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Old 07-05-2004, 09:14 AM   #1
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What's you favorite book ?

Now that I'm on holiday, I'm no longer forced to read Conrad or Shakespeare cause my studies are finished.
And I was wondering... what's your favorite book ?
A book you will recommend to me ? It'll be great if your choices also exist in French translation cause I've been reading English for so long !
My fav authors are Camus, Kundera... but also some more "light" authors like Jane Green for example.
I really need to read a good light girlie book to relax !

I'm waiting for your lists !

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A French book that I like is Thérèse Desqueroux by François Mauriac but you may have read that already, it seems to be very popular. I also started reading a lot of the Maigret novels by George Simenon in my French literature class this year. I quite liked them mainly because they were short and the language was easy to understand.

My favourite English book which I'm certain would exist in French is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I just finished Girl with a pearl earring (La jeune fille à la perle??) last week, it was a good yarn.
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Old 07-05-2004, 09:50 AM   #3
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Well, I still think that Lord Of The Rings is a great book. Only, it isn't exactly 'light' reading.



*ponders on what books are good suggestions*

Gee, I don't think I have that many good light books to recommend. Although I do want to buy High Fidelity by Nick Hornby soon, but I think that's maybe more of a typical male book (it is about a music shop owner who likes to make top 5 lists with records).



I will think about it some more!

C ya!

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my favourite book is The show must go on, a biografy of Queens lead singer, Freddie Mercury
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Thank you Lara & Marty !
Lara : I know the books you're talking about.
Once I was about to buy Girl with a Pearl Earring, so maybe I will now that you say it's good.
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my favourite book is The show must go on, a biografy of Queens lead singer, Freddie Mercury
the only problem is that I'm no Queen fan !
Other suggestions Tomer ?
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The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

If by "light" you are talking about the subject matter involved, I wouldn't say it's light...but it's very good, and it also is an easy read, I think. My sister, who I didn't think would willingly read a book for recreation (no offense to her if she sees this! ), read my copy of it in less than 2 days. I was so impressed that I let her keep it and bought myself a new one.
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I love Milan Kundera!

My favourite books are the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, but that's three books and even though they're technically children's books, they're not really 'light'....

Have you read The Life of Pi by Yann Martel? I haven't read it yet, but my fiance is a huge Milan Kundera fan, and he loved The Life of Pi, so you might like it as well.

My favourite girly books are probably Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
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The Lord of the rings....
the methamorphosis ...
Angela's ashes
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Sophie's World (Jostien Gaarder)
Oryx and Crake (margaret atwood)
Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin)
Villa Incognito (Tom Robbins)
Catch 22 (Heller)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Self (Martel)
Exodus (Uris)
Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nightime (Haddon)

however, none of these books are what you may be wanting.
Aside from the last one I mentioned. It's not a girlie book but it's cute and you'll be wearing a smile the whole time
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I took another look at my selection of books and thought of some others that may be interesting.
One is The Discovery Of Heaven by Hary Mulisch (he is a Dutch writer, but his works are translated into a dozen languages so I assume it also includes French).
Another recommendation is Eddy's Bastard by William Kowalski (an American writer). This is certainly a 'light' read. I think it's the first in a trilogy, but I haven't read the other volumes yet (they're either not published yet or not in cheap paperback ), but I'm of the opinion that it can stand (largely) on its own.
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I had to read Therese at school as well, I didn't much like it though to be honest, although my sister did so maybe its a girls' book

Having a quick scan at my shelves I'd say the following are some of my favourites:

Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - its a given really isnt it?
His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen - Garth Nix

Fiction

The World According to Garp, and a Widow for One Year - John Irving
A Wild Sheep Chase, and Dance, Dance, Dance - Haruki Murakami
The Constant Gardner - John le Carré
Armadillo - William Boyd

Non-Fiction

Wild Swans by Jung Chang
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His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen - Garth Nix

The Philip Pullman books are my favourite, but I really love the Garth Nix books because his characters are so good, especially Lirael.
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I had to read Therese at school as well, I didn't much like it though to be honest, although my sister did so maybe its a girls' book

I think you had the same A-level French teacher as I did.

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LOTR- nuff said- it is a masterpiece and I believe that it is light reading, I mean it aint as heavy as some stuff out there....and my other fave books are by Australian authors. 'He died with a felafel in his hand' by John Birmingham which is a hilarious short book about one guys experiences living in various share houses and the crazy people who inhabit them and the other book is 'Praise' by Andrew McGahan, which is the story of a young guy who dosnt have the highest self esteem and it follows his life when he meets his nymphomaniac girlfriend.....a good story and this author has such a great wiriting style
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