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Added by Aira on 19 Jul 2010 09:59
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Books still on my mind *Updated 2015*

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The Iliad - Homer
The landmark for the whole literature world. Every verse teach you something. Definitely, it's a "must to read"


[Hector Calls Paris to the Battle by Angelica Kauffmann]
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Cities are like women, like desire. Calvino relates
them as a painter drawing every little detail of a big fresco

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Oceano Mare - Alessandro Baricco
I was very young when I read it, and I was so similar to Elisewin, the main character. Probably that's why I love it so much, or it was just that feeling to be inside a painting

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One of the best book I ever read. A long, dirty, painful, lucid autobiography. And a fierce reflection of the American society

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I was only 4 years old when I learn by heart "Il passero solitario" (The Lonely Sparrow). My mother taught me, because she loves Leopardi. And since then I started loving him too. There are only few author still able to whip readers with their poetry after all this time



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Il cavaliere inesistente - Italo Calvino
There's nothing better than a non-existent knight to talk about contemporary men. There's nothing better than the Middle Ages to talk about the present. There's nothing better than laughing with this fantastic book

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Pin is too mature for other children and too little to have a place in the adult's world, so he's perfect to tell what's the truth behind war and the Resistance. And Calvino is perfect to give him voice


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54 - Wu Ming
When the WW2 ended, another war started. A big hidden war. The Wu Ming are so good in mixing history, literature and cinema: a book like an adventure-spy movie. Even starring Cary Grant!

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Marabou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh
A vicious circle of violence and pain. Welsh drag you into this nightmare and you circulate among sorrow-for-the-victim, hate-for-the-torturers, sorrow-for-the-torturer...

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Kafka On The Shore - Haruki Murakami
I can't even explain why this book captured me that way.
Maybe it's because the young boy and the old man aroused in me the same maternal feeling. Maybe because it told about solitudes meeting each other to take soon different ways. Or maybe it's just because I love cats :P


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Kitchen: Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto
Before Kitchen I never thought how much warm could be a home with someone you love living in it, and how lonely could be a person: so lonely to make her sleep near the refrigerator, to let its buzz reassure her against that horrible silence

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White Apples - Jonathan Carroll
I loved this book for two reasons: the first is Carroll's ability to make you laugh and cry in two pages. The second is his idea of what God may be, so similar to mine: a big mosaic made of us, His tiles. Those tiles fall in the space, changing color, hoping that someday they'll return to the big Mosaic

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[Squared Circle Mosaic: Fibonacci Spiral with Hue Twist]
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I don't remember much of the story, I must be honest. What this book left in me is a kind of tapestry in my mind with colors and pieces of stories patched up together

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The Human Comedy - William Saroyan
It's a simple story, about simple people. That's the extraordinary thing in this book: with a minimalist style Saroyan goes straight to readers heart like not many authors can do

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What I loved was the rollercoaster, its style goes from a refined language to vulgarity. But it's also a great story about freedom and revolution. It catched me with its plot, battles, political and religious talks, historical facts. I remember Q as one of the best book I've ever read


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The Minds of Billy Milligan - Daniel Keyes_II
Sometimes reality is so cruel that the only way to handle it is to become someone else. This is the incredible true story of Billy Milligan, a man who suffered from multiple personality disorder with 24 personalities, including a young girl, an educated Englishman, an aggressive Yugoslavian and a lesbian girl. He was also a very good painter. I'm very interested in how our minds work and this is surely an impressive story. I also liked Keyes writing, mixing narrative style and traditional reporting, and I couldn't help but thinking that would be a great movie. In my mind, Ryan Gosling was perfect as Billy but I recently read Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play him. I can't wait to watch it anyway...


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Many books are made for time-killing, they'll be read and soon forgotten. Others are made to leave something in your mind. These are the books that changed me, made me think a lot, cry and laugh. Or maybe they're just the stories I wish I wrote. I also added booktrailers, reading videos, pictures inspired to them and others that inspired me

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A Farewell to Arms (Addio Alle Armi)
Birdman
Havana Glam
The Satanic Verses (I Versi Satanici)
The Catcher in the Rye (Il Giovane Holden)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Profumo)
The Master and Margarita (Il Maestro e Margherita)
La mujer abitada (La Donna Abitata)
Le Città Invisibili
Madame Bovary
White Apples (Mele Bianche)
Monsoon (Monsone)
Oceano Mare
The Marabou Stork Nightmares (Tolleranza zero)

You can also visit my profile on Anobii

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