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Posted: 7/1/2003 6:36:21 PM EDT
I've been wanting to read up on "The Classics", any suggestions? I know about Moby Dick and Little Women........any more?
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 6:45:16 PM EDT
Tow Sawyer Huckleberry Finn The Swiss Family Robinson Kidnapped Treasure Island Robinson Crusoe The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood A Tale of Two Cities The Three Musketeers All of the above are must reads.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 6:45:52 PM EDT
Catcher in the Rye Grapes of Wrath 1984
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 6:51:44 PM EDT
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Ben-Hur, Farenheit 451, Catch 22.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 6:53:00 PM EDT
Mug and KODoc are right, IMHO. Also, read anything by Steinbeck. Cannery Row is great. My all-time favorite id "Catch-22" BTW, when you get to the (Cannery Row) part about the beer milkshake, TRY IT!!! Use a GOOD butter brickle ice cream, a LITTLE milk and about 2/3s a beer. No lie! It's GOOD!!!
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:00:15 PM EDT
cat in the hat green eggs and ham all of the good Dr.'s work............. [:D]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:27:00 PM EDT
A second vote for Huck finn.. one of the best books ever written. It is very hard to believe that this book was actually banned by many schools and librarys.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:35:59 PM EDT
Yes, I agree with the Steinbeck novels. Cannery Row in particular... of course I'm originally from that neck of the woods... Another great is "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque --RR
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:39:26 PM EDT
Huck Finn is my favorite book. A few others worth reading. White Fang Mobey Dick Lord of the Flies The Illustrated Man The Crucible
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:39:55 PM EDT
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All of Mark Twains works, come to think of it. Especially "Life on the Mississippi"; and "The Innocents Abroad" teaches you all you ever need to know about furrin parts :) Also: Louis L'Amour "How the West was won" Vladimir Nabokov "Lolita" George Orwell - Animal Farm THOMPSON, Hunter - Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Nevil Chute "On the Beach" William Golding "Lord of the Flies" Margaret Mitchell "Gone with the Wind" and of course everything by Robert Heinlein, Jules Verne, EA Poe, Douglas Adams and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 7:44:00 PM EDT
I tryed Lord of the Flies but man I couldn't make it through to the end. Already read all of the Lord of Rings and the Hobbit when I was in high school, took me to another world!
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:11:47 PM EDT
Classic adventure books, some are dated but all are fun reads Stevenson - Treasure Island, Black Arrow Kipling - Barrack Room Ballads, other poetry Collections Sabatini - Captain Blood Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Connecticut Yankee Not necessarily classics but close and fun reads C S Forester - Hornblower series Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes series, The White Company (This may be the first blood and thunder novel) Kipling - Captains Courageous, The Man Who Would Be King (short story) Rowling - Harry Potter - Any book that can be enjoyed by new readers through jaded adults has got to be good. Caution the newest is pretty dark and might not be suitable for young readers (per my resident chilluns liberryian who just finished it.)
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:13:44 PM EDT
Curious George Go Dog Go
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:18:53 PM EDT
African Game Trails - Theodore Roosevelt Death in the long Grass (not a classic but worth the read)- Peter Capstick CH
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:45:54 PM EDT
To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Farenheit 451, Animal farm, The Pearl, 1984, and the book with PiP Mrs. Havisham and Magwitch, can't remember the title.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:48:55 PM EDT
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[b]1984[/b] Animal Farm Brave New World The Trial The Metamorphosis The Fountainhead Atlas Shrugged Catcher in the Rye Going All the Way(Wakefield)
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 8:59:53 PM EDT
Most any Hemingway, but especially "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "The Old Man & the Sea" & the Nick Adams short stories. Thomas Wolfe, "Look Homeward, Angel" Stephen Crane, "Red Badge of Courage" Herman Melville, "Moby Dick" John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath" Not really classics, but great fun if you're into hunting & shooting: Robert Ruark (not so much the novels, as the African hunting books like "Horn of the Hunter", & his growing-up books, "The Old Man & the Boy" & "The Old Man's Boy Grows Older." Bon appetit........
