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Old 31.03.2009, 19:58
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Classic Novels

Hello,

I am an avid reader but I have actually never read a classic novel for leisure. Can anyone recommend some of their favourites?

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Re: Classic Novels

Madame Beauvary? War and Peace?
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Old 31.03.2009, 20:12
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Re: Classic Novels

Wikipedia reference-linkSchachnovelle

No idea how good the English translations are, though.

But the book's length accomodates the "for leisure" aspect.
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Re: Classic Novels

What's your definition of a classic? Ancient Greek or Roman? Something more recent?
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Old 31.03.2009, 20:37
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Re: Classic Novels

How about a Thomas Hardy novel.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Far from the Maddening crowd

All excellent
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Re: Classic Novels

Anything Charles Dickens is just fantastic to read !!!
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Old 31.03.2009, 20:44
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I agree, "A Tale of Two Cities" is one of my favourite
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Re: Classic Novels

All-time favorite, The Catcher in the Rye
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Re: Classic Novels

Brideshead Revisited is a really lovely read, with language that really makes you feel like you're there with the main character. It's the story of a man's life pre-war, as told during the war. It's interesting to see how sumptuously he describes food and drink, given he actually wrote the book during the war (I think) when food was more for nourishment than taste.

I found Charles Dickens' stuff a bit depressing to really enjoy, yet I've loved everything I've read from the Brönte sisters, which aren't usually the most uplifting of situations. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte is a favourite of mine as it's quite twisted and involves stuff that wasn't often talked about during the Brönte liftetime. Of course, Jane Eyre is possibly the novel that has impacted my life more than any other, despite really not enjoying the ending.

I'm not sure if Rudyard Kipling or Joseph Conrad are 'old' enough to be considered classics, but I've also really enjoyed everything of theirs I've read - both short and long.

For two completely adverse reads, try Gulliver's Travels by Jonathon Swift (so patriarchal) compared with Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (trashy romance of her time, but written exceptionally well too!).

For a different view from a female writer, try Mary Wollstonecraft, who writes poignantly and passionately in Maria and the Wrongs of Woman (quite a short read - she's the mum of Mary Shelley who, of course, wrote another classic - Frankenstein).

Or if you want a more American classic, try anything by Mark Twain. I'm just about to start on Tom Sawyer with some doubt after not really enjoying The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn years ago. The writing style is great, but the story line was a bit too blokey old fashioned for me, but then, that's what reading a classic is often about!
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Old 31.03.2009, 21:30
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Re: Classic Novels

the great gatsby...

"he must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky, through frightening leaves, and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass"

actually, if you're just looking to read something engrossing, i'd recommend Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, its quite good.
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Re: Classic Novels

Haven't read that one yet. Started Great Expectations and have to laugh on almost every page !!!

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Old 31.03.2009, 22:03
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Re: Classic Novels

I would agree with all of the above! Became quite addicted when I started to find cheap additions (1-2 euros) and was a long way from a library. I discovered that all the recommended reading from school that I avoided then, were great books.
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Old 31.03.2009, 22:27
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Re: Classic Novels

I love to read too, BUT I have never been much into fiction novels. However, I read Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Loved it! Would recommend highly!!!

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Re: Classic Novels

Kurt Vonnegut-Slaughterhouse 5
Any George Macdonald Faser
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Re: Classic Novels

I second 'Tess of D'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy and 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte.

'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding
'Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins
'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

Modern classics (only in my opinion):
'Disgrace' by J.M. Coetzee
'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' by John Berendt
'The Virgin Suicides' by Jeffrey Eugenides
'The Moor's Last Sigh' by Salman Rushdie
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Re: Classic Novels

I would also recommend "The Count of Monte Cristo" and can second the Sandman series mentioned earlier
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