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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

World News From BBC

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:55:06 GMT
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park. 
Labour's Frank Dobson to quit as MP  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:16:23 GMT
Former Labour cabinet member Frank Dobson announces he will stand down as an MP at the general election next year. 
Day in pictures: 22 July 2014  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:44:47 GMT
24 hours of news photos: 22 July 
Prince George's first year  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:37:31 GMT
Prince George's first year 
In pictures: Royal first birthdays  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:54:44 GMT
A long line of royal baby photos 
In pictures: One man's HIV campaign  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:04:14 GMT
An Indonesian prisoner's campaign against HIV 
Day in pictures: 21 July 2014  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:51:52 GMT
24 hours of news photos: 21 July 
In pictures: India's 'original conservationists'  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:12:15 GMT
The 'original conservationists' of India's tree-loving tribe 
In pictures: Gaza conflict  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:21:17 GMT
Most intense shelling since the launch of Israel's offensive 
In pictures: James Garner's career  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:00:49 GMT
Career of American actor James Garner, who has died at the age of 86 
The deaths uniting women across the world  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT
The deaths that unite women across the world 
VIDEO: When Britain ruled India  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:28:16 GMT
Living in India during the dying days of the British Raj 
Which sport are you made for? Take our test  Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:30 GMT
Take our test to see which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities. 
Challenges of investigating MH17 crash site  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:47:45 GMT
Contamination and tampering could hamper MH17 investigation 
Will MH17 air disaster damage Putin?  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:16:12 GMT
Whether MH17 disaster can tarnish Putin's reputation