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About meOldlitmajor/Family Dude who has a hope a few youths of the world take up the examined life , (read more world literature) in our mindless age of touch screens.

Hoo-rah for the "1001 Books To Read before You Die"... it hopefully will at least get some folks to read the 500 or so titles on the list that are truly must reads (the rest are better watched as Blu ray entertainments imho...)

About my libraryMy reading bio..

I have no specific plot or characterization expectations for post 19th century lit. Before that, plot and character were the main engine driving the narrative's machinery (Except for Diderot and Sterne)

I have had great luck trying to be patient with some of the more 'difficult' works, trying to give the authors the benefit of my reader's doubt, 'slogging through'. Most all of the time the payoff has been worth the effort, sometimes amazingly so. The text's language becomes more transparent and lucid as I become familiar with some cases the reading experience became almost transformative, reaching the level of the sublime. Examples of this for me were: Proust's In Search of Lost Time , Virginia Woolf's The Waves , and recent Nobel laureate's Herta Muller's The Land of Green Plums.

I learn how to read each book from the instructions they contain. Its a premise I ALWAYS adhere to. All novels come with 'How To Read Me' instructions.

For me, I found that once I extended my reading horizon beyond my former anglo-american literary field of vision, I went beyond the one sea, and found the vast blue ocean that is world lit in translation. Not saying I disregard anglo american lit, its now one of the seven qualitative judgement beyond that..

About my star ratings....

Yep, like ya all, my stars are as subjective and worth the same amount of grains of salt.Face it, we are not Bloom, Leavis, Frye, Barthes, Foucalt, Bakhtin, etc..

Even though I pride myself with approaching each work with as with as little cultural bias and reader-prejudices as possible, I finally look at my personal reaction to the book. The second factor is my non-qualfied amateur opinion of how I thought the work came off as a literary work of art (ie. did it fulfill its own promises).

A book has to move the heart as well as the head (not necessarily in equal measure!) to get high ratings from me.

About My Favorite Authors:

I limit my favorite authors to those who I have read multiple texts of, and in order for them to be one of my favorites, I have to be entirely smitten with more than one of their works (Proust is an exception because, well you know)


Favorite authorsIsaac Babel, Calderon De La Barca, Donald Barthelme, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Anton Chekhov, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Nikolai Gogol, Günter Grass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bohumil Hrabal, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, Danilo Kiš, Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville, Alice Munro, Amos Oz, Marcel Proust, Juan José Saer, José Saramago, Bruno Schulz, William Shakespeare, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sophocles, Theodor Storm, Olga Tokarczuk, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Eudora Welty, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Real nameIago

LocationCabin in the woods in Montana (past grandma's house)

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Member sinceOct 18, 2008

Currently readingThe Cave by Jose Saramago
The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) by W. B. Yeats

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