Reading Books

Apr 12, 2005 15:44 # 35142

WaStEdYoUtH *** posts about...

Seeking a new book...

So, recently I have read Dante's Divine Comedy(completely) and I finished off Crime and Punishment, along with Brothers Karanazov by Doysteyevsky. I also completed Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series and also V for Vandetta.

So, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.

A lack of preparation on your part, does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Apr 13, 2005 04:03 # 35162

Magnifico *** replies...

Re: Seeking a new book...

Well if you like Dostoievsky's style, his "Crime and Punishment" is right up your alley. It's a one of those classics that has a well-earned reputation for a reason. Isn't "V for Vendetta" a comic book series?

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Apr 13, 2005 07:52 # 35168

andromacha *** wants to know...

Re: Seeking a new book...

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So, recently I have read Dante's Divine Comedy(completely)

Dante huh? Since I am Italian, and studied that wonderful masterpiece in the detail, can I ask you in which language you read it? And if it is English or German (because I don't know your nationality), was the language structure and age respected? I mean, as you know Dante lived from 1265 to 1321, and its Divina Commedia was written for the Jubileum of 1300. Therefore the language was a vulgar (as in demotic, not as in cuss words) Italian. Therefore I was wondering how it has been translated into English or German.

1300 Italian was surely easier to understand than Old English or Mittelhoch Deutsch (obviously respectively for an Italian, an English and a German person), so I wonder what kind of difficulties you have encountered.

And also, how did you like the trilogy? My favorite is definitely the Inferno (the 1st); Purgatorio is not bad, and Paradiso is a real hell when it comes to understanding it. Because Dante's language changes in each one of the books. In the last one, he picks a very elevated language, which is sometimes hard to understand. Inferno is the easiest and the most entertaining according to me.

If you like Russian literature, you might like Pushkin (heh it's hard for me to translate cyrillic into occidental characters) or Cekov.

In case you wanted to read some English literature classics, well you only have to ask, because I am an English literature major here :P

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Apr 13, 2005 14:34 # 35175

Hawkeye *** replies...

Amiville Horror

I've heard good things about the Amiville Horror book. It is based on a true story (obviously a horror book). I haven't read it myself, but my roommate said he tried reading it and had to stop midway. Needless to say, this has me quite intregued, and I'd probably read it if I actually had time.

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Apr 13, 2005 14:46 # 35177

Orchid *** throws in her two cents...

Re: Seeking a new book...

Therefore I was wondering how it has been translated into English or German.

Well, as it concerns german, it is a really strange german. Hardly understandable but not too vulgar. Well, you could try to read it yourself in german, couldn't you? :)

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Apr 13, 2005 14:56 # 35180

andromacha *** replies...

Re: Seeking a new book...

Well, you could try to read it yourself in german, couldn't you? :)

Hey now! You are overestimating my Deutschkenntnisse! I wouldn't be that good... even if I am studing Germanic and Old German/Old English in my philology course, I don't think I would be able to make a clear sense out of the Divine Comedy in German :P

Italy no longer accepts illegal immigrants. Mr. B sink their boats!!!!!!!

Apr 13, 2005 15:41 # 35182

WaStEdYoUtH *** replies...

Re: Seeking a new book...

Well first I read the English translation by John Ciardi, but I have been studying Italian and have gotten quite good(I will be taking latin very soon) and after finishing the English version(which gave Dante's masterpiece justice to a great extent) I decided to read the Dante's.
Also, John Ciardi explains each canto thoroughly through his spectrum, which is excellent. As for my favorite piece of the trilogy, it was definitely the Inferno. But Paradiso was appealing to me because of the elevated language. All in all, this is one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read.

A lack of preparation on your part, does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Jun 02, 2005 18:18 # 36319

Melian * has a suggestion...

Re: Seeking a new book...

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Hey

If you liked the Sandman comics (wich i love by the way) i would recomend more of Neil Gaiman, espcially "Coraline", wich is a book for children, but probably will send a chill down your spine. other books by him (that are among his best from my norwegian point of view) is: "Neverwhere" and "Good omens" (with terry pratchet). If you like funny books, that also surprises (and confuses), then you really should read "The Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy" by Douglas Adams. The comicbooks called "Lucifer" are beautiful and desturbing, like Sandman, and "Preacher" is just desturbing, though facinating.(Both quite brilliant)
well, thats all i can come up with at the moment. tell me what you think, if you read any of this. good reading (and safe dreams)

from Melian

This post was edited by Melian on Jun 02, 2005.


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