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AxmxZ


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Posted Wed May 23rd, 2007 10:58pm Post subject: favourite book
Oh bugger, I meant The Little Prince. That's the one I haven't read. The Happy Prince is exactly so damn sad.

Ok, then I have read it and rather liked it. "The Happy Prince" to me was like, watch me imitate Andersen and fall short.

In general, Wilde's prose never really caught me up thesame way his plays did. I have a conjecture that when you're a playwright by grace of God, then you're a playwright and just that, and the better playwright you are, the more frightful your prose is going to be. Wilde's prose is okay; I don't like it, but plenty of others do, so it must be at least sort of good - but Stoppard's prose is so unbearable it's actually rather fascinating. Train wrecks and industrial accidents come to mind. I wonder if that means Stoppard is the better playwright... (Although who could be capable of delivering a sound judgement of that is sort of an open question. Too bad Stephen isn't around to throw his tuppence in.)

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Daria


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Posted Thu May 24th, 2007 7:28pm Post subject: favourite book
[quote="Soupy Twist
Have a look here.[/quote]

This was my first favourite author. I absolutely loved and feared the tripods when I was young. But I also read the other books dozens of times.

I have never managed to read his books he has written under his other pseudonyms. Tell me, have you ever read his books for adults?

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Aoibheann


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Posted Thu May 24th, 2007 8:15pm Post subject: favourite book
Tripod? Thats the name of a club in Dublin City.. what a night club aswell..

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Daria


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Posted Thu May 24th, 2007 8:19pm Post subject: favourite book
Tripod? Thats the name of a club in Dublin City.. what a night club aswell..

Believe me, these tripods are very very big

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Anonymous


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Posted Thu May 24th, 2007 11:24pm Post subject: favourite book
Soupy Twist recommended The Tripods? I'd never have supsected her of it.

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Fri May 25th, 2007 7:57am Post subject: favourite book
Soupy Twist recommended The Tripods? I'd never have supsected her of it.
I didn't, mostly because I've never read The Tripods

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Daria


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Posted Fri May 25th, 2007 7:12pm Post subject: favourite book

I didn't, mostly because I've never read The Tripods

That´s a big mistake.

Can you recommend some of his other books. What are they like, what genre...?

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Fri May 25th, 2007 8:10pm Post subject: favourite book

I didn't, mostly because I've never read The Tripods

That´s a big mistake.

Can you recommend some of his other books. What are they like, what genre...?

*scratches head in confuzzlement* Right now I'm confused and not entirely sure who exactly you are talking about. You quoted me with a link that refers to an old thread on Harry Mulisch's The Discovery of Heaven and the film based on this novel. So are you talking about Harry Mulisch or Samuel Youd / John Christopher, author of The Tripods?

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Daria


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Posted Fri May 25th, 2007 8:27pm Post subject: favourite book
Now you have baffled me. Followed your link again and it doesn´t get me where I thought it would be

I must have screwed up sth. Too many things doing at the same time that day, too many tabs open ?!?
- What about women and multitasking Seems that this doesn´t work with me

Sorry, just forget it

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Sat Jun 2nd, 2007 5:10pm Post subject: favourite book
Sometimes I think I'm the only person who's never read:

The Happy Prince
A Harry Potter novel
Anything by Paolo Coelho

Don't worry I haven't read The Little Prince or anything by Paolo Coelho either. I haven't heard of either.

I've read Harry Potter and The Happy Prince though. I love the HP series and I loved Oscar Wilde's children stories when I was a child before I'd even heard of him. I really like The Soul of Man Under Socialism, The Picture of Dorian Grey and his plays as well. Didn't enjoy that piece he wrote about the Sonnets though.

I still haven't read the Hitchhiker's books. I've seen the old BBC tv series and loved it and keep meaning to get round to reading the books. For anyone who's really into sci-fi comedy I highly recommend the Red Dwarf books by Grant Naylor and Rob Grant. Very entertaining reads and quite different to the tv series in that they take different directions in the storyline and character development and they expand on some of the tv storylines and make them more interesting.

Assuming direct control...

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Frylu


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Posted Mon Jun 11th, 2007 4:02pm Post subject: favourite book
You didn`t hear of this books?ß
well I`m jiggered .

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SlowBlackCrowBlack


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Posted Sat Jun 23rd, 2007 4:35pm Post subject: favourite book
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. I also really love his first book, Poor Folk. In fact I like most of his books. If poetry books count as well then Boudelaire's Fleurs du mal and Blake's The book of Thel are simply amazing. I would love a copy of The book of Thel with the pictures in, sadly I'm poor. Perhaps I will go ask the mole afterall.

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Lorna


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Posted Sun Jul 1st, 2007 7:25pm Post subject: favourite book
The Happy Prince is just so darn sad!!! :'(

this reminds me of a book my dad got me when i was little, The Little Prince? has a boy standing on a moon thing on the cover...
that and The Velvatine Rabbit. he bought that for me too... still have them. they are 2 of my most prised books even though Ive been bought alot over the years.

Both these book are so lovely, but I had trouble when I read them to my children, because my throat would choke up, and the tears begin. I did not want to embarrass my children by crying, but it was a hard as trying not to laugh in church! The same for the last Winnie the Pooh book, the one where Christopher Robin is going off to school.
I loved reading Beatrix Potter's books to my children. My oldest son would convulse with laughter when he was three as I would read in Mrs. Tittlemouse the part when she offers her uninvited guest, Mr. Toad, a snack of thistle-down seed -' "Tiddly, widdly, widdly! Pouff, pouff, puff!" said Mr. Jackson. He blew the thistle-down all over the room.'
But as for 'grown-up' books, whatever Wodehouse book I happen to be reading at any given time is my favorite book - though I like Stephen Fry's writing very much indeed.

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Anonymous


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Posted Sun Jul 1st, 2007 9:25pm Post subject: favourite book
I read The House At Pooh Corner 8 years ago, just before Moab Is My Washpot in fact. The last story is so sad.

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Lorna


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Posted Sun Jul 1st, 2007 10:38pm Post subject: favourite book
I read The House At Pooh Corner 8 years ago, just before Moab Is My Washpot in fact. The last story is so sad.

Yes it is. Especially since the very first time I read it was when I was reading it aloud to my youngest son who was five. His elder brother was away at college and I missed him very much. I barely managed to finish the words aloud, then had to hold in til my son ran out to play! :'(
Most of the books I read to my children aloud was the first reading for me, my own childhood being rather deprived. But see, our time machine works already, because the child in me was stil alive and well, able to enjoy all the stories right along with my children as I read them aloud.
One of our forum posters has a cool signature talking about a prayer being heard, and wondering then where is his million and his pony? I firmly believe that mine are yet to come!


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