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  1. ...and I love all three for their unashamed lack...

    ...and I love all three for their unashamed lack of any hope in this or any other life:

    "If you have not contributed to a catastrophe, you will vanish without a trace."

    "When a nation no longer...
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    Well Europe is finally becoming multi-cultural at...

    Well Europe is finally becoming multi-cultural at last. Shock to the system can be seen everywhere. The reactionary mechanisms against this major change are visible everywhere. Europe has a long...
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    Anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In Western...

    Anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

    In Western Literature, the only book that reaches the Dostoevskian completeness of vision, in my most humble opinion, is Razor's Edge by W Sommersett Maugham. After...
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    I think art and science have always worked...

    I think art and science have always worked together and this scenario will not change. The real enemy is the mass culture. Stupid, thoughtless and ignorant sheeple with no critical thinking skills...
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    I started with Murphy many years ago and moved on...

    I started with Murphy many years ago and moved on to the Trilogy and am reading How It Is these days. I had read most of his plays before I started reading prose. I enjoy his prose more.
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    DM Thomas: The White Hotel Hilary Mantel: Wolf...

    DM Thomas: The White Hotel
    Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
    Hilary Mantel: Bring Up the Bodies
    Arundhotti Roy: The God of Small Things
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    Who is

    Who is
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    "...God of heaven theres nothing like nature the...

    "...God of heaven theres nothing like nature the wild mountains then the sea and the waves rushing then the beautiful country with the fields of oats and wheat and all kinds of things and all the...
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    I read Moon Palace around 15 years ago and found...

    I read Moon Palace around 15 years ago and found it repulsive. Never bothered with anything by him after such an appalling experience. I have forgotten most of it but I can remember that it was full...
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    Oh you mean 'The Age of Johnson', read Boswell's...

    Oh you mean 'The Age of Johnson', read Boswell's biography of the great man himself. The whole era is there because Johnson did not belong to that era, the era belonged to him. The wits like Swift...
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    I think Lara represents human nature, raw,...

    I think Lara represents human nature, raw, unpolitical, unconventional, fallible, sinful and beautiful whereas Tonya represents the social, cultural and civilisational bonds that he can not live...
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    sorry, double post!

    sorry, double post!
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    Do whatever you want, try not to be tempted to...

    Do whatever you want, try not to be tempted to read The Luminaries. Booker prize or not, the book is too big, the plot is too ambitious and flawed which overshadow the excellent characterization and...
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    These are the ones that really impressed me: ...

    These are the ones that really impressed me:

    The Trilogy (Samuel Beckett)
    The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)
    Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pastornak)
    The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
    The Midnight's...
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    I have read every single of the Flashman novels...

    I have read every single of the Flashman novels and rate them very high. Hilarious romp through the 19th century as they are, in Flashman we see a character taken from a bland Victorian novel (Tom...
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    This book is a serious brain****. I didn't like...

    This book is a serious brain****. I didn't like it much because too many twists and charades can leave the reader all bamboozled along with the protagonist. I like The French Lieutenant's Woman...
  18. Q: Which edition of Atlas Shrugged should I...

    Q: Which edition of Atlas Shrugged should I choose?
    A: None.





    Read Tobias Wolff's Old School instead!

    http://www.amazon.com/Old-School-Tobias-Wolff/dp/0375701494
  19. Oh yes Maldoror, but Lautreamont's monstrous hero...

    Oh yes Maldoror, but Lautreamont's monstrous hero does rejoice in his evil and gloats throughout the poem. So he must be happy in his own unique and unhappy way.
  20. Molloy, Malone, the Unameable in Beckett's...

    Molloy, Malone, the Unameable in Beckett's Trilogy. Vladimir and Estragon while they waited for Godot, Ham and Clov as they reached the Endgame.

    Gunter Grass's Oskar (The Tin Drum) is also quite...
  21. Canadians are doing really well these days.

    Canadians are doing really well these days.
  22. Even Gregor Samsa himself does not show much of a...

    Even Gregor Samsa himself does not show much of a reaction, nor does the narrator explain why or how it all happened. It just happened. This is Kafka's irony. Things happen, we don't know how and why...
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    Answer: C. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

    Answer: C. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
  24. Thread: Islands

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    Islands

    Islands

    In the vast dark sea of my life
    The moments that I spend with you
    Shine like the brightest stars
    Like the stars that are
    Your eyes!
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    I read the book many, many years ago while on a...

    I read the book many, many years ago while on a holiday in Hayle, Cornwall. I have his The Painter of Battles as well but I was not much impressed by The Club Dumas so the other book is still...
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