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MoniDew
11-19-2008, 01:44 PM
A while back we had a "if you were on a desert island with only 5 movies" thread. I had a great time remembering all my favorite movies. We've probably done something along the same line with television shows. Now, I'd like to do one for books.

What are your favorite classic books of all time? I'd love to do something more than stare at a screen. Sometime, before I die, I'd like to read as many classic books as I possibly can. Nothing forms your mind and character like a great book. Nothing.

I'd like to start with 2 provisos.
First, I know there are tons of great children's books. I read them to my grandchildren all the time. But I'm looking to develop my mind, so we're talking about books intended for adults (and not dirty ones.)
And second, I realize that there are a lot of very religious people on the boards and they are all going to say the Bible. Yes, I've read it. Dozens of times. For more than 30 years. Yes, it should be on every classic literature list. We'll assume it's already on this one. Now, I need the rest of the list. Thank you.

So, with that said, let's begin!
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davespurl
11-19-2008, 02:53 PM
Well now this is fun. Let's see...I would have to pick:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. Jane Eyre
5. Rebecca

I've read all of these numerous times and of course they have all been made into movies. I also wanted to add Fried Green Tomatoes and Gone with the Wind, but I stopped at five so of course I didn't.

vaknitter
11-19-2008, 02:55 PM
When you say "classic" I think AP English - so here's my list of favorites. If you want more modern stuff I have a list there too. I read anything I can get my hands on -

Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (and eveything else he wrote too)
Watership Down - John Adams
Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux (get an old copy - it was originally translated in 1911 - IMHO the new adapted version is not the same story)
Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
There are so many others I can see the covers of and cannot think of the name....

Luvmyrottnboy
11-19-2008, 03:02 PM
Oooh I am looking forward to seeing everyone's picks!

1. An American Tragedy

2. Gone with the Wind

3. Rebecca

4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

5. Anything by Truman Capote

jamiejeans
11-19-2008, 03:09 PM
I'll add The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

kayeknit
11-19-2008, 03:28 PM
jamiejeans, I also love The Jungle. (My husband is from Lithuania, which makes it even more interesting.) What a tragic life Jurgis led! I always thought it would make for a very dramatic movie.

My personal favorite book of all time is Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff, that poor tortured soul! Emily Bronte was such an amazing writer...it's so unfortunate she died so young, without writing another novel. (But she left behind much outstanding poetry!)

bambi
11-19-2008, 03:39 PM
I'll give some very different ones:

1. West with the Night by Beryl Markham (Out of Africa was loosely based on her life but the book OOA was written by someone else)

2. Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos

3. Dracula by Brahm Stoker

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

5. War of the Witches by Timothy Knab

These are a few that I read over and over and I could go on and on and on.....but I won't! :thumbsup:

Bambi

Jan in CA
11-19-2008, 03:47 PM
Good question and one that bears more thinking, but off the top of my head in no particular order...

1. Jane Eyre
2. Little Women
3. Wuthering Heights
4. The Great Gatsby
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Uh... only 5? I want to add Fahrenheit 451, and Animal Farm.

Luvmyrottnboy
11-19-2008, 03:56 PM
I'll give some very different ones:

1. West with the Night by Beryl Markham (Out of Africa was loosely based on her life but the book OOA was written by someone else)

2. Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos

3. Dracula by Brahm Stoker

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

5. War of the Witches by Timothy Knab

These are a few that I read over and over and I could go on and on and on.....but I won't! :thumbsup:

Bambi


West with the Night! I forgot that one! Loved it.

Jeremy
11-19-2008, 06:07 PM
1.Moby **** by Melville.(the computer won't let me write Dee eye sea kay)
2. Huckleberrry Finn
3.USA by dos Passos (a trilogy but we'll count it as one)
4. A Tale of Two Cities (gotta have a Dickens)
5. Catch 22 Joseph Heller. (Two words saying more about bureaucracy than all the volumes that have been published before or since)

You might enjoy the list the Modern Library people put together.
http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100bestnovels.html

Great Thread!:yay:

hartleystudio
11-19-2008, 06:14 PM
This is a great thread! My Dad was an English teacher so I have always been an avid reader. My choices aren't going to be conventional classic literature but books I have read that changed the way I look at things and gave me a great escape from life!

1. The Harry Potter series (seriously, it's awesome, read it at least 20 times)
2. anything by JD Salinger

3. Peace Like a River (new but VERY good)

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

5. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

I love reading what others like, good suggestions for book club!

cdjack
11-19-2008, 07:17 PM
Ok, I know it's already been said, but To Kill a Mockingbird.
Also:
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
As You Like It by Shakespeare

Plantgoddess+
11-19-2008, 08:00 PM
When I was younger I enjoyed reading books by Leon Uris such as Trinity and others whose names I don't remember. I also read Herman Wouk and James Mitchner. The Lord of the Rings is also an incredible read.

Jan in CA
11-19-2008, 08:04 PM
1. The Harry Potter series (seriously, it's awesome, read it at least 20 times)


Oh yeah, I didn't include this, but thought about it. Love Harry Potter. So fanciful and fun!

miccisue
11-19-2008, 08:49 PM
Wow, I'm an avid reader, so this is gonna be tough. But, to stick to classics, I'd have to say...
1. Gone With The Wind
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
3. Little Women
4. Where The Red Fern Grows (OK, maybe a kid's book, but I love it!)
5. Rebecca

knitgal
11-19-2008, 09:47 PM
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (if you read no other Austen it must be this one)
2. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (the whole series-8 books)
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (my favourite high school English book)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (my mom's absolute fav)
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (beautifully woeful and happy at the same time)

Honourable mentions:

Tess of the D' urburvilles by Thomas Hardy (tragic!)
The Odyssey and the Illiad by Homer (the original hero story)
The Divine Comedy by Dante (seriously good)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (amazingly vivid and fascinating allegory)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (hilarious!)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
North and South, Wives and Daughters, and Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Just a few of my favourites!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
11-20-2008, 12:03 AM
Just to add, instead of repeat...
Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
The Thorn Birds

Debkcs
11-20-2008, 04:30 AM
Some of mine are not so serious as to be considered classics, but:
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. The Anotated Sherlock Holmes a two volume set,(the first books my sweet husband ever bought for me, some thirty five years ago).
3.Anything Tolkien.
4.Anything C.S.Lewis.
5.Ireland by Frank Delany

This list could go on, we don't check books out because we want to keep them all.

rachejm
11-20-2008, 07:05 AM
In no particular order:

1. Jane Eyre
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. The Lord of the Rings (hard to read but if stranded on a desert island I'd make the effort!)
4. The Book Thief
5. Romeo and Juliette

I adore Jane Eyre, couldn't get stranded on a desert island without Mr Rochester! Darcy is also a must have. I love Lord of the Rings but it took me about 18 months to finish all three books, I found it a bit hard going in places but worth the effort. The Book Thief is the newest book I have read recently, I tend to prefer classics like Austen and the Brontes, but it was a wonderful read even if it did make me cry. Finally, my favourite Shakespeare just because.

Mirl56
11-20-2008, 07:34 AM
Most of my picks have already been mentioned so I won't list them again. I would add The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas.

vaknitter
11-20-2008, 07:50 AM
I've been awake with one of my dogs since 3am - how on earth did I forget to add every book James Herriot wrote - All Things Wise and Wonderful, All Creatures Great and Small....there are so many wonderful books all about people and animals.

Having said that I also remembered This is my Story by Elenoar Roosevelt.

dustinac
11-20-2008, 09:57 AM
Only 5 :think:
1. Little Women (have read this so many times growing up and still reach for it on a cold snowy night)
2. Jane Eyre
3. Wuthering Heights
4.Great Expectations
5. The Secret Garden (it's also a child book but I used to love it when I was growing up)

kayeknit
11-20-2008, 10:05 AM
Oh, how could I forget Little Women and Alice in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass)! Love those!!
And I also love all the Harry Potter books, although I wouldn't classify them as "classics" just yet...

iza
11-20-2008, 11:08 AM
Here's my list! I put 5 "English classics", 5 "French classics" and 5 classics originally written in other languages. I know, I'm cheating a little. :teehee:

American/British/English Canadian:
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Mordecai Richler)
- Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
- The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
- The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

