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  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    If you're going to read Mann, Buddenbrooks.

    BTW, and totally off subject, but why is it that every second German, Russian or Scandanavian film seems to have a scene in it in which people are sitting with impassive, suffering faces, on some form of public transportation?  Piece all those scenes together, and you'd have an advert for the California way of life.
     


  2. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Very true, lol.
     


  3. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    haha, not so much concerned about the off-subject as much as I'm wondering about where that came from. [​IMG]
     


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    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    My Favoites:
    Sirens of Titan
    Slaughter House Five
    Cat's Cradle... all by Kurt Vonnegut
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    More.. I can't remember
     


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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    la guy, i haven't seen many german or russian films, as i'm partial to spanish, italian, and french cinema (i'm over my swedish/bergman phase), but where did that comment come from? i don't get it. thracozaag, was it andre gide who said, "trust those who seek truth. don't trust those who find it." i think that was the quote from truffaut's the soft skin.
     


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    Mike C. Senior member

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    No, but what's with your obsession with old money?
     


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    tattersall Senior member

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    One of my favorites - gets better the more times you read it. I particularly like the use of leitmotif for each character - so musical.

    I'll add something humorous:
    Decline and Fall, by Evelyn Waugh
     


  8. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Excellent choice. I also love Brideshead, and A Handful of Dust, along with Scoop.
     


  9. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    If you're going to read Mann, Buddenbrooks. BTW, and totally off subject, but why is it that every second German, Russian or Scandanavian film seems to have a scene in it in which people are sitting with impassive, suffering faces, on some form of public transportation? Â Piece all those scenes together, and you'd have an advert for the California way of life.
    la guy, i haven't seen many german or russian films, as i'm partial to spanish, italian, and french cinema (i'm over my swedish/bergman phase), but where did that comment come from? i don't get it. thracozaag, was it andre gide who said, "trust those who seek truth. don't trust those who find it." i think that was the quote from truffaut's the soft skin.
    I believe you're correct on that, Matador.
     


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    tattersall Senior member

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    Another Waugh fan.

    Less popular, but well-written nevertheless: "The Loved One" (excellent send-up of California, well LA) and "Black Mischief" (my favorite part was the 'Birth Control Gala').
     


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    I wasnt aware I was obsessed with Old Money. It's an interesting book that doesn't soley cover the topic of Old Money.It observes the power thats WASP had in America and why they were losing it.
     


  12. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Excellent choice. Â I also love Brideshead, and A Handful of Dust, along with Scoop.
    Another Waugh fan. Less popular, but well-written nevertheless: "The Loved One" (excellent send-up of California, well LA) and "Black Mischief" (my favorite part was the 'Birth Control Gala').
    I'll have to check out the Loved One, thanks.
     


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    "Hamlet"
     


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    If anyone here is a linguist or just interested in studying oddities of Anglophones, I suggest Crazy English by Richard Lederer. I recently read it and found it very amusing.
     


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    Matador:  With your handle, I always took you for a fan of Papa. Not surprising you like Death in the Afternoon. A fabulous piece of sports writing.
    I'm surprised no one here mentioned Graham Greene. He's like one of the most profound, prolific writers in teh English language of that last century.  Quiet American and The Comedians are two of the best, but really any of his books are great, and he wrote hundreds.
     


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