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grapejelly
02-14-2004, 04:13 AM
i want to know your favorite books :D or if u have just read any good books recently.. post 'em here! :hatoff: :crazy:

MisterQ
02-14-2004, 04:24 AM
Don't know what you are into, grapejelly (btw, do you like grape jelly?), but here are two books I recently read and LOVED!:

1. Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight
by Alexandra Fuller

Autobiographical accounts of a girl growing up in Africa (Rhodesia, or the modern-day Malawi/Zambia region) in the 70's + 80's, and her extraordinary childhood and dysfunctional (yet somehow loveable) family. Funny, tragic, memorable stuff.

2. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. The old classic from the 50's --- I had never read it until recently. Powerful story of some teenage boys in a boarding school in New England. Beautiful book, and not too long a read.


Another favorite book of mine is by a sort of hybrid beat/hippie from the sixties named Richard Brautigan. The book is called "Trout Fishing In America." It has nothing at all to do with that subject. I can't explain it, you just have to see for yourself what it's like, lol!

CooCooCachoo
02-14-2004, 04:28 AM
I like the Harry Potter books, but they aren't of any high literary standards I guess.

I also really enjoyed reading "La cantatrice chauve" by Eugène Ionesco (The bald singer). Some books that I still need to read are "HappinessTM" - Will Ferguson (kind of a parody on capitalism), "Finding myself" - Toby Litt and "Dead Famous" - Ben Elton. The last two are books that make a bit of a mockery of reality television.

MisterQ
02-14-2004, 04:35 AM
LOL, Coocoo, I get a kick out of Ionesco. Have you ever seen or read his "Rhinoceros?" It's a trip! :lol:

CooCooCachoo
02-14-2004, 05:03 AM
Only a bit, MisterQ. Actually, the last chapter it was for French literature. I have bought the book, because I think the history behind it is so good. I don't know if you know, but it is based on how the Nazi's took over in Romania.

andylover_16
02-14-2004, 05:43 AM
The Bell Jar
By:Sylvia Plath

A Collection Of Poetry
By:Sylvia Plath

The Soldier Boys
By: ?cant remember?

A Collection Of Poetry
By:Ted Hughes


have you figured out my fascination of Sylvia Plath Yet?

CooCooCachoo
02-14-2004, 06:05 AM
Andylover likes feminist poetry and literature lol

BTW The Soldier Boys was written by Dean Hughes

grapejelly
02-14-2004, 08:53 AM
:rolls: lol MisterQ.. yeah actually i like peanut butter with grapejelly!
i'm open to any type of book.. but i like fiction best :yeah: thanks guys! keep 'em comin'! hahaha! :D

Ma. Estefania
02-14-2004, 03:56 PM
I think one of the best books ever is "100 years of Solitude" of Gabriel García Márquez.

In its own language (Spanish) it's great....don't know if it's that good at English or other language.

MisterQ
02-14-2004, 04:14 PM
I think one of the best books ever is "100 years of Solitude" of Gabriel García Márquez.

In its own language (Spanish) it's great....don't know if it's that good at English or other language.

That is a PHENOMENAL book! In English too! ;)

It's a little hard to keep track of all the geneology and various generations, but it's worth it.

Ma. Estefania
02-14-2004, 04:19 PM
Yes, Mister Q.

It's a book that deserves thousands of ----> :worship:

I read it last year, it's a long book, but it's a very very good one, in my opinion the best of García Márquez.....great magic realism.

Hispanica
02-14-2004, 04:24 PM
One of my fave books is Si C'est un Homme by Primo LEVY ... I read it in French but I'm sur it exists in English... It's a bbok about world war 2 and a man who survied more than a year in a camp.

Another boook I loved si Fous pas le camp Nicolas by Claude de Raucy. I doubt this one exists in another language than French...Beautiful story about AIDS

There is also The Lady of the Lake by Marion Zimmer Bradley... It's nice if you like stories about King Arthur and that period.

I might think of other books later.

And one in Spanish is Sin Noticias de Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza... nice critic of our society.

MisterQ
02-14-2004, 04:26 PM
Did you read "Love in the Time of Cholera"? That was good, but I much preferred 100 Years...

García Márquez's imagination is extraordinary, and I love the way he describes characters and the setting. He's one of the few authors I could just listen to descriptions, no plot necessary! I agree, it deserves lots of :worship:!

MisterQ
02-14-2004, 04:27 PM
One of my fave books is Si C'est un Homme by Primo LEVY ... I read it in French but I'm sur it exists in English... It's a bbok about world war 2 and a man who survied more than a year in a camp.

