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Post by slooroo » 1 month ago

Finished Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This book is really short but the first half is harder than the second. The first half is the Underground Man trying to justify his total isolation from the rest of the world and his inability to make choices. This leads into his issue with major schools of philosophy of the time in Russia such as nihilism, rational egoism, and utopias. The second half is the Underground Man telling stories from a period of his life that relates back to points from the first half. It's definitely good but I do recommend reading Crime and Punishment before or after it because Dostoyevsky wrote Notes From Underground first and kept expanding on his points from book to book until his final work The Brothers Karamazov which I haven't read yet. Notes From Underground however is considered possibly the first novel in the field of existentialism, a philosophy I have sympathies to.

Next is The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis

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I won a signed copy of a NaNoWriMo focused novel called Nanecdotes: Confessions Of A Thirty-Day Novelist. It's by a fellow NaNoWriMo author, Joseph R. Kennedy, and it's insanely funny to my dad and I as writers.

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Post by slooroo » 1 month ago

I finished The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis awhile back and forgot to post! Essentially Lewis criticizes people who believe there are no universal values and that all things are subjective. He then talks about the dystopic possibilities of a small few controlling man's morals and how we could regress into mere animals from it. Rough explanation I know but it's a dense book.

Now I'm reading South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami which I should be done with today or tomorrow.

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Post by slooroo » 4 weeks ago

Finished South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. Essentially what I took from it is the dangers of obsession with the past and the inability to connect with other people.

Next up is The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton

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Post by slooroo » 2 weeks ago

Finished The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton. Seeing him go through human history and why he believed Christianity was the solution to the thought and hopes of paganism and philosophy was interesting.

Next is The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. My high school didn't read this classic and it's short so I figured it'd make a good quick read.

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Post by slooroo » 1 week ago

Finished The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Took me longer than it should have due to illness. I can see why this is an extremely influential book and I liked large chunks of it. At the same time I won't say it's the most well written book either. Crane was a talented writer but I don't think this book served as his ironing out all of his writing flaws. It's very unfortunate he died a young age because he probably had many more great novels in him. As for the book itself while it's known as "A Civil War novel" the ideas Crane is presenting isn't really so much exclusively ideas to the Civil War but to anything. I could rewrite the story into any war and make the same points.

Next is Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. The great master of existentialism and a controversial Christian I've been wanting to get into his works for some time and it's said this is the best starting place since he makes his points through the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.

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Post by slooroo » 6 days ago

Finished Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. I knew it would be challenging since dense philosophy but I weathered through it better than I expected. I won't bother writing out a long review though unless someone is interested.

Next up is Silence by Shusaku Endo

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