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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Saturday, 29th December 2012

    Hello everyone!

    The last weeks I found more time again to read books ... unfortunately in my daily life I have not enough time for it. So I think it would be very interesting, if we can share our favorite books or thoughts about, even unloved books smiley - biggrin

    At the moment I read "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett.
    It's a very interesting book about five families about the time around 1910 until the time after World War I. It explains a lot about life and society at that time.

    and now I'm looking forward to a lively discussion ...

    best regards
    Lena


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    Posted by AnAgwgos (U15554415) on Sunday, 30th December 2012

    Hi Lena/ Loreley!

    Nice topic.

    My favourite poets (at the moment) are Charles Bukowski, T.S Eliot and George Seferis.
    My favourite authors (again; at the moment) are Graham Green, Tom Robbins, James Joyce and Hemingway.

    If given the chance, I will read "Fall of Giants"- it seems really interesting.

    best regards
    Anagwgos.

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Sunday, 30th December 2012

    Hi Anagwgos ( ... very interesting name ...)

    if you have survived "Ulysses" you will survive everything smiley - biggrin

    Tom Robbins I didn't know, but after a short recherche his books seem to be very interesting, funny and entertaining. By Graham Greene I read some time ago "The End of the Affair" - a very stirring book.

    best wishes
    Lena

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    Posted by AnAgwgos (U15554415) on Sunday, 30th December 2012

    Hi Lena,

    Well, I am sure that James Joyce is by far more difficult to read in English. I chose the easy way and read a translation. I will have to agree with you, though, that once you've read "Ulysses", you know that there is nothing you cannot do. smiley - smiley
    People say, however, that "Finnegans Wake" is the strangest book he had ever written- this is also the reason why it has not been- yet- translated in my native language. Unfortunately, I have not tried to read it in order to form an opinion of my own but, given the opportunity, I plan to do so.

    Anagwgos is not my name, it's just a nickname which sounds like "anagogos"; I'm glad you find it interesting. In my mother tongue it has many a meaning and I use it with the most uncommon one.

    Do you like poetry? I am reading a collection of poems by Finnish poets at the moment and I find it really interesting.

    take care
    Stathis (my name)

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    Posted by zek (U15210256) on Sunday, 30th December 2012

    My favourite book is of course "Holly Quran" which is The Words of Almighty God...
    And it is certain that God talks to us through Holly Quran...
    And then, my second favourite book is "risale-i Nur" which is a commentary of Quran and mentions the real about "The Truth of The Universe"...

    Regards, Zek...

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Sunday, 30th December 2012

    Hi Stathis,

    of course I know, that „Anagwgos” is just a nickname smiley - biggrin, and it is nearly impossible to spell it out. Since five minutes I have a knot in my tongue smiley - biggrin

    I thought so, that you had read „Ulysses” not in English, but in your native language. But I think I wouldn't survive to read this in my native language. Many years ago I tried to read some parts of it, but I lost the patience to continue. But if you like Irish writers – what about Oscar Wilde? His works are very fascinating. „The Picture of Dorian Gray” is maybe one of the best books I ever read. (I think, I have written in another tread here already about it …) And his plays are such a mirror of life and society, that they are modern at all times - „The Importance of Being Earnest” for example.

    I don't know any Finish poets, sorry. Would you like to tell me more about them? But I like Scandinavian crime literature very much. These books aren't just crime stories, but tell social stories with all the shadows of life and social as well as political problems.

    Best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by AnAgwgos (U15554415) on Thursday, 3rd January 2013

    Hi Lena! (and everyone else)

    Happy new year!

    I like Oscar Wilde a lot. His writing definitely has some wit. I have also read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and I loved it. I like your observation on his plays (being society's mirror) which made me think of Vladimir Mayakovsky's phrase: "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it", with which I totally agree.

    I don't know much about Finnish poets, too. I have just found a Finnish poems collection in university's library and I loved it.

    I made an attempt to translate one of my favorite poems, "Tillkortakommanden" by Claes Andersson from Greek (my native language) to English here, in a previous post, but it seems that- somehow- this is a violation of the copyright rules and thus my message was removed.
    I cannot see the reason, really, as I merely translated a small part of the poem, all on my own, while I clearly refer to its creator.
    Anyway, I guess that translating a poem from Greek to English, which was previously, originally translated from Finnish to Greek might alter that poem's original form, atmosphere and meaning far too much.

