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Old 01-10-2012, 02:51 PM   #70
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Re: What Are You Reading Right Now?

Finished the books mentioned in above posting. Wind-up Bird Chronicles is excellent, but I still prefer Norwegian Wood. We has certain similarities to 1984, albeit being more grim than Orwell's book.

What else did I read instead of playing Chrono Trigger on my iPod?

Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
A story about two half-brothers. For some time I wasn't sure if its a book about loneliness in modern society, masturbation or religion and morality. I like parts of the book and it's pretty quick and easy to read. However, I got bored by some of the sections regarding Bruno, the more deranged of the half-brothers.

Mein Leben by Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Autobiography by one of the best known literary critics in Germany. As Jew born in Poland he didn't have the best of times growing up in Berlin during Hitlers rise to power. Very interesting book, especially his depiction of the Warsaw ghetto.

Iphigenie auf Tauris by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Short stageplay, which I found rather underwhelming.

Russendisko by Wladimir Kaminer
Short stories about Russian immigrants coming to (east) Berlin in the 1990ies. Some very funny, some not so much. I managed to finish it during 1 1/2 hours of flight.
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