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    There's a stick up there Kjbartolotta's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris P View Post
    I have Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here on my list.
    I know, right?

    I forgot to add that the Magic Mountain made my hair stand on end, but I never got to finishing it as a book about people being catty to each other in a sanitarium doesn't exactly make for cracking action. Plus, I lost my copy and can't find the old-timey translation I like any more. Oh yeah, and any of Thomas Hardy's five most well-known novels are recommended (plus his poetry). Hardy's pessimism can be intense, but there's always a glimmer of transcendentalism underneath it that appeals to me.

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    Yep, I have a problem with things published either just before I was born or soon after being described as 'classics' :-)

    I read a lot of genre classics last year as research for a big project. I had fun rediscovering Verne for example. Wilde's Dorian Gray stands the test of time very well, as does Stevenson's Doctor Jeckyll. I didn't get on so well with Stoker's non-Dracula work though. The Jewel of Seven Stars was turgid and dull.

    But on the literary classics side, I also rediscovered a love for the Russians, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjbartolotta View Post
    I forgot to add that the Magic Mountain made my hair stand on end, but I never got to finishing it as a book about people being catty to each other in a sanitarium doesn't exactly make for cracking action.
    I make it a habit to read at least one big major classic novel every year (often more than one), and I like to tackle a writer I haven't read, or read much of. So I'm considering Thomas Mann, and [i]Magic Mountain[.i] would be the obvious choice. But maybe Buddenbrooks. I've just started reading his novella Death in Venice, so I'll see how I like that.

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    I would likely recommend The Magic Mountain, not that I have anything to say either way about Buddenbrooks.

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    I own several pieces of classic literature that i haven't read, or need to reread because i don't remember crap about them.

    1. Mark Twain Collection - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Roughing it.
    2. Robert Louis Stevenson Collection - Treasure Island, Kidnapped Weir of Heminston, the Master of Ballantrae, The Black Arrow and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    3. Pinocchio
    4. Ben Hur
    5. Jane Austen - Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice
    6. Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
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