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What's in your opinion the greatest book ever?
    #7911118 - 01/21/08 08:35 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

For greatest book ever I have to nominate "Don Quixote", it was truly revolutionary and the story is moving, but my personal favourite is Lolita.

I have never been more touched by a book, the depiction of what some would call insane, but I herewith dare call the most sincere profession of love I've ever read can only be rivalled by the endless humour sprinkled over each of its sentences and the wonderful style that only someone like Navokob could posses makes it THE must-read book IMHO.

Honourable mentions:
-There's no such thing as far away - Richard Back
-Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
-The last question - Isaac Asimov.

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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.




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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Colonel Kurtz Ph.D]
    #7911174 - 01/21/08 08:41 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Nabokov*

And The Last Question isn't a book.

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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #7911210 - 01/21/08 08:46 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

:kingcrankey:

Ok ok it's a shot story, but you gotta give me that it's amazing.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Colonel Kurtz Ph.D]
    #7911303 - 01/21/08 08:58 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: avidpicker]
    #7911391 - 01/21/08 09:09 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I <3 1984


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Colonel Kurtz Ph.D]
    #7913040 - 01/22/08 01:42 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

As someone who works in a childrens library, I really feel that the two most compelling books I have ever read have been

The little Prince...and

The Giving Tree.

Those are stories to live by


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: peepeepottypants]
    #7915433 - 01/22/08 06:19 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I have a few. Lolita is right up there.

Moby Dick
Gravity's Rainbow
American Psycho
Dahlgren
The Sotweed Factor


But my favorite has to be A Confederacy of Dunces


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Colonel Kurtz Ph.D]
    #7915543 - 01/22/08 06:35 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The Bible - seriously, though. it has thousands of years of history in it if you can get past a lot of the crap.

Brave New World <-- I loved that book.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #7915581 - 01/22/08 06:40 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Sci-fi:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark (I'm sure you've seen the movie)

- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (A dystopian novel about extreme censorship)

- Martian Chronicles by Rad Bradbury (Chronicles of men inhabiting Mars)

Fantasy:
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson (A vividly colored adult fantasy about a leper who finds himself in a strange, but beautiful land, where he is mistaken for one the greatest heroes).


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    #7915625 - 01/22/08 06:46 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I have read and enjoyed all of those sci fi books. The fantasy one I don't know. Funny thing. I took a fantasy lit course in college. One of the books was Lolita. I thought that was a great characterization of the book. Another book was Frankenstein which I loved. Also the Riverworld book by Phillip Jose Farmer, I can't remember the name.

Have you read Dahlgren? That is a real eye-opener.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Grylls]
    #7915644 - 01/22/08 06:49 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

As far as sci-fi goes, Asimov is my favorite author with Gibson and Dick tied for second, with maybe a preference for Phillip Dick as his novels evoke strange insanities in me. Neuromancer though, is out of control.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #7915682 - 01/22/08 06:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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I have read and enjoyed all of those sci fi books. The fantasy one I don't know. Funny thing. I took a fantasy lit course in college. One of the books was Lolita. I thought that was a great characterization of the book. Another book was Frankenstein which I loved. Also the Riverworld book by Phillip Jose Farmer, I can't remember the name.

Have you read Dahlgren? That is a real eye-opener.




I was going to mention Dahlgren. Absolutely stunning book. It's one of two books that I've read where the meaning and message and whatnot behind it creeps into your conscience a long time after you finished it. Like the abandoned city and how every one had to fend for themselves. And that reality isn't set in stone.

The other is Illuminatus! Trilogy. That book broke my brain open. I never knew writing like it existed, nor it's story. I learned so much from that book and learned about a shitload of other books to read as well.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Grylls]
    #7915688 - 01/22/08 06:56 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Hmmm...greatest book... 

Shogun by James Clavell
This is one of the few books that actually made me start living/thinking like the character did in the book...  its a long book, but it was just amazing.  Epic story, beautiful character/character development....just all around masterpiece.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
This may not be the bible or some classic...but I read it at a time when the ideas the  book had in it really interwove with my own questions I began having in life.  It blew me away and opened my eyes to a much larger world full of questions...    Such a good good! 

I've got so many buzzing in my head...but those two titles made it out of the chaos so I'll leave it at that.  :smile:


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Toddo]
    #7916113 - 01/22/08 08:10 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The Illuminatus Trilogy was very cool. I kind of forgot about that one. I don't know that I learned anything other than that there are a whole shitload of conspiracy theories out there. I thought it was tongue in cheek. I'd prefer to keep that, by the way. I certainly don't want to know they actually believe that shit.

Shogun also was fantastic. Not great writing but great storytelling nonetheless. In that same vein, I love so many of the James Michener books. The Covenant and The Source especially.

There was so much shit going on in Dahlgren it has to be read and reread. I haven't cracked it in twenty+ years but I remember:
Kid
Denny
Lanya
George the Moon
Orchids
Scorpions

Fucking masterpiece.

Oh yeah, and another masterpiece, not sci-fi, is A Prayer For Owen Meany


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #7916205 - 01/22/08 08:26 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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The Illuminatus Trilogy was very cool.  I kind of forgot about that one.  I don't know that I learned anything other than that there are a whole shitload of conspiracy theories out there.  I thought it was tongue in cheek.  I'd prefer to keep that, by the way.  I certainly don't want to know they actually believe that shit.

Shogun also was fantastic.  Not great writing but great storytelling nonetheless.  In that same vein, I love so many of the James Michener books.  The Covenant and The Source especially.

There was so much shit going on in Dahlgren it has to be read and reread.  I haven't cracked it in twenty+ years but I remember:
Kid
Denny
Lanya
George the Moon
Orchids
Scorpions

Fucking masterpiece.

Oh yeah, and another masterpiece, not sci-fi, is A Prayer For Owen Meany





I know it's tongue in cheek.  What I meant by I learned a lot was the various incidents that the characters go through.  There's the part where one of the characters talks to HP Lovecraft.  I didn't know who that was, so I found out.  Stuff like that.  The book started me down the path towards reading better literature and becoming a more well-rounded individual, overall.  :smirk:


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: Penguarky Tunguin]
    #7916336 - 01/22/08 08:50 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I get it now.


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    #7916372 - 01/22/08 08:55 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

I feel whole now.


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Re: What's in your opinion the greatest book ever? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #7916384 - 01/22/08 08:56 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Yes! A Prayer for Owen Meany is fantastic. Who wrote Dahlgren?


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    #7916443 - 01/22/08 09:06 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Samuel R. Delany


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    #7916478 - 01/22/08 09:12 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

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