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Postby silverapples » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:06 am

what are people's favourite proust translations?
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Oh heck yes! Probably “The Farmer’s Daughter,” though I could argue a few others as starting points.

If you want a bundle, I’m more than happy to help there as well. Would you be open to non-fiction/poems too? I think he’s a fantastic writer across all genres.

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Postby alaska » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:39 am

silverapples wrote:what are people's favourite proust translations?


i'm in the middle of the moncrieff/kilmartin -- mostly the modern library ones revised by enright, although i read swann's way & within a budding grove in the pleiade edition. i've read all three versions of swann's way (davis; moncrieff without revisions; moncrieff revised by enright) but i don't read french & couldn't honestly tell you the difference (which is not to say there's not one! just to say i'm a doof)

the problem with the recent davis/prendergast/etc. translations isn't that they're bad (i liked the davis one fine) but it's just that they're all done by different people, each of whom apparently takes a pretty different methodological approach to the problem of translation -- apparently penguin was trying to rush a complete in search of lost time out right after the copyright or whatever expired

but yeah the only complete translation is moncrieff/kilmartin. i haven't really studied enright's revisions enough to know what precisely they add but i enjoyed the revised guermantes way/sodom and gomorrah a lot
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Postby mini » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:43 am

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this kept getting better and better. lovely final two chapters. significantly better than eileen.
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never actually read any Solnit, interesting so far
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book about soviet and post soviet russia, comprised of tons of interviews, none of them 'the voice of truth'. it's very good and i'm looking forward to each page. if you want to know more about why russia is like it is, go for it

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Postby Barthes Starr » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:06 pm

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enjoyable enough.
a sort of erratic ping-ponging between prophetic and pulpy throughout, but was a good counterbalance to all the lispector i just read i guess
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Postby Kenny » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:30 pm

I really really really love The Unlimited Dream Company by Ballard but I've tried several other books of his and I just think they are interesting messes
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Postby supersaturated » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:58 pm

silverapples wrote:what are people's favourite proust translations?

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Postby alaska » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:47 pm

yeah i should go back to that one. i read it a long time ago but i picked up her madame bovary recently and it rules
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Postby Barthes Starr » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:32 am

should i read Ulysses next, y/n?
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:34 am

Yes!

I would also say don't be afraid of reading Shmoop or other Cliff notes like stuff about certain bits (there especially one chapter set in the middle where everybody's getting drunk at a hospital that I only understand what's going on because I read this book:Image )

It's a seriously beautiful book that I think changed my life and I think about it all the time
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:37 am

Leopold Bloom is one of the most developed and interesting characters I've ever read.
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Postby vivian darko » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:26 pm

definitely read ulysses
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Postby Catullus » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:34 pm

In an Austen kick. This summer I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Persuasion. In the middle of Northanger Abbey. Persuasion is the one I’ve somehow never read and is probably my favorite now.
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Postby hey nathan » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:37 pm

Catullus wrote:In an Austen kick. This summer I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Persuasion. In the middle of Northanger Abbey. Persuasion is the one I’ve somehow never read and is probably my favorite now.


which is best to start with Austen? I like all the movies
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Postby wolfie » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:47 pm

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Interesting thanks. Gonna check this.



I also need a rec for something funny as hell, but in a smart way
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Postby wolfie » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:47 pm

I mean I’ve got the dick jokes genre pretty well covered
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Postby Catullus » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:57 pm

Start with Pride and Prejudice. It’s the wittiest and is very enjoyable. Emma is also light and funny. Every one is very good but either of those will let you know if you like the writing.

Northanger Abbey is very self aware which is fun, Mansfield Park kinda goes darkest, Persuasion is really her best writing, P&P is still my favorite.
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Postby Catullus » Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:58 pm

Heck I guess I like em all
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:08 am

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reread. this book rules. edith wharton was the first woman to win a pulitzer prize (for this!)

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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:12 am

plus the movie slaaaaays

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Postby danno » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:10 am

wolfie wrote:I also need a rec for something funny as hell, but in a smart way


i’m reading zama by di benedetto and it is extremely funny in a smart and depressing way. i’m halfway through but it’s one of my favorite things i’ve read lately
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Postby No Good Advice » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:33 am

Need to rewatch the Age of Innocence adaptation

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I also need a rec for something funny as hell, but in a smart way


Catullus wrote:Start with Pride and Prejudice. It’s the wittiest and is very enjoyable. Emma is also light and funny. Every one is very good but either of those will let you know if you like the writing.

Northanger Abbey is very self aware which is fun, Mansfield Park kinda goes darkest, Persuasion is really her best writing, P&P is still my favorite.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:40 am

Kenny wrote:I'm reading this version of the Anabasis:
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It's nuts how readable this 2000 year old story is, I'm really enjoying it.

Finished this last night, it was great how vibrant and real the story was. One of the "classics" I've most enjoyed
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wolfie wrote:I also need a rec for something funny as hell, but in a smart way


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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:37 am

Hey Abs, look at this funny cover they put on this cheap version of Age of Innocence I have:

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