#4 : The Bibliophilic Optimist

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Which is the book that’s swallowed you up? 😉 For me, that would be Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.

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23 thoughts on “#4 : The Bibliophilic Optimist

  1. I love Dostoyevski too. That’s such a great question. I have massive list of books that have swallowed me up whole. I would say that some I can recall are The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, Restoration by Rose Tremain, the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Lolita by Nabokov, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert.

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      1. Thanks for this one, I will look for it! Yeah the Russian writers certainly know how to make words sound poetic. Makes me wonder how much is lost in translation from Russian to English or other languages 🙂

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  2. Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

    As for books (mainly contemporary), I would have to name The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter as titles that particularly moved me.

    My favorite novels, however, are Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I can devour them whole time after time and they still won’t lose their sweetness.

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      1. You’re a Literature student then? 🙂 I am too! Oh its a wonderful wonderful novel, at least I like it a lot. Roy uses such poetic language…her method of synesthetic imagery is what I like the most, very evocative 🙂

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  3. Hmm that would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and possibly Huxley’s Brave New World. Shaffer’s Equus is another biggie too for me. All impacted on my life in a big way. I’ve just finished The Book Thief and that may well make it on the list. It has certainly left a mark on me but only time will tell if that is a permanent one or not.

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