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#1591 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:22 AM

My first guess is Pnin by Nabokov.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1592 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:27 AM

no...Posted Image

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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#1593 casandra

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:53 AM

from one of Toussaint's novels?
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
- hobglobin, personal comment about my beauteous photo......

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

also no...you both had wrong countries too Posted Image

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

That is....if she posts at all.


#1595 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

Time of the Hero by Vargas Llosa ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1596 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

still no...it's not a school or campus novel, btw...more a Bildungsroman Posted Image

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


#1597 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:08 AM

Norwegian wood by Murakami ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

still no....Bildungsroman contained another hint btw...and it's not only a Bildungsroman but describes a society in this era and especially a type of character (and it's flaws)

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


#1599 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

Demian by Hesse ?
Seriously, I've no idea.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:38 AM

or Youth without God by Horvath ? Deals with opportunists in the Nazi era, if I'm correct...

Edited by Tabaluga, 13 May 2013 - 11:38 AM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1601 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:42 AM

you come nearer, and not opportunist but more a kind of man of conviction...but it was earlier than nazi ere...

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


#1602 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

something by Remarque ?

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1603 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

that's very close but still wrong Posted Image the leading character is too cowardice to join military service but is a proponent of the military...

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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That is....if she posts at all.


#1604 Tabaluga

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:05 PM

Hm, Felix Krull ? (doesn't join the military, but I don't know whether he is a proponent or not)

And where's casandra ? Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1605 hobglobin

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

nope again...Posted Image but very close as the authors are siblings Posted Image

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

That is....if she posts at all.





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