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    Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 07:43
It almost seems improper, in light of Gcle's passing to be posting anything at all. I almost feel that a day of mourning on the site should be observed, considering his significance to all of us. Even in this thread, I know he would have provided some interesting comments and suggestions.

As some of you may know, I'm emigrating (to Spain) at the end of July. I'm limited in what I can carry, so I'm going to bring six books I haven't read and which have been staring me down for the past ten years on my ever so ambitious reading list! They are, as follows:

*Gullivers Travels
*Ulysses
*Robinson Crusoe (Suggested by Dolphin, actually)
*At Swim, Two Birds
*Oliver Twist (Any Dickens novel really, I read 'A Tale of Two Cities years ago and really liked it, haven't picked up Dickens since...)
*Kafka collection (The book I have has 'The Trial', 'The Castle' and 'Amerika'. I read 'The Trial' before but think I'll re-read it)

Any suggestions? I might expand it to 8 books if something convincing enough pops up. I've read most of Orwell, Hemingway, Garcia Marquez, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky... Have not got round to Swift, Joyce or yet. Have only touched the Dickens/Kafka surface. Obviously something I hope to rectify...
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If you like sci-fi, then I will recommend Iain M Banks' Culture series. This man is another genius who left us very recently. Start with Consider Phlebas.

Best of luck in your endeavours.
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If you go to Spain, why don't you try some Spanish classics? If you haven't read Don Quixote, perhaps it is time to do it.


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Hmm, I suggest any of the Nevil Shute novels, or the Daphne u Mauier novel, Rebecca.
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If Irish education system had something like "100 fundamental pieces of literature" you would have been red most of that by age of 14. Finally our heavily Kemalism infected education system is doing something better than pesky Franks Tongue
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I suggest you read the Bible...

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My list has three Irish writers, two english writers and a Czech. Clearly it could be more diverse. I love Garcia Marquez but apart from him I haven't read may spanish language writers. I read Don Quixote years ago. 
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Good luck Parnell Big smile

Are you already used to the Spanish language?

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NO, I don't speak any. Quite pathetic really...
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Huh, immigrating to a country with 25% unemployment.

Anyway I only read Oliver Twist and Gulliver's Travels and both are great especially Gulliver's Travels.

Have you thought about Thomas Hardy? If not read Tess or my favourite novel of all time "The Return of the Native". Both are unbelievably bleak but are none the less much more realistic than and sombre than most of Dickens's work.

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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

NO, I don't speak any. Quite pathetic really...

Don't worry, you'll get used to it eventually. It took me 3 years to learn English, but you're starting off pretty well already, knowing a Latin-Based language helps you with cognates and similarities. If you concentrate on it enough, you may learn it within 2 years, maybe 3. The only major problem is that you'll have to speak it and think of it as though it were English, which was always my trouble. good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine Smile
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Al Jassas, most of those 25% unemployed people are under the age of 30 and many of them are trying to learn English as we speak. TEFL is one of the few growth industries in Spain.

I actually have a couple of Hardy books in my collection, never seriously considered reading him. May do so, cheers.


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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

Al Jassas, most of those 25% unemployed people are under the age of 30 and many of them are trying to learn English as we speak. ...


Well, if things don't go easily in Spain, you could still move to Latin America. South America in particular is developing fast. In fact, there are many Spanish today looking for jobs in here LOL
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