Questions tagged [identification-request]

Questions asking for identification of a story, book, or author, based on descriptive details provided within the question. Please be thorough and provide ALL of the details that you can remember when using this tag. (For questions seeking the original source of a known quote, use the [quote-source] tag instead.)

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Source of the Japanese story Joseph Campbell tells of a samurai spat upon in The Power of Myth

I'm searching for the source of the Japanese story of a samurai spat upon which Joseph Campbell relates in The Power of Myth. (Oddly, the book has no citation on this). . . . there is a story . . . ...
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Story about two men walking through the forest

This is a story (fable) that I remember reading or hearing when I was young (UK, probably between 2000-2010). It felt more like an older fable than a story written then in the 2000s. The part I ...
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Poem about a joker with disorganized attire

[throughout this question by 'English' I only mean the 'language English' ] I remember from my childhood a English language poem from a middle/high school general English textbook (India). I can only ...
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Story ID: a woman missing the train and living among strangers

I would like your help to find a story I read some years ago. What I remember about the story is that it's set in a western style world in the 1800 century probably in USA. The story begins by ...
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Book about kids riding a flying snake in a magical realm

I read an English-language novel in the mid-2000s about a group of 2 or 3 kids, probably siblings and/or cousins. I think they travel from out of town to a relative's home in the southern United ...
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Seeking Title and Poet of Post WWI poem closing with "If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell"

I'm seeking the title/author of a 1920-30s poem, closing with the phrase: If there is no reward for devotion such as this, I'll take my chances in hell. The narrator being a soldier returned from ...
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Identify book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son

I can't remember the name of a book about a guy in his late teens/early twenties who goes to live with a family to tutor their teenage son. Subsequently, the guy/tutor has an affair with the mother, ...
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Can you identify this poem about axolotl, fish, salamander

I have some lines from my dad's favourite poem, but they’re jumbled as he was 94. The lines may not be in the correct order. He couldn’t remember the writer, and several internet searches have not ...
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Novel about a Kazakh train station manager

I'm looking for a novel about a man working as a train station manager in Kazakhstan. The train station is in a remote location in a plains environment, and only rarely do trains pass. He works and ...
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Short Story with "All Odd Numbers Are Prime" Joke

Does anyone remember a short story (perhaps in Analog around the 1970s) which included a joke about engineers similar to what are called "Polish" jokes in the US and "Irish" jokes ...
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Looking for the author of a story about a tourist who got a tattoo from a renowned artist

Many years back, in school, I read a story about a tourist who goes to a new country and gets a tattoo from a renowned artist. When the artist dies, the two countries fight for the rights to the ...
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Finding a book involving a boy and carnival

In 2008 I read a book (fiction) about a boy living with a carnival. The carnival was a bunch of radical environmentalists. I can't recall the title or the author so I'm hoping somebody on here can ...
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A book by an American ex-spy who took part in the Panama canal-related coup

I once read a book about an American ex-spy, but remember nether its title nor the author. I remember that author was an American ex-spy who took part in covert ops in several countries including ...
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WWII (?) comic about a spy doing propaganda for the bad guys

The story, so far... When I was a kid, I read a story about a guy, who was sent to a country as a spy. He ended up working with doing propaganda for said countrys government, but is secretly sending ...
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Identify a fiction novel about Atlantis and digital or analog "discs"

I'm trying to remember a children's fiction book I read as a child. I only remember vague key words and ideas. Do you know what this story is? Language: English Date read: mid 2000s Where I would've ...
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Title of poem by Wisława Szymborska

Does anyone know the title of the poem by Szymborska which contains a line worded something like “whose life has ever turned out as they thought it would anyway”? I believe that the poem was published ...
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Girl in a marshy village setting whose friend is small with big feet

I remember three things about a book I read as a child. The cover was blue-green, and had either stars, fireflies, or some other kind of orbs of light on it. I don't remember the title, and all of ...
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What story is this from ? A feather chokes an opera singer to death on stage

The audience at the opera watches a feather float slowly down and spiral into the mouth of the lead soprano, and she chokes to death. I remember reading this sometime in the last decade, but don't ...
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Did Julian Huxley write a poem about an axolotl, and if so, what was it?

Julian Huxley was an avid science populariser, researched into the metamorphosis of axolotls, and wrote poetry. I'm pretty sure that these interests were combined in a poem I once came across, ...
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Tale of a Dog Chasing the Sun/Trying to Find Its Owner?

So during the Korean Folktale Topic Challenge, I was actually searching for a specific story that I thought was associated with a mythical beast called "Haetchi" or a "Haetae". It'...
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What was the case where Sherlock answers Watson's private thoughts?

I recall a Sherlock Holmes mystery where the detective and his assistant are in their apartment and Watson is working over some decision that he has to make. Suddenly Holmes pipes in to give his ...
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Identify a story about the kid who waves at the train

I learned of a story in my high school time(sometime during year 2000-2002) as part of the English textbox. The story is about two men having a conversation in a train, one is a disabled man who lost ...
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Is there a version of Beauty and the Beast where the bad sisters get punished?

