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Débora D'Eramo
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Aug 20, 2008

Mine: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
There: I said it.
What about you?


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Tatiana Lammers  Identity Verified
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For some reason I like Aug 20, 2008

Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE

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NecdetB  Identity Verified
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Don Quixote Aug 20, 2008

Without doubt!

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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Love Medicine Aug 20, 2008

by Louise Erdrich.

I love all the books in the trilogy, but can't seem to get the chapter about Saint Marie out of my head.


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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Uhm...... Aug 20, 2008

Gosh, tough choice!

After long pondering, I think I would say that my favorite book EVER is "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. This book earned Steinbeck both the Pulitzer Prize and (a couple of decades later) the Nobel Prize for Literature, and it's absolutely wonderful!
I'm biased though, because Steinbeck is one of my very favorite authors EVER!



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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Too many kinds of books, impressions they produce... Aug 20, 2008

I think you can only really answer this by giving favorites in different categories.

As a book apparently intended for children but with much in it that can be appreciated by adults, I agree with Alice in Wonderland (and Alice Through the Looking Glass). I think the Harry Potter books come high up in this category too.

As an emotionally moving war story, All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen Nichts Neues) by Erich Maria Remarque.

As a romantic novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I could go on, but I've already used up three times my quota...

I also agree that Grapes of Wrath is a splendid novel.

[Edited at 2008-08-20 22:46]


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Karol Kacprzak  Identity Verified
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the one and only Aug 20, 2008

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Dangerous Liaisons

Masterpiece. I love the style.


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Zhoudan  Identity Verified
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Pride and Prejudice Aug 20, 2008

I even translated it!

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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If I had to choose Aug 21, 2008

If I absolutely had to choose, I think it would be El túnel by Ernesto Sábato. I've read it many times and it actually gets better with time. But I have a lot of favorite books: War and Peace, El Quijote, The Earsers by Alain Robbe-Grillet is a new favorite of mine.

Now, my most beloved book is without a doubt a very old, very worn, very annotated and very read copy of Complete Poems by Javier Heraud that I got in a book fair for less than 2 dollars. I've had it with me since I was 10, and if my house is set on fire or blown away by a tornado, it would be the first thing I'd keep safe.

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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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One of my absolute favourite books Aug 21, 2008

Se questo è un uomo by Primo Levi

If this is a man


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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
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One Aug 21, 2008

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by... who else if not the greatest, Gabriel García Márquez.

And, Sinuhe the Egyptian, by Mika Waltari (before reading all books by Gabo).





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jokerman
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dante alighieri's 'divine comedy ' Aug 21, 2008

of course.

too bad i can't read the original italian version.

[Bearbeitet am 2008-08-21 02:30]

[Bearbeitet am 2008-08-21 02:31]


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Primers for the Age of Plenty Aug 21, 2008

Science for the Citizen, by Lancelot Hogben, first published by George Allen & Unwin in 1938.

Described by the author as 'A self-educator based on the social background of scientific discovery', it was the book that encouraged me to take up engineering as a profession - at least a decade before I quit full-time education.

The other works in the triology, dubbed by the author himself as "Primers for the Age of Plenty", are:

Mathematics for the Millions (same author and publisher, 1936)
and
A Loom of Language (Frederick Bodmer, ed. Lancelot Hogben, same publisher, 1943)

I recommend the latter as a primer for anyone here with an interest in comparative linguistics.

Actually there were four works in this 'trilogy'. The last one - mentioned as 'forthcoming' in 'The Loom of Language' but missing from the collection I inherited from my father - was History for Home Students, by Henry Hamilton, ed. Lancelot Hogben. Bearing in mind the state of Europe in that period I'm not sure whether it was ever published - if anyone has a copy, please contact me!

MediaMatrix

PS. OOps! - nearly forgot! It's maybe not quite appropriate for a word-oriented community like Proz.com because it's a 'picture book'. Nonetheless it has pride of place in my library: The Human Figure in Motion, by Eadweard Muybridge, dubbed "An Electro-Photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Muscular Actions", commenced in 1872, completed in 1885 and my copy was published by public suscription, by Chapman & Hall, London, in 1901.


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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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If I have to pick one Aug 21, 2008

Jane Eyre

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Not only one Aug 21, 2008

"The common good"
Noam Chomsky

"Deterring democracy"
Noam Chomsky

Any book written by Charles Bukowski.

Any book written by Ernesto Cardenal.


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