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post #1 of 125 (permalink) Old October 24th, 2006, 23:22 Thread Starter
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I don't think I've ever read a really good book written by a woman...

except the ones by Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf and Tove Jansson, but these are usually perceived as children's books I quess.

Have you and can you name some?

BTW I don't think that I've purposefully avoided woman writers and to think about it, I started a book by Virginia Woolf last week (To the Lighthouse or something like that), it was good but a bit boring and I quess I can't be bothered to finish it.

Oh and now I remember that i also started a book called "Buddha Da" few weeks back, written by Anne McSomething in a thick Glasgowegian accent (yea she actually writes out words as they sound over there), that's a great book. But I haven't finished that yet or the Woolf one so I guess the thread title still stands.

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You are so in the hitlist of the world literature femminist organisation now.

Yes, I have read some great books written by women, though most of them are not classics or part of the canon, mostly science fiction/fantasy. For instance:

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Almost all the books of Lois Mcmaster Bujold
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I guess it depends on what one thinks is really great. I doubt I will take any of these books if I have to pick one or two to stay with me on a deserted island but they are very good books, IMHO.

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Scary, scary shit!
I just looked around on my shelves and among hundreds of books I have but THREE written by female writers... and both of those are political - Naomi Klein (two) and Noreena Hertz...

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have u never read harry potter???????
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Juli Zeh
Donna Tart
Elif Shafak
Elfriede Jelinek
Zadie Smith
Antjie Krog
Toni Morrison
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There might be less big names which is understandable knowing history? Still, I have the feeling that certainly in Dutch there are more woman debutants than male writers who bring out there first book.
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"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson is excellent, really enjoyed that.

I'd recommend it, certainly.

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For instance:

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Almost all the books of Lois Mcmaster Bujold
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The first one in this list is a great book, I forgot about that when I made this thread. Bronte's "Jane Eyre" is the only one of the books by classical woman authors (Bronte sisters, Austin and George Sand) what I have read as I was forced to do that in school but I didn't like it much (and never finished it either if I remember correctly).

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Wuthering Heights is my favorite book if I have one. Emily poetry - is also very good, as her namesake Emily Dickinson. (Charlote and Annie have good poetry as well)
Woolf's Orlando is wonderful.
Browning, Dorothy Parker and Silvia Plath - those I read a bunch of poems rather than a book, all have very good poems.
And before I forget, Frankstein was written by a very girly girl...

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have u never read harry potter???????
No. Well... I read the first 50 pages of the first one, and decided that fantasy was no longer it for me.

Of course, I've read female writers - particularly Danish and Swedish ones - but I don't own a single novel written by a female.

And Geert - I personally think Toni Morrison is nigh on unreadable. I really wanted to like her, but....

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no need to triple post your wisdom, buddy.
I blame you, and the forum software .

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My favourite book written by a woman is The Sea, The Sea(Iris Murdoch), though most men i recommended it, didnt like it.
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except the ones by Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf and Tove Jansson, but these are usually perceived as children's books I quess.

Have you and can you name some?

BTW I don't think that I've purposefully avoided woman writers and to think about it, I started a book by Virginia Woolf last week (To the Lighthouse or something like that), it was good but a bit boring and I quess I can't be bothered to finish it.

Oh and now I remember that i also started a book called "Buddha Da" few weeks back, written by Anne McSomething in a thick Glasgowegian accent (yea she actually writes out words as they sound over there), that's a great book. But I haven't finished that yet or the Woolf one so I guess the thread title still stands.

oh!
and the brontë sisters?
and margaret mitchell?
for naming just the most famous.

I strictly have nothing to say but I want that comes out.
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I blame you, and the forum software .
I'm not going to engage in a blame game. You're probably one of those cut n run guys too, aren't you?

So what didn't you like about Toni Morrison? I was very impressed with her, I guess in part because the 'landscape' of the story is so different from anything I've read. 'Beloved' really took me to a strange world, but I still found it very compelling.

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I'm not going to engage in a blame game. You're probably one of those cut n run guys too, aren't you?
Yes, certainly . If we're talking present political connotations... even more so .

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So what didn't you like about Toni Morrison?
Just an opinion. I hated 'Jazz' and didn't enjoy her writing style (I found it stacked with emotions I couldn't connect to), and since Geert and I usually like the same books and movies (or so it seems), I commented. She can be a glorious writer just the same.

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No. Well... I read the first 50 pages of the first one, and decided that fantasy was no longer it for me.
I really don't mean to imply that fantasy is the top of literature or something (99% of it is pure trash) but Harry Potter is hardly indicative of today's fantasy genre. At least for adult readers, that is.

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Wuthering Heights is my favorite book if I have one.
I had to read Wuthering Heights for my British literature course and I found it so overrated. Seemed like a 19th century soap opera to me, maybe the translation was bad, though.

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Yes, certainly . If we're talking present political connotations... even more so .
Wow, you are not too quick with the political puns these days p

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Just an opinion. I hated 'Jazz' and didn't enjoy her writing style (I found it stacked with emotions I couldn't connect to), and since Geert and I usually like the same books and movies (or so it seems), I commented. She can be a glorious writer just the same.
Nothing's eating me, I was just curious.

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I had to read Wuthering Heights for my British literature course and I found it so overrated. Seemed like a 19th century soap opera to me, maybe the translation was bad, though.
Well, it is a 19th century soap opera
Well, do like Osman and blame my taste for liking a Clamp anime too

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Well, it is a 19th century soap opera
I didn't expect you to agree about that.

Clamp anime? Your taste is just evil.

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