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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by SFG75, Mar 3, 2008.
from Simin Daneshvar, enjoy reading.
So far it's going to have to be toss ups between The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, What is the What by Dave Eggars, and Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
Hmm . . . I see a theme between my favorites this year.
Currently reading Duma Key.
Really trying to like Stephen King, and this book is definitely doing it so far! About 250 pgs in.
I read Everyman earlier this year, and I was really disappointed... It was probably my least favorite Philip Roth book (perhaps beating out The Breast) I'd ever read — and I think it was my fourteenth. The language was flat, and the idea to universalize this human experience through the tale of a hypersexual New Jersey Jew (there's a new one...) with a unique family situation was not a good idea. For the most part, it actually read like somebody was trying to parody Roth.
Best so far and a real surprize: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This is a novel set in Nigeria as it comes under colonialism. This is a disaster for traditional tribal ways which the author described firmly, not sentimentally at all.
I'm into Kim by Rudyard Kipling... That writer had a talent: I just open the book, and my room fills in with smells and noises of India...
The language of narration is kind of funny (aside when he switches to Indian English, which is then obvious) - is it old-British, or does Kipling make imitation of something that I simply don't know as I am not a native English speaker?
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. It was such an original read, and the best I've read in a long time.
The best book I've read so far in 2008 is God is Not Great-How Religion Poison's Everything - By Chris Hitchens.
I've also read The Chase-Cussler, The Last Juror-Grisham, Honeymoon-Pattason, and others.
Saliotthomas, you seem to change your avatar image, hon, it looks like Jack Gallo in the TV Series Just Shoot Me
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Very entertaining non-fiction with original perspectives.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. Excellent - both of them.
His name is not Steven Levitan, you typed incorrect.
Steven Levitan rules.
A Farewell To Arms - Hemingway
Ok, Hemingway also rules.
The only Hemmingway book I've read to date is The Old Man and the Sea, but I thought it was great. Just not enough time to read everything I want. A Farewell to Arms will be my nex Hemmingway book some time this year (I hope).
I hope too. The novel Fiesta is better than that.
I'm planning on reading For Whom The Bell Tolls next
Maybe it'll be Fiesta then. One of the reasons I joined this forum is to get oppinions about what I should read next.
Thanks a lot. It makes me feel good. To know one is being inspired of you.
I suddenly feel like I'm way behind in my reading this year - it's just about April and I'm still working on my 7th of the year...
Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is by far the best I've read this year. I've decided I need to read more Dickens.
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