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suggestions for classic novels..

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

  1. mayborne

    mayborne Well-Known Member

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    u know the ones sold by penguin or something with authors like dickens, dostoevsky..

    i haven't read much good fiction as of late so i thought i'd go old skool.
     
  2. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    If you have a Barnes & Noble nearby, it should have a classic fiction section (often on its own freestanding table/display. They typically have dozens of titles of books just about everyone has heard of (but hardly anyone has read!).
     
  3. il_colonnello

    il_colonnello Senior member

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    A few very good (English-language) ones off the top of my head:

    Jude the Obscure (Hardy)
    Of Human Bondage (Maugham)
    A Passage to India (Forster) - or any of his other novels
    Brideshead Revisited (Waugh)
    The Way of All Flesh (Butler)
    Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde)
    Lady Chatterley's Lover (Lawrence)
    Portrait of a Lady (James)
     
  4. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
     
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    ^i can't finish this book. shit is too dense
     
  6. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    It's the most brilliant novel ever written god damn it. James Joyce can suck it!
     
  7. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    i never made it through any of joyce's works either :hide:
     
  8. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    I couldn't fault you for that.

    OP do you only want native English classics?

    Can they be in other languages, granted great care is taken in selecting the translator?

    If you are going to read Dostoevsky, I can't stress enough to AVOID that Barnes and Noble Classics shelf translated by that hack Constance Garnet, and opt for the more modern translation, specifically, Volokhonsky and Pevear.
     
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    Some I just read

    East of Eden - fucking most awesome shit I've read ever. Most recommended IMO. So many wise words in every page.
    The Sound and The Fury - confusing as shit but there's a lot to grasp out of it.
    Picture of Dorain Gray - As suggested above, many "pretty" images and words used and a very interesting story.
    Tess of D'urberville - About a chick who goes through a bunch of shit. Victorian novel which plays on the class and belief system of the day. Hardy does a damn good job and the reading flowed easily.

    Generally I feel 1800-1950 European and American literature is amazing, I've never really bumped into anything astoundingly bad from any novel of notice.
     
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    Of course I am going to suggest you skip the so-called classics and instead pick up a collection of short stories if you want to read good fiction and you are not the typical bookish reader.

    I recommend Push Cart Prize stories or Best American Short Stories series. Some damn good short stories are being written in North America.
     
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    U.S.A. by John dos Passos
     
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    In general anything by Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, Joyce, Saul Bellow, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner. I would give personal recommendations but pretty much everything I've read from 1910-1970 I love.
     
  14. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

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    Lighter reads:

    Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness, Successful and Attractive African American of the Narcissus, Lord Jim
    Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
    Ambrose Bierce - any
     
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    Philip Senior member

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    Also definitely Mark Twain
     
  16. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Light In August by Faulkner, highly recommended.
     
  17. mayborne

    mayborne Well-Known Member

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    good stuff! i'll look into those!
     
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    Magnificent Ambersons.
     
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    I agree with everything Javyn has said in this thread.

    Also I am going to take this opportunity to state that DH Lawrence sucks.
     
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  20. munchausen

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    The two greatest novels ever written:

    Don Quixote
    Huckleberry Finn

    The humor especially in Don Quixote has aged very well.
     

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