this book existed until I saw your post about it. My stepson has been getting into a lot the classic comedy films (Chaplin, Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd) and my wife and I got him the book. He hasn't started reading it yet, so I borrowed it from him. So far, it seems like a very enjoyable read. Chaplin had a very tough childhood and overcame a lot.

We also got Harpo Marx's Autobiography (Harpo Speaks) and I look forward to reading it soon too.



That is so awesome that your kid is getting into old movies like that!!
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Postby broodstar » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:30 pm

does anyone else obsess over getting the right, bestest translation/edition of a title possible
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Postby abs » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:58 pm

edit - damn it didn't mean to delete candy/candide.
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that cover tho :oops: :ahuh:
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Postby i_am_agriculture » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:44 am

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This was fine, not really at all comparable to his other novels. Definitely takes itself far too seriously.
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Postby rushedbehind » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:47 am

The cover of that Williams novel is so funny to me
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Postby reversemigraine » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:23 am

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This was fine, not really at all comparable to his other novels. Definitely takes itself far too seriously.


NYRB should be above "BY THE AUTHOR OF..." trade dress.

Does this have an introduction, or were they afraid the essayist would talk too much about how much Williams disliked this book?
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:57 am

When NYRB published Augustus—well after Stoner became a big seller for them—they didn't include a "by the author..." tage, but they did add this:

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which is as uncharacteristic as what they've done with Nothing but the Night.
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Postby reversemigraine » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:03 am

Yeah, although I kinda think they'd do that with any National Book Award winner. And off the top of my head, I can't think of any other National Book Award winners that they've reprinted.
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Postby Kenny » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:04 am

I think John Williams is a generic enough of a name that someone might need reminding on a casual look through at a bookshop
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:10 am

reversemigraine wrote:Yeah, although I kinda think they'd do that with any National Book Award winner. And off the top of my head, I can't think of any other National Book Award winners that they've reprinted.

This is the only other one (for fiction; haven't checked for other categories)

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Postby i_am_agriculture » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:44 pm

I was lazy and just reposted a pre-release cover from this thread, but the actual cover is worse:

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There's no introduction, but there's an interview with his widow at the end that only briefly mentions this novel (the entire interview is posted on the Paris Review website).

Also, if anyone wants to get in early on John Williams backlash:

https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-puppet-master-mcclay (heads up though, there's Nothing but the Night spoilers)
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:02 pm

i'm reading IT. i've never read scary stephen king stuff before, just some short stories that weren't horror.

i'm not sure how i feel about this. i'm 300 pages in and nothing's been particularly scary, even the scary parts. it's well written and a fast read but i guess i'm having a case of classic material just not connecting for whatever reason. did this thing really need to be 1100 pages?
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Postby Kenny » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:13 pm

Absolutely no Steven King needs to be as long as it is, but IT has a great ending
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:32 pm

Just remembered NYRB added this to the cover of their edition of The Door

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after the Times Book Review awarded it a top-ten spot.

I *get* why publishers do this, but as far as NYRB Classics goes, I wonder what percentage of their overall sales occurs in bookstores? Completely anecdotal, but of the dozens of their books I own, I think maybe two of them were purchased at a brick-and-mortar store. (Additionally, whether a book won an award or received a rave review from a big-name publication rarely factors in whether I buy it.)
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Postby i_am_agriculture » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:57 pm

Anybody have any recommendations from the Man Booker longlist? Olga Tokarczuk and Samanta Schweblin are pretty well-known in here, but the rest are new to me.

Jokha Alharthi, Celestial Bodies (Sandstone Press Ltd)
Can Xue, Love In The New Millennium (Yale University Press)
Annie Ernaux, The Years (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Hwang Sok-yong, At Dusk (Scribe, UK)
Mazen Maarouf, Jokes For The Gunmen (Granta, Portobello Books)
Hubert Mingarelli, Four Soldiers (Granta, Portobello Books)
Marion Poschmann, The Pine Islands (Profile Books, Serpent's Tail)
Samanta Schweblin, Mouthful Of Birds (Oneworld)
Sara Stridsberg, The Faculty Of Dreams (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Shape Of The Ruins (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
Tommy Wieringa, The Death Of Murat Idrissi(Scribe, UK)
Alia Trabucco Zeran, The Remainder (And Other Stories)
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Postby Kenny » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:19 pm

Kenny wrote:I started this today:

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Very good so far! Scientists discovered that Earth's sun was going to go Supernova in the 3000s so they sent out seed ships and one of the first ones landed on a mostly ocean planet and now one that is faster but from when the Earth was burned up caught up to the old one. There's a really Left Hand of Darkness vibe to it.

