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  •  Wow, you may not know everything all at once (10+ / 0-)

    (and I can't fault you, as my own omniscience is only partial), but you have a capacious recall.

    I mentioned many moons ago, in passing, that I was reading Absalom! Absalom!. It was also one of my Himalayas of yore, as was Nightwood. But I found it too steep, and it's temporarily bested me. It's been recommended that I try As I Lay Dying, so I reckon I'll hike that first, and get back to Absalom! Absalom! eventually. I was well-impressed by The Sound and the Fury, long ago.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 04:26:12 AM PST

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    •  you may recall my views on Faulkner and (7+ / 0-)

      as i lay dying…

      a cautionary tale of personal preference and tolerance… LOL

      but, i will probably try again.  i did get through sanctuary (twice) but it's longer than as i lay dying…

      aild i think is short enough to be taken at once if you really want to do it…

      i found mann's dr. faustus to be extremely dry and painful to get through the first time i was required to read it, but i found it be far more enjoyable on a second go many years later.

      the death speech in the final pages alone is worth the price of admission…

      Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

      by No Exit on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 12:35:22 PM PST

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      •  'Sanctuary' intrigues , for offering a different (4+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita, RiveroftheWest, suka, No Exit

        flavor of Faulkner. I need to get to As I Lay Dying soon, when there are so many more Faulkners waiting behind it. And he such an interesting 20th C. US author.

        I haven't got to Dr. Faustus yet, but I'm a fan both of Mann and the Faust legend: both of them beautiful and deep. I'd love to find a killer version of the Goethes in English.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 09:35:14 PM PST

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