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Top six books for you

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Milhouse, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Strombollii

    Strombollii Senior member

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    C'mon, you really read Ulysses?

    Honestly, I did. Though, I think, at the time, it was more for the sake of saying that I read such a massive text. We read it as a group the summer of my senior year with what comprised our "Philosophy Club" and two of my favorite teachers.
     


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    Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

    Wow. I thought I would be the only one who listed this. What an amazing, tragic book.
     


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    Memoirs of Hadrian, Letters to a Young Contrarian, Count of Monte Cristo :0, The Fifties (halberstam), Tender is the Night, and slightly to my embarrassment, Swiss Family Robinson.
     


  4. Teacher

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    I'm just pulling these out of my ass, but:

    Chapterhouse: Dune (Frank Herbert)
    Eon (Greg Bear)
    The High King (Lloyd Alexander)
    The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn (Mark Twain)
    The Foundation Trilogy* (Isaac Asimov)
    Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)




    *MUST be read all together
     


  5. Connemara

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    Hmmm, tough choices to be made. Fathers and Sons by Turgenev 1984 by Orwell The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro A Yeats collection I have at home. I can't for the life of me remember the editor's name. Either The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine or any number of Bertrand Russell's works
     


  6. IUtoSLU

    IUtoSLU Senior member

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    This thread is missing Russian authors.

    Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
    We by Zamyatin
    Poems/Short stories by Edgar Allen Poe
    A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Confessions by Augustine
    The Bible
     


  7. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    American Tabloid by James Ellroy
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    White Noise by Don Dellilo
    Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
     


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    coldarchon Senior member

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    and there I expected a special book in the list ..
     


  9. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    If you're referring to my namesake, I have to shamefully admit that I've never read the book. I am quite fond of the Terry Gilliam film, however.
     


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    I'm just pulling these out of my ass, but:

    Chapterhouse: Dune (Frank Herbert)
    Eon (Greg Bear)
    The High King (Lloyd Alexander)
    The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn (Mark Twain)
    The Foundation Trilogy* (Isaac Asimov)
    Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)




    *MUST be read all together


    I keep my books on a shelf, but whatever does it for you.

    har. har. har
     


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    I keep my books on a shelf, but whatever does it for you.

    har. har. har


    You should experiment more. But I admit the papercuts do sting a little extra.
     


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    Catch 22 - Heller
    Blade of Tyshalle - Stover
    Survivor - Palahniuk
    Wilt - Sharpe

    I could easely list 2 more.

    Edit: All Ellis' novels.
     


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    Milhouse Senior member

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    I haven't been able to come up with six. I really want to include a book on mathematics, but I haven't found one that is really amazing.

    Two definites on my list are "The Art of War" and "Siddhartha".

    I want to include "Of Mice and Men" too, but it isn't quite on the same level of The Art of War.
     


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    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Brothers Karamazov
    Musashi
    1984
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Bible
     


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    Read these across different points in my life, so my level of maturity and development varied, but these books had the biggest impact in their time and place:

    Shakespeare - anything he wrote
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Probability Theory- the Logic of Science E T Jaynes
    Anarchy State and Utopia Nozick
    The Palm at the End of the Mind - The complete poems of Wallace Stevens
     


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