Super enjoyed this like everything I've read from him, he's definitely my favourite of the big three, tho i like Asimov and Heinlein a lot too.

Really interesting stuff, great description of a sort of utopia that still had a plot, interesting ideas on gender and sexuality tucked in here and there too
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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:22 pm

kenny i am really loving the magic mountain (i am only two chapters in) feeling v "bearded hans castorp" rn thank u for bullying me into it
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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:23 pm

i fell asleep imagining i was in the place he described in the first chapter. really feeling naturalist type stuff this time of year, good complement to hamsun's pan in that respect. perfect march reading
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Postby alaska » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:27 pm

i_am_agriculture wrote:Anybody have any recommendations from the Man Booker longlist? Olga Tokarczuk and Samanta Schweblin are pretty well-known in here, but the rest are new to me.

Jokha Alharthi, Celestial Bodies (Sandstone Press Ltd)
Can Xue, Love In The New Millennium (Yale University Press)
Annie Ernaux, The Years (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Hwang Sok-yong, At Dusk (Scribe, UK)
Mazen Maarouf, Jokes For The Gunmen (Granta, Portobello Books)
Hubert Mingarelli, Four Soldiers (Granta, Portobello Books)
Marion Poschmann, The Pine Islands (Profile Books, Serpent's Tail)
Samanta Schweblin, Mouthful Of Birds (Oneworld)
Sara Stridsberg, The Faculty Of Dreams (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Shape Of The Ruins (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
Tommy Wieringa, The Death Of Murat Idrissi(Scribe, UK)
Alia Trabucco Zeran, The Remainder (And Other Stories)


no recs (i did love the tokarzcuk i read, "house of day, house of night") but thanks for reposting this list!
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:34 pm

can xue is great
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Postby hadlex » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:38 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Just remembered NYRB added this to the cover of their edition of The Door

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after the Times Book Review awarded it a top-ten spot.

I *get* why publishers do this, but as far as NYRB Classics goes, I wonder what percentage of their overall sales occurs in bookstores? Completely anecdotal, but of the dozens of their books I own, I think maybe two of them were purchased at a brick-and-mortar store. (Additionally, whether a book won an award or received a rave review from a big-name publication rarely factors in whether I buy it.)


I remember reading an interview with some bookstore owners who said that NYRBs get stolen more than any other type of book.

I always get kind of excited when I see them out in the wild. Cool bookstores often have an NYRB section.
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The imaginary interview with Richard Pryor's sister is something.
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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:54 pm

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Eyeball Kid wrote:Just remembered NYRB added this to the cover of their edition of The Door

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after the Times Book Review awarded it a top-ten spot.

I *get* why publishers do this, but as far as NYRB Classics goes, I wonder what percentage of their overall sales occurs in bookstores? Completely anecdotal, but of the dozens of their books I own, I think maybe two of them were purchased at a brick-and-mortar store. (Additionally, whether a book won an award or received a rave review from a big-name publication rarely factors in whether I buy it.)


I remember reading an interview with some bookstore owners who said that NYRBs get stolen more than any other type of book.

I always get kind of excited when I see them out in the wild. Cool bookstores often have an NYRB section.

i never realized I was so spoiled in that all the new and used bookstores around me are heavily stocked with nyrb titles. i own probably three dozen at least and all but six or eight of them were picked up organically (and almost all used)
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Postby alaska » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:55 pm

i just started candide today having never really read it before. it makes me want to weep
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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:57 pm

really looking forward to putting march to bed and getting into some horny books for spring. i have some unread nin and a cute copy of de sade's Justine :twisted:
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Postby virile » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:58 pm

cj why can't you get horny in march
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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:01 pm


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Postby chowder julius » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:02 pm

virile wrote:cj why can't you get horny in march

i got tricked into reading nobel winners this month which is like the most ANTI horny thing possible
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