    So, where are you from? Who is your favorite author/ poet from your country?

    best regards
    Stathis.

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    Posted by Damian (U15455745) on Friday, 4th January 2013

    Hello everybody,
    whats a nice topic.
    When I read in English I try to find always something what its readable for me.
    It’s quite difficult to find something and understand it.

    By the way The Boy in the striped pajamas written by John Boyne, was really good form me.
    In one hand readable and the second hand nice plot.

    Do you have some titles for people who don’t as excellent with reading in english as others.

    Keep well
    Damian from Poland

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Friday, 4th January 2013

    Hi Stathis,

    I hope you have had a good start for the New Year – best wishes !

    ...Vladimir Mayakovsky's phrase: "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it" 

    … oh yeh, these words are really great! I have read some works of Majakowski during my schooltime, but I can't rember a lot. Russian writers were very popular during my schooltime … like Puschkin, Dostojewski, Tolstoi … „White Nights” by Dostojewski is a beautiful small novelle, what I liked very much.

    Do you really think, that you attempt of translation of a poems was cancelled because of copyrights? Maybe MB is not ready yet for Finish poems smiley - winkeye

    I'm from Germany, the so-called „Land of Poets and Thinkers” … what a chliché smiley - biggrin
    One of my favorite classic writers is Heinrich Heine. His ballade „A Winter's tale” is maybe the best work, what was ever written about Germany. It's „lightly”, with a lot of sarcasm and fine irony. It was written in 1844, when Germany was in a pre-revolutionary time; there you can find many references to German history and culture. For a long time Heinrich Heine lived in France and his view on his "old" homecountry is full of sarcasm and ironie, but also brilliancy. I would like to present one of my favorite verses:

    I know the tune, I know the words,
    I also know every author;
    I know they secretly drank wine,
    While publicly preaching water.

    This is for us Germans a saying ... If you want to describe the perfidiousness and dishonesty of a person you quote this vers. It is a accusation against the priests and church at that time ... they preached of drink water because of the glory of poverty and backdoor they drank wine and lead a good life. This ballade is full of such glimpses and for a long time the Germans didn't have a good relationship to Heine, because he showed them a mirror of their life, he spoke out many uncomfortable – but true – thoughts.

    What writer is very popular in Greece these days? I don't know many Greek writers … I only know (except Homer of course … what a chliché …) Apostolos Doxiadis. He has written a very fascinating book about mathematics. But this is not great literatur smiley - biggrin

    have a nice evening
    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Friday, 4th January 2013

    Hi Damian,

    nice to meet you smiley - smiley

    For a long time I have read so-called simplefied "English Readers" for English learners. This was a good start to learn to communicate if it is not possible to speak with someone.

    My Experience:
    Newspapers are not suited for English learners, because the style and many words and phrases a difficult to understand.
    Books by Isabel Allende for youth are very practical to read and the topics are interesting smiley - smiley
    „City of Beasts”, „Forest of the Pygmies”, „Kingdom of the Golden Dragon”

    There are in Poland be-lingual books in English and Polish? I mean, in these books you have on the left side the original English text and on the right side the translated Polish text. These books are very helpful, because you can read fluently without to look in dictionary all the time.

    If you like crime stories ... Sherlock Holmes is some readable smiley - smiley

    Have fun smiley - smiley
    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Tatyana (U15560149) on Friday, 4th January 2013

    Hello to everyone!!

    I'm a newcomer, and I'm so glad that the first topic I came across here is dedicated to books. You know that there's a widespread opinion that nowadays people read less than our ansectors and reading is slowly dying in our world. Hope time shows this idea is absolutely wrong!

    I can't help saying that I'm so pleased to see names of Russin writers - I'm from Russia myself, and it's always nice to understand that culture of your homeland finds a broad response among people from all over the world.

    I see one of the last mentioned subjects was German literature. I'd also like to comment on this: I truly think that Remark is one of the best writers ever. His novels are so poignant, so touching...

