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Must-reads Hipster Slut 18/05/21(Mon)04:31 No. 17877
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Where are the best places for an uncultured /lit/let to start?


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Hipster Slut 18/07/18(Wed)16:04 No. 17891

I am also new to literature. I used to read a great deal until I fell into anime, videogames and crap like that.
Now I'm starting to climb my way back to literature, and I want some good books to read.


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PATRICIA "MOTHERFUCKING" HIGHSMITH 18/07/19(Thu)05:39 No. 17893
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>>17877
As a former 57.14%-er, I am obliged to suggest Greek classics and philosophers despite not actually having read them.
Just kidding - although stoicism is dope and I like Roman Imperial propaganda as much as the next guy (Meditations).
>>17891
To be a little controversial, I suggest you start with things which you actually like instead of shunning the genre fiction ghetto.
In both of your cases it is impossible to suggest anything without knowing what you have already read. Were you dissatisfied with it? This is the best way to find new literature - washing away the foul or saccharine taste by figuring out who the author was raping and pillaging to make a quick buck. Soon you'll be more cultured than a bucket of yogurt, and you'll be full of literary factoids to impress people at, uh, parties or something. Yeah, sure.


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Hipster Slut 18/07/20(Fri)13:10 No. 17895

>>17893
Okay, lets see.
In the past few years of not reading, I had read 5 books all by one author, Robert Cormier, who's books I rather enjoyed. Recently, the novel to make me think that I should be reading more was Nabokov's Lolita. Since then, I read Perfume by Patrick Suskind, and I thought it was utter crap, and I do not have any access to English books currently, due to being overseas.
If you could suggest to me anything that could be of interest to me, I would greatly appreciate it, and I will definitely try reading anything that you suggest.


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Hipster Slut 18/07/22(Sun)13:22 No. 17896
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>>17895
Thanks for Cormier - got interested skimming his works and grabbed an EPUB of The Chocolate War. Really needed this in my life five years ago.
Currently brain crippled post-dental surgery. I can confidently suggest only things I really liked from my own past several years of not reading. Very selfish memory - will take it for a jog and find more suitable offerings when meds wear off!
Ordered by train of thought:
- There Are Doors by Gene Wolfe
- The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon is superb, and the writing is much better. Totally different books. However some people find this one to be completely unreadable!)
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John K. Toole

I'm going throw my hat down and second your request for books to culture myself up. Was really just bluffing and repackaging advice I've received. Patricia Highsmith writes great suspense novels, check her out, I have EPUBS of all of these suggestions if you want. Sherlock Holmes holds up very well. It's interesting to watch Doyle's evolution, plus the mysteries are bite-sized.



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