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16 August 2006

Tagged To A Book Meme

I was so called 'tagged' twice recently, once by Reham, and once by Shlemazl. I cannot fulfill Reham's tag as it gives away more information than I'd like. I'm gonna try Shlemazl's but I don't like rules so I'm not gonna stick to them if I don't feel like it!
1. One book that changed your life?

Vicotr Hugo - Les Misérables
This book is just so human. It shows beauty in ugliness, right in wrong, and wrong in right. It shows compassion and sin, forgiveness and justice, it's an emotional epic journey for sure.

Naguib Mahfouz - The Mirage
A very psychological novel that delves into the deepest of the human thoughts. It made me better understand the imperfection inherent to humanity.

2. One book you have read more than once?

Naguib Mahfouz - Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth

3. One book you would want on a deserted island?

AutoCad for Dummies... just kidding. Some holy book maybe!?

4. One book that made you laugh?

Nick Hornby - Long Way Down
Four people meet at a roof top just before they commit suicide.

5. One book that made you cry?

Andre Dubus III - House Of Sand And Fog
Books don't make me cry... but this one got me pretty choked.

6. One book you wish had been written?

The Truth for Dummies

7. One book you wish had never been written.

Sun Tzu - The Art Of War

8. One book you're currently reading.

Classic American Short Stories
This is a neat book with one page in French and the opposite page in the English translation. I'm trying to improve my French.

9. One book you have been meaning to read.

John Crowley - Engine Summer
I've had this book since I was 14, and I swear I must have tried to read it 4 or 5 times. I can't even begin to describe how weird this book is. I could just never finish it. From what I gather it is considered a cult classic by some.

Naguib Mahfouz - Children Of The Alley
This book is banned all over the Arab world, except for Lebanon! I can get the English translation but I want to read the Arabic original first, which is very hard to find. I knew a guy who had it but he would just not lend it to me!

10. Now tag five people.
Let's see... hmm...
Pinky & Brain


Blogger Reham said...

hmm.. :o)
it's on my mind to read les miserables..

the rest!! i have no clue :o$ other than the Mirage.. but thanks.. i'll put them on my "To Read" list ;o)

and of course i do appreciate ur privacy in my tag thingie :o)

10:22 AM

Blogger forsoothsayer said...

ma3 nafsak khales :)

3:03 PM

Blogger Maat said...

the house of sand and fog, i didnt read the book but i saw the movie. this is one great story, and yes...i almost never cry to movies but this one really got to me.

11:41 AM

Blogger shlemazl said...

Thanks for the post. I'll try to find the Akhnaten book you liked. I've read a couple on the subject, but not this one.

Miserables is a great book, but ... as far as I am concerned it is 100% romantic as is everything else by Hugo. Not a real "human" story.

4:14 AM

Blogger Kvta said...

This list will expand my list of books I must read. Thanks

12:33 AM

Anonymous izzi said...

Tag Deenie !

4:14 PM


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