suggestions for classic novels..

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  1. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Light In August by Faulkner, highly recommended.
     


  2. mayborne

    mayborne Well-Known Member

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    good stuff! i'll look into those!
     


  3. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

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    Working Stiff Senior member

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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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  5. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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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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    bringusingoodale Senior 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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    atlas shrugged
    count of monte cristo
     


  8. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    Both of my picks are very accessible.


    :fu:
     


  9. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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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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  10. munchausen

    munchausen Senior 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.
     


  11. why

    why Senior member

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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.
     


  12. dwyhajlo

    dwyhajlo Senior 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.
     


  13. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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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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