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 9:08:20 PM EDT
"Treasure Island" - Robert Louis Stevenson "A Tale of Two Cities" - Charles Dickens These two classical writers have a very readable style (as did Mark Twain) unlike the author of "The Last of the Mohicans"
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 9:42:47 PM EDT
Get a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories,,usually a fairly inexpensive buy, if you don't get it from the library. Some pretty scary stuff too. The guy was very dark in his liturature.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:00:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dc899: and the book with PiP Mrs. Havisham and Magwitch, can't remember the title.
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Just don't have any Great Expectations when you read this book [;)] A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court The Red Pony
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:05:41 PM EDT
Ok, so a lot of good stuff was already listed, but try some of these if you like lite reading! The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne Leaves of Grass-Walt Whitman The Two Treatises on Government-John Locke Leviathan-Thomas Hobbes Democracy in America-Alexis De Tocqueville The Art of War-Sun Tzu The Prince-Niccolo MacHiavelli The Rights of Man; Common Sense; -Thomas Paine Wealth of Nations-Adam Smith The Federalist Papers-Alexander Hamilton, et al. Civil Disobedience-Henry Throeau Self-Reliance-Ralph Emerson The Road Not Taken, etc...-Robert Frost The Communist Maniefesto, Das Kapital-Marx & Engles State & Revolution-Lenin Diary of a Young Girl-Anne Frank etc...
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:28:21 PM EDT
One of the overlooked Twain books is "Roughing It", about his adventures knocking around the west as a young man. Great stuff. Hemingway is good. Raymond Carver's short stories if you want to be depressed. Raymond Chandler's Marlowe stories are probably modern classics. (Hey, he got a Library of America book, so it's official.) Jane Austen is hilarious if you can get past the first 50 pages of her books and start to get a feel for the characters.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:35:43 PM EDT
Huck Finn, and a modern one, Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry. Clive Cussler books too! NOT serious on Clive, but he is a good read.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:42:01 PM EDT
James F. Cooper - Last of the Mohicans, etc...
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 6:25:09 AM EDT
The Sun Also Rises, Great Gatsby and a streatch for classic but Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse 5.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 6:50:06 AM EDT
On The Road, Jack Kerouac Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin Frankenstein, Mary Shelley Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane -Z
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 12:48:57 PM EDT
Susan Cooper the dark is rising series. Star beast Have Space suit will travel from Robert Heinline(sp)
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 12:56:07 PM EDT
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, a big book but hard to put down once you start.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 3:03:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NCCop: ...., but especially "For Whom the Bell Tolls"...
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Ditto
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 4:55:45 PM EDT
1984 Crime and Punishment 1984 Brave New World 1984
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 5:23:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mcgredo: One of the overlooked Twain books is "Roughing It", about his adventures knocking around the west as a young man. Great stuff.
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A second for "Roughing It." That was one of the funniest books I ever read. There was a passage where they were staying in a lodge, went horseback riding, and got lost in a snow storm. They tried to start a fire by collecting a pile of sticks and shooting it with a handgun. No fire, but all the horses ran off. So they started walking. Soon, they came upon the tracks of a group and decided to follow them. Sometime later, the tracks indicated that the first group had been joined by a second group. This continued for another iteration or so. Finally, they bedded down for the night, all huddled together. In the morning when the storm had passed, they discovered they had been walking in circles about 100 yards from the lodge. The horses, of course, had gone back to their corral and were waiting to be tended. It was told in that marvelous way that only Mark Twain seems to possess.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 5:37:32 PM EDT
