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Favorite Books/Authors

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by newsmanfan, May 8, 2011.

  1. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    They sure are................your dad is Jewish??
     
  2. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    Wow.......that's good that they were never put in Camps........
     
  3. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    Personal histories are just as fascinating as fiction, IMHO. Glad yours made it through, Muppet fan 123. I was asst stage manager for a production of "Diary of Anne Frank" once and even backstage there wasn't a dry eye at the end, although we all had seen/heard it dozens of times. Powerful stuff.

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  4. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Well-Known Member

    Author-wise : Shaun Tan, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Reilly, Nick Cave, Ray Bradbury, C.S. Lewis,Michael Crichton, Maurice Sendak, Art Spiegelman

    With regard to individual books, I'm a big fan of biographies/autobiographies (Stuff on artists, autism and drug addiction I find the most interesting), I really enjoyed Catcher in the Rye in retrospect, but only in intepreting it my own way and not being force fed the dirt sandwich of a meaning my English teacher thought it had - that ruined the experience of the book when I read it, I couldn't find any deeper meaning. My main issue with books as novels is that there are very few I read and immensely enjoy throughout, or find a proper meaning embedded in them (if there is). This is why I much prefer visual literature - picture books, comics, graphic novels - and actively challenge the notion that such media is aimed at children (this is where Japan got it right). Most of the stuff I read now is just because I have an obligation to do so for school and that annoys me. If anyone can reccomend me something dark/gritty but with philosophical themes, I'm all for it.
     
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Care to pm me what you teacher told you? I'm kind of interested in what s/he said
     
  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Shoe Fairy, I'd also like to know what your teacher said, and what your interpretation was, because I found a lot of deeper meaning in Catcher in the Rye. Not saying it's the same as your teacher's, but like I said I'm just curious. :)

    Yes, Catcher in the Rye. ;)
     
  7. ElectricMayhem1

    ElectricMayhem1 Well-Known Member

    I'm just reading Rutka's Notebook: A voice from the Holocaust By: Rutka Laskier!..it's sad........
     
  8. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    Shoe Fairy, I would suggest, although both are "classic lit" and not illustrated: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
    "Being There" by Jerzy Kosinski

    Both are dark, dreamy, and ultimately a little unsettling -- I personally found "Being There" both funny and terrifying. (The movie, with Peter Sellers, is good, but please read the book first!)

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  9. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Aw, Flowers for Algernon was sad. I read both the short story and saw the movie. I don't usually cry over those things but Flowers for Algernon really got to me.
     
  10. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I'm reading The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. It's really sad but really good. I'm gonna have to find a movie version of it after I've finished reading it.
     
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    Williams wrote a lot of really good stuff. Check out Thomas Wolfe for other works with that same sort of languid Southern feel.

    In the middle of Jim Lehrer's latest, "Tension City," his thoughtful but very entertaining (not at all dry) anecdotal history of presidential debates. Great stuff, especially given the latest nonsense under the guise of "primary debates."

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  12. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I'm actually taking a class devoted to the works of Tennessee Williams, which I'll admit I just signed up for because I had heard the professor was low-key, but now I'm really into it. I like those family drama things, plus the southern atmosphere is cool. Reminds me of Flannery O'Connor.
     
  13. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    Yes exactly! A lot of the early 20th cent Southerners have the same kind of vibe to their work: bittersweet, a little strange, sometimes dark and very focused on internal thoughts. Love it.

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  14. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    Just joined a book club; here's what we've been assigned so far.

    -Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
    -In the Lake of the Woods (Tim O'Brien)
    -Spoon River Anthology (Edgar Lee Masters)
    -The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
    -The Sea-Wolf (Jack London)
    -The Late George Apley (John Marquand)
    -Darkness at Noon (Arthur Koestler)
    -The Way of all Flesh (Samuel Butler)
     
  15. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Let me know what you think of Sister Carrie. It's always been on my list of books that I kinda-sorta want to read but never have.
     
  16. Princeton

    Princeton Well-Known Member

    It's beautifully written but very boring and the characters are very unlikable. In lieu of reading the book, check out the film version with Laurence Olivier.
     
  17. jackdelayne

    jackdelayne Active Member

    Just finished Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. The book was... interesting... not my regular genre of book, but pretty good. Actually much better than the cheesy movies that were made from it. I was a bit surprised to find out he was also the author of The Bridge Over the River Kwai.
     
  18. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Didn't realize there was a movie version, will have to check that out. I bought a used copy of An American Tragedy for a buck like three years ago and it's just been collecting dust since. I have so many books like that, one day I'll have to actually read them.
     
  19. Yuna Leonhart

    Yuna Leonhart Well-Known Member

    My favorite author is J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter books are m favorites. Other books I like are A Christmas Carol and Alice In Wonderland. But these are the only books I can think of right now (it's 6.00 am where I live and I can't sleep).
     
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  20. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    *snoring* Guh...wuh..wha? Oh, sorry...um. Tim O'Brien has a good rep, but Dreiser and Masters are duller than concrete. Sounds very, um, classic-American-lit heavy. Do they read anything more modern, or genres other than Boring? Sea-Wolf is fun, though a bit melodramatic, and I have a friend who swears by Steinbeck...
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