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  1. Aroukar

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    About that cover.. i think that is Saint Nicholas in old town square..
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    Kafka's house was right next to it, the yellow one on the left.. there's also a museum dedicated to his person in that building. I mean, he had a flat in there, so he was probably looking at this building every day.. not a bad idea for i cover, i guess.
     
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    King was, according to what i heard, pissed, that his main character was slowly diving into absolute insanity, and meanwhile Jack's Jack had a look of a total nutjob straight from the beginning. :D
    Honestly, i'm a big fan of King's, but i most definitely wasn't through every book of his. Oooh, hohoho, noooo. :D I especially liked It(the tv movie ain't bad either, lol, fuckyea Tim Curry, but damn, the book is filled with so much more disgusting shit it's unbelievable). Then there are Carrie and Misery, both fascinating works where he's capable of masterful deconstruction and understanding of behavior of deranged and unnatural characters. And don't get me started on Dark Tower.. Another interesting field of his works, if not the most interesting, are short stories, such as those he wrote under pn Richard Bachman. I must admit that some the newer books seemed a bit tame, but all of them ain't all bad. Dreamcatcher was pretty intense at few moments.. :baked:
     
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    One of my all time favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Billy Bob Thorton is a fan as well, or so i've heard.. :awesome:
     
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    About The Shining, isn't it supposedly his most personal book, from what was possibly his worst time? Afaik it also got plenty of inspiration from his hatred towards his own son at the time.
    Lots of reasons for him to not enjoy the movie anyway.
     
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    Just finished this and it was okay. It was never really finished so you can't really judge it.
     
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    What about Metamorphosis?
     
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    Very good
    I liked it
     
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    It took me like 3 tries to get through that book.. Maybe wrong mindset the first 2 times
     
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    Kafka isnt for everyone..... Or.... anyone.... IDK he was so pitiful and miserable IRL that I read his stuff and I think "wow so this is what happens when you are an unfulfilled misanthrop with a pen and overbearing parents. You write borderline incesteous bug porn." Maybe I have the wrong mindset too.
     
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    Sounds like a you are an unfulfilled, cynical misanthrope.
     
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    When I actually read.. It was usually self loathing faggots anyhow
     
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    You should hear my sperge out on Wuthering Heights, I just hoped Heathcliffe would man up and go on a raping axe murdering orgy spree by the third or fourth chapter. Depressing, moody, self reflective literature isn't my thing outside of Victorian Gothic shit.
     
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    Congratulations, here is your medal

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    Or remember what if feels like to have an erection not brought on by the thought of your young male neighbor's crotch.
     
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    From what I've read I like Kafka, but I like his longer works better. His short "poems" or whatever you want to call them, often one line of text in total, are too short and too abstract for me. Their goal for the most part is to convey some general feeling to the reader, mostly loneliness and detachment, and they do so well. However, even when they do, you can't shake the feeling you're just reading gibberish. And that's not counting the various works published after his death without permission, many of which were just torn up pieces of paper his friend found in his house and has no way of knowing what they really were or should they even be published.

    The longer his writing is the more concrete. It expresses more specific ideas rather than abstract emotions. The Metamorphosis is multi-layered and multi-faceted work that, in relatively little text, creates a realistic depiction of a type of human relationship. Well worth the read.

    The Trial is clearly missing a lot and feels as unfinished as it is. From the completed chapters you can clearly feel K.'s gradual decline as the court grinds him down and rob him of his peace of mind and dignity until he transform from a proud man who scoffed at the investigation and planned to teach the entire system a lesson, to the sort of worn out shell of a man he looked down his nose at as he passed them by in the court chambers early on in the story. The final chapter shows his transformation completed, but a crucial middle point that should have contained some climax is noticeably missing. You can see hints of that in some unfinished chapters as well, like the few pages of the chapter where he goes to visit his mother, in what feels like a reaction to the realization of his impending doom.
    But we will sadly never know what this book was meant to be. In a way, it would have been better if none of it had been published at all, as Kafka had requested. I think it isn't unfair to assume his "friend" published every bit of scrap paper in Kafka's home he could find, down to his personal letters, for his own monetary gain.
     
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    I recently finished Koji Suzuki's "Ring" trilogy, his followup "birthday" and collection of short stories "Dark Waters". The first book is by far the best, having clearly stemmed from a fully formed idea. The net two seem more like a reaction to the unexpected successes of The Ring. The second book is the worst of the three, being riddled with plot holes, predictable and mostly uninteresting, and the third fixes a lot of those mistakes but still fails to live up to the quality of the original. Unlike the movies, these are not horror books, but instead suspense/mystery stories. "Birthday" tries to give some depth to the neglected female characters of the series and add a bit of closure, but apart from the Sadako story, is mostly unnecessary. "Dark Waters" is hit and miss. Overall, most people who would read those books are fans of "The Ring" who will be disappointed when they realize how far removed Suzuki's work is from the Japanese pop-horror genera they were looking for.


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    I also just read Osumo Dazai's "No Longer Human". At first the main character just struck me as a pretentious, self pitying egotists, but by the end I felt some sympathy for him. Much like Kafka, Dazai's work also comes from a dread of other humans and inability to connect with them. But whereas Kafka's anxiety drove him to self hatred and recursiveness, Dazai instead became contempt of society and spiralled into self destruction.
     
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    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    Im only a few pages in, but so far the story is interesting.
     

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