French:
- The Plague (Albert Camus)
- Nausea (J.P. Sartre)
- Germinal (Emile Zola)
- The Flowers of Evil (Baudelaire - poetry)
- Froth on the Daydream (Boris Vian)

Other:
- Crime and Punishment (F. Dostoevsky)
- A Hundred years of solitude (G. Garcia Marquez)
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being (M. Kundera)
- The Trial (F. Kafka)
- 100 Love Sonnets (Pablo Neruda - poetry)

jjminarcik
11-20-2008, 01:10 PM
Honourable mentions:

Tess of the D' urburvilles by Thomas Hardy (tragic!)
The Odyssey and the Illiad by Homer (the original hero story)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (hilarious!)


I concur! :thumbsup:

Also, Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Debra Michelle
11-20-2008, 01:17 PM
Wow -- only five??? :)

1. Pride & Prejudice
2. Jane Eyre
3. 1984
4. Gone with the Wind
5. The Thirteenth Tale -- this one is newer too, but if you like Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice etc I think you'll like this one too.

evona
11-20-2008, 01:58 PM
ok - 5 classics

The Stranger - Albert Camus
Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck
East of Eden - Steinbeck
The Jungle - Sinclair

(I can go on on but I'll stop)

5 "modern" classics (at least in my opinion)

A Man in Full - Tom Wolfe
Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe (very pertinent to today's events)
The River Why - David James Duncan
Youth in Revolt - C.D. Payne
1776 - David McCullough (Non fiction)

ladyjessica
11-20-2008, 07:12 PM
Hmmm.....only five. :teehee: Ok, here goes.

1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Gone With The Wind
3) Wuthering Heights
4) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (If anyone can find me sheet music for Annie Laurie, I'll be your best friend forever. :teehee: )
5) Rebecca

These are just some of the ones that I've read over and over and over again. If I were allowed to choose more than 5, I'd include all Anne of Green Gables, all Emily of New Moon, Jane Eyre, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and The Great Gatsby. Oh, and all Harry Potter, but particulary nos. 3 and 7. Yes, I know, they're not classics, but they will be someday. hehe.

Thanks for this thread. I've seen quite a few classics on here that I've always wanted to read but haven't yet, so I'll have to get on that. :aww:

knitasha
11-20-2008, 08:20 PM
4) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (If anyone can find me sheet music for Annie Laurie, I'll be your best friend forever. :teehee: )




Words and music! Such a pretty song....
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/scottish-folk-music/000367.HTM

MoniDew
11-21-2008, 01:07 AM
Thanks for this thread. I've seen quite a few classics on here that I've always wanted to read but haven't yet, so I'll have to get on that

That was the reason I started this post! LOL!

By the way, nobody said anything about only 5! List all you want! Let's keep this going!
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rachejm
11-21-2008, 06:24 AM
I love all of Jane Austen's stories - P&P is my fave but I did enjoy them all. I have read Wuthering Heights and its good but just isn't on my top five. Catcher in the Rye is good - only problem I had with that was I had to sit an exam on it but I've had similar problems with Shakespeare and I still enjoy his work (well everything except As You Like It cos I got a D on that exam twice!) Edgar Allen Poe writes amazing horror if you haven't tried it.

If you haven't noticed I trawl the classics section at Waterstones on a fairly regular basis. Most of them I can get for 2 as Wordsworth or Penguin classics so it just fuels the book addiction.

Currently on my reading list are Middlemarch, Bleak House and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Anyone read them? Would you recommend them?

Knitting_Guy
11-21-2008, 11:49 PM
The Republic - Plato

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Odyssey - Homer

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne

A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle

evona
11-24-2008, 01:48 PM
The Republic - Plato

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Odyssey - Homer

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne

A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Oh man! I forgot Animal Farm and A Wrinkle in Time! See its just impossible to list :roflhard: There's also Uncle Tom's Cabin - GREAT BOOK!

I was a Philosophy major in college so I can list a bunch of philosphy related books too.

bjc1050
11-24-2008, 05:52 PM
my favorites are:

Hawaii by James Michener
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (writes in the style of Charles Dickens...think he was a contemporary of Dickens)
So Big - Edna Ferber
Captains and the Kings - Taylor Caldwell