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    (Original post by MattG)
    http://nweb.pct.edu/homepage/staff/e...anon/Begin.htm

    something to start with.

    i have these aspirations, i say i wil stop eating chocalate, take up running and do more press ups/sit ups/go to the gym. same with learning a language...

    it never happens :sniff: my motivational skills are appalling
    see now that is never the problem with me - with regard to the physical side - i am now a fruitarian (for spiritual reasons) and i keep in good physical shape by working out - but i can never carry through these good intentions to the desk where i read my books - grrr.... my brilliant mind is being laid to waste by the infuriating games i play and hours spent on the blasted internet :mad:
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    (Original post by ZJuwelH)
    The books are better, especially The Bellmaker, I want to set sail in a massive ocean now, sounds fun!
    well, her reads the book word for word on the tape, so i fail to see how they can be 'better'
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    (Original post by Tinykates)
    well, her reads the book word for word on the tape, so i fail to see how they can be 'better'
    Oh I see, the book on tape! I thought you meant the Channel 5 cartoonisation...
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)
    see now that is never the problem with me - with regard to the physical side - i am now a fruitarian (for spiritual reasons) and i keep in good physical shape by working out - but i can never carry through these good intentions to the desk where i read my books - grrr.... my brilliant mind is being laid to waste by the infuriating games i play and hours spent on the blasted internet :mad:
    yeah i hate the internet in that respect...wasting time....there is so much tho, i spend all my time on a few websites when i could research interesting things.....bah teenage years....

    i do press ups/sits ups....but ive given up during the holidays along with everything else....i was doing 100 press ups a night in my heyday...not any more

    i read lots of books tho. one thing im good at
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)
    this is all sounding pretty good - anyone ever read - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - recommended to me but never got round to reading it
    Brave New World is a must read amazing book

    Novels
    • Wuthering Heights
    • Lullaby
    • Survivor (amazing)
    • Brave New World
    • 1984
    • Catch 22
    • Catcher in the Rye
    • Eats, shoots and leaves!
    • Life of Pi
    • The Divine Comedy
    • Heart of Darkness
    Plays
    • Samuel Beckett - Complete Works
    • Tom Stoppard (both great absurdist drama people)
    • Shakespeare
    • Hay Fever (funny play)
    Poetry
    • Shakespeare
    • John Donne (both his earlier work + holy sonnets)
    • e.e. cummings
    • T.S. Eliot
    • Keats
    Theres some suggestions Kurdt! You looking just toward the English Lit side of things or going to branch into philosophy/politics? If you are, give me a message on msn i'll give you some more titles for those.
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    thank you all kindly for your worthy suggestions!!! - brilliant - i have a full summer of reading ahead i suppose
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    I never really got into Brick Lane even though it's quite highly recommended. Catcher in the Rye is a good book as is 1984.
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    (Original post by me!)
    I never really got into Brick Lane even though it's quite highly recommended. Catcher in the Rye is a good book as is 1984.
    Wahey Brick Lane! My dad owns two (one more soon) restaurants there, I lived there 9 years...

    You mean Monica Ali's book right? My brother's reading that :rolleyes:

    And what kind of name is Monica Ali, she ain't mixed race is she?
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    (Original post by XTinaA)
    Wahey Brick Lane! My dad owns two (one more soon) restaurants there, I lived there 9 years...

    You mean Monica Ali's book right? My brother's reading that :rolleyes:

    And what kind of name is Monica Ali, she ain't mixed race is she?
    Yep I mean Monica Ali's book, I kinda had to force myself to read it, if you know what I mean, like some books you can just read, but this one I can't seem too...

    I don't know if she's mixed race, but I do know she was born in Dhaka. Are Sonia and Natasha Indian names?
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)

    But then I would like some 20th Century suggestions from around the world - heard something about The Brothers Karamazov (sp.) and having read the reviews i was intrigued - but please - purely classic 20th century stuff like 1984 and the aforementioned...
    I think I suggested The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky :cool:
    Other books you might want to look out for include J.D. Salinger -The Catcher in the Rye, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings OR FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - E.HEMINGWAY - such a beautiful book
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    (Original post by me!)
    Yep I mean Monica Ali's book, I kinda had to force myself to read it, if you know what I mean, like some books you can just read, but this one I can't seem too...

    I don't know if she's mixed race, but I do know she was born in Dhaka. Are Sonia and Natasha Indian names?
    Not by a long way , but you do find these days that parents of the sub-continent are giving their kids more English names. I know two Bengali guys named "Russell" :rolleyes:

    Hell I don't really mind, I'm calling my son Byron
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    Also the Colour Purple is meant to be good.
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    (Original post by waiting2smile)
    I think I suggested The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky :cool:
    Other books you might want to look out for include J.D. Salinger -The Catcher in the Rye, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings OR FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - E.HEMINGWAY - such a beautiful book
    Thank you - but in fact my former English teacher has just finished reading it yet again and recommended i read it this week - and so i shall be discussing it with him and other English teachers next week at a discussion group/seminar to wind down the year as it were - thus far it has been rather slow and perhaps overlong in parts but the storyline is quite compelling - hmm who did it? lol - i have read To Kill A Mockingbird which i then eventually studied at GCSE and i thought that was rather good actually - Atticus was full of surprises and the book encapsulated how first impressions can be very deceiving in all manners of ways - but thank you for your suggestions - Hemingway is a renowned writer and I shall take your advice on that one - didnt you also recommend books called 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'The Edible Woman' by Margaret Atwood? (not sure of authoress' name there)
 
 
 
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