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Old 10-21-2009, 02:13 PM   #91
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For rounding out the field with a very old classic, I nominate "Beowulf" - preferably in the Seamus Heaney translation.

When the fearful monster Grendel comes to Hrothgar's Hall and dashes his warriors' hopes, installing himself in the great hall and eating people alive, the hero Beowulf arrives from over the sea to wrestle the beast. He saves the Danes, who sing of his triumphs, but soon the monster's mother turns up to take him hostage...

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #92
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By the way, you make me want to suggest "Seven Gothic Tales" by Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) for nomination. It's by a Danish author, but originally written and published in English.
Speaking of Danish authors. Have you read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (the trilogy Kransen, Husfrue and Korset)? I was just looking at it and wondering how it was. I see Penguin Classics has an English translation.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:11 PM   #93
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WT Sharpe suggested Topper by Thorne Smith for Halloween reading in another thread. I would like to nominate it here.

My synopsis: George and Marian Kirby are happily married when they die together. As ghosts they haunt the staid banker Topper. Marian spends the book attempting to seduce Topper. The novel raises the question: If marriage is "till death do us part", would it be adultery for a ghost to cheat on her husband?
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:12 PM   #94
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Speaking of Danish authors. Have you read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (the trilogy Kransen, Husfrue and Korset)? I was just looking at it and wondering how it was. I see Penguin Classics has an English translation.
Um.. Sigrid Undset is actually Norwegian, not Danish. Could remember wrong though.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:15 PM   #95
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Speaking of Danish authors. Have you read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (the trilogy Kransen, Husfrue and Korset)? I was just looking at it and wondering how it was. I see Penguin Classics has an English translation.
No, unfortunately I haven't, but she's a well known and respected author, and I would give it a go if I were interested. Just be careful with the translation. Sometimes a translation can break an otherwise good book.

What we had to read in school was so boring, and I ended up being more interested in English authors than Danish. It's only recently I've started to discover that there's something of worth 'closer to home'.
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Um.. Sigrid Undset is actually Norwegian, not Danish. Could remember wrong though.
I looked her up. She's born in Denmark (Kalundborg), but is in fact Norwegian. Her name is definitely Norwegian
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I looked her up. She's born in Denmark (Kalundborg), but is in fact Norwegian. Her name is definitely Norwegian
Ah. Thanks for the information, Ea
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WT Sharpe suggested Topper by Thorne Smith for Halloween reading in another thread. I would like to nominate it here.
I'll second 'Topper'.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #99
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Swerving to Swedish authors, I recommend The Holy Land series by Nobel Prize winner Par Lagerkvist. I think there are four books in the series, of which Barabbas is the best known. Try to find the hard cover version, which has very cool maze-like drawings.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:00 PM   #100
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I looked her up. She's born in Denmark (Kalundborg), but is in fact Norwegian. Her name is definitely Norwegian
My mistake. I saw she was born in Denmark and just thought 'Danish Author'. A friend had recommended her book and I happened to see your post an hour later.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:01 PM   #101
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I nominate Walden by Henry David Thoreau





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Disdainful of America's growing commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods by Walden Pond. Walden, the classic account of his stay there, conveys at once a naturalist's wonder at the commonplace and a Transcendentalist's yearning for spiritual truth and self-reliance. But even as Thoreau disentangled himself from worldly matters, his solitary musings were often disturbed by his social conscience.
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Second Walden. I've been meaning to read it and this might give me the impetus to do that.

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I nominate "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" the most boringest book on the planet.


You know the thread about books that you just can't bring yourself to put down? This is one you can't bring yourself to pick up.
(Dorian Gray was cool in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", though.)

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You know the thread about books that you just can't bring yourself to put down? This is one you can't bring yourself to pick up.
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I nominate "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" the most boringest book on the planet.


You know the thread about books that you just can't bring yourself to put down? This is one you can't bring yourself to pick up.
(Dorian Gray was cool in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", though.)
I had to suffer and actually read that one in Lit class at university. That is one on my "Never Again" list.
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