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F.E.E.B.L.E you read the Iliad?
Now you MUST read the Odyssey. It's far far better.

They are taught at school here in Greece along with some of the greatest tragedies (the ones that inspired Shakespeare) like Oedipus Rex and Iphigenia And Antigone


I've read all of that in ancient Greek :D and totally loved it!
I miss my greek classes :cry:


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Που έμαθες Ελληνικά;
Στο σχολείο;
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Oh and Shauny 1984 is a must. Classic book. Or documentary :lol:

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yes, i agree that it's an excellent book.


pretty freaky though.

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I attempted 1984 a few years back, the politics bit in the middle killed me so I'll have to try again.


Jinx, I would love to answer in Greek, but they only taught us how to read ancient texts :(

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I loved Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and the movie was quite good too. Douglas Adams is also a must for everybody. And Kurt Vonnegut (died a couple of days ago)!!!

I just finished reading Robin Hobb's Forest mage, which was good, though I like the assassin books better.

Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician trilogy was really good! And Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and mister Norrel, too.

And then there are of course some classics, like Moby Dick, Lord of the rings etc. which are all VERY good.

EDIT: Forgot to mention Brideshead revisited. Both the book and the series are amazing (and well horrible at the same time).

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Fen wrote:
I attempted 1984 a few years back, the politics bit in the middle killed me so I'll have to try again.


Jinx, I would love to answer in Greek, but they only taught us how to read ancient texts :(


O dear :lol: You should get your money back...

Estin oun tragodia, mimisi prakseos spoudaias kai teleias... :wink:

I did Ancient Greek too both at school and at the Uni.
Hardly remember them now :(

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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:38 am 
Oh dear. This thread involves thinking. I'm going to attempt to and see where I end up.

I include A Liar's Autobiography among my favourite books, because A: its written by Graham Chapman, and B: you are never quite sure where the line between fiction and fact is throughout the whole thing.

Similarly I found this with Stephen Fry's book, The Liar. The man is an absolute genius. His books are fairly good too. I also quite liked Making History. Didn't know what was going on until halfway through, but then when it fell into place, it was like :o

I've read all the Harry Potter books, Hitchhikers series up to about book 3, then I had to give it back. Never read 1984, but have been seriously considering it for a couple of years.

I also find that when they make films from books they never quite match up to the literary versions. However with Memoirs of a Geisha it was an exception to the rule. Pretty damn good film AND book. Bit of a novelty there.


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I hated the film... :x

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I´m reading "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov. It´s very good and very easy to read, though I´d rate it R because of sexual references. The film with Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain is very close to the book.

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Haven't read "Lolita" but I 've read some Nabokov.
Yeah. He's full of "R" scenes, isn't he?

That's good, I like that in a book.

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I hated the film... :x

:o Why?


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Fen wrote:
I attempted 1984 a few years back, the politics bit in the middle killed me so I'll have to try again.


Lol the book isnt even about the story. It's all about the politics...

And at the moment, Im working through Billy Budd. It's not quite as exciting as the other books I've been reading, but...

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