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Book check anon 07/06/2022 (Wed) 05:04:47 No. 2
What (non-manga) have you anons been reading lately? Post your book, what you think of it, and talk to other anons about what they've been reading! I've been tearing through One Hundred Years of Solitude the past few days, don't know why I put it off for so long; 100% lives up to the hype. People really weren't exaggerating about the incest and shared names though holy shit.
>>2 I need to give myself a right kick in the ass and read something. Manga has blown up as of late and I still don't read shit.
The last thing I read was "The Power of Habit" it explains how habits emerge and how you can kind of control or change them, also explains how the brain works, pretty interesting. I think it's the kind of book everyone can benefit from reading it.
I mostly read books about programming and computer science so it's nothing interesting. But recently, I read The Dandelion Girl. Not really a book, it's just 11 pages, a short story. I really liked it. I should really read some /lit/ content...
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>>2 My mother told me that I should read a book called "The Ragged Trousers Philanthropists" for a very long time and about 3-4 months ago I decided to finally listen to it while exercising and it's been an interesting experience. She read it when she was a child and told me that it stuck with her for the rest of her life due to how common the practices still are despite the book being a hundred years old now. The book is mainly about a bunch of poverty stricken labourers in the early 20th century who live in the south of England and how they survive in their day to day. The book goes over how the rich fuck the common man over constantly and even convince them that this is normal and any change is bad so they continue to live in this way, along with how people who preach about being religious are some of the worst of the bunch, hypocrites who don't follow their teachings using religion as a stepping stone to make themselves richer by convincing others that they'll get their reward in death if they just help others (the rich) instead. I'd say the best parts of the book are the conversations the labourers have with each other, as well as their private lives. Owen (who is most likely the author's self insert) is seen as the main character and spends around 4-5 chapters spread out over the book explaining how money isn't the cause of poverty to his fellow labourers during their lunch break, and while the conversation is interesting In and of itself the reactions of the others are quite humourous and I've laughed a few times listening to their reactions. I also enjoy the sections of the book that discuss how the company they work for tries their hardest to fuck them over to make sure they make the most profit, either through firing them for being lazy so they can hire another worker at a cheaper rate, stealing items from the properties they work on for their own, replacing them with worse items and blaming it on the workers, or the most recent example of creating a "dinner time" period where they no longer get paid for an hour of their work, instead they are allowed to eat their food they've brought from home and they can "make up for it" by working an additional hour of overtime for no extra pay. If I were an incredibly political person, I'd probably despise the book for being "communist propaganda" or "leftist dribble" or some other buzzword. I honestly don't feel that from the book. It feels more like a man who was writing that the current system is bad and should be changed but had no idea what kind of change to really bring about beyond a vague concept of "socialism" and he obviously had no idea what that would bring in the 20th century. I'm around 8-9 chapters away from finishing the book now so it'll be interesting to see how it'll end. I do remember being told that the final few chapters were not written by the author but instead by his daughter and the tone feels "off" so I wonder if I'll be able to pick up on that.
>>2 I don't really read books, manga or otherwise, that often. The latest one I've read months ago was Frank Herbert's Dune, which I'm half-way through. I've also read much of Tolkien's works (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Silmarilion, and Children of Hurin), the first four books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and various books about programming, Norse mythology and weapons/warfare.
>>6 I looked a bit into it and it seems that the original 1914 print had a rewritten ending by his daughter, but the post-1955 editions are the original, unaltered text. Presumably what you're listening to is a reading of the complete text, not the changed one. I've never read the book before but "working class literature" can be very eye-opening, especially older works. Lets you see how long the current systems have been in place and how deeply the working class has been affected by it.
>>8 Ah, interesting. I will have to check both endings when I eventually finish the book in a month or so, and yes, the book is a real eye opener for the type of issues that were prevalent back then are still are today to some extent. We've come a long fucking way from being in such poverty as the characters but at the same time the rich remain rich and the poor remain poor and the practices they use can still be seen today.
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>>2 Not retro at all, but I'm starting to get deep into pic related. Love Sanderson's work.
>>2 Funny I also read this recently. Couldn't put it down. That fucking ending man
>>11 OP here, just finished it. Great read, great ending. Very rarely do "classics" have the impact on me that they're said to have, but this one was just fantastic.
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I read this It's an epic about demons wanting to go heaven It's good
>>2 I like whodunits so recently, I read through these Christie novels and loved them, especially TMORA and DOTN.

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