X is the best book ever.
X is the best book ever.
This is difficult because I've only read a handful of books that I would consider great. For me, it's a toss up between Brave New World and Naked Lunch. The influence of both of these works is undeniable. Not to mention, they're two of the most distinctly imaginative works I've ever read.
http://robertenem.wordpress.com/ - my blog where I post daily works of poetry, prose and fiction.
http://robertenem.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/news-of-the-salesman/ - The Salesman, a 13 part serial short by Robert eneM.
and put it in the trash can where it can have a suitable repose. What a selection for best book: better than Cervantes, Dickens, Fielding, Elliot, et al? I shouldn't have read this post. the worst and best books threads are generally answered by those who don't qualify as legitimate readers. I don't mean to be disrespectful or querelous, but really, William S. Burroughs is the best you've read? How ignominious.
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My favorite books... ones I've read over and over.
The entire Harry Potter series
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
One Hundred Years of Solitude
These are the ones that are coming to me off the top of my head. I'd say Portrait of the Artist and Harry Potter are the two (if you count all of Harry Potter as one unit) I'd take to a desert island.
The reigning champion (at least until something better comes along) is Until I Find You by John Irving. He really makes your work for it in part I but part II is a stunning work of literature all on its own.
Probably one of my collections of short stories by Guy De Maupassant
This was one of those writers who do not simply write, but create an entire universe to fill their mental world. And although im sure 19th century France was not like he describes, much like 19th century Russia is not what Dostoevsky saw, again i am very much amazed by the depth of his vision, and the vividness of the image he presented of it.
Bist du beschränkt, daß neues Wort dich stört?
Willst du nur hören, was du schon gehört?
My favorite book is the Prophet.
This book is a collection of poems, not exactly poems but poetic expressions. By Khalil Gibran this book has transformed more than any other books I have read.
I like war and peace and the Brothers Karamazov were some of the books that moved me and their philosophies something I find highly enlightening.
I like The Road by MC carthey too.
The greatest book, the Mahabharata is unbeatable and no books were or will be written of that grandeur and philosophy and a thousand bibles cannot equal its depth and substance
“Those who seek to satisfy the mind of man by hampering it with ceremonies and music and affecting charity and devotion have lost their original nature””
“If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
I like Harry potter serious and i think don't to define "why" .every one knows
Razor's Edge - Somerset Maugham
Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
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"Don't Drink Drive Smoke and Fly"
Man to Computer:"did we bring batteries?" Computer: ......
Art doesn't look as good when it goes down in value"
"jimmy crack corn and I don't care"
Ulysses by James Joyce
It moved me and spoke to me like no other book has. Simple as that.
My favorite for now is Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. But I have only read like... 50 classics or so, I'm not precocious, I'm 21 so I think that by the time I've aged like wine my knowledge of literature will expand. I also love The Inferno by Dante (I think somebody mentioned it already), John Milton's Paradise Lost, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky's The Idiot and Crime and Punishment (The Brother's Karamazov comes pretty close too although I did not care for The Adolescent, which is ironic considering I get my forum name from that book and the fact that I was an adolescent at the time I read it). Anyway choosing a favorite book is hard for most people because the depth and breadth of the classic, poetry, prose, contemporary etc... catalogue is so extensive it is a daunting task to choose just one.
My hide hides the heart inside