According to Wikipedia, there are several versions of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Do any of them punish the bad sisters? If so, were the punishments "in line with" cultural ...
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Book about people cut off from rest of the world that don't kill animals

I read this book in elementary school (less than 10 years old) so I think it was a young adult or children's book. It's about inhabitants of a valley that were cut off from the outside world. The main ...
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Short story: an executioner, uncaring to convicts, discovers a watch that he gifted to his son

I remember reading this English (could be a translation) short story ~20 years ago in my school. There was an executioner who executed convicts on an electric chair. He never cared about (or looked ...
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Crime novel with gay policeman as main character

Ages ago I read a detective novel which I remember very little about, and the few things I do remember are not very helpful for googling it. Maybe somebody here can help me with it. One thing I ...
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Short Story About a Man Slowly Dying From Internal Injury

I remember reading an interesting short story (fairly sure it was in an early level college lit class) where a man falls off a ladder while hanging a picture or performing maintenance inside his home. ...
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Book about a mathematical British captain

I read an English-language novel around 2005 that chronicled the life of a fictional man from 1800's England—his childhood, work as a sailor, marriage, and promotion to captain. The cover shows part ...
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Short Story About a Mystical Bog and Illicit Affair Involving a Professor

It was in an anthology of short stories published prior to 1999 and written by a woman, maybe with the first name Anne, but I'm not certain. I recall her going into detail about beetles copulating in ...
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Short story about a drug addict in a prison in Mexico

I remember reading a short story on the internet a decade or so ago. It was told in first person, from the perspective of a middle class (male?) in the USA, who had some kind of medical problem that ...
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Book about a panda who ate liquorice and used a sudoku square to do magic

I read a book when I was younger that my grandma brought me and loved it. It was about a panda who ate liquorice and used a sudoku square to do magic. I really would like to find this book for my son
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Looking for a SF short story about a hotel frozen in time

I read it like 7 years ago. Many scientists — I remember Einstein — are there. You can only go if you are invited. Every time someone leaves, you can see from the window of the hotel the time he/she ...
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Book with stories continued on later pages with at least one misleading illustration due to the split involving a skeleton falling out of a closet

I read this somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s as a library book in Ashland, KY. Most of my memories of the book are pretty fragmentary. It was an English hardback, probably less than 100 ...
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What book involved forging one of the United States' founding documents?

A few details of this book that I remember include: A specific type of parchment was purchased to forge either the Constitution or Declaration of Independence. This parchment was old enough to fool ...
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What is the children's book about a troll looking for a rope to hang his brother?

There is a book I remember from the 1980s (but I had older siblings, so it may have been a decade earlier) that followed the structure of "the house that jack built" but was about 2 brothers ...
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Trying to identify the source of a Roman short story about a senator and a slave

A few days ago I remembered a short story that I was taught in high-school, and I'm trying to find from what book it comes from. The story goes something like this: A Roman senator was at a dinner ...
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Identify an Archaeology Romantic Suspense or Mystery Novel - with nymphomaniacs! Well, one

In this novel, a girl goes to (northern England? southern England? Cornwall? The UK somewhere). I think she's looking for her father, who was/is an archaeologist. The dig is looking for (Roman? Bronze?...
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Short story on British radio about fish gutters turned contract killers

One weekend evening in late 2010, I heard a short story on British radio (probably BBC Radio 4) whose main characters were two women (I think Scottish?), one of them the first-person narrator. The ...
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Short (possibly children's) story set in Norfolk glorifying the English Countryside

I have been trying to recall a short story for a while now, one which I read in 2009-2010 but is possibly older (it was part of a children's story collection whose name I cannot recollect, although I ...
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Info about "Wisdom is One" by Benjamin Williams Huntsman?

Ran across a title. Out of curiosity, tried trolling the internet for more info. No joy. Does anyone know anything about a book titled "Wisdom is One" by Benjamin Williams Huntsman ...
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Story about a European captain marrying a tribal woman, part of the plot similar to *The Count of Monte Cristo*?

I am trying to find the name of a story. The plot is set in the age when Europeans were sailing to the Americas and contacting the local tribes. My memory is vague but here are some of the points I ...
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Novel with a spy/assassin who helps the grand-daughter of a Nazi hunter, speaks Basque from learning it from a book, escapes a cave through water

I'm pretty sure I read this just a few years ago, but that it is an older story, maybe from the 60s or the 70s. I think it starts with the main character descending into a cave with someone else ...
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What book of Eugène Sue's 'The Mysteries of the People' inspired M. Joly's 'Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli & Montesquieu', as claimed by U. Eco?

Question summed up: Can anyone help me find the part of Eugène Sue's The Mysteries of the People wherein a sinister Jesuit plot is unveiled, which may have, through a game of 'telephone' by plagiarism,...
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Story About a Boy Lost in the Wilderness

Many years ago (late '60s to '70s), I read a story about a boy with a group of hikers on a ridge who get caught in a lightning storm. They all run off the ridge, and, apparently, the boy went down the ...
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Identify a detailed-prose book of Aesop fables

At a school I no longer go to (Sydney, Australia, early 2010s, the book was in English), I read this book in the library that was a collection of Aesop's fables. The author had this very distinctive ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a girl with gray eyes and powers related to metal

I read this book about 10 years ago in either late elementary/middle school. It was a light fantasy novel (perhaps YA) and I'll try to summarize all the main points I remember. The main character was ...
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Sentient manta rays living in Jupiter?

I am trying to remember a science fiction story I read that involved a civilization of sentient manta rays living in Jupiter. The book starts with the main character, a human, being given a body to ...
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Identification of an American comics strip about mathematically shaped pancakes

When making crèpes for my children this morning, I recalled a comics strip I would like to identify. It is American, contemporary and I saw it a few years ago. It features a father who is about to ...
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Book involving a child whose mother breaks into his piggy bank to bail out his brother, and he imagines waiting in his room until his body regenerates

I think I read this in the early 1990s as a book checked out from the library in Ashland, KY. I didn't get very far into it, but an early scene made a huge impression on me. The protagonist wakes up ...
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Trying to find novel about a woman who goes into deep introspection while stranded away from home

The woman is upper-class British, stranded I believe somewhere in the Middle East late 19th century or so (she's waiting for an often-cancelled train). While stuck there alone, she starts to realize ...

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