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Old 11-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #25
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I was absolutely crazy about the Tolkien books when I was younger. I don't feel the same fervor now but I'm still moved by JRRT's love of language and of landscape. His painstaking descriptions of his settings are so beautiful (and so British somehow).

I was pretty excited when the movies were announced but I ended up never watching them-- in part because, while I realized that Tolkien's dialogue would never work as it was, I didn't really want to hear Jackson's / Boyens' attempts at movieizing it.

For those who enjoy Russian novels I'd recommend Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. Great book, less ponderous than Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.
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