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    Reading's for nerds
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    (Original post by h3rmit)
    Reading's for nerds
    Said the hermit.
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    (Original post by Nadine_08)
    Didn't read the full post but one of my fav books is A Thousand Splendid Suns.
    One of my favourite books as well :five:
    The kite runner is pretty good too
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    Don't you mean "suggestions"?

    Flatland. Not in any way what you describe, but I still recommend it.
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    (Original post by dragonzrmetal)
    Mm, it's due a re-read, I love how thick it is with symbolism, and the kinda open ending. The ending paints the beginning in a new light. Is he just a sad, old, man now? And I can't pretend not to be touched by the love story. I've lent my copy to a friend whom is reading it at the moment, and she feels completely differently about it, that his desires are simply carnal. I'm really not sure I agree, but that said, it's been a good year and a half since I read it.

    My other favourites of his are The Clockwork Bird Chronicles and South of the Border, West of the Sun. I haven't found any book of his yet that stands up to Norwegian Wood. Funny since he hates it so much, but lots of his books could have done if it weren't for all the weird incest and god-knows-what. I don't understand why Kafka on the Shore is so hyped, I found it exceedingly average, hated the main character, and thought Murakami's trademark surrealism was simply incoherent. Nakata and Hoshino's stories were the saving grace, I'd quite happily read a prequel regarding them. Actually, I've got IQ84 waiting to be read - have you read it, and if so, what do you think of it?
    No, the last one of his I read was Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, which I think is his most recent novel. I think one thing that does strike me about his work is, although it sounds obvious, how very Japanese it is. The Japenese culture and language being so different from English, I feel it's inevitable that much of the character of the work could be lost in translation. Have you seen the film of Norwegian Wood? I enjoyed it (watched in in the original Japenese with subtitles which I think was a good move), but I was really disappointed by the portrayal of Naoko, as I was so intrigued by her character, and thought she and Watanabe's relationship was pivotal to so many of the key themes of the novel. She was barely a character at all in the film, which disappointed me. No, haven't read 1Q84, might put it on the (every-growing) list though.
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    (Original post by RKD123)
    Hi all, I know this sounds very vague just to be asking for book requests but really any suggestions would be more than appreciated. I'm coming up 18, female and have loved to read for a long time. I guess I'm looking for something kind of "coming of age" ish ( or a timeless classic) without the clichés I find tend to plague teen fiction. I just have the feeling at the moment of being a bit overwhelmed by life, and I haven't been able to find solace in a good book as I have in the past- I'll outline a bit about myself and how you can help. I study sciences at school, but am intrigued by philosophy and politics. Since moving schools a year ago I've found myself a bit lonely, I've also suffered a bit with mental health problems in the past (not that this defines me, but it just is a part of who I am). My experience of life" in the stereotypical experimental teenager sense (alcohol, sex, living on the edge, being impulsive) is pretty much non-existent, mainly because I'm very self conscious. I'm quite reflective and like to read books that challenge me in some way. The books I've read in the past couple of months that I think I've enjoyed most have been The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the last book I read was The Rachel Papers by Micheal Amis. I'm interested in reading something that explores sexuality without being sleazy, if that makes sense. I'm leaving home
    in September and feel like this is a kind of turning point in my life, that I need to approach armed with some literary wisdom, or at least just having read something that makes me smile and reassures me in some way. Please- any suggestions?
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    (Original post by macromicro)
    From what you've said, I think McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ticks every single box - you might relate strongly to Mick Kelly. Skipping past those that you may have read already (Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Huckleberry Finn, etc.), I'll also add Fante's Wait Until Spring, Bandini which does not nearly get the attention it deserves, as well as Bukowski's Ham on Rye for something grittier but not yet "sleazy" (his other work arguably is, but that's part of its brilliance in my opinion). For something with a stronger philosophical/political bent, they tend to lose any coming-of-age themes but you might try Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Camus' The Stranger, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (more accessible than his other work if you are just starting out), anything by David Foster Wallace (he deals with loneliness and mental health extensively, though I wouldn't start with Infinite Jest unless you're a particularly brave soul), and of course Orwell and Huxley.
    Wow, thank you, that's a lot of suggestions. Orwell is a favourite of mine.
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    Don't you mean "suggestions"?

    Flatland. Not in any way what you describe, but I still recommend it.
    Yeah, I did mean suggestions sorry, I realised that just after I posted and felt very stupid. 😂 Maybe should learn to cope with English properly before I delve into all of these book!
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    You should read The Night Circus, its such a lovely magical book
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    Jane Eyre. It's not about sexuality, more about love, but it's not a typical romance story either. Jane is a timeless heroine.
 
 
 
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