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18-01-2015, 06:49 PM
RE: Recommend Some Literature
(16-01-2015 11:51 AM)thesummerqueen Wrote:  Better yet, LISTEN to The Night Circus on audio, because Jim Dale makes Morgenstern's words shiver through you like a Neruda poem.

I tried listening to Robinson Crusoe once... A very good method to fall asleep. lol Tongue

The book you suggested sounds interesting though.

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18-01-2015, 08:34 PM
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It is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read in my life.

I don't like to describe it, because it sounds so silly trying to frame the feeling into words, so generally I tell people this:

Have you ever watched the old version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? The one with Gene Wilder?

Do you remember the feeling you got when he stood before the doors of the inner sanctum of his factory and murmured, "Close your eyes...make a wish...count to three..."

This book is filled with that feeling, and so much more. It's as dark and tangy and sweet as the caramel descriptor that constantly pervades it. It has terrible moments of pain, and exquisite moments of imagination. And it loses none of those things for the rereading.

There are so many fantastic opening lines to great novels. This one hardly counts as something that will go down in a book of quotations, like the firsts from "Pride & Prejudice" or "Anna Karenina". But once you've read the book, it is forever the line describing that wonderful childlike anticipation that Wilder captured for Wonka.

"The circus arrives without warning."

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus
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19-01-2015, 03:05 AM
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Thank you summerqueen. It does sound like an intriguing book, from what I perceived skimming through the Wikipedia article (mostly to avoid spoilers), it reminded me somehow of Tim Burton and if it resembles anything of his style, I'll certainly love it. I might love it even if it doesn't resemble it, but I'm just referring to something I already know. Tongue

My recommendations are:

1. Harry Potter. Really, if you didn't read it, you're missing out.
2. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I think it's my fave book from Agatha Christie. Yes, even over The murder on the Orient Express.
3. All the 4 books of Sherlock Holmes (not the stories, I mean the books).

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25-04-2015, 10:53 AM
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If I were to recommend books that one should read it would be:
- The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhaíl Bulgakov
- Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
- Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett
- The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
- A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
- The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

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11-06-2016, 02:59 AM
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I recommend that you dig underground.
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30-06-2016, 11:59 AM
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If you like to laugh here is a translation book written in the 1800’s from publicdomain.org “English As She Is Spoke” http://publicdomainreview.org/collection...poke-1884/

The absolute destruction of the English language by a Portuguese that’ll make you spit out your drink. The really good stuff begins on page 17, Familiar Phrases. I could not find one phrase that was correct, and the funny thing is no translation in Portuguese is given so even if they were right they would be useless.

What an imbecile.

Enjoy.

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31-10-2016, 09:57 AM
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can anyone recommend a Bible for an absolute beginner? I've been researching but I have a feeling that any Bible that has alterations made for smoother reading may not be literal enough. I want an accurate unbiased version that doesn't try to sway me in anyway yet at the same time an unscholarly easier to understand version. I started reading the Bible many times but it's so hard and incredibly boring that I give up. I am definitely an atheist by all means but I feel like I contradict myself. When I hear a Christian talk about their religion but they haven't read the Bible in its entirety, then who are they to talk about hearsay? In my opinion, I think that applies to non believers as well. So, can anyone tell me where to begin?
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31-10-2016, 11:25 AM
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(31-10-2016 09:57 AM)Crumbpicker66 Wrote:  can anyone recommend a Bible for an absolute beginner? I've been researching but I have a feeling that any Bible that has alterations made for smoother reading may not be literal enough. I want an accurate unbiased version that doesn't try to sway me in anyway yet at the same time an unscholarly easier to understand version. I started reading the Bible many times but it's so hard and incredibly boring that I give up. I am definitely an atheist by all means but I feel like I contradict myself. When I hear a Christian talk about their religion but they haven't read the Bible in its entirety, then who are they to talk about hearsay? In my opinion, I think that applies to non believers as well. So, can anyone tell me where to begin?

The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction and The New Testament: An Introduction--both by Bart Ehrman. Interesting to read and presented in a very easy to understand format.
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