Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1478 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2210 times:
Since A.net has an international crowd, I thought I'd ask.
If you were to tell me the best books of your country, the ones that showed the culture, language, etc. in the truest light, the "classic" novels, or poetry, or non-fiction, what would they be.
I'm most interested in smaller countries whose books often don't get noticed on the world stage. But really anybody's opinion would be interesting to hear.
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Biggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
Also, I would recommend a book I read recently called "First Light" - an auto-biography of sorts by Geoffry Wellum. The book is based on the true experiences of Wellum's life throughout WWII as a Spitfire pilot, taken from his training, through the Battle of Britain, and eventually to Malta...
I recommend this book to everyone - aircraft lovers & history buffs especially! His writing is captivating and rich - a must read in my oppinion, even if not (yet) recognised as a great national book.
Otherwise look at Dickens, maybe some poets such as Shelley, Wordsworth, Keats, etc. All from the UK.
Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
The absolute classic of Spanish Literature is "El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" , or simply "El Quijote". Though written 400 years ago it is still quite enjoyable reading, and gives many clues about the Spanish psyche.