    It''s a pity but I'm not very well familiar with works of Heinrich Heine. I Think that I should improve the situation in the nearest future!

    BR,
    Tatyana

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    Posted by AnAgwgos (U15554415) on Friday, 4th January 2013

    Hi Lena!

    I like the Russian authors and poets a lot. I also like the German culture. I have been studying the German language for 7 years. It is a difficult language though, and hence I am not very good at it.
    I really like your language and your history, as well as your poets and thinkers and I really want to travel to Germany some day.
    I am familiar with Heinrich Heine's work (because of my love for Karl Marx).
    I read "Deutschland- Ein Wintermährchen" some years ago and I really liked it. I also like Bertolt Brecht very much. He is one my favorites of all times. Many of his poems are translated in Greek and they have also become songs and there are many people singing them.
    Of course, I also like Goethe (who doesn't?) and there is also Michael Ende- one of my personal favorites, too.
    I am a bit surprised that you know Doxiadis. He is mainly famous for "Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture" as well as the "Logicomix". I read them some years ago and I enjoyed them. Mathematics is one of my favorite subjects.

    I am sure that the moderator removed my post due to copyright restrictions, I was sent an e-mail about that. It doesn't matter, really. It's just a pity because it was a beautiful poem.

    It is not easy for me to tell who are the most popular writers/poems in Greece these days, but I can tell you who my favorite contemporary ones are.

    So, some of my favorite Greek writers are:
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Nikos Nikolaidis (who is also a film director), Menelaos Lountemis, Antonis Samarakis, Alexandros Papadiamantis, Thanasis Valtinos, Iakobos Kampanelis, Vassilis Vassilikos, Angelos Terzakis, Dido Sotiriou, Giannis Skarimpas, Ioannis Psycharis, Dimitris Psathas, Stratis Myrivilis, Maro Douka, Emmanuel Rhoides, Manos Kontoleon.

    and some of my favorite Greek poets are:
    Constantine P. Cavafy, Giorgos Seferis, Odysseas Elytis, Kostas Karyotakis, Miltos Sachtouris, Nikos Kavvadias, Yiannis Ritsos, Manolis Anagnostakis, Kostis Palamas, Nikos Gatsos, Andreas Embirikos, Nikos Engonopoulos, Nanos Valaoritis, Dionysios Solomos, Kleitos Kyrou, Michalis Katsaros.

    Maybe these are many names but I suppose that it will not be easy to find German or English translations for most of them, so I tried to give you many options, in case you are interested.

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Saturday, 5th January 2013

    Hello Tatyana,

    nice to meet you and welcome on MB smiley - smiley

    I agree with you, that sometimes you could think, that nowadays people read less than the generations befor us. I think, books and literature open a door to other cultures and to different thoughs about the world. And I don't think, that the printed books one day will be displaced by E-books. If I'm reading I want to feel the paper, smell the printing ink and I want to turn over side by side. And I can't imagine to read and enjoy a faboulus book with a comuter in my hand! smiley - biggrin

    You mentioned Erich-Maria Remarque. Oh yeah … he is really great!
    Do you know „Arc de Triomphe”? This book I have read tree or four times already, and every time I find new things in the behaviour of the protagonists. And all the time they are drinking Calvados smiley - biggrin But after reading about the destiny of the two lovers I needed a drink also …

    On of my favorite books by Russian writers is „Anna Karenina” - I'm reading this book during the last years time by time, but it's impossible to finish it! After a few pages I realize the complexness of the play, the many different protagonists and so on … but one day I will bring it to an end. smiley - smiley

    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Tatyana (U15560149) on Saturday, 5th January 2013

    Hello, Lena!

    Thank you for greetings!

    I'm absolutely agree with you regarding printed books. I have bought PocketBook last year but still can't get used to it, Naturally, it's very convenient to have several books in one (especially while travelling), but to tell you the truth, none of the books which I read using E-book impressed me. Maybe, it is influence of computer? smiley - winkeye

    Yes, I've read „Arc de Triomphe”, but only once. My favourite one is "The Night in Lisbon". Also very sad and disturbing. I even tried to read it in German, but my language skills are not good enough for such heroic deed smiley - smiley

    Good luck with "Anna Karenina"! smiley - smiley
    We are in anticipation of the movie with Keira Knightley and Jude Law: it will be soon released in Russia. I can't say that I was very inspired by trailer, but still think it's worth of seeing.