Another boook I loved si Fous pas le camp Nicolas by Claude de Raucy. I doubt this one exists in another language than French...Beautiful story about AIDS

There is also The Lady of the Lake by Marion Zimmer Bradley... It's nice if you like stories about King Arthur and that period.

I might think of other books later.

And one in Spanish is Sin Noticias de Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza... nice critic of our society.

I have never read any of those books. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

andylover_16
02-14-2004, 04:32 PM
Andylover likes feminist poetry and literature lol

BTW The Soldier Boys was written by Dean Hughes


:)

Ma. Estefania
02-14-2004, 04:38 PM
Did you read "Love in the Time of Cholera"? That was good, but I much preferred 100 Years...

García Márquez's imagination is extraordinary, and I love the way he describes characters and the setting. He's one of the few authors I could just listen to descriptions, no plot necessary! I agree, it deserves lots of :worship:!

No, I haven't read that one....though many people have recommended it to me. I have read "About love and other demons" (maybe not the exact name, but something near to it) but I didn't like it that much as 100 years as you said.

What I liked the most about "100 years..." were all the things that Gabo used there, you know, to start the book from the almost the middle part, the phrases that are usually repeated, etc. On Literature's class I remember we even did deep analysis about it, it was great, I discovered that the book has many things that are related to the Bible. :eek:

Ads
02-14-2004, 04:51 PM
"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
"Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier
"Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
"Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella (the entire series is really funny, but the 1st one is my favourite)

CooCooCachoo
02-17-2004, 06:01 AM
Ads, is your avatar from that tv show?

Ads
02-17-2004, 07:02 AM
it's from the movie lost in translation

CooCooCachoo
02-17-2004, 07:05 AM
Oh, I thought it looked like that guy from "The family" or something..

Ads
02-17-2004, 07:07 AM
oh nope :) it's bill murray :worship: you should check out the movie some time, i really liked it

joske
02-18-2004, 09:00 AM
Does anyone know really good fantasy novels? (besides the LOTR and Harry Potter stuff) I LOVE fantasy.... Sci-fi is also fine I guess, but iI prefer fantasy :)

I read 2 novels by Dutch fantasy writer Peter Schaap ('Het Woud Van De Maker' and De Bruiden Van Tyobar') which I ADORED!!! I don't know if his work has been translated into English tho... I think he also wrote a few pre-historic stories but I don't like that genre that much.. (altho the Jean M. Auel *or whats her name* books are very nice)

joske
02-18-2004, 09:03 AM
oh nope :) it's bill murray :worship: you should check out the movie some time, i really liked it

:lol: I loved the scene where you got your avatar from :) and the "lip my stocking" :haha: When I saw that tv-show with the *gay?* show host, I swear I couldn't believe how crazy modern-day Japan can be... just look at the arcade halls in the movie and stuff, it's bizarre :)

Hispanica
02-18-2004, 01:40 PM
I think Dune is a fantasy or sci-fic book... actually, there are fw books.

I know my brother was reading a book and it was fantasy but I don't remeber the name

undomiele
02-21-2004, 02:55 AM
somerset maugham's "of human bondage" and "the razors edge" are amazing novels to read. As for fantasy Id recommend John Christopher's "The White Mountains" --fantastic.

Smankyou
02-21-2004, 03:50 AM
The Bell Jar
By:Sylvia Plath

Good book. If you like Plath's work so much (which I didn't) you should read Hughes' 'Birthday Letters'. It's a great perspective of her from his view.

Icy sparks - fantastic novel until the last few chapters where it becomes a little too Christian-ey for my liking.
House of sand and fog - A must read. Especially if you're persian.
Puberty Blues - haha I enjoyed it. Not very profound. But very insightful.

Pink Panther
03-13-2004, 12:50 AM
Just finished reading "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown :yeah: and now I'm pondering whether I should buy "Holy Blood, Holy Grail". :D

MisterQ
03-13-2004, 02:35 AM
Since we were talking about One Hundred Years of Solitude --- Oprah Winfrey has picked it for her book club! I think that's an ambitous choice, and it's great that a wider audience will be encouraged to discover it.

Ma. Estefania
03-13-2004, 02:59 AM
Great new, Mr. Q.

:clap2: for Oprah

trixy
03-13-2004, 04:20 AM
The Awakening-Kate Chopin. I just finished reading it and I really liked it, Kate Chopin writes with this poetry it's so brilliant to read.

Villette-Charlottle Bronte. I just love that book I've read it like a million times.

