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weezb

685 posts

50 months

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Fup by Jim Dodge. Hard to do a summary, it's a nonsensical and hilarious story. When you finish it you may well say "is that it"? And I can't tell you what you'll take from it, but it may well alter how you view things. I've certainly read other books with much grander, and seemingly more noble, intentions (Animal Farm etc) but there's something about Fup that, to me, is much, much deeper.

krusty

2,377 posts

135 months

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Dirty Frank said:
Ive been put off those because the first two dont have an english translation, do you miss anything by not reading them?
I didn't find it an issue. The Redbreast is the first translated book and that and the next three books have a sub plot running through them so you need to do them in order. The Snowman is the most violent one though.
I like them, Hole character has a very 'human' quality about him. I won't say any more. make your own mind up. Personally I think they's a great read

Dirty Frank

598 posts

40 months

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krusty said:
I didn't find it an issue. The Redbreast is the first translated book and that and the next three books have a sub plot running through them so you need to do them in order. The Snowman is the most violent one though.
I like them, Hole character has a very 'human' quality about him. I won't say any more. make your own mind up. Personally I think they's a great read
Cheers ill put them on my Kindle.

Zarkingfardwarks

980 posts

123 months

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Hitchhikers Guide "trilogy" - Douglas Adams
read it as a kid, read it as a teenager, read it at Uni, read it as a married man - looking forward to reading it to my boy, going to read it when I'm 42 too.

doesn't have to be "literature" to be a stonking read.

(I have erected an SEP field around the awful crap by Colfer)

g3org3y

9,249 posts

77 months

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Orwell - 1984
Huxley - Brave New World
De Bernieres - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Welsh - Trainspotting
Heller - Catch 22

Non fiction:
Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
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Roger Dodger

4,731 posts

80 months

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They're making the film as I type!!

CarTimeNow

790 posts

52 months

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animal farm
the hobbit

scdan4

1,198 posts

46 months

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slaughterhouse 5 by kurt vonnegut - awesome antiwar novel

The book thief, Marcus Zusak. The most emotional book i've read for a long time. Crying so hard couldnt keep reading it, but couldn't put it down either.

The unbearable lightness of being: (can't remember). Slim little thing that improves and reveals more each and everytime you read it.

vonuber

6,378 posts

51 months

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The Count of Monte Cristo.

Cloud 9

195 posts

133 months

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Stig of the dump..........many years ago

Kays vRS

1,802 posts

62 months

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Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. Wonderful.

g3org3y

9,249 posts

77 months

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scdan4 said:
slaughterhouse 5 by kurt vonnegut - awesome antiwar novel
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chimaeras

99 posts

46 months

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SHRIMPY by Shane Acton. A true story of a no hoper buying an 18 ft yacht to live on in Cambridge and ending up sailing around the world for 8 years. A really good read for those who like travel and the sea.

Jw Vw

4,258 posts

49 months

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vonuber said:
The Count of Monte Cristo.
This is on the to read list!

George H

12,533 posts

50 months

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My two favourite are:

What if I had never tried it - Valentino Rossi

The Universe Next Door - Marcus Chown

Civpilot

5,389 posts

126 months

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Night Watch - Sir Terry

Brilliant writing, managing to be funny, moving, sad and hugely uplifting. Sounds strange but ever since I read it I always get this pang of a strange gentle sadness when I see the lilac in bloom frown


-DeaDLocK-

3,332 posts

137 months

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The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell. Haunting.

Pablo Escobar

2,354 posts

75 months

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Cloud 9 said:
Stig of the dump..........many years ago
That one and The Twits. I'd still read them now. But then again I still watch the Jungle Book regularly as well hehe

susanq

375 posts

61 months

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The title is supposedly the temperature at which book paper combusts. Set in a time when books are banned and people are punished if caught in possesion of them. Thought provoking.

Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor. Title is a ship which sails to the U.S. during the potato famine of Ireland. Stick with it, it's worth it. In fact I think I'll dig it out and give it another read. Refresh my memory.

CunningPlan

228 posts

46 months

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Rather embarrassingly mainstream (won the Booker Prize) but one of the better books I've read which is unusual is "The Life of Pi". The tale of a 16yo boy stranded in a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, a orang-utan and a 450lb bengal tiger. The style of writing keeps catching you out whilst remaining compelling.

For relaxing easy but interesting read then I'm working through Tess Gerritsen's crime thrillers which also give an insight in to the world of the pathologist.

For a personal life changing book then "Families and How to Survive Them" written by an expert family psychologist but co-written with John Cleese! It explores how we become the people we are and in understanding that enables you to change bits if you wish. I got some genuine Ah! moments of understanding out of it. As you would expect with Mr Cleese involved its a funny and easy read too for such a tricky subject. It's a not a campaigning book or one that proscribes any "method".

For new parents "Taming Toddlers" by Dr Chris Green. I was reccommended this by a GP friend and its just a brilliantly common-sense source of practical knowledge about young children from someone who has been dealing with the subject for decades.

For young children "The Kiss That Missed". The children love it and there is so much humour tucked away in the stunning artwork - keep an eye on the lion on the knight's shield!

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