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Post by Kazbek » June 8th, 2021, 8:10 pm

Catcher in the Rye made quite an impression in a Russian translation when I was a teenager. It was a good translation, and perhaps it got closer to its original impact behind the Iron Curtain, where we were less awash in subsequent first-person unvarnished-yet-idealistic coming-of-age narratives spun under its influence.

I read (listened to) The Great Gatsby much later, in the original. I don't remember much of it, except that the writing was, oh, (cue Mike Myers in his SNL Jewish lady character) like buttah!

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Post by KevinS » June 8th, 2021, 8:31 pm

Here are some difficult ones. I don't know many people who have actually read Freud, but his work remains important today. Ironically, mental health professionals are relying more on pharmacology than analysis and it is literary studies that seem to turn to him more as a proto-structuralist (if one can label in this way.)

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Post by annise » June 8th, 2021, 10:16 pm

I read Crime and Punishment as a teenager and couldn't put it down but I have tried several times to read it again and failed, I'm not sure why. Maybe it was a world I had never at that stage ever imagined in what I now realise had been a very secure sheltered life.

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Post by Availle » June 8th, 2021, 11:29 pm

Sometimes you read a book at just the right time, when you are in a certain emotional or "headspace" that resonates perfectly with the books' message. Those are the books you will re-read over and over again. I guess we all have a few of these. :) And sometime you grow out of it and you don't get why the book was so great in the first place. We all have some of those too.

That's why I like to try books or authors that I didn't like years later. I might have grown into/out of something and I can appreciate the book better the second time around. Haven't tried this with Gatsby yet, but since he's on LV now... :wink:
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Post by HannaPonomarenko » June 9th, 2021, 4:21 pm

annise wrote:
June 8th, 2021, 10:16 pm
I read Crime and Punishment as a teenager and couldn't put it down but I have tried several times to read it again and failed, I'm not sure why. Maybe it was a world I had never at that stage ever imagined in what I now realise had been a very secure sheltered life.

Anne
How I wish those persons who get a theory in their mind that they are "not a flea, but have a right" to take smb's life were obligated to read Crime and Punishment out loud. Sadly enough they appear here and there from time to time, even in Russia.

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Post by Availle » July 1st, 2021, 4:13 am

The staff has picked for July - thanks for your great suggestions! Please have a look at this page for the current pickings. You can also check out our wiki page for a plain vanilla list that contains all the staff picks for this year plus the readers.

Next month is August, when we celebrate our 16th Anniversary!

And as usual, I will prepare a little birthday surprise myself... ;-)
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Post by Availle » August 1st, 2021, 12:30 am

It's almost our Libriversary - on August 9, LibriVox celebrates its 16th birthday! :birthday:

In the staff picks I'm taking a look at our new arrivals of last year. Please have a look at this page for the current pickings. You can also check out our wiki page for a plain vanilla list that contains all the staff picks for this year plus the readers.

For the end of summer in September, let's go with some light reading this time:

Crime & Detective Fiction

I'm looking for stuff to read when you need to take your mind off things. With lots of dead people and a super smart detective who figures it all out. Which ones are your favourites? True Crime for the nonfiction section. :wink:

Especially welcome are suggestions of plays and poetry!
And, as always, and especially now: All languages welcome!

Suggest away! :thumbs:
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Post by Kitty » August 1st, 2021, 1:21 am

wow, I just saw you featured the Luxembourgish poetry collection, thank you :9:

Ok, I have a few suggestions for Crime Fiction (I will not bother mentioning the myriads of Sherlock Holmeses, as these have been featured before I am guessing) I also don't need to mention the Kriminalfälle to you ;)

Here goes:

> for German, I PLed a good murder mystery: Der Mord im Ballsaal: https://librivox.org/der-mord-im-ballsaal-by-matthias-blank/ I remember I liked it, but it's been nearly 3 years, I cannot tell you much more than what is in the summary. :lol:

> an Austrian writer, but in English translation I recently discovered while PLing: The Lady in Blue. https://librivox.org/the-lady-in-blue-by-auguste-groner/ a very cool detective, retired cop who made it his goal to solve 100 murders before he dies. And his methods are just as good as Holmes'. He also has an honour codex, so sometimes he doesn't punish the people according to law but if the sees that they repent, he helps them to rehabilitate themselves. Here he is tasked to investigate a suicide, which turns out a murder, and there were plenty of men who wanted this lady dead.

