Books under my skin

Before advertising a book here, I consider carefully. Nothing is allowed that did not touch me to the deepest of my soul. [And no borrowed descriptions. Only my stubborn, subjective, personal short impressions]. Enjoy :)
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1984, George Orwell (1949). The life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government. Newspeak.Big Brother. Your worst fear. Visionary book..

1984, George Orwell (1949). The life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government. Newspeak.Big Brother. Your worst fear. Visionary book..

Crime and Punishment (Pryestupleniye i nakazaniye, 1866), Fyodor Dostoevski. The mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Tried to read this in Russian, but that has proved too diff so far..

Crime and Punishment (Pryestupleniye i nakazaniye, 1866), Fyodor Dostoevski. The mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. Tried to read this in Russian, but that has proved too diff so far..

'Max Havelaar, of de koffij-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij' ('Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company', 1860) by Multatuli aka Eduard Douwes Dekker. It's a book known by all Dutch speakers, as a criticism of Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). However, it is the candid use of language by Multatuli that impresses truly. And of course, the descriptions of the culture in societies of Java and Sumatra.

'Max Havelaar, of de koffij-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij' ('Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company', 1860) by Multatuli aka Eduard Douwes Dekker. It's a book known by all Dutch speakers, as a criticism of Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). However, it is the candid use of language by Multatuli that impresses truly. And of course, the descriptions of the culture in societies of Java and Sumatra.

War and Peace (Voyná i mir, 1869) - Leo Tolstoy. Adore the way Tolstoy brings a fair portion of Russian history to life. The way he shapes characters, the descriptions of aristocracy of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and their country estates. Their aspirations, the dissapointments.

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War and Peace (Voyná i mir, 1869) - Leo Tolstoy. Adore the way Tolstoy brings a fair portion of Russian history to life. The way he shapes characters, the descriptions of aristocracy of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and their country estates. Their aspirations, the dissapointments.

'Anna Karenina' (1875-77), by Leo Tolstoy. Emotions going haywire in tsarist Russia under pressure from modernity. Ah, those exploding feelings!

'Anna Karenina' (1875-77), by Leo Tolstoy. Emotions going haywire in tsarist Russia under pressure from modernity. Ah, those exploding feelings!

'De ontdekking van de hemel' (ENG: 'The Discovery of Heaven', DE: 'Die Entdeckung des Himmels', ES: 'El descubrimiento del cielo', FR: 'La découverte du ciel'), by Harry Mulish. Best novel by a Dutch language author ever. There are more layers in the book than stars in the sky. Science, technology and faith are approached in a sublime way, while the reader snacks on Max, Onno and Ada, the main protagonists. A big fat book, that still gives you a downer - only because you finished it. Have a…

'De ontdekking van de hemel' (ENG: 'The Discovery of Heaven', DE: 'Die Entdeckung des Himmels', ES: 'El descubrimiento del cielo', FR: 'La découverte du ciel'), by Harry Mulish. Best novel by a Dutch language author ever. There are more layers in the book than stars in the sky. Science, technology and faith are approached in a sublime way, while the reader snacks on Max, Onno and Ada, the main protagonists. A big fat book, that still gives you a downer - only because you finished it. Have a…

"The War of the Words" (1898), by H.G. Wells. If you read it, you must be amazed at the modernist script (and perspective) in this 19th century novel - truly visionary. Equally, the novel is downright exciting, and reads like modern SF (tripods not withstanding). Many films have used the book.. still waiting for that one blaster ;)  Yet another Penguin paperback ugly cover i wouldn't trade for the world :d

"The War of the Words" (1898), by H.G. Wells. If you read it, you must be amazed at the modernist script (and perspective) in this 19th century novel - truly visionary. Equally, the novel is downright exciting, and reads like modern SF (tripods not withstanding). Many films have used the book.. still waiting for that one blaster ;) Yet another Penguin paperback ugly cover i wouldn't trade for the world :d

'Burmese Days' (1934) - George Orwell. Sensitive portrait of the waning days of Britannia Rules The Waves. A must for this Asia lover.

'Burmese Days' (1934) - George Orwell. Sensitive portrait of the waning days of Britannia Rules The Waves. A must for this Asia lover.

'Keep the Aspidistra Flying' (1936), by George Orwell. The dismal life of frustrated, neurotic Gordon Comstock at a dust gardening bookshop. A book with Oblomovian qualities. I adore the use of that dull plant, the aspidistra. The "pace" of this book is so well chosen, if that makes any sense.

'Keep the Aspidistra Flying' (1936), by George Orwell. The dismal life of frustrated, neurotic Gordon Comstock at a dust gardening bookshop. A book with Oblomovian qualities. I adore the use of that dull plant, the aspidistra. The "pace" of this book is so well chosen, if that makes any sense.

'Krejtserova sonata' (The Kreutzer Sonata, 1889) - Leo Tolstoy. The world around (wife murderer) Pozdnysjev. Hatred and jealousy, cristallized around and symbolized by a musical work (Beethovens' Kreutzersonate). Again: true grandness is producing awesome copy on a very limited amount of pages.

'Krejtserova sonata' (The Kreutzer Sonata, 1889) - Leo Tolstoy. The world around (wife murderer) Pozdnysjev. Hatred and jealousy, cristallized around and symbolized by a musical work (Beethovens' Kreutzersonate). Again: true grandness is producing awesome copy on a very limited amount of pages.


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