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Classical Suggestions

Post Number:#1  Postby awelker » 09 Dec 2009, 18:29

Through out my life I have only read a few classical novels, mainly ones that were required to read in high school. Lately I've been wanting to give them a try again but I don't really know where to start.

I would love some suggestions on where to start. THANKS!
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Post Number:#2  Postby Bowlie » 09 Dec 2009, 19:43

I loved:

Silas Marner
Jude the Obscure
Wuthering Heights
Frankenstein
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Crime and Punishment
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Re: Classical Suggestions

Post Number:#3  Postby Gannon » 09 Dec 2009, 22:04

awelker wrote:Through out my life I have only read a few classical novels, mainly ones that were required to read in high school. Lately I've been wanting to give them a try again but I don't really know where to start.

I would love some suggestions on where to start. THANKS!


Don't know if you have read it or not but I am currently reading Bram Stoker's "Dracula". It is brilliant. I can not put it down. :)
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Post Number:#4  Postby Moore » 10 Dec 2009, 05:40

Ok. You can start with "Wuthering Heights", "Pride and Prejudice", "Farewells to Arms. Also you can read Jack London novels, Remark's books are quite perfect.
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Post Number:#5  Postby The Mythwriter » 10 Dec 2009, 12:16

A lot of good suggestions already, those are some of my favorites up there.

I also really like Charles Dickens, but I admit I can understand why a lot of people don't. A Tale of Two Cities is one of my all time favorites, you have to read the whole book to like it. You hate it while you're reading it, if that makes any sense. Maybe you;d want to give it try for the sake of it.

Others are Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Cup of Gold, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. All very good classics to my preferences.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Woodland Nymph » 10 Dec 2009, 12:23

I'm fond of:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Frankenstein
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights (though it's exhausting to read)
Dracula
Northanger Abbey
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Post Number:#7  Postby awelker » 10 Dec 2009, 21:59

I have read a tale of two cities and loved it, i've also read the grapes of wrath and of mice and men. other than those i can only ever remember reading a scarlet letter and huckfinn.
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Post Number:#8  Postby ryan » 10 Dec 2009, 22:55

The Sea Wolf by Jack London
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Those are probably my two favorite books. I seem to not like what might be thought of classical fantasy though. I didn't like Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, or the Scarlet Letter.
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Post Number:#9  Postby tasman » 11 Dec 2009, 03:24

Silas Marner ,Jude the Obscure and Wuthering Heights,which are my love. 8)
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Post Number:#10  Postby Woodland Nymph » 18 Dec 2009, 10:58

I would also highly recommend Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther. It's a depressing read though - even more so than Wuthering Heights.
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Post Number:#11  Postby blueeyedreader » 18 Dec 2009, 16:13

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. My favorite classic by far. Couldnt put it down for more than a few seconds to eat. Read the whole thing in two days!
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Post Number:#12  Postby MrWright » 02 Mar 2010, 17:29

I think it's been mentioned already but I really enjoyed Jane Eyre. Also
George Eliot's Middlemarch, and Dickens' Great Expectations. And Germinal by Emile Zola, a really powerful book.
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Post Number:#13  Postby printfac3 » 15 Mar 2010, 04:24

~ What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
~ What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
~ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Post Number:#14  Postby Morrosseth » 16 Mar 2010, 23:53

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Jules Verne
Journey to the Center of the Earth-Jules Verne
Carmilla-Sheridan LeFanu (if you like Dracula by Bram Stoker)
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Post Number:#15  Postby Erudite » 01 Apr 2010, 14:12

Everyone mentions 'Of mice and Men', what about 'The Pearl'? Also East of Eden is a favorite of mine.
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