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81. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member, 169 posts) 22 Jul '05 02:28

My latest bright impression is "The Magus" of John Fowles. This "fat book" is still under my pillow

82. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 22 Jul '05 15:39

Have just finished a really enjoyable book by David Mitchell, 'Cloud Atlas', one of the most intruiging things I've read in a long time.

83. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member, 1361 posts) 22 Jul '05 20:52

John Irving book is still A Prayer for Owen Meany

Yea!!!! Tina...that's the good one...sigh...but I don't have his books with me now...what about J.M. Coetzee and V.S. Naipaul??? And I like Franz Kafka very much - Castle!

84. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 23 Jul '05 12:27

Here are some of my favourites:

Giaconda Belli: The Inhabited Woman
It's the exciting story of a young woman who becomes a member of a National Liberation Movement, a group dedicated to freeing their imaginary Latin American country from an oppressive dictator. Tension to the last line!

Monica Ali: Brick Lane
The novel chronicles the life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi girl whose parents arrange a marriage to a Bengali immigrant living in England. It combines a social novel about the struggles of Islamic immigrants in England with the personal story of the young woman.

Dave Barry: Big Trouble
It's hard to explain the story, but I read it on a flight from L.A. to Germany and I never had a better time on a plane. It is the most hilarious novel I've ever read and people around me wanted to get it too as I was laughing so hard. It has also been made into a movie, but I haven't watched that yet.

85. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 3 Aug '05 05:52

Just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was interesting to see Afghanistan through the eyes of someone looking back on his childhood, and it was far better history-wise than any (biased) news story that classifies people into all good or all bad. It was missing a little subtlety now and then, but I'd definitly recommend it.

86. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member, 99 posts) 4 Aug '05 12:12

A good book about Cambodia is First They Killed My Father. I dont remember who it's by, but it was requred reading for world cultures.

87. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member, 1342 posts) 7 Aug '05 14:15

I recommend stuff by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I recently finished A Pale View of the Hills and it was great.

88. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member, 1361 posts) 7 Aug '05 21:10

Jun Lei,

Do you know the chinese name of Kazuo Ishigiro?
Is that his latest book? He writes many good and mind-provoking books...update me pls...

I am recently looking for a book entitled "The Aran Islands". Anyone heard of it?

Thanks and have a nice day,
Lee

89. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member, 1342 posts) 8 Aug '05 13:23

Quoting cikusang

Jun Lei,

Do you know the chinese name of Kazuo Ishigiro?
Is that his latest book? He writes many good and mind-provoking books...update me pls...

I am recently looking for a book entitled "The Aran Islands". Anyone heard of it?

Kazuo Ishiguro: 石黒一雄

A Pale View of the Hills is actually his first novel. He writes in English, and his latest work is Never Let Me Go. His third novel, The Remains of the Day, was turned into a film with Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson.

List of Ishiguro works:
A Pale View of Hills, 1982
An Artist of the Floating World, 1986
The Remains of the Day, 1989
The Unconsoled, 1995
When We Were Orphans, 2000
Never Let Me Go, 2005

I googled The Aran Islands and found it was written by John Millington Synge, in 1907. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for.

90. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member, 1361 posts) 8 Aug '05 20:18

That's the book I am looking for...and thanks, Jun Lei...what about 村上春树and大江健三朗???These Japanese authors do write good books and 大江健三朗 is one of the ex-Nobel winner.

Thanks.

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