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Old 11-19-2008, 01:44 PM   #1
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Best Classic Books of All Time
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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Old 11-19-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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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.
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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....
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:02 PM   #4
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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
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I'll add The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
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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!)
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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!

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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.
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Originally Posted by bambi View Post
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!

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West with the Night! I forgot that one! Loved it.
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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/modernlib...estnovels.html

Great Thread!
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