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Learning English always was some kind of a deja vu for me. Getting interested in its literature was inevitable.
English literature
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The beginning

My christening in English literature was, however impossible it may seem, old-school adventure computer games. And when I say old, I mean old. Back to the days of no graphics at all, where you had to read everything from the screen, like a book. Fortunately, those programmers knew better than to think they were any good at writing stories, so they basically transferred existing books to silicon.

One of my very first "books" of that sort was Tolkien's "Hobbit". Many years after, it took me quite a while to understand why the story from that book seemed so familiar! Of course, most of the literature being converted was fantasy, still, it did nicely.

Concurrently, small excerpts from Shakespeare's plays being used in my all-time favorite science fiction 'world', Star Trek, triggered my curiosity. Reading bits in Greek translation, I quickly decided to delve into the original. Needless to say, my curiosity was rewarded.

The ascension

It was around that time that I read my favorite of Shakespeare's works; "Midsummer night's dream". Of course, the intricacies of Shakespearean language were very weird at first. Once I got the idea of how it worked and, more importantly, how modern English evolved from that idiom, though, I just couldn't have enough.
"Othello", "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet", "King Lear", "Macbeth" and of course "The taming of the shrew" are some of his plays I had the pleasure of reading.

Romanticism

The turn of the past decade, namely the nineties, along with puberty, pushed me a bit further into the past. The Romantics were influencing my mind, setting my soul to unrest and my deja vu to unprecedented strength.
My main influence was Robert Burns; "A red red rose" was a poem that I really loved, and still admire greatly.

Exploring his works led me to other prominent poets and writers of the time. Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and of course, Lord Byron are a few of the Romantics that left their imprint on my psyche.

Progressing

Outgrowing the romantic phase, I turned to more contemporary literature. One of the first books I read then, was John Steinbeck's "Sweet Thursday". I still cherish reading that astounding book of that great writer. The "Grapes of Wrath", "Cannery row" and, of course, "Of mice and men" followed.

Science fiction, which was to follow, was a genre I have read quite a lot, as you can read in the according section. However, concurrently I began reading fantasy; namely the works of J.R.R. Tolkien "The hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" along with the "Silmarillion", which, strangely enough, was the one I enjoyed most. After the third read, it was time to move on.

Modern times

The last years, I've turned to 'lighter' literature. Still, I continue reading my favorite science fiction, but my view was broadened by a kindred spirit, who introduced me to the contemporary literature.
The first two books I was literally sent were Tom Robbins' "Still life with woodpecker" and Joseph Heller's "Catch-22". Needless to say I was captivated by the wit and insight of Tom Robbins, and inevitably, "Jitterbug perfume" quickly followed.

Presently, the list is occupied by J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the rye". When I'm done, I'll let you know!

 

 

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