Bernd 2022-11-24 16:42:16 ⋅ 2mn No. 240344
Kindle Paperwhite arrived. Gonna go read now, bye.
Bernd 2022-11-24 17:13:29 ⋅ 2mn No. 240347
See you in 30 min.
Bernd 2022-11-24 17:33:04 ⋅ 2mn No. 240350
>>240344 Today I wanted to read but after a page I returned to lurking.
Bernd 2022-11-24 17:40:36 ⋅ 2mn No. 240353
>>240347 I just finished the first chapter. I made the right decision in choosing this book, Bernd tier protagonist. I can relate to his emptiness.
Bernd 2022-11-24 18:05:38 ⋅ 2mn No. 240358
Finished second chapter.
Bernd 2022-11-24 18:14:29 ⋅ 2mn No. 240359
Bernd 2022-11-24 18:36:08 ⋅ 2mn No. 240361
>>240359 I just ate dinner, will wash my hands, then I will do some more reading.
Bernd 2022-11-24 18:44:01 ⋅ 2mn No. 240362
>>240353 >Bernd tier protagonist Tried to post the /lit/ chart with Bernd MCs but the site gives an erorr
Bernd 2022-11-24 19:07:41 ⋅ 2mn No. 240370
>>240362 There was a bug which prevents you from attaching an image more then 1 MB. Maybe that.
Bernd 2022-11-24 19:08:02 ⋅ 2mn No. 240371
>>240362 Just finished chapter three. Did you already read this book as well?
Bernd 2022-11-24 19:17:28 ⋅ 2mn No. 240373
I also really liked the introduction by John McGahern. He summarized the book quickly and presented the protagonist through quotes from the book in a concise manner while giving some general thoughts to the novel. Very good.
Bernd 2022-11-24 20:31:47 ⋅ 2mn No. 240381
Bernd 2022-11-24 20:39:03 ⋅ 2mn No. 240382
>>240381 Fourth chapter: finished. I pity the protagonist, now he feels love for the first time, but gets quietly rejected by his wife. She seems to have mental problems and sexual restrictions.
Bernd 2022-11-24 20:43:32 ⋅ 2mn No. 240383
> kindle cringe
Bernd 2022-11-24 21:35:03 ⋅ 2mn No. 240389
i own this
Bernd 2022-11-24 21:35:20 ⋅ 2mn No. 240390
its kindle oasis
Bernd 2022-11-24 23:58:05 ⋅ 2mn No. 240409
>>240389 POCCNR is dependent on wect reading technology? I thought that Russia manages better and that the worry would be wect copying poccnrian reading technology?
berndcore chartBernd 2022-11-25 04:36:02 ⋅ 2mn No. 240430
Worked around the problem by taking a screenshot, obviously the quality went down I hope the error is fixed soon
Bernd 2022-11-25 04:37:29 ⋅ 2mn No. 240431
>>240382 Started reading it too, the book flows pretty well and it captures de feeling of your life passing you by pretty well (chapter 3)
Bernd 2022-11-25 06:02:22 ⋅ 2mn No. 240437
>>240431 Cool, maybe we can continue discussing it in this thread. I will continue reading it after work today.
Bernd 2022-11-25 06:28:36 ⋅ 2mn No. 240442
>>240431 The only thing that’s bothering me until now is the brevity of his writing. Don’t get me wrong, how he depicts characters and situations still affects the reader in a way, but I think, if he would give character portrayals or story parts more room would be even more enjoyable.
Bernd 2022-11-25 12:06:03 ⋅ 2mn No. 240470
Finished chapter 5.
Bernd 2022-11-25 12:22:32 ⋅ 2mn No. 240472
Bernd 2022-11-25 12:29:30 ⋅ 2mn No. 240475
Chapter 6 is finished. The end of this chapter is very pleasant to read, because the protagonist is finally somewhat happy.
Bernd 2022-11-25 16:39:08 ⋅ 2mn No. 240501
Chapter 9: done.
Bernd 2022-11-25 19:02:14 ⋅ 2mn No. 240513
Chapter 10 was an intense one. I wonder how the protagonist’s life progresses from here. I can only pity him as a Bernd pities another Bernd.
Bernd 2022-11-25 19:35:37 ⋅ 2mn No. 240516
Chapter 11 was short and ended with a beautiful winter scene I imagined vividly.