CooCooCachoo
03-13-2004, 05:09 AM
OK For those who like to make a mockery about modern day life, or for those who like to read about it:

I just started reading Finding myself, written by Toby Litt (Deadkidssongs, Adventures in capitalism, Exhibitionism) and it is a great, funny read. The style is quite unique too. The book is a bit of a parody on real-life television.

sigmagirl91
03-14-2004, 06:34 PM
I think one of the best books ever is "100 years of Solitude" of Gabriel García Márquez.

In its own language (Spanish) it's great....don't know if it's that good at English or other language.

I plan to pick up this book soon. It's on my "must read" list. Also, it was a previous Oprah Book Club selection....

sigmagirl91
03-14-2004, 06:35 PM
I read "The Devil Wears Prada" recently. If you are into fashion, you will like this one. Of course, it's fiction.

Hispanica
03-18-2004, 06:28 PM
I'm reading The Chamber by John Grisham and it's apretty interesting about about death penalty ad the trial

Mrs. B
03-18-2004, 06:50 PM
one of my faves:

The God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

armaniman
03-18-2004, 11:01 PM
High Fidelity by nick hornby...great book..

CooCooCachoo
03-19-2004, 05:26 PM
Also, it was a previous Oprah Book Club selection....

Somehow, that is a huge con to a book for me personally :) Does anyone have the same opinion on that?

Kiara
03-19-2004, 05:30 PM
I think one of the best books ever is "100 years of Solitude" of Gabriel García Márquez.

In its own language (Spanish) it's great....don't know if it's that good at English or other language.

Ive been dying to read that!! I just havent had the time, I plan on reading it in spanish although it'll take me 100 years to finish it but when i finish my exams it's the first thing I'll do.

MisterQ
03-19-2004, 06:16 PM
Somehow, that is a huge con to a book for me personally :) Does anyone have the same opinion on that?

I assume you're back from Paris, CooCoo. Hope you had a good time!

I used to feel that way about Oprah's books, because it seemed that such a popular show and so-called "high art" could not be compatible. And the fact that she has so much influence and financial power always makes me suspicious. But having seen some of her choices, I now believe that she honestly finds a book that she likes and picks it, regardless of whether it is considered "difficult" or not, popular or elite. It's a good thing imo, to picture all these Oprah viewers reading a great, somewhat challenging book like 100 Years of Solitude which their high school teacher could have assigned and they probably would have groaned about.

Ads
03-19-2004, 07:41 PM
one of my faves:

The God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

love that book :worship:

Noodles
03-20-2004, 10:18 AM
Does anyone know really good fantasy novels? (besides the LOTR and Harry Potter stuff) I LOVE fantasy.... Sci-fi is also fine I guess, but iI prefer fantasy :)

I read 2 novels by Dutch fantasy writer Peter Schaap ('Het Woud Van De Maker' and De Bruiden Van Tyobar') which I ADORED!!! I don't know if his work has been translated into English tho... I think he also wrote a few pre-historic stories but I don't like that genre that much.. (altho the Jean M. Auel *or whats her name* books are very nice)
May I strongly suggest the great A Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin . The series is not complete, there are 3 books now, check them out, amazing stuff.

There's also my 2nd fave Robin Hobb , start with the Farseer Trilogy .

It's all :worship: material.

:wavey:

Aurora
03-20-2004, 10:32 AM
High Fidelity by nick hornby...great book..

I love Hornby, good mixture of humour and melancholy, just the way I like it!

Thanks for that view on Oprah, Q, it puzzles me somehow how people take a talkshowhost as a reading-reference (and why she makes so much money while we're on puzzlement). But it's hard to judge from this side of the earth. Any supporter of reading books like Márquez has my sympathy though!

Domino
03-20-2004, 10:35 AM
The Shining

CooCooCachoo
03-23-2004, 05:44 AM
I used to feel that way about Oprah's books, because it seemed that such a popular show and so-called "high art" could not be compatible. And the fact that she has so much influence and financial power always makes me suspicious. But having seen some of her choices, I now believe that she honestly finds a book that she likes and picks it, regardless of whether it is considered "difficult" or not, popular or elite. It's a good thing imo, to picture all these Oprah viewers reading a great, somewhat challenging book like 100 Years of Solitude which their high school teacher could have assigned and they probably would have groaned about.

Yep, I am back and the trip was OK I guess :p

I was kind of surprised to hear that Oprah picked a Gabriel García Marquez book, but usually the books are read by female readers only (doh, it's Oprah), which usually also clearly points out the genre of the book. If I am correct, she sticks to novels only and that is not the only aspect of literature (in fact, I even doubt whether a lot of those novels could or should be classified as novels).

CooCooCachoo
03-23-2004, 05:50 AM
I meant literature, not novels.