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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:34 PM ( #41 )

I am currently reading Harry Potter but plan to read more classics this year.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 11:44 PM ( #42 )

I am currently reading Harry Potter but plan to read more classics this year.

Oh, really? Do you have any in mind? :D Harry Potter is awesome! Sadly, Harry Potter is not considered a classic yet (as discussed previously in this thread), nor do I think it will be for a very long time. Here's hoping!

I'm going to be starting A Tale of Two Cities sometime soon, for leisure reading. It's one of my favorites. I've also had the urge to read The Secret Garden.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:17 PM ( #43 )

I just found my copies of The Decameron, Dante's Inferno, and The Aeneid. I'm so excited to start reading them! :)


Danteís Inferno. <3 I need to read that again!

I just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye last night. It was...Alright, I guess. I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, but...IDK, there was something about it that I liked.


Love Catcher in the Rye. So good. The writing style was a bit weird but once I got used to it, I totally felt like I knew Holden.

Iíve got a soft spot for Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad. A short novella but quite a dense book to read. Really like it though.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:54 AM ( #44 )

I am currently reading Shogun by James Clavell. I just love getting lost in 1500's Japan - the samurai, the culture, the honor....... This is my second time reading it and I only see now how much I have missed reading it the first time. Then, my all time favourite classic is Pride and Prejudice and I read it once a year. I love the old English language, they had such beautiful ways of saying things, Lizzie's unconventionality, the humor, the romance..... and Jane Austen is of course a master writer in my opinion. :D

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:08 AM ( #45 )

I am currently reading Shogun by James Clavell. I just love getting lost in 1500's Japan - the samurai, the culture, the honor....... This is my second time reading it and I only see now how much I have missed reading it the first time. Then, my all time favourite classic is Pride and Prejudice and I read it once a year. I love the old English language, they had such beautiful ways of saying things, Lizzie's unconventionality, the humor, the romance..... and Jane Austen is of course a master writer in my opinion. :D

I love getting immersed in a culture and time period. :) I agree about Pride and Prejudice. That's one of my favorites of Austen's. I just got The Arabian Nights, always wanted to read that. I also recently acquired Charles Dickens: 5 Novels (including A Tale of Two Cities, my favorite of Dickens'). I'm so excited to read everything!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:58 PM ( #46 )

I love Classics. Some of my favourites:
Sense and Sensibility

Emma
The Odyssey
Chrismas Carol
Taming of the Shrew
Hamlet
Wuthering Heights - not my favourite, the story lacks a bit

Reading for school right now:
Othello
Macbeth
Persuasion

I have shelves upon shelves of classics

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:07 PM ( #47 )

I'm reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes at the moment. I love this book, even if it's long.

My favorite books of all time though would have to be the Oz Chronicles. I'm barely done with the first volume, but I intend on reading the others.
Why does everyone hate Lord of the Flies? I love that book. We read in my english class and everyone gave it a thumbs down. I enjoyed it.

Would A Clockwork Orange be considered a literary classic? I don't know, because I want to read it sometime.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:08 PM ( #48 )

I'm reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac right now.
It's absolutely beautiful, I'm in love with his writing style.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:08 PM ( #49 )

I'm reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes at the moment. I love this book, even if it's long.

My favorite books of all time though would have to be the Oz Chronicles. I'm barely done with the first volume, but I intend on reading the others.
Why does everyone hate Lord of the Flies? I love that book. We read in my english class and everyone gave it a thumbs down. I enjoyed it.

Would A Clockwork Orange be considered a literary classic? I don't know, because I want to read it sometime.

I personally loved Lord of the Flies as well. I had no idea a considerable amount of people don't really enjoy it. To each his own though! Regarding A Clockwork Orange: that's a good question. I've always wondered about classics and what makes them so. I think it has to do with a lot of things. Literary classics transcend time and space. In other words, their stories are of lasting interest and they do so to all sorts of readers. I don't want to say there's a "time minimum" for a work to become a classic, but since classics usually are characterized by lasting readability, most books considered to be classics have been around for at least 50 years or so. Themes should be universal to a good extent and the books often have characters to which many people can relate. It should have a well-developed plot. Popularity and genre don't have anything to do with it. If you feel that some of these apply to your book, it probably is a classic (or will be someday :)). Whether or not a book is considered to be a literary classic, I'd definitely dive into it anyway!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:29 PM ( #50 )

Hm, my favorite classics are probably all the ones we read last year in english class. These were: The Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet, and The Odyssey. The Lord of the Flies is DEFINATELY my favorite out of these. I just like the messages and symbolism in it, and once you understand it, it's a huge "AHA!" moment.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:39 PM ( #51 )

The only classic I can remember that I LOVED reading was The Secret Garden. :)

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:29 PM ( #52 )

Does "Misery" count as a classic?

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 04:37 AM ( #53 )

Hm, my favorite classics are probably all the ones we read last year in english class. These were: The Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet, and The Odyssey. The Lord of the Flies is DEFINATELY my favorite out of these. I just like the messages and symbolism in it, and once you understand it, it's a huge "AHA!" moment.

A lot of the classics I like right now are also a result of having read them in high school. :) The ones you listed are among my favorites. Especially Dickens, can't get enough of his works.

The only classic I can remember that I LOVED reading was The Secret Garden. :)

I have this book! I loved reading it as well.

Does "Misery" count as a classic?

Hmm...that's a good question. Stephen King, right? Well, I'm not one to determine which ones are or aren't classics, but I'll refer you to a post I made in this topic a couple of days ago that might help you out:

I personally loved Lord of the Flies as well. I had no idea a considerable amount of people don't really enjoy it. To each his own though! Regarding A Clockwork Orange: that's a good question. I've always wondered about classics and what makes them so. I think it has to do with a lot of things. Literary classics transcend time and space. In other words, their stories are of lasting interest and they do so to all sorts of readers. I don't want to say there's a "time minimum" for a work to become a classic, but since classics usually are characterized by lasting readability, most books considered to be classics have been around for at least 50 years or so. Themes should be universal to a good extent and the books often have characters to which many people can relate. It should have a well-developed plot. Popularity and genre don't have anything to do with it. If you feel that some of these apply to your book, it probably is a classic (or will be someday :)). Whether or not a book is considered to be a literary classic, I'd definitely dive into it anyway!





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