#book blog
gaaandaaaalf · a day ago
book recs masterpost
an ever-updating masterpost of books i've recommended. please check these before you ask for recommendations in case they've been covered —
"the tragedy still happened, but it was important that the love was there"
japanese literature
korean literature [1], [2]
gothic writing
spooky adult horror gothic
some favourites
marathi books
some ruskin bond
indian fiction [1], [2], historical fiction, stories, [3], [4]
general assorted ones i like
some favourites
about people living through crises
on geopolitics, foreign policy, international affairs
on political philsophy
vaguely sociology
on economic history
on the silk route
on prisons, convict labour
on afghanistan, soviet invasion, terror
on language and linguistics
on the ancient and prehistoric world
just a bunch on india
the indus valley
indian aestheticism, art
gupta empire
sangam literature
on the northeast
india and southeast asia
nur jahan, mughal women | more
islamic conquest and state-making
on kashmir
assorted nonfiction
colonisation and aftereffects
on cities
on mumbai
on bollywood in bombay
on cities
on delhi
on kolkata
history, migration, labour
art, reading, travel, gender, sports
nature, climate, some history
political economy, environmental and urban history, cartography and space
my comfort books
books that have got me out of my slumps
on art, photography, aesthetics, design [1], [2], [3]
on the environment
just some story and essay collections
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deadlypoetacademia · 12 hours ago
Therapy? Who?? Fictional books with mentally unstable characters having traumatic past and tragedic present.
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thebeautifulbook · a day ago
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COLORADO THE QUEEN JEWEL OF THE ROCKIES by Mae Lacy Baggs (Boston, Page, 1918). Illustrated.
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ijustkindalikebooks · 2 days ago
“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.” ― Caroline Gordon.
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skylerandbooks · a day ago
Symbols and Their Uses
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Motifs and symbols are literary devices that authors have used throughout the centuries. In fact, both motifs and symbols are used in all artistic media: painters, sculptors, playwrights, and musicians all use motifs and use symbols in the most advanced forms of their respective artforms. And while they are similar literary terms, “motif” and “symbol” are not synonyms. There are distinct differences between the definition of symbol and the definition of motif, and they serve somewhat different functions in literature.
Examples and Forms of Symbols throughout history:
1. The earliest recorded forms of human storytelling—cave paintings and hieroglyphics—are quite literally symbols representing more complex narratives or beliefs.
2. Ancient Greek theater, which is the basis for much of today’s narrative artforms, used symbolic props including phallic objects to represent Dionysus, the god of fertility. Symbolism remained in wide use throughout the Middle Ages (almost always with religious connotations) and then, from the Renaissance onward, returned in full force to represent human desires ranging from lust to ambition to heartbreak.
3. William Shakespeare used symbols to represent inner conscience (think of blood in Macbeth or family names in Romeo and Juliet) and William Blake used religious symbols (including Jesus himself) to represent human emotion and desire (as in “The Everlasting Gospel”).
4. Fairy tales frequently contain literary symbolism to convey a story’s central idea to young audiences. The Brothers Grimm frequently used the forest as a symbol of both mystery and peril, as in this passage from Hansel and Gretel, where the children continue deeper into the woods.
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littlep0e · 18 hours ago
i like libraries and caramel candies and sketchy carnival rides and laughing. i like things that make me love being alive
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sonbahargunesii · a day ago
"Allah herkesi sevdiğine değil, her koşulda yanında bulabileceğine bağışlasın. Her şey güzelken herkes herkesi seviyor zaten."
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readinghoneybee · 2 days ago
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“The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.” 💋 - Oscar Wilde
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cynthia-viv · a month ago
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"An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise."
–Thomas Wharton
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angeleyes333x · 23 days ago
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literaryaida · 6 months ago
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more Edinburgh photo sets. Really want (need) to go back soon.
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petrichor-sunshine · a month ago
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a soul to keep by opal reyne
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thebeautifulbook · a day ago
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STORIES ABOUT CATS by Mrs. Surr. (London: Nelson, 1882) Illustrated by Harrison Weir.
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blackloversthings · 2 months ago
The streets are not for me. I belong to the enchanted forest among the magical beings eating berries with my soul mate under the moonlight.
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skylerandbooks · 20 days ago
Motifs and Their Uses
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It's not necessary that you know what a motif is or how to use it.
Motif is one of the most useful literary devices when writing a novel or short story. At the same time, the definition of motif can be difficult to pin down.
Motif is a literary technique that consists of a repeated element that has symbolic significance to a literary work. Sometimes, a motif is a recurring image. Other times, it’s a repeated word, phrase, or topic expressed in language. A motif can be a recurring situation or action. It can be a sound or smell, a temperature, even a color.
If you spot a symbol, concept, or plot structure that surfaces repeatedly in the text, you're probably dealing with a motif. They must be related to the central idea of the work, and they always end up reinforcing the author's overall message.
A repeated reference or visual of shattered glass (something in life is about to break)
Recurring dishonest characters (to cue up the discovery of an unfaithful spouse)
The key aspect is that a motif repeats, and through this repetition helps to illuminate the dominant ideas, central themes, and deeper meaning of a story.
Authors utilize motifs for multiple purposes. Motifs can:
1. Evoke a mood
2. Illuminate main themes
3. Engage the audience on an intuitive level
4. Create unique symbolic meanings through repetition
5. Establish a pattern of ideas
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0thello · 5 months ago
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Lustige Blätter (illustration), 1901.
by Artus Scheiner.
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bookishdiary · 7 months ago
‘yassified’ classical composers
Well...that looks...wrong
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And why does Vivaldi look like one of the Kardashians
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Honestly...They could have just kept Liszt the way he was in the first place
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Schostakovitch is the only one that kinda works
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Clara Schumann already was a boss
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Wow...They really did Elgar dirty
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