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221. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

I might sound like a total nerd but I absolutely loved all the books I've read so far for one of my classes at uni focussing on postcolonial literature ;)

Here's the syllabus:

Ngugi - Matagari

Ben Okri - Stars of the New Curfew

Buchi Emecheta - The Joys of motherhood

Jamaica Kincaid - Autobiography of my mother

Toni Morrison - Jazz

Salman Rushdie - East, west

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 3, 2006 10:08 PM by steff ]

222. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting mikeyBoab

Is there anyone who doesn't think that Bill Bryson is the greatest author ever?

I dont get Bill Bryson at all - cannot get into his stuff whatsoever! He just doesnt do it for me!!!

I prefered the ramblings of Pete McCarthey - so funny!

Purdy, you are hereby excommunicated from the Church of the Budding Member.

His new book is just out in hard back, I'm waiting for the paperback, partly because it's cheaper, partly because I'm engrossed in some PD James right now.

223. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

After a long dry spell of swapping my books for trashy novels in hostel exchanges, Ive finally gotten my paws on (i.e. forked out serious dollars for) some good ones just recently. Im on a bit of an all things asian buzz right now...so am currently lost in this gem called Soul Mountain. Beautifully written and translated from Chinese. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Check it out.

Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks. Well, I just love him anyway. He has a way of describing things that puts you right there with the characters.

Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson. Bittersweet fiction about the tragedy of doomed relationships. I think it must strike a note with everyone. And the author's sense of humour is great. I laughed out loud a lot with this one despite the depressive overtones.

I have about 50 more that Ive spied in my local bookstore!

I had an idea but I dont know if it would fly. Would anyone on TP be up for a postal book exchange. Im so sick of handing over what I consider to be good books for crappy ones on the shelves of hostel book exchanges, as Ive said. It would be so cool to swop on-line and receive a package with something slightly decent in it. It's got to be cheaper than buying a new book right?

224. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hey Steff!

I did a whole course in uni on P.C Lit - was one of my favourite courses! Lots of great African and Indian writers.

Great to hear you;re enjoying your new course! ;)

225. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

Just finished A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Great title. Can't decide if i think it was brilliant and moving or as hopelessly self-absorbed and vain as the author freely admits it might be.

and - Vernon God Little by D.B.C Pierre - have rarely found it so hard to put a book down or let go of the characters at the end of the story. Flawlessly written, with a subtly twisted plot and painfully true to life characters. Read it!!

226. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 10y

Guys,i only have 2 books for you which must read at all costs sometime in this life time...

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho(Don't worry if you do not speak English,this book was translated into more than 100 languages,i have it in English,French,Spanish,Italian,Arabic&Portugese....The only language missing is my mother tongue which is Somali,i've got to have a word with him about that...Laughing)...

The other book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull By Richard Bach...

Two Truly wonderful books about Life,Following our dreams and going after what we want and never giving up...Ciao...

227. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

just finished a 100 years of solitude and thought it was easier and better then i expected !

about to start - so many miles to paradise by christine breen.... anyone read it ?

228. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Quoting Rraven

just finished a 100 years of solitude and thought it was easier and better then i expected !

I liked that too, but got a tad confused by all the similar names. Had to keep referring to the family tree chart at the beginning of the novel.

229. Posted by Block (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Anybody like Irvine Welsh's books. (I know that they're not for everyone, but if we all liked the same thing then the world would be very boring.)

I've heard that he has recently released a new book, but I can't find out what it's called. Anyone know? And has anyone read it?

230. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

I recently finished Lunar Park by Brett Easton Ellis, I couldn't put it down. The only thing that stopped me reading it from cover to cover was that I was learning to scuba-dive at the same time.
Bram Stokers Dracula i read in 14 hrs on train from Chengdu to Shanghai, the other 26 hrs I wasted!!
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey was heartbreaking even if it is fiction as many people say it is.
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was truly fascinating.
Anything by Hunter S.Thompson of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fame. I just read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972 last week.
The Godfather, I'm sure you all know the author, if not why not?! It is even better than the film version which was awesome.
Mr Tickle by Roger Hargreaves (joke)

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