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Posted September 29th, 2007 - 6:06 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Hi guys,

Before anything allow me to insert a quick disclaimer: by now means am I a literati. No, I do not consider Dan Brown a literary genius, but having read your posts, I feel somewhat inadequate (I was not familiar with any of the authors). I read whatever ends up in my hands (including the backs of milk cartons) The last book I read was The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. Before that I re-visited the romantic notions of my childhood and re-read Angelique series. (I never came across those books in English, not sure if they were ever translated) I guess I am counting on your hospitality to refine my book list and give me some fresh suggestions :)

Marina

Posted September 29th, 2007 - 6:07 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
ugh! I should really read what I write at least once before posting. Sorry for all the typos, I swear I'm literate!

Posted October 1st, 2007 - 5:50 pm by from Washington, United States (Permalink)
hey, we're not so hoity toity as all that. Maybe i should've chosen a less snobby sounding name- literati- everyone likes italian words. i love russian literature, maybe you can advise me. my favorite book that i've ever read from a russian author is 'we' by yegevny zamyatin, a distopian novel that orwell copied to write '1984'. books are my passion, i just finished two books lastnight- isabel allende's 'ines of my soul' and gabriel garcia marquez, 'memory of my melancholy whores'. i gotta go, more later... tim

Posted October 3rd, 2007 - 4:55 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks for the encouragement, Tim!
Ashamed to say that I have never read Zamyatin. But if you're looking for an insight into the Russian literature (and not going the typical Dostoevsky/Tolstoy route) I would suggest Pelevin, for example "Life of Insects". Of course, if you haven't had a chance to devour Master and Margarita, you absolutely must! I've tried to look for the translations of some of my favourite books but, unfortunately, most of them are not available. Maybe I will make it my cause :)
Hopefully I can give you my opinion of Marquez in person on Thursday. Till then... good night

M

Posted October 4th, 2007 - 6:15 pm by from Washington, United States (Permalink)
i did the dostoevsky and tolstoy route already, definitely not going that route anymore. pelevin sounds good, and i've heard a lot about the master and magarita- i've only read bulgakov's book about morphine. the meeting is at 9 at Revival on 15 between 3rd and irving. i'll be fashionably late. adieu