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whut is it?
Can't choose one...Animal Farm, 1984, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, High Fidelity and Breakfast At Tiffany's.
but mitch albom can fucking do one....tuesdays with morrie...worst thing my eyes have ever had to sit through....awful, awful, awful.
Top book that though. Probably read it 20 times.
is my dad's favorite book. I know it is cos he can remember whole pages of writing, whereas he often forgets the name of other books.
worth a go if you're not an Orwell fan? 1984 didn't have that much of an effect on me, although I do realises how unaffected I am living in the generation/time I do. I'm just not sure I'm that much of a fan of Orwell's style.
It's very accessible and nothing like his late period Dystopias.
I also think you'll give 1984 another go if you do.
Will give it a chance.
I suspect his near-death in Spain had something to do with his increasing pessimism
he made a thread talking about his change of heart.
I think he read 1984 first (I did as well) and while I love that book an awful lot, it probably isn't the best introduction
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
Norwegian Wood - Murakami
The Road - McCarthy
I usually say 1984 by George Orwell or Sketches from a Hunters Album by Turgenev as two enduring favorites
on vikram's admission that he likes reading young girls' diaries? No-one? Ok. Cool.
will affect me for the rest of my life. I couldn't think about anything else for so long after I finished it.
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene is certainly up there, as well as All Quiet on the Western Front. Everyone should read that.
or the power and the glory by graham greene
of the Power and the Glory. Got to page 77, and realised that there were 50 pages missing. Brand new copy. Theiving scamps at Random House.
Bell Jar by Plath
Experience by Amis the younger
The Unbearable Lightness of Being By "AC" Milan Kundera
the 5 books you love on facebook!
for the record mine were/are
Sketches From A Hunters Album: Turgenev
The Road: McCarthy
Down and Out...: Orwell
Austerlitz: WG Sebald
The Complete Poems of Yesenin in English: Yesenin
not sure about Plath maybe.
Plath is a funny one. I bought her books on her reputation. So far I'm inclined to believe Hughes had the lions share of the talent in that marriage.
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72 would be in there for me, Coming Up for Air by Orwell, maybe Catch-22, will think of others i suppose
Plath pisses all over hughes from a great great height. I don't give a fuck about your tractor not starting, get back to shagging about Tedward.
Crow is better than anything she did.
because I don't think I had enough background knowledge when I read it the first time.
watch the film as well. Dead good.
do you mean about the concept of lightness, or more generally?
I ask because I've just ordered the book.
Happyslapped by a jellyfish by Karl Pilkington
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
The Man Who Was Thursday (a nightmare) by G.K. Chesterton
Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
Fight Club by Chuck Palahunuik
they are some of my favourites.
largely because I think if I ever got round to writing a book it would be exactly like this but obviously a bit worse.
In terms of proper novels I always loved The Great Gatsby
the other week. Thought it was great. Good short stories stand up to a lot of re-reading.
- we humoured him with the odd quote from the above
and the master and margarita for me probably
I LIKE THEM LOTS.
also enjoyed a book called The Cheese Monkeys - Chip Kidd.
i might add that to my list.
have you heard the Coen Brothers are making a movie out a another Michael Chabon book?
I think it's called 'the yiddish policeman' or something, I haven't read this one...
It's very good and will make an excellent Coen brothers' film
It's good, but nowhere near as good as Kavalier and Clay.
I love michael chabon. Have you read his book of short stories called 'Werewolves in Their Youth'? It's also fantastic :)
they've already pushed it back to work on their remake/adaptation of the Western 'True Grit'.
but will check it out.
It's sitting on the shelf of my favorite secondhand bookstore, priced at $6, and I stealth-read a bit of it whenever I'm in there. I can't help it.
Well, kind of. I'm ignoring manga - and ultimately if I was told I could only read one of Hopscotch or Harry Potter ever again, I'd take the latter, but I love it as a world/thing more than as a novel, obviously in terms of quality, Hopscotch is many, many universes away. . I really do think that Hopscotch is perfect. Absolutely flawless, so unique, just astonishing, and it's a shame that it doesn't get the respect it deserves. I'm not sure why that is really, I can't see anyone considering it anything less than 'outstanding'. I genuinely do consider it to be the greatest novel ever. It seems near impossible to find anywhere to buy it on the web though. Oh, the Waterstones website has it, but it's £13.99. That's ridiculous (obviously worth it if it's the only place, but still stupid). I got my copy at that bookstore in London - you know the one. If you live in London go look for it.
To quote Pablo Neruda:
"People who do not read Cortazar are doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease."
Don't know why I didn't think to look there, anyhow:
(edited by Paul Auster)
It's a collection of real stories sent in by average Americans. I think everybody here would love it.
i'll put it on my to read list
or new contender The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (ignore the sappy title it is great)
but Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami is one of them. Weird but accessible & gets the brain cogs moving.
by Kazuo Ishiguro is superb. His best, for me. Like a big dense dream.
written on the body or sexing the cherry.
my very favouritest though is buzz aldrin, by johan harstad.
100 years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Or Moby Dick.
But Roberto Bolano's 2666 is now a serious contender.
lord of the rings, pride and prejudice, high fedility or the princess bride
been fairly consistent..
Notes from the Underground by Dostoevsky
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
The Gay Science by Nietzsche
also fortress of solitude by jonathan lethem
also ubik by philip k dick
is on my "to read when I have lots and lots of time", along with Infinite Jest. I may do those over the summer, we'll see.
Where were you in my 'House of Leaves is the best thing ever' thread?
sounds good though. i spent AGES annotating my copy and am thinking about ordering another one. fun fun.
and 'Revenge of the Lawn'
vernon god little by dbc pierre
portrait of an artist as a young man by james joyce
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
aaggh two more spring to mind
L'Etranger by Albert Camus and for something completely different
The Long Firm by Jake Arnott
and Discrage by J.M. Coetzee
I'll stop now
Discgrace, I meant
really fucking good.
Not the Mitchell and Webb David Mitchell, another one!
Until then it is the Trial.
it's the Good Soldier Svejk. Czech it out if you ever get the chance.
but have never got round to it. Maybe i will now.
The Trial <3
by bret easton ellis
the acid house by irvine welsh
dorian gray by wilde
can't really decide.
I agree with everyone that says it's brilliant.
or something by Paul Auster. New York Trilogy, probably.
After reading that beautiful sprawl I couldn't possibly think any other book could be my favourite. It's magic, it makes my head spin.
Or The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.
I think yes_ is my soul brutha.
I have a HUGE list of books read this summer, I'm hoping to save about £100 for it :)
Fatherland by Robert Harris
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Master and Margerita - Mikhail Bulgakov
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
Junky/Queer - William Burroughs
The War in the Air,
The First Men in the Moon,
The Island of Doctor Moreau - H.G. Wells
I read all these years ago though, I don't think I've read a good work fiction for aaaaggggggeeeesssss (just factual books)
which is almost like saying my most favourite anyone else
also my favourite orwell. and maybe my favourite book.
also, i believe it to be uncool, but i fucking loved jane eyre. As well as being really good reads, both these books had a strong impact on me - the former in making me think long and hard about what i want in life, and the latter in inspiring me to try to be more resourceful and independent and self-assured and not materialistic.
I was trying to say, I don't read a lot, but:
Primo Levi - The Periodic Table
Axel Munte - The Story of San Michele
Just the first one though, the follow ups were shit.
when asked to recommend 10 books she could only think of eight, but added one she hadn't read given to her by the author, a literary friend.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly/Le Scaphandre et le papillon - Jean Dominique Bauby
Young Hearts Crying - Richard Yates
Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann