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Must read classics

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Violanthe, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Violanthe

    Violanthe New Member

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    What are the classic novels and stories that everyone ought to read? Those essentials for any good literature fan? What are the literary classics you would name as prerequisites for enjoying literature today? What are the essential classics of general literature, and what are the genre-specific essentials?
     
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    SFG75 Well-Known Member

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    Miss Shelf PM'd me this question once and said she would include the works of Dan Brown, especially The DaVinci Code. You know.......he did a lot of meticulous research on the book adn and it has been vetted countless times. The few errors he does make...well....it's just a book!. I agree with Miss Shelf.
     
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    I think everyone should read Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
     
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    Pride and Prejudice
     
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    To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984
     
  6. Violanthe

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    1984 certainly is a classic. It recently placed 3rd on our SF Novels list. I never got around to reading it, though. Oddly enough, all my years of schooling kept me away from reading, or at least kept me limited to reading for assignments. I'm trying to catch up now.
     
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    A modern classic

    I just finished reading Watership Down. I think it's by Richard Adams. If you've never read it, then it's a must read. The story is about a group of rabbits and their quest for life. It get's very thrilling.
     
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    The Quiet American. I was very surprised by how it grabbed me and pulled me in. Fantastic story!
     
  9. SFG75

    SFG75 Well-Known Member

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    In all seriousness, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. What a stunning book written in a wonderful way. The sublimated themes and many topics that he touches on without so much as leaving the plot. That, and The DaVinci Code as recommneded by MissShelf.
     
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    Paul Auster's New York Trilogy. I think it's a classic, anyway.

    And the more i think about it, Nevil Shute's On the Beach. I recently finished it, and it's kind of haunting me right now.
     
  11. steffee

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    Great Expectations - Dickens
    Fathers and Sons - Turgenev
    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Animal Farm - Orwell
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    The Awakening - Kate Chopin

    As a child preferably:
    Greyfriars Bobby - Eleanor Atkinson
    The Railway Children - Nesbitt
    The Jungle Book - Kipling

    Plays:
    Pygmalian - George Bernard Shaw
    One tragedy, one history (Henry V maybe?) and one comedy from Shakespeare
    The Rover - Aphra Benn
    A Doll's House - Ibsen

    At least one novel by:
    Joyce, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Dostoeyevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov

    One of:
    Rebecca - Daphne de Maurier
    Orlando - Virginia Woolf
    Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    Top Girls - Carol Churchill

    Modern stuff:
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Safran Foer
    The God of Small Things - Roy
    The Handmaid's Tale - Atwood
    Sophie's World - Gaarder


    But those are just what I've read, there are most definitely many many more.
     
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    Olympe de Cleves - Dumas
    pride and prejudice
    the count of monte cristo/the three musketeers
    ivanhoe
    robinson crusoe
    macbeth and other shakespeare
    the illiad/the oddyssey
    catcher in the rye(i hate it but well, it's kinda a classic, i guess)
    david copperfield
    great expectations(i have yet to read it)
    animal farm
    call of the wild
     
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    I won't claim to know all of the essentials, but here are some titles that are on my permanent list:

    Joseph Conrad - Victory
    Joseph Conrad - Lord Jim
    Gabriel Garcia-Marquez - 100 Years of Solitude
    Walker Percy - The Moviegoer
    F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
    Franz Kafka - The Trial
    Fred Exley - A Fan's Notes
    Jack Kerouac - On the Road
    Jack Kerouac - Desolation Angels
     
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    Interesting choices, I'd substitute Metamorphosis for The Trial, but that's just me.:eek: :)
     
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    the books of steinbeck
     
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    Well, I think they're all good choices, but I keep thinking of books I should have thought of. Just last night as I wqas nodding off I thought "How could I forget Shakespeare?" I very nearly forgot Exley, Fitzgerald, and Kerouac. But then, my brain doesn't always work.
     
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    Among more recent "classics" I found Solzhenitsyn's Ivan Denisovich to be particularly intriguing. It was one of the books I was required to read for school, but surprised me that I actually ended up liking it.
     
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    older stuff: anything Dumas
    newer stuff: anything Vonnegut
     
  20. Bluraven

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    Firstly, let me say that I apologize for not posting in such a long while! My monitor is busted, and I've had to come to the Library (how nice!) to get online.

    Now, let me say that I'm rather shocked that only one person so far has mentioned Homer's works!! I would think these nigh on canonical!! In addition to them, I would add:
    Classics:
    1. The Bible (Biblical allusions are ubiquitous in Literature).
    2. The Divine Comedy of Dante.
    3. Paradise Lost
    4. The Pilgrim's Progress
    5. Canterbury Tales
    6. Le Morte D'Arthur

    I suggest the above, because they are so often alluded to or imitated, that a good knowledge of their contents seems necessary to fully enjoy many later works.
    Children's Books:
    1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (or, anything by Roald Dahl)
    2. The Adventures of Alice-Lewis Carrol
    3. The Harry Potter Series
    4. My Side of the Mountain
    5. The Sign of the Beaver ( I apologize for my forgetting the authors' names).
    6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (at least this, if no other Narnia books), by C.S. Lewis.
    Fairly Modern:
    1. Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury
    2. Anything from Steinbeck
    3. Anything from Agatha Christie (she did revolutionize mysteries, after all!!).
    4. The Lord of the Rings-Tolkien
    5. The Great Gatsby
     

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