So a few weeks ago I found myself in the situation of unintentionally reading four books at once. I hate this since it means I can't put my full concentration on any of them. That being said it forced me to step up my already brisk reading schedule and as a result I have finished an ass ton of books in the past two months. Here they are with comments.
Rashomon (New Penguin Collection), Ryunosuke Akutagawa: :roarosaur: My favorite author whose work is a little difficult to find in translation. The new collection gives like 10 stories that have never been translated before. Sort of like a Japanese Edgar Allen Poe. His best and creepiest works are those he wrote about modern (20s) Japan before his death. His best story is A Fool's Life - simultaneously his autobiography and his suicide note.
1st Harry Potter Book, J.K. Rawlings: Having graduated college I think it's finally safe for me to read these books. After all I don't want to be one of these people http://thisismynewwebsite.tripod.com...g.w300h285.jpg . It's a good book but not worth the hype if you're 23. I liked a Wizard of Earthsea better.
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad: Great Stylist, slow as hell. Somehow this novella, less than 150 pages, felt like I was reading the war and peace. Worth it if you like Apocalypse Now, just make sure you're ready.
On the Road, Jack Kerouac: One of those hipster diary books. I liked it, made me wanna take a road trip. Timeless because it's basically young folks screwing around until they grow out of it, which everyone sort of does.
Labyrinths, George Luis Borges - almost done: :roarosaur: Phew, really cool. Like H.P. Lovecraft if he didn't write horror. I dunno how I can describe his work in a paragraph. Awesome mind fuck short stories.
The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky - working on: I love Dostoyevsky. A more sympathetic protagonist than he usually has. Still, if you should read Crime and Punishment or Brothers Karamazov first. This man knows how to suffer.[/url]