> two stage plays I unfortunately missed playing a part in, but which seemed to involve a crime: Civil Service which involves a theft (you played the plucky little clerk, so you must know more about it than myself :mrgreen: ) https://librivox.org/civil-service-by-walter-ben-hare/ and Seven Keys to Baldplate: https://librivox.org/seven-keys-to-baldpate-by-george-m-cohan/ which seems like a funny plot, as it turns out that all the mysterious happenings at this lonely hotel and all the strange people that bother the author, are only actors playing a plot in the end. (that's probably a major spoiler and should be left out). Maybe one of the volunteers who actually participated can tell you more about this.

Maybe I'll find more

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Post by Availle » August 1st, 2021, 1:29 am

Well, I thought we needed to feature our brand new languages in this one! :thumbs:

Thanks for your suggestions!

I listened to the first one, and if it is the book I think it is, then I found it meh. Mostly because the father was such a cardboard-cutout. :roll:
We should really have more Auguste Groner in our catalog... *hint hint* :wink:
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Post by Kitty » August 1st, 2021, 1:38 am

Availle wrote:
August 1st, 2021, 1:29 am
I listened to the first one, and if it is the book I think it is, then I found it meh. Mostly because the father was such a cardboard-cutout. :roll:
:lol: ok it's really been a long time since I listened to it. I cannot remember much
We should really have more Auguste Groner in our catalog... *hint hint* :wink:
I think Jo has planned more...

Maybe we should do them in the original too. :hmm:

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Post by Availle » August 1st, 2021, 1:55 am

Kitty wrote:
August 1st, 2021, 1:38 am
Maybe we should do them in the original too. :hmm:
A bit slow today, aren't you? :wink:
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Post by Kitty » August 1st, 2021, 2:24 am

Availle wrote:
August 1st, 2021, 1:55 am
A bit slow today, aren't you? :wink:
:shock: :lol:

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Post by schrm » August 1st, 2021, 3:17 am

not fiction:
https://librivox.org/fifty-years-a-detective-35-real-detective-stories-by-thomas-furlong/
Fifty Years a Detective: 35 Real Detective Stories
Hitherto unpublished facts connected with some of Mr. Furlong's greatest cases

https://librivox.org/search?q=Doctor%20Dolittle&search_form=advanced
we have ten dr dolittles in our catalogue

https://librivox.org/search?q=lupin&search_form=advanced
we have 11 arsène lupin stories in our catalogue
(sort of a french sherlock holmes)

fergus hume is a name for detective stories, eg
https://librivox.org/the-silver-bullet-by-fergus-hume/
https://librivox.org/the-crimson-cryptogram-by-fergus-hume/

https://librivox.org/the-interrupted-kiss-by-richard-marsh/
a mix of love, mystery and crime.

a little bit offtopic:
https://librivox.org/group/614?primary_key=614&search_category=group&search_page=1&search_form=get_results
trilogy about the harsh life in londons lowest classes.

a little bit offtopic:
https://librivox.org/prison-memoirs-of-an-anarchist-by-alexander-berkman/
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
first he tried to murder someone, then he ends in prison - this story is more about prison life. also, this is reality, not fiction
crimes and anarchists or communists or capitalists biographical stories are...somewhat average.

more offtopic:
there are at least two german poetry books, which contain also poems about murder or crime
bunte beute was already featured, i think https://librivox.org/bunte-beute-by-detlev-von-liliencron/ (murder of a tactically chosen wife after the ceremony. in a church. by mafia sea sailors. or kings. who nows, but the priest witnessses it. but not directly.)
https://librivox.org/unser-taeglich-gift-by-otfried-krzyzanowski/
(eg poem about suicidal tendencies)

more offtopic:
rousseau wrote about philosophy in the laws-area.
while this is sort of fiction and crime, it is also rather influential unto this day in judicial philosophy and related areas like political state systems.
we don't have a single book to this topic, but i'm sure, there is more about philophies about laws.
https://librivox.org/rousseau-by-paul-hensel/
only sections 3 and 4 are dealing with this topics.
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Post by Availle » August 1st, 2021, 3:28 am

sounds good! :D
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Post by Piotrek81 » August 1st, 2021, 3:58 am

https://librivox.org/true-detective-stories-from-the-archives-of-the-pinkertons-by-cleveland-moffett/

Most of the cases are robberies but you do get some incidental murders.
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