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Post by Rekarey » 31 Aug 2013, 22:00

StephenKingman wrote:I recently finished Lord of the Flies and would rate it 8.5 out of 10, it took a bit of getting used to as i dont often read old or classic books but am aiming to read some more in the New Year.

I remember reading Lord of the Flies in high school. I thought it was well written. The Hunger Games trilogy reminds me a lot of Lord of the Flies.

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Post by neonight » 03 Sep 2013, 02:58

Books shelved as classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper ... Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion.

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Post by Misaela » 03 Sep 2013, 04:36

I read some classics through school, but did not appreciate them. My interest in reading started almost after finishing high school, and those years of in-depth studying of the classics were lost. I'd like to see other's recommendations, so that maybe this time around I'll enjoy them.

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Post by Neleh403 » 03 Sep 2013, 06:07

Of mice and men has to be one of my favourites. I'm new to classical reading too. Have just finished dantes inferno in English obviously! Can't decide whether I enjoyed it or not, some scenes were quite disturbing.

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Post by Misaela » 03 Sep 2013, 06:40

Neleh403 wrote:Of mice and men has to be one of my favourites. I'm new to classical reading too. Have just finished dantes inferno in English obviously! Can't decide whether I enjoyed it or not, some scenes were quite disturbing.
I won it Spanish (my first language). I'll try to read it soon. Of Mice and Men, what's it about?

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Post by Megan Young » 04 Sep 2013, 17:29

Ive never read it either, now Im going to have to read it!

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Post by Misaela » 05 Sep 2013, 04:35

I saw a movie about Dante's Inferno. Yes, it was very disturbing, but I enjoyed it.

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Post by Neleh403 » 05 Sep 2013, 11:41

Misaela wrote:
Neleh403 wrote:Of mice and men has to be one of my favourites. I'm new to classical reading too. Have just finished dantes inferno in English obviously! Can't decide whether I enjoyed it or not, some scenes were quite disturbing.
I won it Spanish (my first language). I'll try to read it soon. Of Mice and Men, what's it about?
It's a short story, easily read in one night. Basically it's about 2 men that go to work on a ranch in America, in the depression. One man has learning difficulties and the other man takes care of him. That is a very very basic synopsis. Hope you enjoy.

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Misaela wrote:I saw a movie about Dante's Inferno. Yes, it was very disturbing, but I enjoyed it.
I haven't seen the film, but suggest you read the book. It certainly makes you think!

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Post by Misaela » 05 Sep 2013, 16:24

I'll let you know how it was after I read it.

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Post by tinafeb584 » 06 Sep 2013, 13:04

After reading some of the posts, I gather that lot of people are recommending to read "Crime and Punishment". I am going to note that down, post comments later after reading it.

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Post by Misaela » 06 Sep 2013, 15:09

I'm doing that too. Actually, I started a list recently with all my OnlineBookClub recommendations.

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Post by Zannie » 06 Sep 2013, 19:47

That's a good idea. I think I should start to do that as well

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Post by mcs1040 » 21 Sep 2013, 09:55

Anything by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Tolstoi, Dumas father and son, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, and many more.

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Post by cristhian » 21 Sep 2013, 11:47

I have recently finished reading a book titled "Fame: What the Classics Tell us About our Cult Of Celebrity", which tries to unravel the meaning of the contemporary heros every population throughout history has had. The most appealing charasteristic of this book is that it is narrated as a story so you will definetely get a sense of belonging as you go further into the book. By the way, I got it through oferton de libros. Be Happy :D

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Post by noahadams » 21 Sep 2013, 13:46

Absolutely Les Miserables. It's a tomb and you will have to read it over a long period (it took me two or three months), but it's unquestionably one of the greatest books ever written and you can believe me when I saw that this is not hyperbole.

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I just finished reading C&P and I have to say that, while I liked it and certainly appreciated its literary merits, I didn't feel like it lived up to its 'advance press'. By comparison, I found Les Miserables was better than I could have imagined, so this isn't a case of classical literature being unrelatable, at least not for me.

I sometimes compare this to my experience watching Casablanca and Citizen Kane for the first time a few years ago, (I'm 31, so I definitely didn't see them the first time around). Casablanca seemed timeless and its reputation barely did it justice; Citizen Kane felt dated and suffered on comparison to its reputation. This is not to say that I didn't like Citizen Kane, just that I probably would have liked it better if I'd known nothing about it when I saw it.

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