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A great novel!

One of the ten best novels I've read in my 68 years (list includes, of course, LoTR at #1).

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

The HMB library (yep, even in its dilapidated, not yet $>2M upgrade state) has it... worth putting $0.75 up for a hold... seriously!!! I read it in <3 days, couldn't put it down.

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Thank you for the tip, John.

Here's the author's web site: Web Link

John, I too really enjoyed the book. I am fascinated by WWII stories. The author really paints some great pictures like

"Radio: it ties a million ears to a single mouth. Out of loudspeakers all around Zollverein, the staccato voice of the Reich grows like some imperturbable tree; its subjects lean toward its branches as if toward the lips of God. And when God stops whispering, they become desperate for someone who can put things right. Seven days a week the miners drag coal into the light"

I bought it for my kindle so it is there to enjoy again. I have about 1200 books on my Kindle and IPad.

As to favorite books, it changes pretty regularly, but The Stand And 11/22/63 By Steven King, A Stranger in a Strange land by Heinlein and The Cider House Rules by John Irving stay on my list. Oh ya, and Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, and then of course...............

Talking about favorite books;

#1 Mahabharata with big print and pretty pictures

#2 All The Birds Of North America published by American Field Conservancy

#3 in the middle of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (again)

Yes, "All the Light ..." is an excellent book, it really stayed with me and I've found myself thinking of the actual ending versus other possible endings. John Irving is always offbeat, not just Cider House but also the Garp series. If you love good prose, I haven't read anything better than Beryl Markham's "West with the Night". And of course, there's always Hemingway's "A Movable Feast" if you hanker to be an insider during ex-pat Paris days.

Does it have any pictures?

Only those the reader conjures, fd. I saw many, which is why I think is is such a great book!


Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy.

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.

Cockpit by Jerzy Kosinsky. Being There by Kozinsky, too.

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Brave New World, too.

I agree with BB on Stranger in a Strange Land, though Heinlein doesn't age well, IMHO. He was incredibly sexist and was one of the progenitors of the attitude that we could trash the planet and then escape it or fix it. Engineering arrogance.

I think A Prayer for Owen Meany is my favorite John Irving novel, but I will read anything by him.

+1 jg

Reading "Fifty Shades Of Grey" I conjured up a whole lot of pictures.

My favorite Herman Hesse Novels are Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game.

I had completely forgotten about the Glass Bead Game and it was a fairly influential read for me at that age - maybe 15 yo?

I put Steppenwolf in the same category as Andre Gide's The Immoralist or Kafka's The Trial. Tough reads, disturbing, but good.

Coasters, I think I was 17 and in my first year of college that I first read "the Bead Game". I have read it a couple of times since, but the first time was really "significant"

On a different note, Mark Twain's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve" is the funniest things Twain ever wrote. It is about a 2 hour read and is worth doing it again and again.

I think I was 17 and in my first year of college


Mark Twain's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve"

I'll read that. I was just given a vintage copy of Mysterious Stranger and I have to say it's one of the oddest allegories I've ever read. Twain saw religion as superstitious nonsense and Mysterious Stranger was his attempt to paint it as such. Still worth a read.

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