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Old 07-20-2005, 05:11 AM   #61
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Anything by Gabriel García Márquez. Genius.
Well, I must confess that while One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the greatest books ever written, I was slightly disappointed by some of his other stuff, like "El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba" and "Relato de un Naufrago".
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anton chekhov's short stories are every bit as good as his plays.
Thanks, Dandy. I will look into it.
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Guy de Maupassant. He is considered by many to be the greatest French writer of short stories and I find it hard to disagree.

I also always loved O. Henry's short stories. He's a master of twist endings and his stories are alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.

I'd also add Terry Pratchett's Discworld series to my list of books-to-read. I love them to death.
Thanks a lot, Saracene. These are great tips.
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I'm trying to get into Umberto Eco and Neal Stephenson.

Has anyone read the Kite Runner yet?
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1. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
2. The Hiding Place-Corrie Ten Boom
3. The Diary of Anne Frank


There are SO many all I can think of are three
To Kill a Mockingbird - One of my absolute favorites...

I could never just list 5... Too many good books... Too many...
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Well, I must confess that while One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the greatest books ever written, I was slightly disappointed by some of his other stuff, like "El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba" and "Relato de un Naufrago".
Read "El Amor en Tiempos del Cólera" and "Del Amor y Otros Demonios".
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I like him... but sometimes he is a tad hard to follow, don't you think?

I agree. He makes so many references to so many different things that nobody knows it gets boring.

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Read "El Amor en Tiempos del Cólera" and "Del Amor y Otros Demonios".
I read 'El Amor en Tiempos del Colera'... not bad. But definetly no '100 Years' either...
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anyone like Horacio Quiroga?

i his writing
it's like the latin american Edgar Allen Poe
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Great, thanks!

Let me contribute some Latin American literature to the list (I also agree with many of the books posted here):

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece... although it is easy to get lost in it)

2. Complete Short Stories - Julio Cortazar ('Letter to a Lady in Paris' and 'The Sweater' are two masterpieces)

3. The Aleph - Jorge Luis Borges

4. The Tunnel - Ernesto Sabato (masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece)

5. Mist - Miguel de Unamuno
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Pedro Paramo, by Juan Rulfo

a MASTER, MASTER, MASTER, MASTERPIECE...
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"Green Eggs and Ham" by D. Seuss.
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The Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies-Father De Las Casas
The People's History of the United States- Howard Zinn
Assata:An Autobiography-Assata Shakur
The Destruction of Black Civilization-Chancellor Williams
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Has anyone read the Kite Runner yet?
i picked this up the other weekend on the recommendation of one of my trusted reading buds. i haven't had time to read much of it yet, but it's off to a very promising start. interesting social commentary, great characterization, and i'm only chapter five.

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Has anyone read the Kite Runner yet?
I just finished this a few nights ago...I thought it was very good. Not only was it a good story, but it was a good modern history of Afghanistan in a personal context. I thought the first third or so, the part describing his childhood, was the most interesting even if there was more "action" in the rest of the book.
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I tried reading 100 Years of Solitude about 5 times and still can't enjoy it. The problem is mainly that I really hate magic realism as a thematic style and I just can't get past it no matter how hard I try.
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