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suggestions for classic novels..

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by mayborne, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Well-Known Member

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    Gawd, save for a few suggestions by Mountainman, you guys are picking the kind of novels neophyte readers will pick and attempt to read only to reaffirm their dislike of literature.

    Faulkner. lol. Henry James. lol.
     
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  2. legorogel

    legorogel Well-Known Member

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    atlas shrugged
    count of monte cristo
     
  3. munchausen

    munchausen Well-Known Member

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    Both of my picks are very accessible.


    :fu:
     
  4. javyn

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    IMO Light in August is very accessible. I'd start everyone on that one to get them into Faulkner rather than As I Lay Dying.

    Munch, which Don Quixote translation do you like? I read Burton Raffel's, "Don Quijote" and thought it was great, but I hear Edith Grossman's is even better.
     
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  5. munchausen

    munchausen Well-Known Member

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    The Grossman one is what I read, as everyone said that one was the best. Haven't read any others so I can't compare.
     
  6. why

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    Faulkner? Henry James? Really?

    American literature is pretty awful in general except for maybe Melville, Nabokov (if you consider him American) and a few others.

    Just get a Dickens novel and you should be okay for a while.
     
  7. dwyhajlo

    dwyhajlo Well-Known Member

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    OP,

    What was the last book or books that you enjoyed?
    What are your favorite books?
    What sort of stuff interests you? Do you like family dramas? Love stories? War stories? Mysteries? Horror?


    I don't think this is a fair statement, or one that is really correct in any sense.
     
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    Candide by Voltaire
     
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    Gargantua and Pantagruel. I don't know why this isn't widely read anymore - it's a blast, very bizarre, surreal and wry.
     
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    :laugh: Does American Exceptionalism ever get old for you?

    Sure, compare the greatest British novelist ever to a few cherry-picked American examples and then declare that American literature is awful. :nodding:
     

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