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Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?  
User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1376 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1403 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.


I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
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User currently offlinePH-BFA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

That would be Anne Frank's diary.......

PH-BFA


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

The Prophet

Khalil Jibran

For country, look under "AirxLiban"



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, Malcolm X....More and more


Go big or go home
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2969 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

The Great Gatsby???
That is one of the lamest books out there.

Anyway, here people will of course say Faust, Buddenbrooks, all the Kafka stuff, which is as German as Anne Frank's diary Dutch and many more.



Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Malcolm X?

Don't forget Faulkner. And To Kill a Mockingbird.


User currently offlineBiggles20 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Hello All,

"Catch 22"?

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.

N.B. All the above just IMHO!

biggles


User currently offlineUssherd From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos


Cada loco con su tema...
User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1376 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Thanks Ussherd, looks very interesting, I always wanted to go to that part of Venezuela - just reserved a copy from the Library.


I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

"Tom Sawyer"
"Huckleberry Finn"
"On the Road"
"Slaughterhouse Five"
"Dune"
"Anthem"
"Catcher in the Rye"



User currently offlineKrushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1288 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.

User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

MD90- I thought it was an amazing book, you should check it out.

Usherwhateveryounameis-It's called an opinion, look into it.



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