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R U going to read this novel?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JR, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    HELSINKI — A novel in which the entire narrative consists of mobile phone text messages was published Wednesday in Finland.

    The Last Messages tells the story of a fictitious executive in Finland who resigns from his job and travels throughout Europe and India, keeping in touch with his friends and relatives only through text messages.

    His messages, and the replies — roughly 1,000 altogether — are listed in chronological order in the 332-page novel written by Finnish author Hannu Luntiala. The texts are rife with grammatical errors and abbreviations commonly used in such messages.

    “I believe that, at the end of the day, a text message may reveal much more about a person than you would initially think,” said Luntiala, who also is head of a company that keeps databases on people living in Finland.

    Sari Havukainen, spokeswoman at Finnish publishing house Tammi, said the company is considering translating the book into other languages.

    The taciturn Finns, keen on all mobile gadgets, have wholeheartedly accepted text messages as a tool to communicate even in most private matters.

    Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen recently made tabloid front pages after reportedly having broken up with his girlfriend with a text message

    I think only the Scots may be more dour than the Finns. But they could have great drinking matches.
  2. R U nuts?
  3. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    For a second, I thought The Artist Formerly Known As Prince had started a thread.
  4. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I think I'll wait till they translate it. My Finnish is a little rusty. :)
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I was wondering why someone would write a novel about the State U. of New Jersey.
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I bet Finnish the Hat will read it and love it.
  7. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Who has the signature animation about saving good grammar?
    Whoever that is, please report to this thread now!
  8. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I think I know where he is. He shows up at the hockey thread every so often.
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Here we go:


    It belongs to "ondeadline". I hope he doesn't mind. :)
  10. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    I will only point out that the reason text messaging is so popular over there is because it is essentially free. Thus, it is cheaper to type in a message and hit send than to call someone, say the message for a minute and hang up.
  11. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    This is a great quote. A shame he was serious.
  12. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

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