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Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One


At Swim-Two-Birds
  12% (1)
The Diary of a Nobody
  12% (1)
Dante's Inferno
  12% (1)
Lullaby
  0% (0)
Lolita
  12% (1)
The Quiet American
  12% (1)
World War Z
  37% (3)


Total Votes : 8


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Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:07:28 PM   
rawlinson

 

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At Swim-Two-Birds nominated by Rawlinson



The Diary of a Nobody nominated by Elab49



Inferno nominated by Rebel Scum



Lolita nominated by Rhubarb



Lullaby nominated by JiraffeJustin



The Quiet American nominated by Impqueen



World War Z nominated by Rinc

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:08:21 PM   
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Shit, browser messed up and it posted too soon. I'll edit the other books in now.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:12:37 PM   
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Can one of the mods edit the poll for me, please?

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:16:23 PM   
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I was going to ask for a sneaky peek at the books so I could take 1-2 on the train with me so this works out well.

I'm banning Jiraffejustin btw

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:18:36 PM   
rawlinson

 

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Not a fan of that book?

For deadline. I usually give three months, so that would be the end of Jan', but to allow extra time because of Christmas and the seventh book, shall we end of Feb?

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:22:47 PM   
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Jesus wept,

or he would have done if he'd had to drag himself through Palahniuk's writing.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 1:41:20 PM   
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I don't think I've read Lullaby. I remember giving up halfway through one book in annoyance, but I think that was Survivor.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 2:12:32 PM   
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Am...I...not going to be the one who has annoyed everyone this round then?

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 2:31:00 PM   
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I like Lolita. Or at least I did - can't remember when I last picked it up.

I'm wondering if Dante is an excuse for Rebel to combine homework with this

Greene is great

I was going to try WWZ again as I wasn't that big on it when I got it. It's actually on the couch I think.

I prefer The Third Policeman



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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 3:14:50 PM   
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Have only read my own entry and Lolita out of those. Really liked Lolita and WWZ is obviously awesome. Been meaning to read Dante's Inferno for a while now.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 3:22:21 PM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49
I'm banning Jiraffejustin btw



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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 3:49:53 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

I'm wondering if Dante is an excuse for Rebel to combine homework with this



I handed the work to do with that in in May .

My pick's the only one I've read, though World War Z and Lolita have been on my to-read list for a while. My only experience of Palahniuk is Haunted, which was a really good read, so I'm looking forward to Lullaby. I know nothing about the others, so this'll be a fun round!

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 5:08:02 PM   
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First thing I'd like to point out is that Graham Greene loved At Swim-Two-Birds and played a large part in it being published, so anyone who likes The Quiet American really owes it to Greene to vote for the book he liked so much. James Joyce loved it, so did Dylan Thomas. So basically, if you have taste, you'll love it too. I noticed Elab already mentioned The Third Policeman, another classic, and one I very nearly nominated. I'd recommend just dropping a tenner on the Complete Novels on Amazon.

Diary of a Nobody. I do love this book. Pooter is one of the great comedy creations. There's some fantastic adaptations as well. Geoffrey Palmer's is obviously the best.

Inferno is obviously great, but I can see it splitting people.

Lolita is a masterpiece, and if I didn't have a book in the round myself I think it's between this and Diary for the one I'd want to win.

Lullaby, I don't think I've read.

The Quiet American, from memory, is very good indeed. Been some time since I read it.

World War Z. I didn't really take it to when I read it. But then I heard the audio play and really liked it, so it needs another read.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 5:56:25 PM   
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Oh, if anyone wants a recommendation of which translation of Inferno to get (because there's loads), the Oxford World Classics edition of the entire Divine Comedy is the most accessible, and has a whole bunch of handy notes, maps and bits and pieces concerning the more archaic references.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 6:20:52 PM   
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Pale Fire is clearly the patrician's choice of Nabokov novel bro.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 31/10/2012 9:06:38 PM   
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Is the audio of WWZ online anywhere? After I've reread I'd be interested in giving it a go. 

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 12:23:09 AM   
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I've only read World War Z. I've had The Quiet American gathering dust for about 10 years, a copy of Lolita for about 15.



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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 8:32:20 AM   
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I know what the front cover of my Lolita looks like so hopefully that will help in trying to find it. Everything's a bit of a mess because of a mass clearout. 

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 9:56:26 AM   
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Is this you elab?



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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 12:05:49 PM   
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I wish I could say a definitive no on that one 

But DVDs are completely out of order, books shoved in available spaces, cats living with dogs - utter chaos.


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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 12:13:40 PM   
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Maybe somewhere like Audible? World War Z, I mean. It was an audio book rather than a radio adaptation.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 12:19:30 PM   
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So just a reading? I'm not as fond of them. Unless it's Tony Robinson doing Pratchett.


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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 1:12:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Olaf

Pale Fire is clearly the patrician's choice of Nabokov novel bro.





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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 1/11/2012 1:17:24 PM   
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Pale Fire is equally as disconcerting and aesthetically radical as that young man's delightful plastic coat/facial hair.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 4/11/2012 9:44:57 PM   
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Inferno
Incredible language and the ideas contained in it are fantastic. My only problem is that after a while it gets a bit repetitive: Dante enters one of the circles, looks around and wonders what's happening. Virgil explains and Dante notes all of the well known people. Move on. Definite contender for this HoF though.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 5/11/2012 8:05:31 PM   
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Inferno is awesome.

Never read the others.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 7/11/2012 3:55:18 PM   
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Not to encourage the machine of evil but I think Diary of a Nobody is available for free Kindle DL in the free classics section. I've now picked up Lullaby & the O'Brien in a highly enjoyable physical visit to a bookshop.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 10/11/2012 3:06:10 PM   
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Finished Diary of a Nobody the other day. Excellent stuff, Charles is such a self important twat but an entertaining one at that.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 15/12/2012 4:45:27 PM   
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Sorry for any inconvenience, but I'm going to have to pull out of this one. Moving/school/other shit in the non-internet world has fucked my free time. So you don't have to bother with reading a Chuck P book, elab. Silver linings indeed.

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RE: Literature Hall of Fame Three: Round One - 14/1/2013 9:25:02 PM   
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How's everyone doing? I'm halfway through At Swim-Two-Birds and then I'm done.

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