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Author Topic: Book Thread. What are you reading?  (Read 3461 times)

Charles Longboat Jr.

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Re: Book Thread. What are you reading?
« Reply #420 on: September 26, 2018, 01:28:01 am »
I am in need of a book to use for my senior paper. If you guys had some recommendations I would appreciate them.

If you want an alternate recommendation, I would suggest Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection. It is the last of his three great novels, and is substantially less well-known than either Anna Karenina or War and Peace. In Russia, the last two are part of a mandatory school literature course, but this one is not. Nevertheless, I just started reading it (about a quarter of the way through by now) and it is still great literature as far as I am concerned.

Even within its first hundred pages, there's a lot of food for thought. In particular, his views on the military are fairly unique today, though it's debatable if he would have had the same opinion of the modern soldiers as the one he had of the 19th Century Guard Corps. And of course, its depiction of our 1880s provides a lot of arguments on both sides of the 1917 Revolution/"Great October" debate.
It definitely seems interesting, though given that weíre supposed to synthesize relatively contemporary academic writings on the books in question in parts of our essay, and Iíve heard that on this side of the global pond academia has not spent as much time examining Tolstoy (and I would assume that itís more obscure reputation compared to his masterpieces would make it difficult to find analysis for too). I will definitely keep it in mind, though - I really need to start reading receationally again.

Aside from that, Iíve narrowed down to the following (some of which I will try to read in my spare time/as ammunition for one of the essays on the AP Lit exam) so far:

Brave New World (so far the front runner even if I canít help but feel that senior papers on dystopians are a bit cliched).
The Crucible
The Fountainhead (as per Tutís recommendation, though the length is daunting)
One Flew Over The Cuckooís Nest (less priority for me than the other three but given that it was removed from the English department at my schoolís curriculum I could read it; that said more recent academic essays focus on the movie more than anything).

Iíll probably have to peruse some segments of each before I commit to one.


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