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==== a book review ====
Reading L'Etranger. My impression might be way off because I don't even speak French, but this is the worst. blah blah super "deep" and "we are all Mersault"... well maybe if one also happens to be an incredibly boring and disgusting person. I have absolutely no patience for this - purposeful display of disgust and boredom(?). Like I said the last possibly purposefully awful books, I don't care if it may have been done self-consciously or ironically- if they really cared to make a point they could be doing it without putting the reader through all that again.

I think this book is somewhat like Homo Faber (I hated that one too) in genre and style and content and reception. Although again I might be wrong, that one was so boring I forgot everything and I don't entirely understand French. So if you love The Stranger you may like that one, I guess.

People are going to say I'm ignorant or immature for not being impressed probably. I don't care, I'm done excusing things because it's "innovative at the time" or "exemplary of its genre" or something or because the author's name sounds important. If a book doesn't impress me by itself it's just not a good book. Everyone needs to get over themselves.

==== in general ====
I am so sick of all these things I've been told are super profound, they all turn out to be not at all impressive. Every time some man has a thought everyone falls over themselves about how intelligent and universal and important that was? And then I have to read Brave New World or Lord of the Flies or whatever.

Seriously considering making it a strict rule to not read a single book by and about straight white men all of next year (because this year I read about literally 50 of them and that is way enough). I don't know if that is the cause of the problem but I'll try it, I feel like things certainly can't get more boring and annoying.

Date: 2015-12-21 17:59 (UTC)
sylvaine: Text reads: "im in ur history emphasizin ur POC" ([gen] in ur history emphasizin ur poc)
From: [personal profile] sylvaine
I think if nothing else books by people other than straight white cismen might be differently boring and annoying.

(But also, I think said books have a higher bar to reach before people consider them classics, so they might actually be better.)

Did you ever read the Count of Monte Christo? That's a classic written by a black man, if you need recs for next year. And I guess Austen and the Brontë sisters are a thing (though probably Frankenstein will be more interesting than those).


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