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Arrow In this thread, please recommend me books to read...

... with one criteria, they must be set in 1920s and 1930s. It's ok if they're only partially set in those eras, for example, The Hours.

Actually another slight criteria is I'd prefer novels or plays that haven't been adapted to the screen yet.

So please no The Great Gatsby or To kill a Mockingbird, chances are if they've been on screen, I'd probably read them.

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The greatest book ever written to me is: 'Great Expectations' By Charles Dickens (The movie is shit)
For a funny read, pick up "How to Ruin Your Life" by Ben Stein
Also I like reading works by Edgar Allen Poe, and Shakespere
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I was in the stage production of "An Inspector Calls" by british play-write J.B.Priestley. Excruciatingly boring on stage, but a good read as a play.

I have just finished reading a trilogy by Robin Hobb called "The Farseer", brilliant series now into her second trillogy called "The Liveship traders"....they are not time specific...however first trill gives you the sense it is medievil.

Another great play is "Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll" by Ray Lawler....I guess it is based around the 30's - 40's but again isn't time specific.

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If you are interested in Russian works in the 1920s, I recommend these ones:

"Bathhouse and other stories" & "nervous people and other stories": a collected satire stories about life in Russia just after the Bolsheviks' rise to power, written by Mikhail Zoshchenko. Each story in the collection is very short, not more than two or three pages, but manages to give you a very detailed view on how normal people coped with food and power shortages, the fast industrial developmens, the population migrations, the forced cooperatives and the political enviroments of the day. At the beginning the stories are really hilarious but, as you read more, they get depressing. But, excellent collections overall.

"Heart of a dog" & "The Master and Margarita" By Mikhail Bulgakov: I think the second one was written in the 1930s but wasn't published until the 1950s or 1960s (?). These are also satire stories but in long format. Heart of a dog is a story about a how the attitude of a dog changed for the better/worst after he got a human organ transpant. A funny novel told from the perspective of the dog. The Master and Margarita is an excellent, intelligent novel. It's about a lot of things at the same time - a story about the Devils and his mischievious friends' visit to the then Moscow, a reworked story about the relationship b/n Pontius Pilate and Jesus, or a story about what happens to writers who compromise on their principle. If you chose not to read the other ones, I recommend to give this one a shot.
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if you want one that is kinda from a lower class person's prospective then i suggest you get 'Angela's Ashes' by Frank McCourt...and 'Tis' by Frank McCourt (thats the sequel)...its his memoirs of his childhood up until like the mid 1940's...but most of it is set in the 20's and 30's
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Another book written in the 1920s (but not Russian) is Franz Kafka's "The castle". Somebody recommended this to me and I read it last spring. It's a very confusing book: I still couldn't figure out what it was all about. The _extremely_ long sentences (some taking more than a full page) bored me in the middle of the book. But, I know a lot of people view it with high regards, so you might want to check it out.

EDIT: Okay, I remembered some more books about 1920's I enjoyed reading. This time Russian Sci-fi's:

Aelita (Queen/Lady of Mars), by Alexi tolstoy: How two russian astronomers (one of them a veteran of the red army) free the oppressed citizens of the Red Planet. It has some nice love story in it too. A really good scif-fi (or, depending how you read it, propaganda) book. I heard there is a silent-movie based on this book, but never watched it.

The amphibian, by belayev : The story of a person with a shark heart. He lives both in the ocean and on land (in the latin america). A nice adventure book. There is also a movie based on this book, but I haven't watched it.

Okey dokey, that's enough recommendations, I think.

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great expectations by charles dickens !!!!!! i did not like the movie either it lacked substance.

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"We the Living" by Ayn Rand is an exceptionally brilliant book intermingling social commentary regarding Russia, or the Soviet Union, during the age of Communism and a love story. I love this book! I absolutely could not put it down once I read it. I actually didn't go to school just so I could finish reading this book.

"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden is also a great book that takes you into the world of traditional Japanese female entertainers through the eyes of one woman and her struggle to be the best and to survive. This book is just filled with emotion and precision. The writing is excellent and so is the story.

"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison is just a great book with a lot of attitude. I've only read it once and it was for school, but I absolutely enjoyed reading it. It was amazing. Morrison is a gifted writer and the thematics of this book is so important.

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood is another one of my favorites. The writing, suspense, and excitement throughout the book is just exceptional. This book is not old; it's actually very modern and it's very telling of the dangers that our society could face if push comes to shove. It's a great book.
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Review: Few events in his early years had prepared Laurie Odell for that day in the Veteran's Hospital when he first met Andrew Raynes. Laurie, who was recovering from wounds sustained at Dunkirk, had seen a bit of life, but the moment he met Andrew was unique for him - it was a moment that provided clarity and logic for the many things that he vaguely knew about himself but had never fully understood. With Andrew everything became right - love entered Laurie's life and with it finally, a sense of self. But this discovery began Laurie's journey between two communities - that of the soldier and that of the gay man - and the delicate task of navigating the precarious waters that flow between them.

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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

You might want to try her first book White Teeth (which you should have read), but the Autograph Man is a lot shorter, and more accesible (but not as good, mind).







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Have you ever read "Ragtime" by EL Doctorow? It's been made into a musical and a film, I think, but the book is set in the 20s and mixes a fictional storyline into real-life events. He is an amazing writer either way and I think you would enjoy his work.


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