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#1276 hobglobin

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:58 AM

Hunger by Hamsun would be another idea...self-explaining somehow Posted Image

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...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:33 AM

ok, my first wild guess is Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma..when the nobleman protagonist returns home after surviving the Battle Of Waterloo-hungry, injured etc to his aunt, a sort of benefactress...:lol:
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:39 AM

All wrong so far... Here's a clue in form of another quote from the same work, said by "he" about "she":

"What will she say when she sees me? Will she forgive this last trick of mine? I am sure she won't. Oh, no, she won't. And I deserve it, as usual! For I am a rascal, fine on promises which I never keep!"

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 25 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

for me it's Russian at least...so the Dead Souls by Gogol which is full of cheating and corruption...

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

Not russian (how did you get that idea ?) and here's the next clue which will bring you closer to the genre - you all think of too serious things ;)

"No one lives in this house. Everyone is dead."
"Won't you, at least, open the door for me?" he cried in a beseeching voice.
"I also am dead."
"Dead? What are you doing at the window, then?"
"I am waiting for the coffin to take me away."

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 25 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

sounds like a fairy then, but I only know a fairy with a glass coffin...and Russian bec of the cauliflower with bread and the woman's description, forgot the name already 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.


#1282 casandra

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:15 PM

she said, it's nothing serious so I guess really a fairy tale or children's book- Lagerlof's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (who likes eating and mischief) :lol: but I guess it's very early 20th century...we need more clues, Tabs...is it not french? :D
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

Hm, both of you make good points in your above posts ! It's not Nils Holgersson et not french though.
And what's missing in Bioforum's smileys is certainly not missing here...

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 25 March 2013 - 07:30 PM

Hm, both of you make good points in your above posts ! It's not Nils Holgersson et not french though.
And what's missing in Bioforum's smileys is certainly not missing here...

:P ok..I know that nose clue...it's from The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi...am just trying to figure out who said the 'everyone is dead in this house'..it's the blue haired fairy eh?
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:12 AM

Yes, you're right !!!
And it is indeed the blue-haired fairy (actually, all of the quotes refer to her somehow) who saves him but also teaches him lessons over and over again...
Do you know the Japanese Pinocchio anime from the seventies ? One of my favourites ;)

Your turn now !

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 26 March 2013 - 05:08 AM

'd have thought first of Zwerg Nase (Little Longnose) by Hauff....anyway

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#1287 casandra

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

Posted Image...we have to check out this anime dr H...........and ok, 20th century..english...easy think...:D

“That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.”

Edited by casandra, 26 March 2013 - 01:16 PM.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

"easy" is a warning that it's difficult again Posted Image
anyway as it can be everything for me it's a female and US American:
Tom Wolfe and The Bonfire of the Vanities (just to start with something and waiting for at least one useful hint 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.


#1289 casandra

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

"easy" is a warning that it's difficult again Posted Image
anyway as it can be everything for me it's a female and US American:
Tom Wolfe and The Bonfire of the Vanities (just to start with something and waiting for at least one useful hint Posted Image

nope...it's a bit more serious than Bonfire...and she was very talented and controversial - her life and death......likes to bake till the very end......:)
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:15 AM

Virginia Woolf? I've to check her hobbies, baking I cannot imagine Posted Image

One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
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