    BR,
    Tatyana

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Sunday, 6th January 2013

    Hi Stathis,

    Congratulation, that you have learned the German language for 7 years smiley - smiley And it's not a disgrace to say, that you have had difficulties to use this language. I have learned Russian in school for 6 years, but until today I have forgotten everything. Sometimes I think, this learning was wasted time; within these hours I should have done something else! smiley - biggrin

    I'm suprised, that you have read „Deutschland – Ein Wintermärchen”, so you can understand my fondness of this ballade and Heinrich Heine.
    But seemingly I'm one of a few people, who don't like Goethe. I don't know why, but from my point of view he personify all the conservatism of his time. Nevertheless I like his „Faust”! This work remember on Dorian Gray; in a certain manner. Both men want to get all the best in their life and have to pay a high price. The temptation of Faust - to make a pact with the devil in order to get everything - is a small idea, which is inside of every human; it is a seduction. And so „Faust” is real modern, no, modern is not the right word for it … it is quite timeless and a parable for the rise and fall of a human or a social society and understandeble all over the world.

    "Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture"   this is the book which I menat. It tells a lot about mathematics and lot about human thinking and the ambition to solve an unsolvable problem. Maybe the prime numbers are be destined to bring forward the matematical understanding without to come to an end (I know, this is complicated expressed, but I think you understand …) To the same category belongs „Pi” … in school we learned 3,14 is enough for calculation a circle, but behind this simple number is hidden a much greater theory. Do you know the poem „Near a Raven” by Mike Keith? This poem he has adapted by E.A. Poe, and is a mnemonic rhyme to learn by heart a lot of decimal places of Pi. Here you can see the beauty of poesie in connection with mathematics.

    I think it would be a certain time to make a recherche about all your written Greeck writers, thanks for it. I don't want to commend your list, because I don't know any of them. But after my recherche I can say you more smiley - smiley maybe I can find a German translation / Literary Criticism of one or two of the named writers.

    Best wishes
    Lena

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Sunday, 6th January 2013

    Hello Tatyana,

    I'm glad to see, that we both like Remarque smiley - smiley „The Night in Lisbon” I have read also, and this book is great too. What I like at our both books is, that they speak a clear speech … nothing is varnished or veiled with florid phrases. Everything seems to be real.

    You tried to read this book in German? Very nice smiley - smiley I leared Russian in school but I forgot everything smiley - sadface

    Maybe you read it firstly in Russian and afterwards in German; than you will understand the German version better smiley - smiley I do this sometimes; if I like a book in German translation very much (and I suppose, that I will understand the English version) I buy it in English too. Of course you can't read both version at the same time, because sometimes a translation is very different from the original – but this is a good way to try to read an original.

    Do you know „The Painted Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham? At first I saw the movie, after it I read the German translation and then the English original. But I had to look in the dictionary many, many times smiley - winkeye

    Thank you for your good wishes for „Anna Karenina” smiley - smiley Maybe now is a good point of time for continiue to read this book because of the new film adaption. The trailer inspired me to watch the film, but only for one single reason: the whole movie is like a play on stage, everything acts on several stages … this makes me curious. But Keira Knightley can never be an actress who can embody Anna Karenina! smiley - winkeye

    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Giuseppe (U15564073) on Sunday, 6th January 2013

    Hi Lena,
    my favorite book is "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.Tolkien.
    Now i'm reading "The power ok Kabblah" by Yehuda Berg. I have read half of the book and I can say that is a very interesting book.
    I'd like to like "Fall of Giants" too. I have read some nice reviews and I'm curious about it.
    So I'll put it in my list of "must read book".
    I appreciate if you let me known if the novel or fantasy prevails on historical facts.
    Thanks.

    Best Regards.
    Giuseppe

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    Posted by Tatyana (U15560149) on Sunday, 6th January 2013

    Good evening!

