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 - The most disturbing book I have read lately. With Big Brother always watching, Orwell paints a society that I hope I never have to experience.

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

One summer I decided I will read Anna Karenina. I was so taken by it I started to highlight favorite passages until it was covered in yellow. Such beautiful writing and it was just so Russian.

'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

Cover drawing by Virgil Burnett Penguin 570 First published in Penguin this reprint 1964

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

Burmese Days is a novel by British writer George Orwell. It was first published in the USA in

'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' by George Orwell. The dismal life of frustrated, neurotic Gordon Comstock at a dust gardening bookshop.

Oblomov (1858) - Ivan Gontsjarov. The most apathetic, vegetative character that ever lived in a book. Hardly sneezes his nose hundreds of pages on end. A short spell of life - oh yes, love - interrupts, but amounts to nothing. Just imagine you would have to write that - Gontsjarov proved to be a master.

The most apathetic, vegetative character that ever lived in a book. Hardly sneezes his nose hundreds of pages on end. A short spell of life - oh yes, love - interrupts, but amounts to nothing.

'Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer' (1991),  by Patrick Süskind. Disarming discovery of the world by a boy. I could nearly touch the silver hairs in the neck of the girl sitting before him in class. Sheer beauty, on such few pages. Have a walk with Mr. Sommer ;)

'Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer' by Patrick Süskind. Disarming discovery of the world by a boy. I could nearly touch the silver hairs in the neck of the girl sitting before him in class. Sheer beauty, on such few pages. Have a walk with Mr.

Seven Years in Tibet (original: "Sieben Jahre in Tibet. Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama") - Heinrich Harrer. Not considered to be true "grand literature", no other book ever had such an impact on me. Read it first time in Nepal, when we were about to cross into Tibet. Couldn't stop reading and ended up in tears. Happened with the girl friend too. An unreal story of an German POW escaped from the Brits in India and ending up being advisor and friend to the current Dalai Lama. This book…

Seven Years in Tibet (original: "Sieben Jahre in Tibet. Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama") - Heinrich Harrer. Not considered to be true "grand literature", no other book ever had such an impact on me. Read it first time in Nepal, when we were about to cross into Tibet. Couldn't stop reading and ended up in tears. Happened with the girl friend too. An unreal story of an German POW escaped from the Brits in India and ending up being advisor and friend to the current Dalai Lama. This book…

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