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Reading block! Help!

Ahh. I had the same problem a few months back; from November 2010 till February 2011. I didn't read a single page during that time, even though I had free time at hand.

Not much can be done about it. It will pass by itself with time. Probably you can occupy yourself in other activities in spare time; anything but books.

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Reading block! Help!

(bismillah)

(salam)

This topic of Online English Shia Books is under construction. Lots of books will be added, inshaAllah.

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And welcome me to the club :cry:

Do you mean the Club of One?? :P Im back. Im reading...at least reading my current book

It was the first story that kept dragging. I mean the descriptive language and setting was great but the story itself lacked substance. The rest of the 3 stories I read were amazing. Im loving it.

Just to jog your memory its "Do you suppose its the East Wind?" translated by Muhammed umar memon. Very rarely I have read translations, and I cannot say the language used is weak or wanting. So far:

Sunlight by Abdullah Hussein - Was too flowery in its description, and I didnt find the story had any meat to it.

For Freedom's Sake by Saadat Hasan Manto - This sparked off my reading.

Do you suppose its the east wind by Altaf Fatima - Brilliant. I loved it

The Lure of Music by Ghulam Abbas - Couldnt put it down.

Im still slow, but at least Im progressing.

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Marbles, dude i envy you. How do you manage to read so much?

Wish i had the time, and more importantly, the discipline to sit down and read like you.

lol

Apart from discipline and passion the following components of your life help:

1) Being single.

2) Not trapped into a 9-5 circle, five days a week.

3) Aversion to sleep, especially at nights.

I, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on one's point of view, fulfill all three criteria :D

Being a bookaholic has its downside. If all my free time is spent with books, especially when I am obsessively driven to read as much as I can on a particular subject or theme, my socialising and physical activity (going out, gym, sports) reduces to bare minimum.

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Currently reading Democracy Matters by Cornel West. Pretty good so far. Gives a very unique perspective on the American Democratic experiment, incorporating the African American experience - their struggles and their outlet through music, from blues to Jazz to now hiphop. Aside from that he discusses the realities of the Democratic experiment i.e, war, racism, slavery, genocide, and, also expresses a very optimistic tone about Democracy playing an essential role in overcoming these pitfalls.

But ofcourse, there's alot more to this book. I like his introduction of new terms toward the discussion of democracy, and toward the discussion of US imperialism.

Also, he proposes the way forward towards an effective democracy is to emphasize Socratic tradition, and to highlight the Judeo-Christian-Islamic Prophetic conception of Justice. Both these elements, according to West, can cure many of the social, economic ills that plague America, and perhaps the world in general.

Overall, very enjoyable read so far.

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Currently reading The Kite Runner (abit late, I know) So sad :cry: I had reader's block for a loooong time after reading about 3/4 of 1984 which was the book I was reading before this one - I can't be bothered to finish 1984 ... it's not something I'm too keen on.

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Being a bookaholic has its downside. If all my free time is spent with books, especially when I am obsessively driven to read as much as I can on a particular subject or theme, my socialising and physical activity (going out, gym, sports) reduces to bare minimum.

The downside for me is not being able to teach myself how to put a book down on the nights before an exam. Woe unto me :cry:

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^ Re: 1984. Good that you stopped. You're not missing anything. Read Brave New World instead.

Me I am reading Cheshmi dar aseman, a collection of stories about Shahid Javad Fakouri. Here is the download link for those who know Persian: http://aja.ir/portal...98-a8530db1562d (I like to rub it in you Arabs' faces since I can't understand the the speeches of the respected General-Secretary).

Notable quote from Shahid Fakouri after Imam Khomeini was exiled to Turkey: "If Ayatollah Khomeini gave me the command, I would fly my plane into the Shah's palace myself." (p. 29)

I actually read that book a while ago, I just thought I should post that quote.

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^ Re: 1984. Good that you stopped. You're not missing anything. Read Brave New World instead.

U Stupid. Brave new world and 1984 are two sides of the same coin. To get a proper idea of dystopia they both should be read.

after reading about 3/4 of 1984 which was the book I was reading before this one - I can't be bothered to finish 1984

Read it till the end. It will scar your soul and make you wiser

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Salam!

I am posting here, after a long time, well, to be honest, i haven't read much in the past 2 months, just completed the books, I was reading previously.

last night I started this book, borrowed it from a friend

The Shi'ah - Origin and Faith by, Ayatullah Kashif al-Ghita . its original title is Aslush Shi'ah Wa Usuloha

translated by Muhammad. Fazal Haq

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U Stupid. Brave new world and 1984 are two sides of the same coin. To get a proper idea of dystopia they both should be read.

Read it till the end. It will scar your soul and make you wiser

1984 is a cliche take on oriental despotism and how it is so awful and that people in the West should fear it.

Look at the characteristics of the state:

- Represses free speech

- Represses sex

- Has persistent shortages of every good

- Keeps a constant watch over its people

- Props up the metric system and uproots the old English system

Orwell, in typical obvious manner, names his protagonist "Winston"!!! It is clear that he was advocating a certain type of system (i.e. Western liberal democracy) and telling Westerners of the horrors of that other system (i.e. affirming what their propaganda apparatuses were already telling them over and over).

And on the other hand we have Brave New World.

In Brave New World, was sex repressed? No, the people were medicated with it. Were there shortages of every good? No, and in fact hyperconsumption was encouraged. Were people faceless slaves of their state? No, they were slaves are their nafs.

Speech was repressed inasmuch as the officials did not want people to -- like Bernard Marx -- begin to question if there was more to the world than just carnal pleasures. But for the most part the system was self-policing. People accepted this system because it

In other words, the society of 1984 reflected Stalinist society. It was merely a sensationalized, literary version of Stalinist society; right down to Big Brother's mustache and Goldstein's spectacles. Whereas, Brave New World is an ideal form of modern Western society, which is decadent rather than repressive.

The reason why 1984 is more well known and more popular than Brave New World is simple: readers don't want to read anti-nafs stuff. We don't want to hear that it's bad to be drowned in worldly pleasures. Even Muslims don't want to hear this, let alone Westerners.

If 1984 scars your soul and makes you wiser, so does any CNN report on any state that opposes American hegemony. So why don't you just read that instead?

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^Maybe you need to take of your Eastern bloc glasses and look at the world with a little less paranoia.

1984 is powerful, the end of the book in the ministry of love is one of the most intense things I've ever read. In didnt see it in an east-west light, its about tyranny ,1984 attempts to imagine the oppressive government ever. Orwell fought on the side of the communists in the Spanish civil war. The criticism he give in 1984 and in the animal farm comes at his disillusionment with the soviet union.

Brave new world gives you the other end of the spectrum, where industrialists engineer a perfect society, with a decadent population encouraged to consume and be merry, where people are brainwashed from birth to be imbecilic and happy, and encourages to take drugs if they even get close to ever feeling serious.

Both 1984 and BNW seemed very similar to me. They're dystopias where the individual is crushed by the system, a system which exists only to perpetuate itself at the expense of the individual. One shows the socialist nightmare, the other shows the capitalist nightmare. In both scenarios the government brainwashes it's citizens, training them to think the way they want them to think. Both deserve to be read.

1984 is a cliche take on oriental despotism and how it is so awful and that people in the West should fear it.

1984 was original, its a book which is extensively copied from.

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Both 1984 and Brave New World have strong parallels to modern society - which is becoming increasingly decadent and authoritarian.

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.” The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/2011_a_brave_new_dystopia_20101227/

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In didnt see it in an east-west light, its about tyranny ,

Some people cannot free their vision from the myopia of bipolar worldview.

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