    Yes, I learned German at school and university, but it was second foreign language after English, that's why I (and also my teachers) paid to it less attention. It's a pity but I begin to forget all the things I knew because of lack of practice. Every year I promise myself to resume my German lessons, but these promises are still promises smiley - sadface

    I'm rather surprised that you learned Russian at school smiley - smiley I always admire people who are brave enough to study my native language because it's so complicated, even for us smiley - smiley

    As for „The Painted Veil”, it's one of my favourite books (and movies as well). I adore English literature, and Somerset Maugham is included in my top list of English writers.
    If I touch upon English literature, who are your favourite English writers?
    For me it's so difficult to choose one name: I am absorbed by books of Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Charles Diсkens, Evelyn Waugh, P.G. Wodehouse and so many others. My last discovery is Archibald Kronin: his works are deep and brilliant, but unfortunately his name is not so well-known for audience. Have you read his novels?

    I totally agree with you regarding Keira Knightley. I was extremely surprised by casting, especially taken in consideration my attachment to old russian movie filmed in 1960s. But we all have different perception of books and their characters, and it's always very interesting to know other opinions even if it's opposite to yours. So, I'm ready to see Joe Wright's adaptation smiley - smiley

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Monday, 7th January 2013

    Hello Guiseppe,

    nice to meet you smiley - smiley

    Did you really read „Lord of the Rings” from the first to the final page of the book? Wow, that's great! For me this book has too many pages, definitely! But I like the idea of this fantastic world.

    Do you mean, if „Fall of Giants” is a book with more fantasy or more fiction, I understand right? Well, it is not fantasy, but fiction; but fiction in a historical context. So you can find historical persons like King George or Chirchill.

    Best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Wednesday, 9th January 2013

    Hello Tatyana,

    … in school Russian was the first foreign language, after it we learned English. Russian is a really difficult language, sorry, but I had sometimes nightmares in school because of the complicacy. But I can still read some of the Cyrillic letters smiley - smiley

    Do you like „The Painted Veil” too? Very nice smiley - smiley When I read it the first time I didn't like Walter Fane's aloofness and Kitty's flippancy, but after a while I could understand better the both characters.

    I never heard about Archibald Kronin and I haven't found not many German translations. Regarding English literature I have one favorite definitely: Jane Austen. Some people say, that she wrote just for women, but that's a mistake. She wrote so much about her time and her society, that you can imagine the „real” life at that time. One of my favorites of her is „Pride and Prejudice”. This book is quite timeless; every generation can find things it it, which touch the heart and soul and give an understanding for the interactions between men and woman, parents and children and the whole society.

    Maybe you have read in one of my previous posts – I like Oscar Wilde very much also. His personalty and his work, especially „Dorian Gray” is very great and timeless also.

    Do you know the film adaption of „Anna Karenina” with Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean? This was a real tragic film and you can feel the love, pain and inner conflict of the protagonists. Maybe Keira Knightly and Jude Law will do a good job too smiley - smiley

    best regards
    Lena


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    Posted by Tatyana (U15560149) on Thursday, 10th January 2013

    Hi, Lena!

    Please do not apologize: believe me, only Russian could understand how difficult Russian language for foreigner is. We ourselves are so often lost in its countless rules and exceptions smiley - smiley

    I'm very pleased that you also share my love for Jane Austen's novels. I fell in love with Mr.Darcy when I was 13 smiley - winkeye I has read all her books ever since. I absolutely disagree with people who think about Austen's books as of silly romances for spinsters. In my opinion, if they consider that these novels are only about love, they simply have not read them smiley - smiley You are so right about reflection of those times in her books. And what I especially appreciate about Jane Austen's novels is her mild sence of humour: some of her heroes and situations they get into are so funny.

    It's very difficult to choose the favorite book of Austen: they all are so different and great. But still I think that my favourite novel is "Persuasion": how many times I reread the letter from Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot...smiley - winkeye

    I know about the film mentioned in your post, but I haven't seen it.

    So many movies to see, so many books to read....Wish it would be more than 24 hours a day smiley - smiley


    BR, Tatyana

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    Posted by Damian (U15455745) on Thursday, 17th January 2013

    Hello Lena,
    thanks you for your answer and I’m sorry to answer so far.

