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Which is your countrys most popular book?

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    Posted: 11 Mar 2011 at 22:38
Which is your countrys most popular book or books?
 
Among Swedens most popular books are the novels about the emigrants (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers and The Last Letter Home) by author Wilhelm Moberg. These books are about how the hard life of Sweden in the 1850s drove some people to emigrate to America, and what happened to them there.
 
The novels have also been made into two popular films.
 
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Here in Chile, the most popular non-fiction book is "�Porque los hombres aman a las cabronas?"... (Why men love dominant women?)


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Ireland is blessed with great writers, both past and present. Modern Irish writers like Joseph O'Brien, Seamus Heany and John Banville are international bestsellers with true literary value (As in, they don't write muck)

I want to say Ulysess by Joyce, but I'm acutely aware that neither me nor most of my countrymen have ever read it, hence it cannot be considered popular. One novel that is reasonably well read and captures the nations attention and admiration would probably be The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Something to do with the recognition that evil is a necessity of life; hence making life a tragedy. I like to think the Irish have that kind of foresight.
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I should've been living in Ireland!! My favorite book is TPODG by Oscar Wilde. Big smile
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This one is indeed a very nice book. I picked it in the high school Swedish course as literature for analysis.


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Most popular now? Probably celebrity ghost-written autobiographies and River Cottage Cookbooks.


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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:


I want to say Ulysess by Joyce,
 
That one I once read in school. We had to read and try to analyze it. Rather special book.
 
 
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When it comes to Swedish children books Astrid Lindgrens Pippi Longstrump (Pippi Longstocking) is indeed very popular still today (it was first published in 1945). It has been translated into many languages. Also they have made a couple of film versions from it. Best was the old Swedish film and TV series by Olle Hellbom. Rather bad was the Canadian/German/Swedish cartoon.
As a sidenote, once Japanese director and animator Hayao Miyazaki asked if he could do an anime of the Pippi books but Astrid Lindgren or her company said no. Later though they said yes to those who made the rather bad Canadian cartoon. One can wonder how Pippi would have been in Miyazakis interpretation.
 
One can also mention that most of Astrid Lindgrens other books are very popular here.
 
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A recent book that for the moment is one of the most popular and bestselling in Sweden is the autobiography of elite footballplayer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It has quickly made it up to the toplists.
 
For me I just wonder why people think it is so interesting with football (soccer) players. Everyone in Sweden know who this guy is, but hardly anyone knows who won the nobel prize in for example medicine last year. Maybe it is some cultural twilight going on right now.
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:


I want to say Ulysess by Joyce,
 
That one I once read in school. We had to read and try to analyze it. Rather special book.
 
 


And my esteem for the Swedish social model just gets higher and higher!

Ulysess for teenagers. Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder why the Nordic countries are on average more intelligent, more productive, and happier than the rest of us?


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French Canada's classic is Maria Chapdelaine, by Louis Hemon. We were forced to read it in my High School French class because 9/10s of the French speaking people in the city came from Canada. Needless to say, we did not appreciate Madame St. Onge's efforts to make us read it, and she rewarded us accordingly. (OK, the girls in class liked it, and got far better marks. But nobody in the story even played hockey.)

Years later, I read it while in Mexico and immediately got captured by the story. The names and personalities were well chosen. Anyone who ever lived in a French-Canadien community knew people just like the characters, and indeed, usually with the same family names. Perhaps that was Hemon's genius, and the irony is that he was not Canadien at all, but a French immigrant. So it became one of my favorite all time books.
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