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Thread: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I haven't started it yet, but a foreign novel that receives international acclaim is sure to be excellent, and it certainly seems to have a very original narrative. Plus it provides a deeper expression of Japanese culture, which I'm sure many of us readily welcome.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by baboysai View Post
    How is IQ84 by Haruki Murakami?
    Have you ever read Murakami before? It still contains his old narrative style of surrealism. I recommend you to read it if you are a fan of Murakami.
    I'd say that Murakami's style is quite different from other Japanese authors, because he is influenced heavily by Western literature.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    yep, I've read "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Murakami and I loved it. My friends are also fans of Murakami and had been pressing me to read "Sputnik" and "Norwegian Wood". The latter I plan to read, before I watch the movie adaptation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboysai View Post
    yep, I've read "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Murakami and I loved it. My friends are also fans of Murakami and had been pressing me to read "Sputnik" and "Norwegian Wood". The latter I plan to read, before I watch the movie adaptation.
    Norwegian Wood, in my opinion, still the "easiest" Murakami's novel to read so far. If you already read anything besides that and love Murakami, I think you will enjoy it too.
    The movie adaptation is not as good as the novel, I think.

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    I don't get norweigan wood, sure it was an addicting book but..I don't really get what wow'ed the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeltrax View Post
    I don't get norweigan wood, sure it was an addicting book but..I don't really get what wow'ed the world.
    Maybe because it is the most easiest Murakami's novel to read so far? I think that if you want to read Murakami novel besides Norwegian Wood, you need some "adaptation" to enjoy it to the fullest. Also, it's a love story so, yeah.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I am currently rereading A Clockwork Orange by Antony Burgess.

    It's my favourite book, and I think this might be my 5th read through?

    Next I'm going to read the Silmarillion.

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    Currently reading Imperium by Robert Harris. So far, so good.

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    Currently reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's biography, something completely random I just picked up on a whim. This guy is incredibly self righteous and arrogant, but I do enjoy the insights to a footballers life and how things operate behind the scenes. The growth and development of a high profile athletes as well as the personal interactions between them is pretty intriguing.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Doraku View Post
    Maybe because it is the most easiest Murakami's novel to read so far? I think that if you want to read Murakami novel besides Norwegian Wood, you need some "adaptation" to enjoy it to the fullest. Also, it's a love story so, yeah.
    Then I guess I don't define love the same way Murakami does, so I cannot really relate or maybe I'm too immature for the themes in that novel.

    Borrowed Sherlock Holmes with all of the stories published back in the days. Really going to enjoy it when I have the time. Read a few chapters, classic.

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    That's the poem i was [slightly] referring to.
    I'm not much of a poem reader, but Frost work is just awesome!

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeltrax View Post
    Then I guess I don't define love the same way Murakami does, so I cannot really relate or maybe I'm too immature for the themes in that novel.
    From my standpoint, the "love" theme that Murakami is trying to convey in Norwegian Wood still depart from his surrealism style of writing. I don't think that just because you cannot relate to the story means that you're immature. Some people even get confused after reading some chapters of his novel. The first time I read it was during my senior high years, and I didn't enjoy the story either. After I read couple of his novels besides Norwegian Wood, I decided to re-read it and I guess I can understand why for a love story, it is enjoyable even though kinda unconventional. But Still, I prefer his other works rather than Norwegian Wood.

    Wow, it's been a long time since I visited this thread. Now I just picked up some non-fiction books, especially concerning Private vs. Government powers. The last fiction I read is a new Dexter novel. Pretty interesting read.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I finished reading ASOIAF a while ago, but I'm currently rereading A Game of Thrones. I was overwhelmed by the abundance of characters when I first read it so hopefully a second read through will give me a better overview about what's happening in the story.

    I'm currently a fan of Camilla Läckberg's Patrik Hedstöm series and recently finished The Stranger/The Gallows Bird.

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    I believe, that when you need to be refreshed of characters you could have opted to watch the TV series

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I'm watching the HBO series too btw! It's just that I want to familiarize myself with the source material in addition to the adaptation- just in case there were any significant changes or omissions. The same goes for anime as well; I want to try out the manga it's based on.

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