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171. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting zanif

i'm currently reading a clock work orange. what a weird book.

I take it you haven't seen the movie yet?

172. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

Anyone who had read "Candide" by Voltaire???

yes! great book!! I adored it

how strange that so many people like the diary of ann frank, at school we had to read her, but for me it wasn't that great.. perhaps is the english translation better? ;)

and i'm also a alchemist fan, but I can't say that I like all of his books, but the alchemist and veronica decides to die, were really good.

someone already mentioned, cloud atlas from david mitchell, also his other book, dream number 9 is worth reading..
and i like the plays of oscar wilde as well..

hm i'll make a list with my favourite books.. and i must say, you all have a good taste.

173. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

currently reading "a short history of nearly everything" by bill bryson. it's a hilarious explanation of science by the layman for the layman; the part I love best is the anecdotes for HOW they realized and proved (or what they're ignoring since they can't figure it out). I had to take a break when I started dreaming about plate tectonics, but I was eager to return. I drove my husband crazy by reading passages that were too funny or profound to keep to myself.

Terry Pratchett has done a similar series called "science of discworld" where his fantasy characters mess around w/ earth and human history, and alternating chapters are writen by scientists to humorously explain the relevance. cool tidbit: there are more connections from your brain to your nerves than vice versa==your brain tells your ear what to hear; that's why learning languages late can be so hard, your brain doesn't want to hear the unfamiliar sounds.

people have already mentioned Brysons travel books, but Terry Pratchett's fantasy novels are definately worth a read. I began w/ Mort (death takes an apprentice) which was a good lead into the series since I couldn't find the first. once you're familiar w/ the characters they're more independant stories than reading a series in order.

174. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

Yay Books!

I'm sorry if i repeat anyone cos I haven't read this thread all the way through. I saw the discussion of Birdsong, thats my favourite. I've read it a few times now.

I was just about to compile a list of the best books I've read in the last 12 months to give to my mum:

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Loved this, couldn't put it down and and its so original. And it made me cry.

The Five People we Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom: One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It made me bawl my eyes out.

Small Island by Andrea Levy: This is about a Jamaican immigrants to Britain during the 1940s, its about prejudice, and how different wartime makes things, with a bit of romance. Great.

I just read a book called "The Mermaid's Child" by Jo Baker. It was very strange and beautiful, set in the past but in an unspecified time or place, which gives it a kind of haunting mystery.

I'm now reading "Holy Cow" by Sarah MacDonald, which is a hilarious and accurate account of one womans experience in India. Great travel reading.

I love books that make me cry. Weird? Maybe, but if anyone can recommend any other moving book!

175. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

If you are growing profoundly interest in the classic text, I am sure any of the classic literature would do you by no means heart-gripping.

Very cliche 'epics' from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, or you can seek for french literature as they are much engrossing in the words and feelings through expressions. Slavic literature such as those from Republic Czech are awesome. Beautiful and genuine!

176. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Guys, i haven't been here for a while.
Has anyone read Deepak Chopra's novel entitled "Soulmate"?
At first I enjoyed reading it.. but when the story reached the turning point of the main character, I got lost. I don't understand the concept Chopra's saying in the story. Too much phylosophy for me...

177. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

Sorry if it's been stated before but 17 pages seesm a bit of a read
so anyway i'm asking if anyone has read The Alchemuist bt Paul Coelho. Quitre a relevant book for this site as it's about travelling and finding your destiny. After reading this book it got me to think of travelling.

178. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Johnni

Sorry if it's been stated before but 17 pages seesm a bit of a read
so anyway i'm asking if anyone has read The Alchemuist bt Paul Coelho. Quitre a relevant book for this site as it's about travelling and finding your destiny. After reading this book it got me to think of travelling.

Yeah, I've read it. I like the simplicity of it.

179. Posted by Johnni (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

i think thats why it has been so widely read as the authors books are quite simple to read plus the book it quite shirt so wont take ages to read, im trying to read all Paul Coelho books now

180. Posted by Jetsetmaf (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

Well to start thought I'd mention a few a travel narrative books that I have loved:

A Year in the Merde - a must read for anyone who has ever spent a significant amount of time in France

Merde Actually - the sequel to a Year in the Merde

Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge - Bruce Feiler (a brilliant read, the author spent a year earning his masters at Cambridge and this is the story of it. Its an amazing and great read.

Also by Bruce Feiler - Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan
- Walking the Bible

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