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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#136  Postby Mel Carriere » 26 Dec 2011, 16:33

AnnaWins wrote:Fahrenheit 451 has been made into a movie in 1966. It was awful. And there was no mechanical hound in the movie version. How can you make Fahrenheit into a movie and not have the hound?! I read once that Mel Gibson was trying to make a better version of the movie. Don't know what happen to that though.


Mel Gibson probably alienated respectable Hollywood society with his rants to the point that no one will front the money for any of his projects anymore.
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Post Number:#137  Postby TomBishop » 13 Feb 2012, 02:43

Thats really a good book.

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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#138  Postby MaxDaniel » 23 Feb 2012, 06:15

I have read the Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye in my high school but I didn't read other two so now I will read other books. I got these two book from my friend.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#139  Postby Connie_88 » 02 Mar 2012, 07:11

I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read any of the 4 :shock:
I almost came close in GCSE English though, half the year had to read Of Mice and Men - but I was in the half of the year that had to read To Kill a Mockingbird instead (which I loved and it's in my top 10).

But I'll definately put all 4 on my 'to be read' list :D
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#140  Postby cocoaaa45 » 15 Mar 2012, 03:45

All are good.
I will spend more time to read.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#141  Postby bookgator » 16 Mar 2012, 05:21

I personally like the "The Catcher in the Rye." Very different and revolutionary. I really think that this is one of my favorite classic novels. Great selection btw.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#142  Postby goldengate » 09 Apr 2012, 19:56

I have put Mice and Men on my reading list. I have not read any Steinbeck - despite living for 25+ years in Northern California. I keep meaning to read some of his novels - I will now make a point of doing so. Excellent thread. I read DH Lawrence's Sons and Lovers for a book club - not really expecting to like it but was very pleasantly surprised. It is excellent - well written - of course - also I was very engaged through the entire book. I am also a big F. Scott Fitzgerald fan.

I made a point of beginning to read the classics about 4 or 5 years ago and am enjoying it very much. They are classics for a reason, after all.

By the way - What makes a book a classic? Who decides? Does a writer have to be dead for his or her books to be considered classic?
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I lile the book about oil painting and collect some.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#144  Postby Santanico » 02 May 2012, 03:50

I LOVE 1984. It's one of those books that went into my 10 favourite books of all time before I'd even finished it! I only just read Of Mice and Men a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it - I polished it off in a day :) Catcher in the Rye is on my list of books to read, and I've never read Fahrenheit 451 but if it's as good as I've heard, that might have to go on my list too.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#145  Postby Rumsfeld » 02 May 2012, 11:12

I remember reading a Cracked article (this is coming from Cracked so take a pessimistic view on it) that said Fahrenheit wasn't as controversial as people make it out to be and the initial criticism and outrage towards it was not that big.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#146  Postby ChicotJPocket » 13 Sep 2012, 08:37

I have Of Mice and Men on my to read list, but currently Jane Austin's books have been my topic of choice of late. I am interested to know what everyone thinks about her books though.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#147  Postby ralfy » 13 Sep 2012, 10:37

Dante's Divine Comedy

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Mahabharata
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#148  Postby aya » 19 Sep 2012, 12:20

"The Catcher in the Rye" didn't make sense to me. I don't like stories about troubled teenagers either.
"Nineeteen eighty four" is a masterpiece.
"Of Mice and Men" is sad and thrilling at the same time. The end is shocking.
I miss other classics not mentioned.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#149  Postby preetisoft2 » 21 Sep 2012, 04:51

Excellent books really.
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Re: 4 Great Classic Books

Post Number:#150  Postby Phoenix98 » 25 Sep 2012, 20:07

My cousin put me on The Catcher in the Rye when I was a junior in high school. It wasn't on an approved list in my rather conservative school district, but it was in hers on the other side of the State. I loved it--simply ate it up. I doubt I would have that reaction today. At the time it was sheer entertainment. I'm not sure it has any redeeming social content: just one of those "raising awareness" issues.

1984 was more instructive than entertaining. At some point during the actual year 1984 I remember thinking that even though we were not fully there, we were certainly closer to what Orwell wrote about than people were at the time he wrote.

Fahrenheit 451 and Of Mice and Men I have not read.
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