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  1. The underlying question most probably is about...

    The underlying question most probably is about choice and I agree with all you've said however the tone of the novel (keeping aside the parts that sound encyclopaedic) as shown from couple of quotes...
  2. Just a little thought about this one which I read...

    Just a little thought about this one which I read a few years ago. In my mind the main theme of the book was the obsession with an idea (in this case obviously the whale) and that the obsession...
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    Unfortunately for most people who've replied so...

    Unfortunately for most people who've replied so far might not be acquainted with Eastern poets and since I am so I rate them higher. There are names such as Mirza Ghalib (wrote mostly about love...
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    Just a personal opinion: I read the Scarlet...

    Just a personal opinion: I read the Scarlet Letter couple of years ago and was a bit disappointed with it. Although the writing is nice and the descriptions of scenes very dramatic, I presume a...
  5. Hmmm...I guess real poets are like that. Also...

    Hmmm...I guess real poets are like that. Also from that name "Rahbar" means a guide so from what you say he fulfilled his description so to speak.
  6. If we don't know the language then we're not left...

    If we don't know the language then we're not left with much choice. Also hard to deprive yourself of foreign writers once you get used to their works.

    Also as far as poetry is concerned you will...
  7. It would be a very rare thing to find an...

    It would be a very rare thing to find an Islamabad native who'd know Russian. I'm afraid the language factor is one that we have to deal with too since there is not the remotest link between...
  8. Of course in English. By the way I'm not aware of...

    Of course in English. By the way I'm not aware of an Urdu translation of War and Peace in case you're wondering something on those lines.
  9. Totally agree. War and Peace is very readable. If...

    Totally agree. War and Peace is very readable. If it's thick it doesn't mean it's the hardest. First time I picked it up I thought about its enormity and got overwhelmed. Second time I had no...
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