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Posted: 03-Sep-2004, 03:43 PM
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I have been lately devouring any classic books I can get a hold of and quite recently ran out of titles to read. book.gif I am not really into Shakespeare, but I have read several of his works. Mostly, I've read Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas and Charles Dickens. I was wondering if anyone had some favorites they'd like to recommend?



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My recommendations:

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" -Mark Twain
"Tom Sawyer" -Mark Twain
"Les Miserables" -Victor Hugo
"To Kill A Mockingbird" -Harper Lee
"Of Mice And Men" -John Steinbeck
"The Grapes of Wrath" -John Steinbeck
"1984" -George Orwell


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If you love older - especially British authors - try Wilkie Collins and other contemporaries of Austen's time. I recommend starting with "The Lady in White". Some loved it, some hated it, but it is told almost entirely in letter format by several authors and I really liked that format - more like a puzzle to figure out. His books are mostly mystery. "To Kill A Mockingbird" was fabulous, but my all time favorite of that time period is "The Catcher in The Rye" by J.D. Salinger.

There were some great female authors in Austen's time - try looking for them on the net. One had a first name of Francis, but I can't think of her last name (silly SusieQ). Also fabulous are Agatha Christie and P.D. James. Henry James is good, too. I haven't made it past the 3rd chapter of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" - too much brain work needed....


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Posted: 04-Sep-2004, 03:16 PM
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I know what you mean about Dickens. I could barely make through Great Expectations and only read A Tale of Two Cities because someone recommended it and said there was a surprise ending. Go figure.


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Cori, I *love* many of the classics! And I *loathe* a few of them too. wink.gif You've already mentioned Jane Austen, so I'll leave her out (she would have been my first choice, lol)

My recommendations:
Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte-
Cranford-ahh, her name escapes me
Little Women/Good Wives/Little Men/Jo's Boys-Louisa May Alcott (a bit on the children's classic, but still worth it)
Anne of Green Gables-LM Montgomery (same as above)
My Antonia-Willa Cather
Daisy Miller-Henry James
The Scarlet Letter-Nathanial Hawthorne
The Great Gatsby-F Scott Fitzgerald

I'm sure there are so many more I could recommend, I'm just drawing a big ole blank right now! laugh.gif

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Maybe I could add some more, I loved these books, really :

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Count of Monte-Christo - Alexandre Dumas
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Early autumn - Louis Bromfield
The old man and the sea - Ernest Hemingway


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How about
"The Grapes of Wrath" Steinbeck
"Farenheight 451" Bradbury (fininshed that short story just the other day)
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" Hemmingway
"Catch-22" Joseph Heller
"Flowers For Algernon" I don't remember who wrote it.


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Hi all,

I agree with Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, and would also add Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey). I always thought Wodehouse was funny. Please don't forget Tolkien! He's a classic now. Also, while we're mentioning Mystery writers, you've got to read all the Sherlock Holmes novels--can't leave those unread!!

I suppose to be really faithful to the Classics, you must include Bullfinch's Mythology, and Hans Christian Anderson.

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I don't know why I didn't mention Jane Austen - it was the only book I have ever skipped ahead to the end because I was in such a panic over how it would end! Fabulous book! The Bronte's also have some other great ones!
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I don't know if it's what you'd consider "classic," but I'm reading through portions of The Canterbury Tales for an English class and I absolutely love it.
Also, if you enjoyed Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice (which IMHO is her best work), I think you'd like a work-in-progress trilogy by Pamela Aidan called The Chronicles of Pemberley. The trilogy tells Darcy's side of the story and it is very well researched and written. I highly recommend it! You can find more information at Ms. Aidan's website.


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QUOTE (celtica @ 04-Sep-2004, 03:41 PM)
Count of Monte-Christo - Alexandre Dumas




I've seen the movie version which came out recently and enjoyed it. Is the book similar? (If you've seen the movie, that is). If so, I might have to check it out.
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QUOTE (Cailiosa @ 11-Sep-2004, 06:39 PM)
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I've seen the movie version which came out recently and enjoyed it. Is the book similar? (If you've seen the movie, that is). If so, I might have to check it out.

I haven't seen the movie, but I checked it on the web. It seems similar to the book, a hard story of revenge, a lot of action and a bit romance. You should read it , really, it's an old book but the feelings are the same as they are now. smile.gif
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Wow! These are all really great recommendations. I have been wanting to read some classic literature, but the only thing I have read is Shakespeare. I have the whole volume of all his work. Every year for Christmas I ask for Jane Austen's books and never get them. Me thinks I am going to have to buy them for myself for Christmas this year.

I always loved Little Women by Louise May Alcott.


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My grandson Devin is 9 and I've been trying lately to find children's classics to read to him. We read a children's version of Moby Dick not long ago, and that made me want to read the adult version. It was very interesting and a bit challenging because there were many words associated with sailing & whaling I wasn't familiar with so had to look up. I enjoyed it.
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I've seen the movie version which came out recently and enjoyed it. Is the book similar? (If you've seen the movie, that is). If so, I might have to check it out.


I love the book, Count of Monte Cristo, it's my favorite of the classics, but I can't say I cared for that version of the movie. I think that the 1963 (?) version with Richard Chamberlain was much better, and more faithful to Dumas' tale.

As for reccommendations, I've always loved Jack London's tales of the Arctic, such as White Fang and Call of the Wild. Also, Edgar Allen Poe's a good bet.
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