Thursday, January 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday : Huh?

What’s your favorite book that nobody else has heard of?
You know, not Little Women or Huckleberry Finn, not the latest best-seller . . . whether they’ve read them or not, everybody “knows” those books. I’m talking about the best book that, when you tell people that you love it, they go, “Huh? Never heard of it?”

And, folks–Becca was nice enough to nominate Booking Through Thursday for a Blogger’s Choice Award–while you’re here, why don’t you head over and vote for us, too. Because, a vote for BTT is a vote for all of us who play each week!

Well, that's quite difficult because it depends if I'm considering french people or english-speaking people. And also I discovered lots of books that I really love before they were known from the large public. So in France, I would say, The Worlds of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones, because unfortunately, she's not very well known here but also Les Mauvaises Nouvelles by Nicola Sirkis. Nicola Sirkis is the most important member of a french rock band, very well known in France, but nobody knows ( except his greatest fans) that he wrote a book of short stories a few years ago, in the same verve as J.D. Salinger. But everytime I talk of those books, people just don't say anything because, they don't know them;o) But for you, Anglo-Saxon as we call you here;o) (don't be mad at me, it's just a joke), I don't know what to say. I'm trying to find in my best-loved books, but I think they're very well-known (The Catcher in The Rye, Tales of the City), and it would be a bad answer to quote a book by a french author;o), but even there maybe you would know some of them, like The Lover by Marguerite Duras. The problem is that I don't remember talking about a book with someone when I was living in England. I must have but I can't remember, so I don't know what was the reaction in front of me. Sorry about that;o)


Jaimie said...

This is great because we can get some recommendations for books we never heard of. I am going to look those up. Happy BTT!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'll look out for Les Mauvaises Nouvelles. I like to sometimes read in French and short stories are easier in a foreign language than full length novels