"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson "The Count of Monte-Cristo" by Alexander Dumas "IL PRINCIPE" (1532), by Niccolo Machiavelli (The main theme is that all means may be used in order to maintain authority, and that the worst acts of the ruler are justified by the treachery of the government...THIS is what we will get if Hillary Clinton becomes president!) "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville Just about anything in either prose or poetry by Rudyard Kipling from "The Man Who Would be King" to "Gunga Din". (I like "Tommy": [i]For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!" "But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;[/i].) Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn by Mark Twain are fantastic reads...even as an adult. Most any of the Sherlock Holmes stuff by A. Conan Doyle. My fav is "The Sign of Four". While not really a classicist, I love Hemingway. My favs are "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and The Sea". H. G. Wells' "War of The Worlds" & "The Time Machine". Of course...the Bard...William Shakespear: -Henry the Fifth -Hamlet -Macbeth -The Taming of the Shrew Plus amost all the others. I really don't like some of the bloody Greek tragedies though. "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne. Finally to get a flavor of ancient history, I recommend "The Epic of Gilgamesh", "Beowulf" and Homer's "The Iliad" & "The Odyssey". That's some real classical lit. Besides a ton of good reading, lots of great lessons for life in that stuff. I'm sure I've left out a ton of great lit...search for classical literature online and just start reading. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 7:02:51 PM EDT
Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" Niven and Pournelle's "Lucifer's Hammer" A second for Forrester's "Hornblower" series. "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" The Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 7:34:11 PM EDT
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The Bible The Declaration of Independence The Federalist Papers The Anti-Federalist Papers ************ Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein 1984, by George Orwell Animal Farm, by George Orwell Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 8:37:14 PM EDT
I just have 10 more pages to go in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". Lots of good ones have been mentioned, so here's a few more. The Canterbury Tales (fun to read one with the old english on one page and translation on the other) Dante's "Inferno"
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 8:42:27 PM EDT
Aldous Huxley: "Brave New World" (amazing what he saw coming) Ernest Hemmingway: "Up in Michigan" and the other short stories about fly fishing in Michigan. Norman McLean: "A River Runs Through It" although in this case I thought the movie was better than the book...go figure Ayn Rand: "Atlas Shrugged" Adolf Hitler: "Mein Kampf" interesting read, they should have seen it coming! Winston Churchill: I can't remember, but I think he wrote three books on the history of Europe.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 8:50:42 PM EDT
wurthering heights - bronte the stranger - camus don't know if it's quite 'classic' as of yet but the dune series by herbert is some heady sh*t.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 8:59:01 PM EDT
Unintended Consequences by John Ross. I'm only about 35 pages into it and I can already tell, this is a must read for everyone on this board. If you don't have it, get it.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 9:01:51 PM EDT
Robert A. Heinlein: Sixth Column Glory Road (novel) "-if this goes on-" (novella?) "Gulf" (short story) followed immediately by "Friday" (novel) The Number of the Beast (novel) And "Starship Troopers" (Please, read the novel and ignore the terrible rendition of the movie) Everyone else has mentioned everything else I would have recommended. Knowledge of the classics is recommended, if for no other reason, than to understand such allusions as "Caught between Scylla and Charybdis" or "Thoughtcrime, newspeak, oldspeak, doublespeak..." Or, "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others..." "To thine Own Self Be True" And other quotes, some overused, some not used enough, IMHO. And, read SOMETHING by Alexander Hamilton...I don't care much what... Panz [bounce]
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 9:20:10 PM EDT
Both these books are epic adventures of men living in circumstances not of their own making, the first very historical. Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas I would second all the rec's for Mark Twain. A little know fact is his last book was titled "Joan of Arc' and he considered it his best. Researched and written over 12 year period, he considered her the single greatest historical personage. It is rarely mentioned so it seems the critics don't agree. Still you will see if you read it, that it was a singularly remarkable life. Damien or Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse are very good.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 9:40:20 PM EDT
The Gargantua To Kill A Mockingbird The Old Man And The Sea Sir Gawain And The Green Knight A Clockwork Orange Frankenstein Paradise Lost The Iceman Cometh Catcher In the Rye Grapes Of Wrath The Prince
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 9:43:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BridgerNY: I just have 10 more pages to go in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". Lots of good ones have been mentioned, so here's a few more. The Canterbury Tales (fun to read one with the old english on one page and translation on the other) Dante's "Inferno"
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The Canterbury Tales...YES!
Link Posted: 7/3/2003 12:15:49 AM EDT
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Robert A. Heinlein and his Future History stories. Isaac Asimov’s original “Foundation” trilogy. “Fanny Hill”, for REAL old books. “M*A*S*H” Edited to Add: All of Ian Flemmings [b][u]Original[/u][/b] James Bond novels. They may be dated, but they're all pretty good.
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