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ALL-TIME BEST NOVELS
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50.       lady in red
6947 posts
 20 Jan 2010 Wed 05:43 pm

You know there´s nothing new under the sun! {#emotions_dlg.bigsmile} - and I do think the addition of ´in my opinion´ would be nice - where is ´Dr Zhivago??!  But Yilgun doesn´t seem to have much time for more modern literature - things don´t have to be old to be good!

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 

Oh, no, Yilgun, dear, NOT AGAIN! {#emotions_dlg.pray}

 

 




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51.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 20 Jan 2010 Wed 11:10 pm

 

Quoting lady in red

You know there´s nothing new under the sun! {#emotions_dlg.bigsmile} - and I do think the addition of ´in my opinion´ would be nice - where is ´Dr Zhivago??!  But Yilgun doesn´t seem to have much time for more modern literature - things don´t have to be old to be good!

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 

Oh, no, Yilgun, dear, NOT AGAIN! {#emotions_dlg.pray}

 

 


 

hehehe what a surprising thread, isn´t it? lol Don´t you know it´s in Yilgunish? It is a list, it is arbitrary and non-debatable. Should you insist on him revealing who is behind this list, you´ll hear it´s our friends linguists/literature critics/world specialist or the world media. How many times do you need to be reminded NOT to ask uncomfortable questions? Shame on you ladies!{#emotions_dlg.shame}

52.       lemon
1374 posts
 20 Jan 2010 Wed 11:52 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

Same here lol

One more thing from Ferdydurke:

"Great poetry being great and being poetry cannot fail to astonish us and thus astonishes us"

 

never could understand gombrowicz.

53.       vineyards
1954 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 01:11 am

Of course, I haven´t read all the best novels but the ones I remember at first blush are:

 

Ulyses (Joyce)

Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)

Father Goriot (Balzac)

Fathers and Sons (Turgenev)

Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky)

 

Each one of these book influenced me in a different way. I owe my nihilist side to my (mis)understanding of Turgenev´s magnificent novel.

 

Father Goriot is a masterpiece of depictions.

Anna Karenina represents the ultimate point reached in story telling.

 

You almost feel you are a part of the story when you read Crime and Punishment since you keep questioning yourself and feel as if you are facing the same venues of deceit and corruption as you drift from one episode to another in a state of sheer oblivion and complete deprivation.

 

Ullyses must be one of the most difficult to understand novels.



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54.       alameda
3499 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 02:03 am

 

Quoting yilgun-2010

ALL-TİME BEST NOVELS  15

For novel readers

1- Victor HUGO :  Les Miserables 

2- Fyoder DOSTOYEVSKY : Crime and Punishment    

3-Leo TOLSTOY :  War and Peace

4-James JOYCE :  Ulysses

 

Yilgun,

 

I notice the books mentioned here, with the exeption of Yaşar Kemal, are all Western novelists.  Have you never read any of the great works by, for example, Lady Murasaki´s Tale of Gengi? It is considered to be the first true novel, and it was written by a woman.

55.       yilgun-2010
572 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 03:11 am

For Alameda:

 

Thank  you very much for your  review.

I have never read any novel on Chinese or Japanese  literature-novel or story-.

You are right, because we are always interested in Turkish and Western Novelists.

I have no any knowledge about Japanese or Chinese literature and novelists.

My university branch is engineering but “ Literature and books” is my hobby.

This list show my favorite “all time novels” for “novel readers” as a recommendation.

I don’t like todays novels in general; in my opinion, they are not impressive and high in quality.

For examplean Brown:

Brown writes novels based on science like a real historic document.

But he is of course a good writer.His novels are very good for movie.Because he is a good historian at the same time.

I think the others novelist write average novels, not top level; but repetition novels.

I think they seem not the best level, not high in quality

I think sometimes the art of novel has died : Technology Century.

This is my opinion.

By the way, I shall look for any Japanese or Chinese novel like the novel “The Tale of Gengi”  By Lady Murasaki,  here in Ankara, İzmir and İstanbul.

