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Old 10-05-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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I like stories and poems about loneliness - recommendations, bros?

i like depression and reading about it is fun. please recommend good works. thank you
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Anything by Franz Kafka or Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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thank you for your recommendations, Superlucky. Any works in particular by those authors to start with?

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Hmm...

I would start with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and then Kafka's The Trial. Also, you would probably love A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is not technically a poem, but the entire book is written in poetic prose. He speaks often in the book of his loneliness. You may find it interesting.

You can download the book at no cost at Project Gutenberg.

Here is the link to Thus Spoke Zarathustra:
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1998

If you want to get really depressed, read Schopenhauer.

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Superlucky: thank you for the recommendations.

i was forced to read crime/punishment in high school. hated it. read cliff notes. still hated it.
i will check out kafka's trial. soderbergh's movie was ass.

why do you think i would like clockwork orange?
movie was numbed-ass. book's writing was unintelligible to the nonrussian or noninsane person.
normally i like works that are unintelligible to the russian insane person.
i like vladimir mayakovsky, after all... he was russian and insane.

wt sharpe: thank you for the recommendations.

i will check out schopenhauer. i like really depressing.

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why do you think i would like clockwork orange?
movie was numbed-ass. book's writing was unintelligible to the nonrussian or noninsane person.
The book was written in futuristic slang invented by Burgess (who is British, not Russian). I thought you might like it because it's a dystopian novel that is loved by every long-haired, chain-smoking, depressed bad boy that I've ever met.

Maybe you should just try the Nietzsche instead.
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i like Miranda July. do you like Miranda July?
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i like Miranda July. do you like Miranda July?
I'm not familiar with her work.
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The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato. It's a short novel about a man who writes from prison to explain why he killed the woman he loved (that's how the novel begins, no spoilers). I prefer Sabato's second novel, On heroes and Tombs, by that's by no means a short one. I don't think they've been released as ebooks, though.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras. It's the story of a French girl isolated in the Indochine, a French colony by then (Vietnam and Laos nowadays, I think). She is in love with a foreigner she despises. Very erotic and sad.

Norwegian Wood by a Haruki Murakami. It's not a short novel, but it's a very sad and moving love story; the main characters feel very lonely indeed.

Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg. About a telepath who is losing his ability to read other people's minds and begin to feel an invisible wall around him.

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, widely considered the best Portuguese poet ever. This is not a book of poems, though. I think this is the only book I haven't able to finish because it made me feel too sad.

I can't recommend you poems, as I only read poetry in Spanish, my native language.

Well, that's enough loneliness for now.
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Andanzas: thank you for the great list of suggestions.

i love the books of haruki murakami for their loneliness. i feel like how the characters feel sometimes. i read them and think, i feel like that, then i "lol" by myself while people in the bookstore stare at me.
good times.

i like fernando pessoa too. his style of loneliness is very funny to me.

i will check out the tunnel and the other one too.

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell might be said to have themes of depression and loneliness, and is popular with many (though I found the depression and loneliness that I felt reading it arose not from her intent...I don't like the book or its sequel much).

Good luck finding your lulz, Mister Jeremy Ahn.

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montsnmags: first, i love your avatar and how it says "the funky gibbon" - props.

also, thank you for your suggestion. i will look for this on the interwebs like project gutenberg or google books. if all else fails, i will hit up my boy amazon.com with the other suggestions in this thread.

i would like to find 'lulz' but more often that not, the lulz keep finding me, and i find myself the butt of their jokes and pranks.

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peace out and in, bros (and bras).
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wt sharpe: thank you for the recommendations.

i will check out schopenhauer. i like really depressing.
You can download Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer at Project Gutenberg from this link:

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/11945

It contains his classic, On Suicide.

It's not poetry, but it oughta' brighten your day!
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Anything by Franz Kafka ...
Oh yeah -- The Metamorphosis should do the trick. What's more upbeat that a loser who finds himself transforming into a cockroach?
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