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pick some things you would like to read
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Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde 7 20.59%
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers 6 17.65%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 6 17.65%
The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck 6 17.65%
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard 8 23.53%
These suck so I posted my idea as a comment below 1 2.94%
Total: 19 votes
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Hieronymous Alloy
Jan 30, 2009


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Morbid Hound

POLL:

Vote for as many options as you think you might read. If you have another suggestion, list it in a comment with a note explaining why it's a better pick. If you do vote, please consider participating and reading along. Poll will stay up for three days.

1) Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde



quote:

The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile in Berneval-le-Grand, after his release from Reading Gaol (/ˈredɪŋ dʒeɪl/) on 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. During his imprisonment, on Tuesday, 7 July 1896, a hanging took place. Charles Thomas Wooldridge had been a trooper in the Royal Horse Guards. He was convicted of cutting the throat of his wife, Laura Ellen,[1] earlier that year at Clewer, near Windsor. He was aged 30 when executed.[2][3]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B...of_Reading_Gaol

2) THe Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers



quote:

In “The Ballad of the Sad Café,” heat is boredom, lifelessness—and, in the opening passage, lovelessness, sexlessness. Miss Amelia materializes from the heat, a nightmare vision consumed by grief. We see her for a second, the heat takes her again. She is no longer (or not yet) the character we will read about in the following chapters:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/pag...-of-the-sad-caf

3) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera



quote:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being takes place mainly in Prague in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It explores the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union and three other Warsaw Pact countries and its aftermath. The main characters are: Tomáš, an adulterous surgeon; his wife Tereza, a photographer anguished by her husband's infidelities; Tomáš’s lover Sabina, a free-spirited artist; Franz, a Swiss university professor and lover of Sabina; and finally Šimon, Tomáš’s estranged son from an earlier marriage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_U...htness_of_Being

4) The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck



quote:

The Wayward Bus is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, originally published in 1947. The novel's epigraph is a passage from 15th-century English play Everyman, with its archaic English intact; the quotation refers to the transitory nature of humanity. Although considered one of Steinbeck's weaker novels at the time of its original publication, The Wayward Bus was financially more successful than any of his previous works.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wayward_Bus

5) _Arcadia_ by Tom Stoppard



quote:

Arcadia is a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. It has been praised by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language.[1] In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named it one of the best science-related works ever written.[2]

. . .
Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, an English country house in Derbyshire, and takes place in both 1809/1812 and the present day (1993 in the original production). The activities of two modern scholars and the house's current residents are juxtaposed with those of the people who lived there in the earlier period.

In 1809, Thomasina Coverly, the daughter of the house, is a precocious teenager with ideas about mathematics, nature and physics well ahead of her time. She studies with her tutor Septimus Hodge, a friend of Lord Byron (an unseen guest in the house). In the present, writer Hannah Jarvis and literature professor Bernard Nightingale converge on the house: she is investigating a hermit who once lived on the grounds; he is researching a mysterious chapter in the life of Byron. As their studies unfold – with the help of Valentine Coverly, a post-graduate student in mathematical biology – the truth about what happened in Thomasina's time is gradually revealed.

The play's set features a large table, used by the characters in both past and present. Props are not removed when the play switches time period; books, coffee mugs, quill pens, portfolios, and laptop computers appear together, blurring past and present. An ancient but still living tortoise also appears in every scene.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia_(play)

6)These suck pick something else no I don't have any other ideas or I would post them as a comment below

Hieronymous Alloy fucked around with this message at 14:58 on Oct 31, 2018

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Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013


If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.





Grimey Drawer

These are all pretty sweet.

Some observations for those who read on kindle:

Unbearable Lightness of Being doesn't seem to have a kindle version.

Ballad of Reading Gaol is free on kindle, though.

Ballad of the Sad Cafe is only $8 on kindle, but you can get her complete short stories plus two novellas on kindle for just two more dollars.

Jack B Nimble
Dec 25, 2007




Soiled Meat

I like Oscar Wilde and the book is free, got my vote.

Hieronymous Alloy
Jan 30, 2009


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Morbid Hound

Ok, Arcadia has it by a nose, but we may do Reading Gaol sometime in the near future. I''ll get a thread up tomorrow.

quote:


THOMASINA: Septimus, what is carnal embrace?
SEPTIMUS: Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef.

Hieronymous Alloy fucked around with this message at 03:22 on Nov 4, 2018

chernobyl kinsman
Mar 18, 2007

a friend of the friendly atom



Soiled Meat

arcadia sounds good but im not reading it unless it has like ghosts or something in it, OP

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Hieronymous Alloy
Jan 30, 2009


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Morbid Hound

chernobyl kinsman posted:

arcadia sounds good but im not reading it unless it has like ghosts or something in it, OP

. . . Sorta.

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