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Empty Whiskey Glass
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Nov 17, 2003

This is my question. Everyone of us has favourite book. Very often we read and reread this book, admiring the language, although we know every single letter, and wait to see what is going to happen (it might be different some day, who knows).

To me, the book that makes me admire the English language is "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Being non-English by birth, he wrote a book, which was awarded for its elegant style of English. This is the book that possesses the true English style of narration. May be, by not being English, he managed to see what one cannot see if one is English.


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giogi
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Salman Rushdie Nov 17, 2003

"Midnight's Children"

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smorales30  Identity Verified
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Just one? Nov 17, 2003

This is an impossible task

Let me add a couple:

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson


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Aisha Rishi
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nice topic Nov 17, 2003

I have two most favourite books

1) Gone with the wind
2) Seven years in Tibet

I have read these thousands of times but still cant have enough of them, lol


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Alexander Chisholm  Identity Verified
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Definitely Salman Rushdie Nov 17, 2003

he's such a good story writer that can be enjoyed on so many levels.
"Midnights children" is an excellent choice, as someone has already picked it then I'll go for "The satanic verses". I've read both of them at least 3 times each (especially when I first moved to Italy and was struggling to read Italian. "Shame" is also well worth the read, but not up to the level of the other 2.


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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Coup de Grace Nov 17, 2003

by Marguerite Yourcenar.

It's not the best book I have ever read, but my favorite one


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jmml
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What a difficult question!! Nov 17, 2003

This is so far the hardest posting to answer. Why only one book??

Please let us mention at least one in each language, which is still dramatically unfair. There go mine:

Cien años de soledad (One hundred years of solitude)-- Gabriel García Márquez

Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)-- Michael Ende

A Confederacy of Dunces-- John Kennedy Toole


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Hilary Davies Shelby
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great topic! Nov 17, 2003

"Lolita" - Nabokov is just ... incredible.

and "The Dark is Rising" - I know it's technically a "children's book", but I just love it - I re-read it every Christmas.


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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A bit materialistic, but... Nov 18, 2003

"Think and Grow Rich", by Napoleon Hill.

And it's not only for the money...

Regards

Edwal


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Pamela Peralta  Identity Verified
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one of my favorite books Nov 18, 2003

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe.
When I was 12 I read a volume of Poe's tales translated into Spanish (great translation), and fell in love with it.
I agree..nice topic
Pamela


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xxxtazdog
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a favorite series Nov 18, 2003

I have a favorite series rather than just one book: The Lymond Chronicles, by Dorothy Dunnett (six books). I've read the entire series at least five times (maybe more) and I think it's about time for another round...

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sukung
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Only one!!!! Nov 18, 2003

I am a fan of children fiction. It's make me feel young!!!
Today I love "Lord of the ring", "Little house series" and "The borrowers". Tomorrow may change but these books will be always in my heart


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Monique Laville  Identity Verified
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More than one Nov 18, 2003

When I was a teenager, I loved Alice by Lewis Carroll (illustrations by Adrienne Ségur). I read it many times. I still have a look at it regularly.

But also: Balzac, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Karen Blixen, : everything they wrote, and......

Don Quichotte by Cervantes.
Humboldt's gift by Saul Bellow


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Empty Whiskey Glass
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I realized the tough task later, sorry Nov 18, 2003

José Manuel Malagón wrote:

This is so far the hardest posting to answer. Why only one book??

Please let us mention at least one in each language, which is still dramatically unfair. There go mine:

Cien años de soledad (One hundred years of solitude)-- Gabriel García Márquez

Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)-- Michael Ende

A Confederacy of Dunces-- John Kennedy Toole


And, since I myself am unable to tell that I have only one favourite book, let me add some more:

Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw
Catcher in the Rye by Salinger
Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
And many others

An finally, a book that is so unusual, that makes people love it, if they can read it Ulysses by James Joyce.


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Steffen Pollex  Identity Verified
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"Èâàí è Äàíèëî" :-) Nov 18, 2003

by BG.

Absolute nonsense, but very wise...

è "Êàïèòàë" Ê. Ìàðêñà.

No nonsense at all and very wise...



[Edited at 2003-11-18 11:02]


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