Bernd 2022-11-25 23:35:06 ⋅ 2mn No. 240531
>>240513 I binged today too But I stopped since it's making me too depressed frankly I guess I have weak nerves currently
Bernd 2022-11-25 23:37:34 ⋅ 2mn No. 240532
>>240442 I think this is due to his style, I think he's trying to be impressionistic? Impressionism, but I think that for impressionism you have to filter the story through the subjective lens of a character and Stoner has a ln external narrator, so I think thats not the case I think the point of the prose is to get straight to the point and it focuses on making the story flow smoothly I'm not a lit pro this is just a guess
Bernd 2022-11-26 06:20:44 ⋅ 2mn No. 240655
>>240531 >it's making me too depressed frankly Oh, really? It doesn’t have that effect on me at all. I don’t know why, but I keep believing in the character and think he’s very strong, he’s a true hero in the literal sense for me, that’s why I find it so enjoyable to read this book and observe his development. >>240532 My guess is that a brief style only fits the main character of this book. He probably thought that a book which has a protagonist like Stoner shouldn’t be one of voluptuous remarks, but of concise clarity. The writing style depicts the emotional life of Stoner.
Bernd 2022-11-26 07:42:12 ⋅ 2mn No. 240660
Chapter 12: love.
Bernd 2022-11-26 08:16:37 ⋅ 2mn No. 240663
I think, Chapter 13 corresponds with my opinion that the writing style corresponds to the soul life of Stoner. In this chapter, the author takes his time to describe the relationship between Stoner and Driscoll. He describes beautifully what love really means. A quote from the chapter that stuck with me is the following: > And it occurred to him at last, with the finality of knowledge, that he had never known another human being with any intimacy or trust or with the human warmth of commitment.
Bernd 2022-11-26 09:53:28 ⋅ 2mn No. 240673
do you motivate yourself to read by posting results?
Bernd 2022-11-26 09:57:44 ⋅ 2mn No. 240674
>>240673 No, I just like to track my reading and maybe spark discussion. Chapter 15 was one of the more depressing ones. Stoner is unable to reconcile with his daughter and she slowly slips away. He can’t do anything. Since his love affair many years ago he withered and is only a shell of his former self. I wonder, if we’ll see an uplift in the story towards the end.
Bernd 2022-11-26 09:58:59 ⋅ 2mn No. 240675
Btw, in that chapter the author perfectly summarized the experience of getting fat: >it was as if something inside her had gone loose and soft and hopeless, as if at last a shapelessness within her had struggled and burst loose and now persuaded her flesh to specify that dark and secret existence.
Bernd 2022-11-27 19:41:00 ⋅ 2mn No. 240817
After having finished Stoner yesterday, today I started reading „Demian“ and I’m already half through. Probably will finish it tomorrow or the day after that. The next books on my list are (not in that particular order): Werner Herzog - Das Dämmern der Welt (The Twilight World) Alfred Lansing - Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Fjodor M. Dostojewski - Die Brüder Karamasow (The Brothers Karamazov)
Bernd 2022-11-27 20:22:48 ⋅ 2mn No. 240829
i reading this, no opinion yet
Bernd 2022-11-28 13:45:28 ⋅ 2mn No. 240918
>>240915 about aging man, he has 3 children, good job, wife but still suffers because he is getting old.
Bernd 2022-11-28 16:45:26 ⋅ 2mn No. 240935
>>240918 Hmm interdasting. Finished Demian today, will start reading "Endurance" tomorrow.
Bernd 2022-11-29 11:03:49 ⋅ 2mn No. 241068
>>240829 I read Good as Gold. I favor Catch 22, most likely for the war theme.
Bernd 2022-12-03 16:46:42 ⋅ 2mn No. 241661
Thanks for the rec of stoner. As someone working in academia and who went to college/graduate school in Missouri this is very relatable. In addition the prose is wonderful.
Bernd 2022-12-09 09:19:49 ⋅ 2mn No. 242280
Heller's "something happened" 3/5 "Stoner" solid 5/5, good book now reading Philip Dick's "Valis"
Bernd 2022-12-10 10:48:02 ⋅ 1mn No. 242433
>>242288 protip: don't read books in English exclusively; for every book in English read at least one in your own language, because if you don't then you'll get to a point where you forget words in your language; happened to me and it's not fun