csavel
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Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:25 am

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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PH-BFA
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:16 am

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

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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:20 am

The Prophet

Khalil Jibran

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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:30 am

Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, Malcolm X....More and more
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ushermittwoch
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:46 am

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.
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MD-90
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:01 am

Malcolm X?

Don't forget Faulkner. And To Kill a Mockingbird.
 
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:01 am

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!

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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:57 pm

Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos
Cada loco con su tema...
 
csavel
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:39 pm

Thanks Ussherd, looks very interesting, I always wanted to go to that part of Venezuela - just reserved a copy from the Library.
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:22 pm

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

A little less Hooah, and a little more Dooah.
 
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:26 pm

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.
 
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RE: Your Country's Great Books - What Are They?

Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:27 pm

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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