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Rasputin
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Oct, 2007  Reply with quote

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip Dick, the plot even contains a drug that is able to create a solipsistic world exactly like the LD world.

I started The Big Bang by Simon Sing(sp?) on sunday.


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

I just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I'm about to dive into The Valkyries by him as well. Really great books, I enjoy his stuff a lot.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Seriously? I hate him! overspannen

*Bruno has been reading:

Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore (If on a Winter's Night a Traveler) by Italo Calvino, a romance.

Vestido de Noiva (The wedding dress) by Nelson Rodrigues, a play.

Asylums by Erving Goffman, a sociological treatise on total instutions, such as hospices, prisons and convents.


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PostPosted: Thu 01 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I think I spelt that right


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Bruno wrote:
Seriously? I hate him! overspannen


Why?!


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

I'm still reading The Brothers Karamazov, but only barely.. school doesn't leave much time to really concentrate on it. Speaking of school - we're reading Macbeth (we will finish it tomorrow) and, for a separate project, I am reading Michaelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

wnvoss wrote:
I'm still reading The Brothers Karamazov, but only barely.. school doesn't leave much time to really concentrate on it.
Same here. That makes me sad, because it was starting to get real interesting...


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Dexters dunkla drömmar(original title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter)

I watched the show Dexter so I started to read the book it was based on too.

In short: Dexter is the main person, he is a serial killer who only kills bad people.



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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

makeitglow wrote:
Bruno wrote:
Seriously? I hate him! overspannen


Why?!

He's a fake, a poser. And writes terribly not well. And it's not only me, no one here in Brazil likes him. He's like a shame to our literature.


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

I was reading Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (and it was really boring) when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in french. Now I just finished Harry Potter (it was great :D ) and I'll continue to read the last pages of this Gogol's most uninteresting book. sadblauw

Same thoughts about Coelho here. The story of the Alchemist is taken from another book (it was just a short tale and Coelho developped it) but I don't remember where I read it first.


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Bruno wrote:
makeitglow wrote:
Bruno wrote:
Seriously? I hate him! overspannen


Why?!

He's a fake, a poser. And writes terribly not well. And it's not only me, no one here in Brazil likes him. He's like a shame to our literature.


Ahhhh, I'll take your word for it. Sometimes my literary ignorance astounds me.

Can you recommend me something (obviously non-posuerISH) that's related to the theme of the Alchemist? Regardless of the author's insecurities, I still enjoyed the book.


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

I'm reading "Exploring the world of lucid dreaming" ^^


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

makeitglow wrote:
Can you recommend me something (obviously non-posuerISH) that's related to the theme of the Alchemist?

Hm. He's not really my type of literature really, not the theme I'm the craziest about. But good stuff I read with similar theme (and, of course, easily available in English, as I would otherwise be recommending Raul Seixas and Julio Cortázar) comes from William Blake and Aldous Huxley (not Brave New World, but Doors of Perception, or Heaven and Hell, both of which seem to have an influence in Paulo's fiction).

That guy who wrote Clockwork Orange, what's his name come again? Anthony Burgess! His later books are real nice, in my opinion, and somewhat similar too. The Yank Beats, like Kerouac and Ginsberg and Burroughs, are also very similar and (ironically) more contemporary than Paulo.

Who else? Well. If you want "crossing the path" "metaphor of life" books, the greatest (although seriously difficult to read) would be The Odyssey (Homer), In Search of Lost Time (Proust), Ulysses (Joyce), Grande Sertão: Veredas (Guimarães Rosa, in English published as "The Devil to Pay in the Backlands"), Berlin Alexanderplatz (Döblin). Still in the list, I could recommend you Dostoevski's Brothers Karamazov, as well as Crime & Punishment.

If what you're asking for is Romance Literature, Ítalo Calvino's work (remarkably Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler), as well as Cortázar's (Bestiario, Historias de cronopios y de famas, Hopscotch) and Guimarães Rosa's (Sagarana, First Stories, Tutaméia), not to mention Umberto Eco's stuff (Name of the Rose, Baudolino...) are a must–read.


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PostPosted: Fri 02 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

I've been reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. It seems a little far-fetched at points, is rather one-sided, and seems a little bit too detailed at points, but I can honestly say it's one of the best books I've read. It's theories on capitalism and socialism are quite thought intriguing. It is a bit lengthy - 1100 pages with small type, but is a very worthwhile read.

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Nov, 2007  Reply with quote

Ain't that the Russian lady who ran away to the States at some point? I think I've heard those names (the lady's and the book's) before.

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