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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old March 22nd, 2006, 16:47 Thread Starter
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Gimme A Suggestion

Since I have many months of nothing stretching out in front of me like an emotional Sahara (both the desert and the horrible Brooke Shields movie--Brooke gets kidnapped by a sheik and George Kennedy drinks all the gin; hillarity ensues!), I would appreciate some suggestions on some books to read.
I like history and novels, although I dislike historical novels. Very baroque styles appeal to me and I am quite willing to learn another language, if I can have a tutor.

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world according to clarkson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...023852-8042236

its not a novel, has nothing to do with history, but it was good and fun read

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...023852-8042236

thats what i always recomend as a must read.
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Other language ? Have you tried any portuguese work ? And I suppose you read Borges, why not trying with his "spawns" , Cortazar or Bioy Casares ?

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Try this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039...lance&n=283155

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Adventures of a Curious Character.

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War and Piece, if you haven't read it yet.

Or battefield analysis are usually good read, any of them.
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Other language ? Have you tried any portuguese work ? And I suppose you read Borges, why not trying with his "spawns" , Cortazar or Bioy Casares ?
you are reading them?..but Bioy is unique ina classic way, and Cortazar is unique ina looney one.

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Quite slowly, mostly because it is damn hard to Find anything about Bioy...seems like Borges have eaten all the space allowed. And Cortazar a little more, but recently I got tired of reading argies, I am just giving a break to clean up my mind...

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I would suggest fight club - chuck palahniuk.
http://www.esnips.com/web/abhisbooks
http://betah.co.il/

these 2 links has tons of ebooks.


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I would suggest fight club - chuck palahniuk.
http://www.esnips.com/web/abhisbooks
http://betah.co.il/

these 2 links has tons of ebooks.
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...I would appreciate some suggestions on some books to read...
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Yesterday I read a six-page preview of "Out", a novel by Japanese author Natsuo Kirino. I'm weary of saying too much, what should I say of it?...

A group of woman who work together at a factory which serves as a production line of bento box lunches are stuck in a rut: their lives are mundane, day after day the same thing. Their home lives are not fruitful.

At a point, one of these women acts on her despair in a profound way. A thriller which goes beyond the genre, providing a microscope into some of the problems which plague Japanese society today.

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Since I have many months of nothing stretching out in front of me like an emotional Sahara (both the desert and the horrible Brooke Shields movie--Brooke gets kidnapped by a sheik and George Kennedy drinks all the gin; hillarity ensues!), I would appreciate some suggestions on some books to read.
I like history and novels, although I dislike historical novels. Very baroque styles appeal to me and I am quite willing to learn another language, if I can have a tutor.
Il Gattopardo by Tomasi di Lampedusa. Well it is in a sense a historical novel. Less history and less novel than Manzoni's work, so maybe it's a historical novel up your alley. Translated into english, title "the Leopard."

Decent flick by Visconti, with Burt Lancaster dancing a great waltz with a young and fairly delicious Claudia Cardinale (I'd do her)

Baroque in the ornateness of language, unlike Lampedusa's contemporaries, excellent excuse to learn Italian

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And if you really got time to kill, read I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni.

And if that doesn't do it for ya, anything by Giacomo Leopardi.

As far as the Gattopardo of Giure, watch the movie, its not too bad and its actually filmed in a place I go to often close to Roma called Ariccia in the Palazzo Sticchi... giusto Giure?

PS: Not to mention that you could read Il Debello Gallico by Giulio Cesare himself.

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