High_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
Seen as im sitting here with bugger all to do ill ask the question, "What is your favourite book?"
Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol that was sent into Iraq to disable the MSR's and destroy Scud missle platforms. He gets caught after toughing it out in all sorts of extremes and is thoroughly "Interrogated". In the process he also comes across his comrades and they endure a battle for survival in the harsh enviroments of the Iraqi holding cells.
It is a great book but not for the faint hearted as no detail is left short.
What other books to you all recommend?.
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' until you find the shot gun
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6534 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
'Berlin' & 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor are great, if you're interested in what was basically the Verdun of WW2 - it just hits you how ignorant the commanders on both sides were, especially in Stalingrad, where the German high command didn't really make it easier for its troop by first reducing the city to rubble (a lesson that the Allies should have learned from, before doing the same thing at Monte Cassino a short while later), and then not having enough winter uniforms etc. when the russian winter sank in.
Not to mention Goering's incredible lack of resposibility when he assured Hitler that his Luftwaffe could supply the pocket by air - at no point did they even come close to the minimum amount required.
Also, Paulus' refusal to break out of the ring, even when help was only 20-30 miles away, due to the lack of a direct order from Hitler.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1201 times:
"Mine would have to be "Bravo two Zero" written by Andy McNab. It is a non-fiction account of his SAS patrol... "
Unfortunately it seems that the book is quite the work of fiction. According to accounts of other participants and witnesses of the real events, the events in the book, were, how shall we say, grossly 'sexed up'. Sorry.
AnsettAW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 205 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1189 times:
Some favorites include:
microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
You Shall Know Our Velocity -- Dave Eggers
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men -- David Foster Wallace
The Beach -- Alex Garland (yes, the film adaptation sucked)
The Kitchen God's Wife -- Amy Tan
East of Eden -- John Steinbeck
Snap, Krackle, and Pop are thinly veiled emblems for the Trilateral Commission.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6534 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
Darn, how could I forget 'The Animal Farm' - I remember seeing a cartoon adaption of it once, and I was sort of outraged at how Napoleon was able to trick his minions into believeing everything he said.
Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1154 times:
My favourite are in French. I'll read anything from Romain Gary. Many of his books have been translated in English and other languages. One of his novel became a famous Hollywood movie: Roots of Heaven.
My favourite Gary's novel are "La vie devant soi" and "Le Roi Salomon".
Gerald Méssadié is also one of my favourite. He wrote many controversial novels on famous religious people, such as Moses and Jesus. Especially "The man who became God", the story of Jesus. I just finished one of his novel on the life of St-Paul, which taught me a lot about the early beginnings of Christianity.
In English, Philip Roth (Portnoy Complaint) and Michael Moore stand out as my favourites.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1138 times:
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- I read this book in 1.5 days. I read the first 90 pages one night, and then the next night I stayed up til 4am to finish it. It is one helluva thriller, and a very good read.
Jurassic Park/The Lost World/Airframe/Congo - all by Michael Crichton
- All very good books, researched well, and page turners. Although Airframe hasn't been made into a movie, the other three books are much much better than the films.
The Testament - John Grisham
- Another page turner. I especially liked it because it jumps back and forth between the law offices of Wahington DC and the deep jungles of Brazil.
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
- Told from the perspective of a 14 year old girl AFTER she is raped and murdered and ends up in heaven, and what she sees as she looks down at her family coping with her death. It is a very good book, and offers a sense of hope.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2734 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1116 times:
A few favorites...
The Ghostwriter, by Philip Roth
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Marquez
Bellefleur, by Joyce Carol Oates
Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy O'Toole
Mr. Vertigo, by Paul Auster
The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1083 times:
Cronicas de una muerte anunciada (Chronicles of a Foretold Death) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
That's probably the best book I read in High School (went to HS in Puerto Rico). Kept me riveted. Marquez is a great author, but its best to read him in Spanish. I prefer reading stuff in English, but books translated into English from Spanish never seem to have the same feeling.