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Old 03-14-2017, 03:06 PM
 
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Good books with beautiful language?

I am looking for books with good and warm athmosphere with beautiful language, not too sophisticated, not as boring as Jane Austin's books. Maybe a bit old fashion style rather than modern style, maybe for older folks rather than for youngsters.

Like what flowerdarling would like to read, warm, sunny, happy, beautiful and nice things which are prettily described but not too boring.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:28 PM
 
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Good books with beautiful language?

I am looking for books with good and warm athmosphere with beautiful language, not too sophisticated, not as boring as Jane Austin's books. Maybe a bit old fashion style rather than modern style, maybe for older folks rather than for youngsters.

Like what flowerdarling would like to read, warm, sunny, happy, beautiful and nice things which are prettily described but not too boring.
Do you like fiction? Historical fiction? Short stories?

I feel like I know exactly what you are looking for, but am having trouble recalling a title immediately. I'll keep thinking on this one.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:35 PM
 
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The lion the witch the wardrobe c s Lewis

They read it in my sons class becaus Lewis' grammar and use of language is flawless

If you like mysteries Rex stout and Nero Wolfe

If you like English historical novels Linda Porter will make you feel like you have been through a college course
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:48 PM
 
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Oh - I thought of one!

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (thanks, Dawn, for turning me on to this several years ago). It is the story of two married couples over a few decades. The writing is incredible and the characters and scenes are written in a way that makes you feel like you are living their lives along with them. There is nothing tragic, or racy, or disturbing - just regular life told with beautiful words.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh - I thought of one!

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (thanks, Dawn, for turning me on to this several years ago). It is the story of two married couples over a few decades. The writing is incredible and the characters and scenes are written in a way that makes you feel like you are living their lives along with them. There is nothing tragic, or racy, or disturbing - just regular life told with beautiful words.
I was about to suggest that! Of course... My favorite book in the world, ever.

What I most loved about this book is that everyone I know who has read it sees themselves as one of the characters, they're that realistic. (I saw myself as Charity. I had read a paragraph to someone, when Larry describes her as talking in italics, just like how someone would write parts of a letter. He -- the person who I read it to -- said "THAT'S YOU!" I loved that. It felt like a grand compliment.)
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:16 PM
 
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I just finished Corrag by Susan Fletcher which is a book set in the Scottish Highlands of the 17th century. The "witch" Corrag tells her tale in such a beautiful way that you can see what she sees and feel like you are there.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7306310-corrag


Let me think on it some more in case that is too heavy.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:16 PM
 
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Do you like fiction? Historical fiction? Short stories?

I feel like I know exactly what you are looking for, but am having trouble recalling a title immediately. I'll keep thinking on this one.

Thanks for the answer

I don't like scifi and for example Harry Potter is too imaginative to translate for me. Fiction is fine, historical romantic fiction is fine too. It could be a bit adventurous but I don't wish to read about detailed deaths and sad things.


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Oh - I thought of one!

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (thanks, Dawn, for turning me on to this several years ago). It is the story of two married couples over a few decades. The writing is incredible and the characters and scenes are written in a way that makes you feel like you are living their lives along with them. There is nothing tragic, or racy, or disturbing - just regular life told with beautiful words.

Thank you!

That could be the style which I am looking for.

Do you know any book stores or some other places where 5-20 pages of books could be read free before buying them? I could see if I like it before buying it.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:30 PM
 
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The lion the witch the wardrobe c s Lewis

They read it in my sons class becaus Lewis' grammar and use of language is flawless

If you like mysteries Rex stout and Nero Wolfe

If you like English historical novels Linda Porter will make you feel like you have been through a college course

Yes, learning grammar structures is my goal. Vocabulary should be something realistic that I am able to translate it. My dictionary does not know anything about Harry Potter.

I look for Linda Porter, thanks
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the answer

I don't like scifi and for example Harry Potter is too imaginative to translate for me. Fiction is fine, historical romantic fiction is fine too. It could be a bit adventurous but I don't wish to read about detailed deaths and sad things.





Thank you!

That could be the style which I am looking for.

Do you know any book stores or some other places where 5-20 pages of books could be read free before buying them? I could see if I like it before buying it.
https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Safe...allace+stegner

Click on "Look Inside" on top of the book picture. You'll have to skip past the author bio and the introduction that someone wrote to get to the first chapter, though.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:42 PM
 
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https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Safe...allace+stegner

Click on "Look Inside" on top of the book picture. You'll have to skip past the author bio and the introduction that someone wrote to get to the first chapter, though.
Thank you very much!
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