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Oct. 7th, 2006 @ 04:42 am I know what I'm setting up here, but it's got to be said.
Someone really needs to take Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" and rename the characters. I could easily follow the lives of Bob, Harry and Trevor as they traipsed around the Russian countryside courting Megan and Tracey. These patrinomic names are killing me! And where is it written that they have to stay Lyov and Nastasya? I mean they already translated it to English and they changed the names of the towns *g*

This site might help. Save me flipping back trying to figure out which nickname is for which character. I really don't know why I'm having such a hard time with these characters, but it's really ticking me off. Is it that I'm not that into the book, or is it that I can't get that into it because I can't keep the characters straight? Is it because I read the first 200 pages 2 years ago?

Who does she think she is?
no idea
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From:running5k2day
Date:October 7th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Okay, first off, that is some confusing list of characters. Even if I printed out that list and carried it around as a cheat-sheet, I would still be utterly confused. I agree with the name changes.

I've found that if I have read a book or a portion of a book and stopped, it's so much harder to get into it. There had to be some reason or the other to have stopped reading it in the first place.
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From:neeroc
Date:October 11th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
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I hear ya about stopping reading a book, but I'm a tad obsessive when it comes to my reading. There has only been one book (so far) that I ever didn't finish reading. That list might grow though. *g*
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From:running5k2day
Date:October 11th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)

Non-Reading List

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Sooooo which book was it that you didn't finish reading? Inquiring Mind want to know.
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From:n_decisive
Date:October 7th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Assign yourself a creative writing project and write a screenplay modernizing and Anglicizing it? Could be the next be Hollywood blockbuster!
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From:neeroc
Date:October 11th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
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What a great idea! Unfortunately I'm not blessed with any sort of writing skill, but you've set off a bunch of characters in my head!
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From:n_decisive
Date:October 7th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)

Also:

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I found that a single drink made certain writers much easier to follow and understand. I suspect it was because they were all drunk when writing...
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From:heathog
Date:October 8th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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If you think Russian novels are difficult, try Norwegian ones!! Too many vowels and not enough consonants!! ;)
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From:neeroc
Date:October 11th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Okay I can't guarantee I'll ever read them, but I'll bite, who do you recommend? Hamsun is probably the only one I can think of.
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From:heathog
Date:October 11th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I was named for a book by Sigrid Undset, entitled "Kristin Lavransdatter". It is about a woman named (you won't believe it....Kristin!) who lives her life during Medieval times in Norway. If you like history at all, you might enjoy this 1000+ page novel! It's rare that a book of this type features a woman as the protagonist, so that is why my dad (who is Norwegian and his name is a variation of Lavrans) chose to name me after it! Trust me, Kristin and Lavrans are the easier names to deal with! Oh, and Sigrid won the Nobel Prize in Literature for this puppy (I think in the 1930s)!
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From:neeroc
Date:January 17th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Guess what was just picked for a reading group I follow? Yep, all 3 books, one a month *g*

Oh and I just finished The Butterfly Effect by Pernille Rygg. That one I really enjoyed, but it was only ~225 pages.
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From:heathog
Date:January 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Wow--happy reading. The hardest part of the novel(s) is dealing with the foreign names (often my problem when I have to read a Russia-based novel). Once you get into the stories, it's actually pretty entertaining. I tried reading the "Kristin" series when I was a teenager, but I just didn't have the dedication (despite being named for these books), but I'm glad I picked it back up a couple of years ago!

Good luck! Let me know what you think of it/them!!
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