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Post  Narienne Arrel on Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:53 pm

well,there is no better topic to start a discusion from this one.it's general and I hope that from here many subjects will hop out smile write about your favourite book-one or a couple of them,tell us why do you love them and why should we read it ...

my top3 books are
1.the master and margarita - mihail bulgakov
An audacious revision of the stories of Faust and Pontius Pilate, The Master and Margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern Russian literature. The novel's vision of Soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. Its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common Russian speech. One hot spring, the devil arrives in Moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a beautiful naked witch and an immense talking black cat with a fondness for chess and vodka. The visitors quickly wreak havoc in a city that refuses to believe in either God or Satan. But they also bring peace to two unhappy Muscovites: one is the Master, a writer pilloried for daring to write a novel about Christ and Pontius Pilate; the other is Margarita, who loves the Master so deeply that she is willing literally to go to hell for him. What ensues is a novel of inexhaustible energy, humor and philosophical depth.
Utterly bizarre. Bulgakov's narrative has so many levels that you may find yourself taking notes to keep them straight-- and footnoting each one with exclamations of excitement and disbelief. And while this novel is riddled with black magic and religious icons, you'd be pressed to find it in a "fantasy" section. Twisted, hilarious, thoughtful, and beautiful. After hundreds of pages with Woland and Behemoth, don't be surprised if youl find yourself thinking it might be better to end up in hell.


2.Foucault's Pendulum - umberto eko
The pseudo-thriller FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM is a story about two editors in Milan and an expert on the Knights Templar invent an elaborate plan linking dozens of occult events with a secret scheme by the Templars to take over the world. The key to their world domination rests at Foucault's Pendulum in Paris. However, various nefarious organizations catch wind of the "plan," and soon what began as an intellectual prank becomes deadly serious
An intelligent, erudite book,but a fun read. This book trumps The Da Vinci Code hands down. Brown just doesn't compare.

3.lolita - vladimir nabokov
Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokovs most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the 12years old Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
But the subject of the book is not so important when you come in touch with something so well written as this novel . I like Nabokov's stile,the way he describes...There are numerous times that I found myself re-reading certain passages; sometimes, it was because the passage was so dense with allegory and figurative language that I had to parse through it, and sometimes it was just because the turn of phrase was just so beautiful, that I had to read it again and again. What is amazing is that Nabokov is able to make Humbert Humbert, a completely repulsive human being who is "in love" with a teenage girls, to be a figure with whom you sympathize. Not an easy feat, but one that he accomplishes with flying colors. As I read, I knew in my head that Humbert was a terrible man, but da**it I FELT BAD FOR HIM. Why? because Nabokov wanted us (readers ) to feel so...In short Nabokov is a great writter and Lolita one of my favourites ...
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