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post #1 of 176 (permalink) Old August 19th, 2007, 08:28 Thread Starter
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Some time ago, a member once asked "why isn't there a book thread?" The wording likely isn't precise, still that's the gist. Today it occurred to me, indeed, "why isn't there a book thread?" My first thought was that there's a sub-forum intended for this field, still the same can be said of film...

Of course it would be nice to exchange messages with a tight group whom you're familiar with. Perhaps especially as far as books are concerned, as it's a nice image to conjure the thought of yourself, curled up in front of the heater - well, in the case for me; it would be even fonder for those of you with fireplaces, curses .

So have at this, the book thread. To kick things off, I'll lend my thoughts about this and that.

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Just last week, from the library I loaned out "Norwegian Wood," the third Murakami novel I've exposed myself to. Like the other two [Kafka and The Wind-up Bird], it's easy to chew through the pages but the magic of this writer is that that doesn't necessarily translate to a light reading experience.

He can go into these tiny details with the main characters, and these provoke introspections of yourself and your own life, at least for me.

He's a mind****er, and it's true that at times I don't understand quite what's going on, but this doesn't perturb me a great deal; a part of this is the surreal atmospheres he creates, you're sucked into his creations and while there's elements which you can't quite put your finger on, it doesn't pass you by as you're consumed in any case.

For me personally, well, I have a keen interest in Japan, for a multitude of reasons. One of which is simply the images I conjure into my head which are iconic. So, that the books are set in this country definitely adds to the appeal. It can be anything: a narrow street, gray pavement with a railing to the right and hard rock to the left, a steep mountainside; something as small as this is meaningful to me. Kafka on the Shore did the most for me in this regard.

The characters are memorable. At this moment, especially I'm thinking of the conversations which make up a large part of Norwegian Wood. They start and each time you're desperate to learn more about the characters, desperate to be exposed to their strange and quirky personalities, over and over.

Murakami has said that each book begins with a tiny idea, this inspiration spurs him on, and that's it as far as preparation. He along with the reader is along for a surprising and wild ride. At certain points I can sense this; emotionally you can be knocked for a loop, so suddenly.

His writing style is curious. It can be anything, something significant or relatively minor, and the thought runs through my mind, "did he really write that? That wording, so peculiar..." I'm frustrated, I feel as if there's so much more that I could say, but much of it is a feeling inside me which I can't quite articulate.

I'm so excited about his work. Today I rang the library closest to us and frustratingly, everything they have, I've read; they'll have to receive another of his books, Sputnik Sweetheart, from a branch further out. It will take until Wednesday most likely, possibly Tuesday, and yet I was so disappointed, such is my impatience.

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Of course, you're free to gloss over this and express your passion in other directions.

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post #2 of 176 (permalink) Old August 19th, 2007, 09:08
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good idea. a book thread. you have got me intrigued on japanese literature.
these threads unusually turn into a "what have you been reading lately" thing which is always is cool.

so here it goes, the last few books i have read were:
the magdalen martyrs by ken bruen - irish noir i guess is what i would call this, good book and author
fever pitch by nick hornby - just got around to reading this and i must say it wasn't all that great (and i am a gunners supporter)
the spy who came in from the cold by john le carre - great book, probably le carre's best, i could relate to this having experienced both sides of the iron curtain
the road by cormac mccarthy - fantastic book by one of the best living american authors, dark and moving like all of his books
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I just read Fever Pitch too I think it was good, but not great. One thing that I liked though was his describing of the suffering fans go through His humor was great too. He had a bit too much self-irony for my taste though. I usually like when people have it, but football is simply nothing to joke about
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szövkaps kanon of 10 novels to take on an island

Szerb Antal - Utas és Holdvilág
Michail Bulgakov - Master & Margarita
Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro - Viva o povo brasileiro
Rabelais - Gargantua & Pantagruel
Alfred Jarry - Le Surmâle
Joao Saramago - O Convento
Javier Marías - Mańana en la batalla piensa en mí
Umberto Eco - Il pendolo di Foucault
Kosztolányi Dezsö - Esti Kornél kalandjai
Heimito von Doderer - Die Strudlhofstiege
Szerb Antal - Pendragon legenda

so it's actually 11, but I couldn't miss the second Szerb Antal book
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books? lets talk about LOVE!

Én soha nem felejtem,
Magyarnak születtem!

Itt élek Európa szívében, vízilabdában mi vagyunk a császárok és igenis nálunk élnek a világ legszebb női. Magyarország, én így szeretlek!

Tehetségben nincs hiány, hiszem hogy jó lesz még a magyar foci!

RIA,RIA, HungáRIA!!!
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Did you go to buy Harry Potter at 1.am.? Hm, maybe i have to change my mind about you.
I'm a proud fan and I won't stand for Harry Potter badmouthing.
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I'm a proud fan and I won't stand for Harry Potter badmouthing.

And where did you read that my opinion would be worse? :
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I really should get this Harry Trotter book to see what the fuss is about.
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I really should get this Harry Trotter book to see what the fuss is about.
Bad news. there are seven books. p

(And i did not even count the quidditch special edition.)
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I really should get this Harry Trotter book to see what the fuss is about.
Well seeing how you call him Trotter, I don't think you should read the books.
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Trotter/Potter same thing.
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Have you seen them? are they any good?
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it is incredible crap, it is simply a scandal how somone completely talent-free like that woman (in writing, not in marketing that is) can sell so many books, but that's mass psychosis of today.
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it is incredible crap, it is simply a scandal how somone completely talent-free like that woman (in writing, not in marketing that is) can sell so many books, but that's mass psychosis of today.

Well. how many HP books did you read szövkap in English?
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JKillah is a very good storyteller, has a vivid imagination and a style that can engage the reader. She may not be a Dostoveskian writer, but she doesn't claim to be. I hate the snobbish attitude toward the HP books.
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Well. how many HP books did you read szövkap in English?
in English? this would be like reading in chinese for me. I can't read english books. I started to read in german, some years ago, but gave up after a while, boredom and hányinger killed me before I had the chance to finish it, fortunately.
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in English? this would be like reading in chinese for me. I can't read english books. I started to read in german, some years ago, but gave up after a while, boredom and hányinger killed me before I had the chance to finish it, fortunately.

Than you can not judge her talent. sorry.
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