    I’ve read English readers too, some of them are interesting. I agree with you it’s one of these thinks which teach me the most.
    I’ve been reading the lingual book TQM (Total Quality Management) and its valuable. It’s quite difficult to find this kind of books, you have to buy new one if you want to read it’s not available on library.

    I will try with Sherlock Holmes if its readable. Thanks for your recommendation.

    What from you have books which you reading ? I mean what’s the best way to buy it or borrow? I’ve bought most of my books from allegro it’s the same like ebay in Poland.

    BR
    Damian

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    Posted by Amina EL BEHJA (U15572285) on Thursday, 17th January 2013

    Hello Loreley,
    How are you?? I hope you're fine
    Thank you for discussing with us this great topic.
    I like reading a lot but just short books I don't like to read big books.
    I prefer reading social and business books.
    I have the same problem as you I don't have enough time to reading beacause I study at University and you know without a doubt the high studies need a lot of time and a big effort in order to obtain good marks.
    Have you a nice day.

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Thursday, 17th January 2013

    Hi Tatyana,

    sorry for my late reply ...

    I think there isn't any girl, who doesn't love Mr. Darcy smiley - smiley At the first time I thought during his introduction in the book, he is a very arrogant and offish man. But later in the story I liked him more and more. He is great smiley - biggrin But there are an other man, who is very special: Mr. Collins! He is rather stupid, but also caught in his aspiration for appreciation and acception. I like his comments about Catherine de Bourgh and his craving for admiration smiley - biggrin

    Did you read „Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen? This book is like a mystery to me – I was unable to finish the book, because I didn't find a way through this story.

    An other book, which has a favorite position in my book shelf is „Wuthering Heights” by E.Bronte. I don't know why, but this book is very fascinating, although I can't identify with any character of it. I partly don't understand the behaviours and the motivations of their thinking and doing. Nevertheless it is like a crime until the last page.

    I know your problem … I have the same one – not enough time for reading great books and watching films. But that's life smiley - winkeye

    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Thursday, 17th January 2013

    Hi Damian,

    I love libraries, but my experience is, that mostly they don't have available the books, which I'm looking for. So I buy the most of them, or I read them together with friends. Sometimes I want to make notes on the margins, and this is a problem in borrowed books smiley - biggrin Sometimes I borrow a book and if I like it and it's not much expensive I buy it later. But unfortunatley the most books are quite expensiv.

    If you have read a management book your English must be very good smiley - smiley From my point of view it must be very difficult to understand because of the abstractness of the topic. Which books you still have read, of which you think that it helps you to improve your English?

    Best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Loreley (U15339124) on Thursday, 17th January 2013

    Hello Amina,

    I'm fine, thanks - and how are you?

    You like short books? How short? Although I'm missing time to read more I prever books with some more pages. It should be not more than thousand pages ... I wrote in my first message about "Fall of Giants", which has many, many pages. But I think, a good story needs a lote of writing - you can't develope a great story not with a minimalized style.

    What sort of social and business books do you read?

    best regards
    Lena

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    Posted by Damian (U15455745) on Friday, 18th January 2013

    Guten Morgen Lena,
    Thanks for your reply.

    One year ago I read Oxford guide to British and American Culture. Its look horrible to read it from first to last page, but I did it.
    It did not take me so much time. So It was my first readable and valuable English book.
    After that I read many English Readers books – Penguin series such as Oliver Twist, How green was my valley, Amistad etc.
    They were valuable for my too. In these series it’s easy to fit books for your level.
    Then I read The boy in the striped pajamas and probably it was the best I’ve ever read in English before. Easy to understand.

    Seems to be like in Poland with books, in library it’s not easy to find book which is unique or from narrow topic.
    What kind of topic are you looking for?
    In my case I looking two types of books. One type is connected with my study and work rutines. They are from economic, management, psycholgy etc.
    And the second type its connected with my wish to learn English. I am very happy when I find books which are about economic in English.
    My English level isn’t so good, but I really keen on economic and management I’m making my PhD on this field, thats why I can understand books such as TQM.

    I been thinking about learn second language and I chose German. What do you think its effective to start with new one language when the first isn’t perfect?

    Looknig for your reply
    BR
    Damian

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