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Authors and books whom we feel overlooked

For some of us, it would be great if certain contributions within this thread are to be responsible for the discoveries of certain books and authors whom we were previously unaware of.

There's an author I have in mind, although at the moment I'm rather tired and don't feel up to going into the kind of detail I have in mind. :embarass: Of course, if you wish, you're more than welcome to make a contribution which follows the set theme.

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overlooked is the bookstore word for underated ?

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You could say that. You go into a book store and browse through the aisles, and in some cases you won't turn your attention to whatever publication. You're not rating it either way, it's being overlooked.

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I like judging books by the cover. The leather bound books are much prettier... Well, I think people should read more Chesterton and the portuguese poet Florbela Espanca...

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Good topic.

However it is [almost] impossible to explicate the reasons for a book's popularity. What's more, what's dormant nowadays may have been great hits during its own time. Worse yet, many bookshops in our modern cities no longer carry books Last month I was at a major bookseller's in Los Angeles and found that the only books they carry are crossword puzzles and Sudoko forms.

Having said that, it's time to examine (or reexamine) these tomes:

A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Distant Dumming by Haruki Murakami

The Broklyn Bridge (poem) by Hart Crane

Oh and a note to the naysayers (hola Rom, how's the weather in your neck of the woods?) before you naysay, bear in mind that many people are still young and have not had the opportunity to read all the QUOTE-UNQUOTE great books yet. [How could they? Authors of such QUOTE-UNQUOTE great books were considered not so great in their own times, no?] But don't undermine their favourite authors either. Today some of us may be reading Kafka on the Shore, somewhere down the line, they may even run across a volume of The Divine Comedy and say out loud, funny I've read that passage before, no?

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Going this way, I would ask people to pay attention to Herman Melville. Since he is haunted by that big white whale, and people do not even read it anymore, many forget about two of his "Minor books" which could easily make any author immortal. Without joke, Benito Cereno is the kind of story Henry James or Poe dreamed to write when they trying to write something dark, deep, tense and inherently magic and yet real. And Billy Budd is just a perfect narrative.
Talking about perfect Narrative, peope do not overlook Robert Louis Stevenson as much, but hell, read In the South Seas, his journey of travel by the West Samoas. Even with the limitation of not writing fiction, Stevenson narrative is perfect. To finish, what a great human being he shows to be also.

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I'm not worthy to be moderator of this forum. Everyone seems to know more than me. Well, the writer and poet who I wish to name is a man I have mentioned on a handful of occasions; I somewhat feel on a personal crusade to expose his gifts to others.

Nor must I forget to thank the bluebottle for its share in this midsummer trance; it was so blue that the sunshine made it glint green, and the joyful note of earthly life vibrated ceaselessly in its well-tuned string.

This is a passage from one of his books, The Fish Can Sing. The early twentieth century, centred in and around Reykjavik; that is the setting. Or to be more specific, a small cottage replete with a mid-loft, which stands opposite of a church and graveyard.

At this cottage, a young boy lives with the people he "calls" grandmother and grandfather. His existence doesn't extent far beyond these borders, in his youth he would set out on fishing expeditions with his grandfather.

What is to happen upon the return of a man to such a place as this, his old home, a world singer who has travelled all over the world?

Halldor Laxness is the man from his country [Iceland] to of claimed a Nobel Prize, for another of his work, Independent People, which concerns a sheep farmer who is so obsessed with attaining his ideal of true independence, that he will pursue it, even to his own detriment.

I've never encountered prose which is so beautiful.

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Guys, I will write down the names of the titles and responsible authors you've gave mention to. I will seek to see whether our local library branches hold any in their possession.

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And since when knowledge is the criteria that we use to pick FMs? They just need to obey blindly our demands p
Baudelaire defense of Wagner is a worth reading, since I imagine most people read only, if read, his evil flowers; then it probally qualify as something overlooked...

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One author who I recently discovered is a Swedish writer named Per Olof Sundman (wrote most of his stuff in 60's). I made a post about him in Historical Fiction thread: https://www.xtratime.org/forum/showpo...11&postcount=4

I guess the main thing about him is that he can write about (not very well-known) historical events in first person narrative in a way that seems completely realistic and the existential value of it transcends the time and place described. Both of the books I've read from him take place in the late 19th century and are about well-educated & cultured white man vs the unknown wild nature...expeditions that are doomed to failure from the start while the characters give their best to keep the illusion of controlling the events. I would especially reccomend The Flight of an Eagle that is about one of the most extraordinary arctic expeditions of all time, the effort to reach the North Pole on a balloon. I had read pretty much everything about it that was on the net in English before I found out that there's a fictional book written about it that has been recently published in Estonian. It is very close to realism as much of it is based on the notes found with the bodies of the expedition members as well as other extensive research, following engineer Andree's disastrous expedition from its planning stages to the very end. His other book, The Expedition, is more fictional and he doesn't use the real names of historical characters of the Stanley expedition...this book sort of ends abruptly in the middle of events, all in all a very strange meditation about Africa and the so-called "heroicism" of these expeditions.

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The Flight of an Eagle - Per Olof Sundman
Anything by Bruno Schulz
Benito Cereno - Herman Melville
Billy Budd - Herman Melville
Anything by G. K. Chesterton
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Distant Dumming by Haruki Murakami
In the South Seas by Robert Luis Stevenson

I'll use this [and others of course] for reference; perhaps I shall print it out as my mother at times has difficulty reading my handwriting [at present I'm not physically well enough to make the trip]. Again, thanks. Our library is open on Sunday, although hours are limited; hopefully either then or, perhaps more likely, Monday.

What happens sometimes is they won't stock a particular book, but they'll say "we have this book of the same author," so maybe the results won't apply strictly to this list.

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Talking about perfect Narrative, peope do not overlook Robert Louis Stevenson as much, but hell, read In the South Seas, his journey of travel by the West Samoas. Even with the limitation of not writing fiction, Stevenson narrative is perfect. To finish, what a great human being he shows to be also.
chesterton, stevenson..then the de quincey and you "are" Borges...
I never thought would be that sicky the blind dude...

on a real note, yeap great writers..happens to be the Stevenson's book the last I re read since long time, and it was two months ago, not much of a reader lately.

I will allways have BTW recorded in my mind forvere that typical ending when we have to recitate poems at school: "...by Robert Louis Stevenson"...almost like saying it like singing

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chesterton, stevenson..then the de quincey and you "are" Borges...
I never thought would be that sicky the blind dude...
Never read De Quincey (my copy of Opium eater is waiting in the line) p
The problem of course, is that Blind guy seems to know all literature until XX century, so it is hard to avoid him...
Anyways, I have no trouble reading long romances as he did, Not yet read Victor Hugo, I like Finnegans Wake and Benito Cereno was one of the books that he didn't understand, so I still need to lose some sight as it seems p (Anyways, I am reading a Quevedo's poem selection now...so...)

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Glad the name Borges is mentioned or else I would have forgotten this short story by a good friend:

http://www.geocities.com/studio_bonita/ouat/masks.html

I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Eventually we talk about Borges... (eventually Fangio also talk about Tolkien too )

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Chesterton has a very pleasing style, from what I've read.

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I would add Bouvard and Pecuchet to this list. Not the most famous Flaubert book, but very ironic if you think about all the specialists in football in this forum

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eventually Fangio also talk about Tolkien too
only when talking about the hobbit messi

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Meaning, he have hairy feet ?

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