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Post by MaryamQ on June 11th 2010, 18:17

I realize all of you students are probably sick to death of literature, especially at this time of year (although I find this to be a very literate group), but I have just finished reading a translation of a novel by Belgian author Anne Provoost (Arksvaarders) that I coincidentally found on sale locally. Are any of you familiar with her work? What do you think of it? Are there any other Belgian authors you could recommend?
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Post by Aldous Zamiatin on June 12th 2010, 08:32

To be honest, I don't really follow contemporary Flemish literature (or Dutch literature for that matter) - Louis Paul Boon, Gerard Walschap and Willem Elsschot are probably the most "recent" authors I've read lately, but they are considered to be classic Flemish authors. Instead I usually read Russian literature (both for my studies and out of personal interest).

By the way, Maurice Maeterlinck (born in Ghent Exclamation , but he wrote in French) is the only Belgian author who received a Nobel Prize.
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Post by MaryamQ on June 12th 2010, 18:23

Smile As I said, this is a very literate group. I have not been exposed to any of the other authors mentioned, but will certainly see if I can find some of them. My own reading tastes are fairly diverse. I do often like "women's literature" and can see why Provoost might be described that way, although I had mixed feelings about the one book of hers I have read. Beli's mention of The Rose and the Swine makes me think Provoost may be similar to Gregory Maguire (Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and others) in retelling familiar tales from a different point of view, which she certainly did in Arkvaarders, and like Maguire, she is trying to get people to rethink their old ideas about many things other than the story she is retelling.

My own reading is pretty diverse. I like mystery and suspense, particularly medical or political thrillers, Regency romance (especially Georgette Heyer), the aforementioned Maguire, some classics (I love Jane Austen), Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables and sequels, plus others, primarily oriented to young Canadian girls of the early 20th century, but popular worldwide--her birthplace in Prince Edward Island is often flooded with Japanese tourists), the Harry Potter series (after I got dragged to the first movie by a coworker and bullied into reading by my younger daughter), historical fiction, and a wide variety of other fiction, as long as it is well written and not too sensational (that is, I don't mind blood and clinical details if they are appropriate and necessary to the story, but I dislike ghoulishness and horror writing, although I did read some early Stephen King, who graduated from the same University I did, a couple of years earlier, and was, in fact, in the same freshman composition class with my 1st husband).

I also read quite a bit of nonfiction by spells, particularly politics and spiritual things, some of the more recent being works by Eckhart Tolle and When God Was a Woman. I have read both the entire Bible and Quran (in translation) multiple times, as well as The Book of Mormon, and bits and pieces of Hindu and Native American writings. As mentioned before, I am an amateur poet, as well, and enjoy poetry, including but not limited to the work of other amateurs I know in RL, some of whom often stretch my recollection of Greek/Roman/Norse mythology. Mention almost anything, and I am willing to give it a try!

Which fantasy writers are we talking about?
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Post by MaryamQ on June 14th 2010, 00:02

That's quite a list, Reaussou! And I like your idealism. It's true, we may not ever achieve an ideal world, either in RL or in eLife, but I've always liked the quotation from Robert Browning, "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" I hope you do get to read the New Testament, not necessarily for religious purposes, but because there is a lot in it about building a good society, and it can even be seen as rather revolutionary, especially if you remember the context of the times it came from. BTW, my oldest daughter got her degree in philosophy, and one of my stepdaughters is studying to be social worker. Smile
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Post by stonix on November 15th 2010, 18:56

Where do I find that list? Cool
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