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About rykketid

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  • Birthday 04/20/1990

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    Florence, Italy
  1. I'm looking for a novel (not an essay) where the Aral Sea is somehow the protagonist, by that I mean that the unfortunate events involving this huge lake mustn't be a marginal detail in the story. Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. So... This is a passage from a review of Brave New World: <<Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers [...]>> What?! Genetic engineering?! There's just one problem: the book had been written years before Watson and Crick discovered DNA structure. Indeed in the book genetic manipulation is never mentioned. This is so disappointing... Such an important novel would deserve a better review.
  3. Dystopian novels

    Brave New World is my favourite one so far. No one suggested you 1984 by Orwell... Maybe it's so famous that it's useless to mention it x-) Another one is The Man in the High Castle by Philip Dick, basically it is the author's guesswork about how the world would have been if the Allies had lost WWII. I also heard some people say that The Giver's trilogy by Lois Lowry is worth reading, but I still have to. And finally, I think that also High Rise by J. G. Ballard may interest you. The novel is set in an ultra-modern high-rise building, the people living in it are like a society isolated from the outside world, but this society, due to some problems, starts degenerating.
  4. Unluckily the video is not in English, but I just wanted to let you see what a wonderful house Umberto Eco owns. Aren't you a bit jealous? :-)
  5. I really really enjoyed The White Rabbit by Bruce Marshall. It is a non-finction book about an English soldier who fought for the French Resistance. It is really a gripping and breathtaking book, the first part is set in Northern France and Paris; we see the protagonist committed to organising some Resistance groups against the Nazis, and it is like having a look into the difficult, "underground" world of Partisans. The second part is set in Germany, in a concentration / extermination camp, and recounts the protagonist's desperate attempts of escape from the camp. In three words, it is engrossing, breathtaking and heart-stopping :-)
  6. I'm looking for a novel set there and possibly with characters from both sides who meet for causes beyond their control, and will have to put aside their ideological views in order to co-operate and achieve something. I know it is quite vague x-) but, yeah, I would like something like that :-) Thanks in advance!
  7. Maybe this thread is a bit off topic but I didn't find any internet section .
  8. Favorite Poet?

    My favourite poet is Giuseppe Ungaretti. This is one of my favourite poems by him: Soldiers There we are like leaves on trees, in Autumn He wrote that in the trenches during WW1. I think that in those three verses he managed to explain so thoroughly how soldiers feel when in war.
  9. Find the shortest poem :)

    Whoa! You're the winner for now
  10. Find the shortest poem :)

    Basically it's the story of a purple cow which has the gift of making people tender it's a milk chocolate commercial
  11. Probably I'll be frowned upon but... honestly I don't know if what to read would be my main concern. I think I'd rather devote myself to more hedonistic pleasures XD... after that I would visit as many places as possible all over the world (possibly with my family and friends)... If I decided to read something, I guess that I would choose something about spirituality. Moreover there is a Belgian author, Amélie Nothomb, that I've been always curious about but never read anything by her, and since she says she's really fascinated by death I would probably pick some of her books as well.
  12. Find the shortest poem :)

    I know it's not poetic at all but you reminded me of this commercial XD
  13. I think that the prophecy of Brave New World by Huxley is a more probable prophecy rather than the one of 1984, therefore if I had to choose between these two, I'd say that it's more likely that our society might head towards the Brave New World portrayed by Huxley rather than towards Orwell's scenario, it being understood that they are both dystopian novels. Nonetheless Orwell was a great prophet and is one of my favourite English authors; I think that his idea of Newspeak is genial, but he took inspiration mainly from the European dictatorships that took over in many countries in the 20's and 30's, and that form of government is now over almost all across the world.
  14. This is a contest , the person who posts the shortest poem will win. Mine is Morning by Ungaretti: I illuminate myself with immensity. I challenge you to find something shorter lol
  15. What do you collect?

    I used to collect minerals, but then I quitted. I still have the minerals in a showcase in my room but stopped enlarging the collection. I also collected Magic: The Gathering cards but not anymore, even though I still love them.