But I would love to read “Tale of Gengi” especially someday.

Thank you again.

 

P.S.

The Tale of Genji (, Genji Monogatari?) is a classic work of Japanese literature

attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh

century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the

world´s first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the

first novel still to be considered a classic, though this issue is a matter of

debate.

 



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Edited (1/21/2010) by yilgun-2010

56.       alameda
3499 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 04:36 am

 

Quoting yilgun-2010

For Alameda:

 

Thank  you very much for your  review.

I have never read any novel on Chinese or Japanese  literature-novel or story-.

You are right, because we are always interested in Turkish and Western Novelists.

I have no any knowledge about Japanese or Chinese literature and novelists.

My university branch is engineering but “ Literature and books” is my hobby.

This list show my favorite “all time novels” for “novel readers” as a recommendation.

I don’t like todays novels in general; in my opinion, they are not impressive and high in quality.

For examplean Brown:

Brown writes novels based on science like a real historic document.

But he is of course a good writer.His novels are very good for movie.Because he is a good historian at the same time.

I think the others novelist write average novels, not top level; but repetition novels.

 

I think they seem not the best level, not high in quality

I think sometimes the art of novel has died : Technology Century.

This is my opinion.

 

By the way, I shall look for any Japanese or Chinese novel like the novel “The Tale of Gengi”  By Lady Murasaki,  here in Ankara, İzmir and İstanbul.

But I would love to read “Tale of Gengi” especially someday.

Thank you again.

 

P.S.

The Tale of Genji (, Genji Monogatari?) is a classic work of Japanese literature

attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh

century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the

world´s first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the

first novel still to be considered a classic, though this issue is a matter of

debate.

 

 

 

You may want to try The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, a lady of the Imperial court.   It was written during Japan´s Heian period.  It´s a delightful book on her impressions and thoughts on life and events.  She wrote it before going to sleep.  It give you a glimpse into how life was at that time.  It is not a large book and the way it was written makes it a easy and pretty fast read.

 

You can read some of it here.

 

This book is a good introdction to Japanese literature



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57.       lemon
1374 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 12:25 pm

Gabriel Garcia Marquez         One Hundred Years Solutude

 

this is the best ever thing i happen to read. loved it. crazy. my type of book.

58.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 04:11 pm

 

Quoting lemon

Gabriel Garcia Marquez         One Hundred Years Solutude

 

this is the best ever thing i happen to read. loved it. crazy. my type of book.

 

 I really like his books.  His stories stay with you for a long time after reading them.  I enjoyed "Love in the Time of Cholera" almost as much as "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

59.       lady in red
6947 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 05:07 pm

 

Quoting alameda

 

 

You may want to try The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon.  It was written during Japan´s Heian period.  It´s a delightful book written by a lady of the court, on her impressions and thoughts before going to sleep.  It give you a glimpse into how life was at that time.  It is not a large book and the way it was written makes it a easy and pretty fast read.

 

You can read some of it here.

 

This book is a good introdction to Japanese literature

 

I have read three books by the modern Japanese author, Haruki Murakami - ´Norwegian Wood´, ´The Wind-up Bird Chronicles´ and ´Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Difficult to pinpoint the genre really and quite different to anything else I have read. 

60.       Trudy
7887 posts
 21 Jan 2010 Thu 06:40 pm

 

Quoting lady in red

 

 

I have read three books by the modern Japanese author, Haruki Murakami - ´Norwegian Wood´, ´The Wind-up Bird Chronicles´ and ´Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Difficult to pinpoint the genre really and quite different to anything else I have read. 

 

Three classic Japanese books: Silence by Shusaku Endo ( link ), Snow country by Yasunari Kuwabata ( link ) and the imo best one: Totto-chan, the little girl at the window by Tetsuko Kuroyagani ( link ). My Japanese friends living here were pleasantly surprised when they saw these books at my place. The last book made one of them cry as she remembered her childhood in Japan. 

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