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Thread: Classic Literature that you want to read

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    Classic Literature that you want to read

    To me, reading classic novels is like spinning a roulette wheel because oftentimes the age of the writing shows even if the piece is influential in other ways. Good examples of this for is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

    But occasionally I'll read older works that I actually enjoy. For example, Robert Louis Stevenson's novels 'Kidnapped' and 'Treasure Island' I think are really good even though they were written a century ago.

    With all that said, here are a few classic works of lit that I want to get around to reading:

    Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

    Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (I read an abridged version when I was a kid and liked it)

    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

    Iron Heel by Jack London
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    That's all I can think of at the top of my head. What are yours?

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    I read a lot of "classic" lit, and post a new thread here every year mentioning my one promised classic read. This year it was Villette, by Charlotte Brontė. Right now I'm reading The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, by B. Traven. I do like to read things by writers I haven't explored before; some I wind up really enjoying, others not so much, but I am always pleased by the effort.

    I do recommend For Whom the Bell Tolls very highly. I think it's Hemingway's best work.

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    It's massive, but I want to get through Les Miserables eventually. I've heard it's gorgeous and well worth the read.

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    I've just read Crome yellow, Aldous Huxley's debut novel, and although I like several of his other books, I was sadly underwhelmed by this one.

    "Strange Destinies" by Guillermo Rubio Arias-Paz, translated from the Spanish and out now on Amazon and the Endless Bookcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_nov View Post
    It's massive, but I want to get through Les Miserables eventually. I've heard it's gorgeous and well worth the read.
    It's absolutely worth the read. Right up there on my favorites list with "The Count of Monte Cristo."

    One caveat, though... make sure you find a good translation. Both of these titles have multiple decent-to-excellent translations, but I'll never forget when I went to re-read "Crime and Punishment," which I had thoroughly enjoyed the first time, only to find myself bogged down in a different translation that was so bad I could barely even follow the story, despite having read it before.
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker. I really enjoyed how a lot is left to the reader to imagine. (note- I'm not a fan of vampire stories but this - this was awesome)

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    I want to read as many of the classics as possible. When in doubt, I decide on another one and eventually tack it off my list. Particularly, I want to tackle the works of the Romanticists and read as many classics as I can.

    I've read a lot of books so far-- but not nearly enough! If only I could live another hundred years or so and actually make some progress. LOL.
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    I want to read the Bible but keep losing patience with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneblindmouse View Post
    I've just read Crome yellow, Aldous Huxley's debut novel, and although I like several of his other books, I was sadly underwhelmed by this one.
    Crome Yellow was Huxley's first published novel. He improved as he went along with others. I particularly liked his last one, Island, which a lot of people did not think so highly of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_nov View Post
    It's massive, but I want to get through Les Miserables eventually. I've heard it's gorgeous and well worth the read.
    If you want a really good and weirdly under-read Hugo classic, you might try The Man Who Laughs.

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