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Dirt is the best book ever.

uhm... no. current/big_smile

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Dirt is the best book ever.

uhm... no. current/big_smile

Its a fun read, but 70% of it is probably just bullshit. :p

i would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.

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Another thing I've been thinking about lately when it comes to literature and esp. when it comes to classics is language. I usually try to read in original language but since I only understand english or german that obviously isn't always possible and I'm always afraid that I miss something or that maybe the author meant something different than the translations... anybody here who has some thoughts about that? Am I too paranoid?

You're not paranoid, i like doing the thing this way too. Original language is the thing. Especially about poetry, but even for prose. You miss the sound of the words, the ideas those words put togheter are supposed to give. Yeah, you get almost the same meaning, but it lacks something you get in the original version. I got a copy of "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Baudelaire, and it's got both the languages, french on one side and italian on the other. I know a bit of french and so i tried to read it in french, i used the italian comparation just when i needed some support. There's no simile, it sounds totally different.
Same thing i did with some italian books, it happened to me that i had to read some parts in english... Totally different.

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Yeah okay, but like german and english are like all I can haha. I could do the comparison stuff with swedish I suppose tho.

I try to get books wriiten in french,spanish, italian etc in english and scnadinavian and slavik books in german, because I think it works best that way but I'm always a bit "meehh, I don't really want to read a messed up version..."

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Yeah, i know the feeling... I'm pretty much interested in some languages, so i hope i'll learn them good enuff to read books in original versions. But at least know i can read them in a language i know, and may be that later i'll do it again current/big_smile

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Well of course you've got a point, a translation is always some kind of interpretation of the original work. Although (especially for classics) there are often a bunch of translations around and by searching around for a bit you can often get the idea of which ones are good (= similar to the original) and those who are not.

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good tip!^

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Just finished reading "Life After Death" by Damien Echols. Very interesting!

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Started watching Under the Dome....I didnt want to have to wait until next season to see what happens, so I bought the book.  It is nothing like the show.  Still good though.

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Swedens biggest book festival takes place next week in Gothenburg. I'll be talking in front of the visitors about the pros and cons about being a young author, and also about Hemingway. Excited. :>

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@mrs. v viper: Whow, so glad to hear that Kafka's books are familiar to someone abroad. I can only confirm that the original version in czech is written in very specific form, quite complicated to read even for me as a native speaker (despite I'm a really big bookworm). I'll have to read some of his books in translation to compare both versions.

I don't have enough time to read all the thread so I'll just post a list of my favourite books current/wink

"Catch XXII" by Joseph Heller - True masterpiece. You will laugh as a fuck, you will cry, you will swear. This book is everything except for boring.

"Judge Ti" stories by Robert van Gulik - Right choice if you like crime stories and history 'cause this is a medieval chinese version of Sherlock Holmes - just much, MUCH better!

"Immortality" by Milan Kundera - I've read it three times and every time I found something I didn't notice before. Great book, easy to read but hard to understand.

"Watership Down" by Richard Adams - You probably heard about it as a child but this one is more like a fairytale for adults. Yeah, it's about rabbits, but who the fuck cares? Great metaphores, great world. I was one batshit scared little chit when I read "About El Hréran and The Black Rabbit of Inlé" for the first time. My next tattoo is inspired by this book (and also my dog's name). You should not miss this one!

"Sky" by Patrick Chauvel - You. must. read. this. Autobiographical novel by french photojournalist (more known for his book "War reporter") about him and his native american friend Sky. They met at Vietnam, they became friends and they stayed together until the very end. Half tragical, half beautiful, I was crying almost all the time. Everyone who doesn't care about wars in the world should read this.

"Pride of Baghdad" by Brian K. Vaughan - Another war story for those who like comics.


Well, this could be enough for now current/smile

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@mrs. v viper: Whow, so glad to hear that Kafka's books are familiar to someone abroad. I can only confirm that the original version in czech is written in very specific form, quite complicated to read even for me as a native speaker (despite I'm a really big bookworm). I'll have to read some of his books in translation to compare both versions.

sorry to burst your bubble, but Kafka wrote in german current/wink
He grew up in Prague and was fluent in czech, but reportedly spoke it with a slight german accent and all his big and important works are written original in german.

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Swedens biggest book festival takes place next week in Gothenburg. I'll be talking in front of the visitors about the pros and cons about being a young author, and also about Hemingway. Excited. :>

that sounds awesome, have fun!
Missing Frankfurt Book Fair is the bihggest let down, but at least this October i won't be so broke, or maybe I will. Can't wait to explore all the London Book shops, esp. The second hand stores.. Britain has a bigger appreciation for old books than people here, so I am book-excited too current/big_smile

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Found my favorite topic, yay current/big_smile
I am a bookworm, I read everything that comes my way ^^
I read some Bukowski, Poe, and Hemingway. I like it. After reading tons, and going to a literature course, I got stuck with classics...
After so much talking, I read 50 shades of grey. They say is a omg so good book, in my opinion, is a badly written fic.

