Monday Night Book Thread

This is probably more like a weekend thing. Don’t know if it will work. Anyway, let’s try and do some culture, yo!

So, what’s everyone been reading? I just finished Hadji Murat. It’s Tolstoy’s last real novel.  It’s been on my gotta-get-around-to list for ages. The eponymous hero is a real historical figure, an Avar (Mama Tsarnaev is Avar) who went over to the hated Russians and then… read it. According to Harold Bloom, it’s the last great hero narrative in Western literature. (Western Cannon.)

I didn’t read this short novel for the sake of its Chechen Muslim theme, not at all. You read Tolstoy because he’s Tolstoy. But I did find some surprising things in it. (Leo seems to have done a great deal of research for this book.)

So, what are you people reading?

  • Brett_McS

    American Betrayal by Diana West. It’s almost as long as a Tolstoy novel, so I get credits for that, yo?

  • Did you mean for the Monday night thread to be posted in the afternoon?

    I think its a good idea, we could perhaps combine it with movies and music and create an over night thread.

    • No, as a matter of fact I didn’t want it to be posted at all as it was, I thought it was in draft. Oh well. You ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong?

      • Heh;)

        • I was going to add some other stuff but now I’m not because I’d just screw that up too. And to think I was only trying to promote culture 🙁

          Screw culture. Screw everything. I hate everybody.

          Read any good books lately?

  • Minicapt

    1. “The Hidden Origins of Islam”.
    2. “The Pilgrims’s Way”, vol 1.


  • El Martyachi

    Joseph Conrad: The Nigger of Narcissus

    • Conrad is always good.

      • El Martyachi

        Hadji Murad’s on the list now. I haven’t read Tolstoy in a couple years.

        • El Martyachi

          That is, if I kept lists.. which I don’t.

  • El Martyachi

    So far there’s probably nothing listed here that would make it past K12 or Uni censors. This is a good sign. (edit: not sure about Pilgrim’s Way .. but it instinctively sounds too white)

  • bob e

    wow .. bm, good post. smart people here. tolstoy ..eeee
    i just read the internet. books don’t seem to get it for me anymore.
    the internet moves so fast, it is incredible ..

    would really like to read ‘amer betrayal’ but i don’t think i can sit through it .. i would still say that is an exciting book. so is the tolstoy
    book. that is very heavy. smart people here & i love reading the comments ..

  • “The Iron Curtain” by Anne Applebaum.

  • Everyone Else

    Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly.

    He churns out Number 1 bestseller after Number 1 Bestseller.

    I wanted to see how a real pro does it.