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#1 TheWorldOnFire

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 07:28 AM

:) Everyone has read something in there life, some good stuff and some bad. Why don't you share your reading experience here by listing your most fav books. Heres my reccomendations (so far :p ) not in any order:

1. Gates Of Fire - Steven Pressield
2. Knowledge of Angels - Jill Paton Walsh
3. The "Alexander" Triology - Valerio Massimo Manfredi
4. Last of the Amazons - Steven Pressield
5. Tides of war - Steven Pressield
6. The Conference of the Birds - Farid Ud-Din Attar (one for all you Persian scholars LOL)


Thats it so far, I'll post more if i think of anything else.

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 09:22 AM

Cool topic!! :)
Farsi:
Dehghan e Fadakar/ Choopan e Dorooghgo: ketab e dabestan e iran…okheyyy ……yadeshon bekheir :)
Dayi Jan Napelon: Iraj Pezeshkzad
Bamdad e Khomar: Fattaneh Haj Seyed Javadi

English:
Harry Potter series: J.K. Rowling
Stupid White Men: Michael Moore
Rage of Angels: Sydney Sheldon
The Firm: John Grisham
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
Bleak House: Charles Dickens
A Streetcar Named Desire: Tenneessee Williams
تو كه هستي در كنارم ديگه چيزي كم ندارم
قصه رو نمي شناسم غمي نيست تو روزگارم
جز تو اي بود و نبودم به كسي عشق نمي ورزم
بنويس رو هر چي سايه ست ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
تا نگام به بوسه پيوست تا زماني كه نفس هست
تا كه جون نرفته از دست تو رو تنها نمي ذارم
تو رو تنها نمي دارم

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 09:47 AM

I love this play Shazdeh Khanoom: A Streetcar Named Desire...it's a GREAT play. And Pride And Prejudice is very nice too!

From Farsi books/novels, I love Kolbehaye Gham...I donno the author's name though. It's very nice and touching. I also like Dalane Behesht.

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 10:04 AM

Attar’s Mantiq al-Tayr is an essential classic!
and Pezeshkzad’s ”Daayi jaan Napoleon” is one of my absolute favourite Iranian books! It’s a masterpiece with full-fledged characters and coherent story with a base in the reality and history!

A book I recommend is ”Deraaznaaye Shab” by J. MirSadeghi

“Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.” — Fernando Pessoa


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Posted 17 October 2004 - 02:02 AM

I love this play Shazdeh Khanoom: A Streetcar Named Desire...it's a GREAT play. And Pride And Prejudice is very nice too!

Hey Behnoushy joonam :) !! I’m glad we share the same taste in literature ;) ! Jane Austen is totally awesome and A Street car… such a sad and yet powerful play… Thanx for introducing those Farsi books sweetie, gotta check ‘em out…..

Pezeshkzad’s ”Daayi jaan Napoleon” is one of my absolute favourite Iranian books!

Oh boy… I could go on forever about Dayi jan… I think Pezeshkzad is by farrrrrrrr the best author I have ever encountered in terms of describing the characters in such a vivid and humorous manner…. My absolute favorite character is Asadol lah Mirza… horny a$$ and flirtatious as hell, but at the same time he seems to find a solution for every prob with his charm and charisma ;) … momentttttttt.....
تو كه هستي در كنارم ديگه چيزي كم ندارم
قصه رو نمي شناسم غمي نيست تو روزگارم
جز تو اي بود و نبودم به كسي عشق نمي ورزم
بنويس رو هر چي سايه ست ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
تا نگام به بوسه پيوست تا زماني كه نفس هست
تا كه جون نرفته از دست تو رو تنها نمي ذارم
تو رو تنها نمي دارم

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 05:52 AM

yeah, totally agree khanoomi! If there was ONE fictive character I would like to meet in the real life, it’s Asdollah! His persona has influenced me a lot! And another proof of Pezeshkzad’s multidimensional characters is that you at the end (and even during the story), see a glimpse of ”sadness” and ”scars” behind the confident and humorous facade of Asdollah!

“Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.” — Fernando Pessoa


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Posted 17 October 2004 - 09:54 AM

Couldn’t agree more hun :) , although I didn’t pick up the ”sadness” and ”scars” behind his character.. I thought he pretty much had it all together …. perhaps I should reread it, thanx for the info bro, u seem to be damn gooooooodddddddd at reading b/w the line and a good judge of characters;) …
تو كه هستي در كنارم ديگه چيزي كم ندارم
قصه رو نمي شناسم غمي نيست تو روزگارم
جز تو اي بود و نبودم به كسي عشق نمي ورزم
بنويس رو هر چي سايه ست ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
تا نگام به بوسه پيوست تا زماني كه نفس هست
تا كه جون نرفته از دست تو رو تنها نمي ذارم
تو رو تنها نمي دارم

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 10:27 AM

thank you hun! ...And likewise!

Well, the first time I read it was when I was 8 and since then I have reread it each and every year (not to mention watched the excellent TV-adaptation)!

The part I’m referring to is at the end of the book, where he brings home Saeed and while getting drunk looses his ”mask” and reveals some secrets (old wounds) about his ”past” …and really the fact that his current facade is to hide his vulnerable personality! The fact that the current Asdollah first emerged after his wife’s infidelity and for the purpose of an indirect pay back…

“Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.” — Fernando Pessoa


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Posted 19 October 2004 - 09:09 AM

The part I’m referring to is at the end of the book,


ahhhhhhhhh, that part..... it had completely escaped my memory, now i remember... thanx hun!!
تو كه هستي در كنارم ديگه چيزي كم ندارم
قصه رو نمي شناسم غمي نيست تو روزگارم
جز تو اي بود و نبودم به كسي عشق نمي ورزم
بنويس رو هر چي سايه ست ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
ديگه از شب نمي ترسم
تا نگام به بوسه پيوست تا زماني كه نفس هست
تا كه جون نرفته از دست تو رو تنها نمي ذارم
تو رو تنها نمي دارم

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 09:13 AM

my pleasure!

“Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.” — Fernando Pessoa


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Posted 21 October 2004 - 12:15 AM

A great novel I read a few months ago was called "Dead Girlfriend"...it wasn't long but it was cool!

I'm reading "Red Dice" now...instead of studying! :rolleyes:

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:10 AM

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 02:27 AM

Unfortunately I don't read much fiction like I used to, since I have to read more fact literature for work and studies! This is the latest I've read, a new take on the history of art!

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 04:21 AM

Here i have added some more books to read,

Arms and the Man - George Bernard Shaw

Alice in wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

As You Like it - William Shakespeare
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:58 PM

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 06:01 PM

Do you know about any iranian books in english?

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 06:07 PM

Do you know about any iranian books in english?


Just search at http://www.iranian.com/books.html or http://www.ibexpub.com/ or www.iranbooks.net/ & of course at http://www.amazon.com/ .

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 06:27 PM

Thanks alot :D

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 10:41 PM

This little beauty had been residing on my book shelf for a few years, collecting dust. I always find it hard to get the motivation to pick up any fiction (though this is evidently semi-autobiographical). This was clearly an influence on Hank Moody's character in Californication...

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 12:26 AM

hehe, I feel the same, the older I get the harder I get to get myself through fiction! I have always had a tough time with sci-fi and fantasy in text form, now all fiction! I need more senses stimulated when being told a story, text alone no longer does it for me. It is nowadays a nightmare to get through pages of ambience descriptions!loool

“Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.” — Fernando Pessoa





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