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06-06-2016 01:39 AM
neni Endurance by Alfred Lansing.
It's the story about the intended South Pole expedition of Shakelton in 1914 which went wrong as the ship got beset and crushed in pack ice. The author had interviewed the survivors and read their diaries to authentically depict their erratic drift on the pack ice and their struggles to survive and escape for over a year - including the polar night with months without any daylight. Very impressive book! Imagine the cold, the dark, the hunger... I can hardly imagine what will a human being must have to endure such situations.

Even the story of the book itself has its tragedy (given by the recent print version with an introdiction by Nathaniel Philbrick) as it was first published in '59 and got hardly recognized cos ppl in that Sputnik era were not interested into icy adventures (outer space became the thing of interest) and the book was out of print till mid 80ties. Being re-printed in an era now where ppl began to have an interest into such adventure/survival stories (Krakauers Into thin Air or Jungers The Perfect Storm were published soon after), it began to climb in the bestseller list. However, the author didn't live to see the final great success of his book as he died before.

If you read similar books (adventure/survival/sailor stories), I'd be interested, as I meanwhile learned quite some nautic lingo after reading The Old Man and the Sea and Moby Dick in English
02-03-2015 06:02 PM
Originally Posted by Deus View Post
Here's a short list of my "must read"s:
Thanks a lot for this interesting list, I know half of them, 'll add the others to my next order.

Love Gogol n Dostojewski... especially Dead Souls of the forner and Crime and Punishment are of the later are anong my favourite Russian books. Tho... I never finished The Idiot, dunno, that one never cought... I may give it a second chance.
By looking at your list, I think, you'd like the Kolyma Tales by Shalamov. I've read the German translation... don't know how the English one is, but the German one was impressive - content and language wise.
02-03-2015 03:11 PM
Deus Here's a short list of my "must read"s:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu: I've read it maybe 10 times. Every time, it inspires new ideas. a must read for anyone who has to have a strategy in life (especially if you're holding a kind of a managerial position in your job).

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick: a great fiction book. It asks so many philosopical questions: How do you know you're human? what is the difference between being a humand and an android (machine)? Would you realize if you were not human but an android?

Neil Gaiman - American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere (especially brits should read this) Sandman (This is a comic series). Gaiman is a great author and I love his storytelling.

Anything Jorge Louis Borges wrote. especially A Universal History of Iniquity and The Book of Sand.

Hunger by Knut Hamsun. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun. His way of writing is so vivid, you can feel every detail that his characters feel. Let me tell you, it doesn't do good while you're reading Hunger.

Richard Feynman - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: one of the funniest autobiographies I've read, by a Nobel lauriette / trickster / bongo player / professional painter / Rio Carnival dancer / physics professor / and so on...

Speaking of biographies, you should read "Casanova, Stendhal, Tolstoy: Master Builders of the Spirit: Adepts in Self-Portraiture" by Stefan Zweig. It is a critic about three autobiographies by three brilliant men: Casanova, who wrote the most honest autobiography in the world (yes, he was a real person who really lived. Don Juan is fiction), Stendhal, who was the biggest lier and Tolstoy, who was the greatest self-critic.

If you're into middle-eastern poetry, you should read Rumi. he was a great humanitarian / philosopher.

even if you're not into middle-eastern poetry, you should read Hayyam: a great philosopher, who loved God and wine equally. He wrote short poems, you should be able to find some samples in interwebz.

Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Science Fiction and fun. but mostly fun.

1984 by George Orwell & Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: best dystopias I've read.

I've also read some Russian classics but most important ones are The Brothers of Karamazov, The Idiot and Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevski and The Overcoat by Gogol (a short story)

Two American classics: Grapes of Wrath & Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
02-03-2015 02:07 PM
JH84 It's been a year or so since I've even picked up a book. I'll have to check out some of the ones posted on this thread.

Here's some of my favorite books/Authors that I've read in the last couple years.

Travels with Charley - Steinbeck
Education of a wandering man - Louis L'amour
World War Z
Hunter S Thompson
02-03-2015 01:54 PM
boarderaholic Started reading The Wolf of Wall Street just for shits and giggles, and I'm honestly not sure how to feel about it...
10-30-2014 02:25 AM
scotty100 Some authors that spring to mind:

Zadie Smith
Haruki murakami
John le carre
Kaz Ishiguro
Joshua Ferris
Gary shteyngart
Juno Diaz
Martin Amis

So many more...
10-30-2014 02:22 AM

Originally Posted by TimelessDescent View Post
One book/books I would have liked to have read before seeing the movie was Lord of the Rings. I have been told the books are very good...but not sure if it would be worth reading them as much now due to me automatically visualing and identifying with the movies. This happened to me when trying to read the book Dances with Wolves after watching the movie. I got past maybe the first 30 pages and visualized everything I had already seen. It was disappointing.
problem identified/mystery solved

I forgot how to read this year.
10-30-2014 02:17 AM
Originally Posted by neni View Post
Let me hear about your favorite books!

Tit for tat… some books I

Some great novels from this side of the pond
- The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke; some hate it due to the breathless style of writing. I was deeply touched by that one. The author is using the lack of punctuation get you caught up in the emotion of that family. Brilliant. One of my all-time favorites
- Brother Sleep by Robert Schneider; read that one on a storm day locked in in the alpine cabin not daring to light a fire with the Foehn storm wind howling with 120km/h around the 200y old icy cold cabin, which gave kind of the perfect atmosphere for this novel settled in the Austrian Alps.
- City of Thieves by David Benioff; again Russia, this time fiction, but I dare to think, it's not that fictional... a page turner
- All Quiet on the Western Front by E. M. Remarque – Germany, WW1. A classic.
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – Germany, after WW2
- Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt; humorous insights into a chil
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks; you wouldn’t imagine what weird neurological disorders exist…
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson; a lighthearted journey thru the history of science and with some hilarious scientists portrays and fails.
City of thieves is a great read. Ditto oliver sacks and Remarque.
10-29-2014 11:54 PM
TimelessDescent One book/books I would have liked to have read before seeing the movie was Lord of the Rings. I have been told the books are very good...but not sure if it would be worth reading them as much now due to me automatically visualing and identifying with the movies. This happened to me when trying to read the book Dances with Wolves after watching the movie. I got past maybe the first 30 pages and visualized everything I had already seen. It was disappointing.
10-29-2014 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post

-The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson(true story about America's most prolific[killed between 50 and 300 ppl] and little-known serial killer whose rampage coincided with the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1918, very interesting read, parallels the story of the architect of the fair and the murderer)
h. h. holmes, right? i'm not much of a reader but i like reading about true crime but i've never read that book. i've heard of it though. a while ago i read this book called 'Mindhunter' by John Douglas. great book. i also have the 2 books that Robert Graysmith wrote on the zodiac killer. i still haven't gotten very far into the first one though.

i also read the Weird NJ magazines and books.
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