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Hah, sure, you're right. That's maybe because I constantly reject to read, watch or listen to the most profane pieces and always start from those almost unknown. It's my little deviancy, haha. But whatever, my fault.

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I used to devour books, any kinds of books I could get my hands on really, but lately I haven't found the time or clear enough mind to read anything more than fluff.

Here is some of the books I have read time and time again:

Deborah Spungen - And I don't want to live this life: a mother's story of her daughter's murder (This book is about the life and death of Sid Viciou's girlfriend Nancy Spungen.)

W.P. Kinsella - Brother Frank's gospel hour (Funnu short stories about the life in American reservations around 70s.)

Mervyn Peake - The Gormenghast novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone) (Very dark gothic fantasy with weird characters. Unique!)

Terry Pratchett (I just like his sence of humour and way of putting words together. Too shame he has alzheimer's now. current/sad )

Neil Gaiman - Smoke and mirrors (Not a fan of all of his books, but like these short stories.)

Stephen Fry - The Fry Chronicles (I just have so big crush on Stephen Fry. I just love his intelligent humour and his eloquent way with words.)

P.G. Wodehouse - (I found his books solely because of Stephen Fry)

Jane Austen (Always when in need of a little romance, I turn into Jane Austen, Gone with wind, or Alexandra Ripleys Scarlett.)

Diana Wynne Jones - Howl's moving castle (I know it's a childrens book, but nether less I like it.)

Robin Hobb - (When in mood for fantasy. I like the trilogy with the living ships.)

Robert van Gulic - The judge Dee mysteries (Someone else has mentioned these too current/smile )

Anne Rice (These have been mentioned here so many times that I had to mention them too current/wink )

S.E. Hinton - Rumble fish (Someone mentioned Outsiders all ready.)

Charlaine Harris (Quilty pleasure)

Seb Hunter - Hell bent for leather: confession of a heavy metal addict (The name says it all.)

Agatha Christie (I love the character of Hercule Poirot)

Tales from the thousand and one night (Have been reading this book since I was a kid, and I'm still enchanted by it.)

Aristotle - Ethics (Not  an easy read, but makes you think.)

Sylvia Plath - Bell jar (Classic! Stuck with me since high school.)

Edgar Allan Poe - The masque of the red death (My favourite short story of him.)

George Orwell - 1984 (Animal Farm is mentioned so many times all ready.)

Thomas More - Utopia, Dante's Divine Comedy, Homer - The Iliad (Before I could read in Japanese, our local book shop had only the classics in english. These are the ones I liked.)

Aldous Huxley - Brave new world (Read this first time in high school english class, and it left an impact.)

Charles Dickens - Christmas carol (Must read at every christmas time.)

Right now I'm reading (I always read several books at the same time. Always one book for every mood.):

Vince Neil - Tattoos & tequila
John Milton - Paradise lost (Not an easy read, so not usually in the right mood for it.)
Kristin Cashore - Fire (Easy read fantasy with no vampires, yes!)
Neil Strauss - The game: penetrating the secret society of pickup artists (hmm. I might not be the target audience, but I still find it as an interesting read.)
Astrid Lindgren - Mio, my son (Reading this for my kids.)

This post got so long,  current/yikes  sorry! I just couldn't find my edit button. current/tongue )

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I just finished reading a very good book, its from stephen  pearcy of RATT

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Terry Pratchett (I just like his sence of humour and way of putting words together. Too shame he has alzheimer's now. current/sad )

I know right it is such a shame current/sad I never actually got around to enjoy his books for some reason but I read a few and anyone has to admit he's some sort of genious. it's really really sad.

You got good taste btw current/smile

I recently read The Illiad and Odyssey. I also read an art book called Memory Palace by Hari Kunzru, it inspired a whole exhibiton at the Victoria and Albert Museum, it's dystopic and deals with a future in which knowledge is illegal, great stuff. Other than that: John Berger - Ways of seeing, wich might be intresting for anyone who enjoys visual arts, and Bruno Munari - Design as Art and KesselsKramers' Advertising for people who don't like advertising, both are probably very unintresting for people that aren't into graphic design D: I also read a selfhelp book for highly sensitive people, which literally taught me NOTHING I didn't already knew. -.-

Oh and I started irvine welsh's trainspotting but it's pretty difficult to read.

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Anna, are you into Beckett? I don't know why but I figured he might be in your taste. Haha.

As for me I'm currently reading Alice Munro. I have lots of book interested friends that can't belive that she got the nobel price. I can't belive that they think that the nobel price matters.

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I don't know, I haven't read anything from him yet. Now you say it tho, my english teacher used to recommend him to me too thinking I would like it. Maybe time to check that dude out?

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I don't know, I haven't read anything from him yet. Now you say it tho, my english teacher used to recommend him to me too thinking I would like it. Maybe time to check that dude out?

Do it! You should start with Molloy, I think.

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