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    Anything is possible. However, I'd like to see...

    Anything is possible. However, I'd like to see any historical evidence of the murder theory from the sources over the centuries that discuss the disappearance of Shams. As far as I know this is...
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    This theory is a purely fictional embellishment...

    This theory is a purely fictional embellishment and has no basis in historical fact. There are two major classical theories as to what happened to Shams. One is that Rumi broke a very important...
  3. Every reader passionate about quality literature...

    Every reader passionate about quality literature feels the same way. I don't know anyone in real life who shares my passion of books. Non-reading entertainment is all good; movies, music, even video...
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    I guess this impression comes from the famous...

    I guess this impression comes from the famous classics of the 19th century, and society's attitudes towards adultery. Whereas male adultery was a casual matter of winks and japes, female adultery was...
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    Poll: J.M. Coetzee - Waiting for the Barbarians

    J.M. Coetzee - Waiting for the Barbarians
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    I like the idea of the thread. Today is too...

    I like the idea of the thread.

    Today is too early to account for but yesterday I read:

    1) 25% of the remaining The Stranger of Albert Camus. Finished it.

    2) Two stories from The Mammoth Book...
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    Pride and Prejudice. It came out in a...

    Pride and Prejudice.

    It came out in a beautiful new edition, in sharp jet black font on thick milk-white paper. Deluxe or not. dunno. But not the sort of junk that's published these days in dull...
  8. Actually, mockingbirds or Boo Radley don't...

    Actually, mockingbirds or Boo Radley don't connect with the theme of the novel, which is to highlight racism and injustice against black people at that time in US history.

    The novel could have...
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    Err...I'm afraid a detailed discussion on this...

    Err...I'm afraid a detailed discussion on this topic would take us into the realm of contemporary politics the discussion of which is discouraged on LitNet.

    Facades are erected when things are...
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    By 'modernist facade' I mean that the tourist's...

    By 'modernist facade' I mean that the tourist's Turkey is in many respects different from the native's Turkey. Main cities are build on an imported and imposed idea of secularism that has been pasted...
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    A small, tatterdemalion town of Kars is chosen as...

    A small, tatterdemalion town of Kars is chosen as the setting probably to show the full effect of the political and cultural conflicts of modern Turkey which are quite often lost in the 'happening'...
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    ^ It is the narrator - Orhan - who is telling the...

    ^ It is the narrator - Orhan - who is telling the story ab initio.
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    Interesting take on the novel, Pompey Bum. One...

    Interesting take on the novel, Pompey Bum. One thing I learnt from reading Snow is that nothing is unequivocal, agreed upon, done with, already understood - no narrative is without its justifications...
  14. I gifted 8 P.G. Wodehouse novels, especially from...

    I gifted 8 P.G. Wodehouse novels, especially from Blandings series, to an online friend who couldn't find them in her city and nearabouts.

    Forced to accept a gift return, I received a couple of...
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    As with any story set in a foreign...

    As with any story set in a foreign cultural-political milieu, it is difficult to grasp immediately the import of some events and expressions but as you read along the picture becomes clearer.

    My...
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    Bought these. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for...

    Bought these.

    Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
    Harold Pinter - The Caretaker
    Albert Camus - The Stranger
    Marquez - The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
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    If we are talking about quality literature across...

    If we are talking about quality literature across the centuries and even most of near-contemporary or contemporary literature, then without doubt it is male authors we'd be reading. Which is fine by...
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    Let's see how many female authored books I have...

    Let's see how many female authored books I have read in 2014.

    Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse
    Shazaf Fatima Haider - How It Happened
    Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
    Leila Aboulela -...
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    No, my first Kawabata book. I have heard a lot of...

    No, my first Kawabata book. I have heard a lot of praise and am expecting a great reading experience!
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    Next reads

    Yasunari Kawabata - Snow Country
    Uzma Aslam Khan - Thinner Than Skin
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    Poll: Yasunari Kawabata - Snow Country I plan to...

    Yasunari Kawabata - Snow Country

    I plan to open my reading account for the year '15 with this novel, and this is my nomination. Any takers?
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    I seldom read books published in the same year...

    I seldom read books published in the same year unless it is from a writer I admire a lot, or if there's something extraordinary with its publication. But I read Hanif Kureishi's The Last Word and it...
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    Anne Enright - The Gathering (2007 Booker)

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    I wasn’t going to make a conscious choice for a novel of Anne Enright – and that’s simply because I did not know of her – if she had not won the Man...
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    Consumerism.

    Consumerism.
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    Interesting.

    What does a typical Chinese gravestone reads like when deciphered and translated into English?
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