KiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3326 times:
Has been discussed before but is always good to update so we know what to pick up next time we are at Borders.
For me, I have to say the best book I have read in recent times is "A Fine Balance", by Rohinton Mistry. Is an amazing and realistic story of a group of people wrestling with societal status quo, it's characters display amazing humanity in the face of ever mounting adversity.
It moved me, and I'm very rarely moved.
What about all you readers, what can you recommend??
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
"Birthplace of the Winds" by Jon Bowermaster.
"Birthplace of the Wind is Jon Bowermaster's riveting chronicle of his kayaking and mountaineering expedition to one of the loneliest, inhospitable, and wildly beautiful spots on Earth -- the volcanic peaks of Alaska's Aleutian Islands. As exciting as writing gets, National Geographic Adventure Press takes readers to the ends of the Earth -- and to the limits of human experience. "
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3273 times:
I am an ardent lover of one Charles Bukowski. He really told it like it was, at least from his perspective. He's universally loved and/or hated, and that was no surprise to him. I have over 40 of his works; I couldn't possibly pick one.
As for others, I'd say the one book that riveted me the most was Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." 400-odd pages and I couldn't put it down. Camus' "The Plague" is a close second.
2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3271 times:
My favorite book: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The book's second half is devoted to the author's recent move to France, where his boyfriend owns an 18th century house in a remote village. Sedaris' quixotic tilts at the language barrier interest him far more than bashing the French -- refreshingly, he has nothing against them. During the course of one warlike language class, his fellow students try to explain the concept of Easter, in beginning French, to a baffled Muslim classmate:
The Poles led the charge to the best of their ability. "It is," said one, "a party for the little boy of God who call his self Jesus and ... oh, shit." She faltered and her fellow countryman came to her aid.
"He call his self Jesus and then he be die one day on two ... morsels of ... lumber."
Sedaris tries with dogged perversity to boost his scant vocabulary on his own, making himself hundreds of flash cards to learn the words for "slum," "facial swelling," "death penalty," "slaughterhouse," "sea monster" and so on. You'll find few winks here to suggest that the author is deliberately exaggerating his eccentricities -- the corkscrew derangement of his worldview is ruthlessly consistent.
From Library Journal:
This is a hip, rather self-indulgent, yet ultimately triumphant account of an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Re cords time for a road trip from the tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Cahill and endurance driver Gary Sowerby spent 23 days piloting a truck while battling customs snafus, mechanical problems, bad roads, civil rebellions, terrorists, bandits, the vagaries of weather, their own anxieties and mood swings, and physical exhaustion, with grit and bluff, sporting lapel pins and consuming donated four-month shelf-life milkshake packages. For all the comic-opera aspects of the text, Cahill is an informed, serious commentator on the history and prospects of the countries through which they pass.
Thief of Time
Any of them with Death as a main character, or Lord Vetinari. I love the ones that are mocking 'roundworld' traditions and customs completely.
Add 'Darwin's Watch - the Science of Discword 3" onto the list as well. I enjoyed that, and I've just started on 'Thud' which I bought the other day. It looks to be another with a darker subtext than the humour suggests. Looks to be another winner.
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3171 times:
The Name of the rose by Umberto Eco.
Read it years ago - great story, but what makes the difference is the wonderful language used - it just draws you deeper and deeper into it.
Focaults Pendulum was great too, but you need a HUGE amount of free time to read it. Spending a year teaching until lunchtime and then hanging out in the sunshine by the lake in Eastern Europe gave me just about enough time to finish it
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3149 times:
Quoting Dougloid (Reply 23): If I believed you there wouldn't be anything edifying written in the last fifty years.
I also have over 40 books by Charles Bukowski, the entire collection of John Fante, and am currently reading A Confederacy of Dunces. I was just offering some options on what I thought to be good literature. Maybe you've had these shoved down your throat - I have not. I read each of those of my own choosing.
BTW, I forgot:
Kosinski: The Painted Bird.
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