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Some Classics

Please choose one so we can discuss it in the next post.

 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

It is set in Alabama in the 1930s and is told from a child's viewpoint. The story deals with race, outcasts and growing up. It is a quick, well-written book that is easy to enjoy.

  

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston

It is a sensual novel about an African-American woman in rural Florida that was first published in 1937. While it is an important telling of the black experience, it is also a story of love and strength with a voice that will draw you in and hook you.

  

“1984” by George Orwell

It is a gripping, terrifying and suspenseful novel that is as relevant today as when it was first written. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.

“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

It is funny, clever and will help you better understand a lot of cultural references.

 

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is a short book about the American dream with great characters and descriptions of life (for the wealthy) in the 1920s.

 

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker

Read the book that has inspired countless other books, movies and TV shows. Dracula is written through letters and diary entries, and will make you feel like an intimate player in a foreign world.

 

“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

It is a great book. This is a must read story of love, redemption and revolution.

 

“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

It is the story of a family during the Great Depression, but the descriptions and symbolic imagery tell a much bigger tale. This is definitely a classic in American literature.

 

“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian

It is a collection of short stories that creates a bigger story. O'Brien writes about the Vietnam War and how it affected a group of soldiers. The writing is excellent, and the book is powerful.

 

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving

This is a great works of contemporary literature. You will not be sorry if you add it to your reading list.

LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 65 Responses Nov 10, 2009

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To kill a mocking bird was one of my favorites and very moving

If you want to do George Orwells "Animal Farm" another of the same theme but a different perspective would be Ayn Rand's 1938 short story "Anthem"

Loved some of your others, Dracula, 1984, were wonderful.
You can also add Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein"
Plato's "Apology ( of Socrates )"
Henry David Thoreau - "Walden" and "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"
I'll just add Shakespeare, and Homer to the list of great literature, and deep thought.

i havent had yet read grapes of wrath, but if you like george orwell you should read animal farm. Another good book is called "Chrysalids" by john wyndham. one of my personal favourites

Nice List & thnks ♥ ♥ ♥

1984, definitely. I've read few books that really got me involved intellectually as well as emotionally, but this is one of them.

That's funny! I was not emotionally involved in 1984 whatsoever. I wonder why that is.

I read Watership Down many years ago. I would have have to re-read it<br />
because I forget so much of it. One of the most interesting books I've<br />
ever read. If anybody remembers it and read it..I'd love if you would discuss<br />
it here a little and bring it back into my memory again. :)<br />
Thanks

anybody a fan of john banville

@ Little Brown Bat: thank you for your comment.<br />
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Yes it is a great list. I love these books as well

This is a great list. My two favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. I haven't read either of them in years but I might try and dig out my copy of both to re-read. Thanks for posting.

@ English Muffin: thank you for the comment;<br />
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I love Catcher in the rye; it is one of my favorite books ever;<br />
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And to kill a mockingbird is just fantastic read; I hope you enjoy it.

I read <i>Catcher In The Rye</i> a month or so ago and have <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> on my shelf to read next. I read <i>The Great Gatsby</i> many years back but your post just reminded me what a great book it was. Thanks for the list.

@ rainmane: it's a great book, great choice, you can join the discussion <br />
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<a href="http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Want-To-Talk-Books/845632" target="ep_blank">EP Link</a><br />
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thank you

I would choose 'To Kill a Mockingbird' it's the one I remember most from school. I have written down<br />
3 other books from your list as they sound like really great reads. Thanks for choosing this project.

@ Tilly gray writer: thank you, my pleasure

This is a great list and I think you have rendered a great service to us.

@pitylilme : I have not read the exorcist, thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it's excerpt.

@ Jules Truly: I'll message you when the discussion starts

To Kill A Mockingbird!<br />
My all time favorite!

@ music mouse: I am friends with book fairy!<br />
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LOL! I'll send you the link when discussion starts, 1984 and to kill a mockingbird were selected

Well, seems that you've listed some of my favorites of all time. Ok...now I need to know how you sneaked into my library...I always keep in locked. ;~))<br />
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Great list of reads...indeed!!

Thanks for joining the discussion, I'll PM you

It is a great book Bajagem, would you like to join the discussion about the 1984 and to kill a mockingbird next month?

I remember reading Brave New World in high school many many years ago....great book..

Thank you Shaylon I'll send you the result as well

I have read 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, Grapes of Wrath and watched Dracula on video with Gary Oldman. Dracula is my favorite. The Great Gatsby sounds familiar; but, I don't recall reading it or if I did I don't recall a plot.

Thank you for your votes and your recommendations, I'll send you the results

1) To Kill a Mockingbird 2) A Prayer for Owen Meaney

LOL! Roj, I'll count the votes for each suggestion I made, and then add the suggestions others made for next month's post.<br />
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I have done this before, this monster is a tamed one. not to worry.

Ha ha LV how on earth are you going to make sense out of all of this??? You have created a literary monster!

Thank you all I'll PM you for the result on Saturday.

Ok to Kill a Mockingbird loved the book and the movie. Loved Gregory Peck as I was growing up too. Oh and I got to find out about Rabies also!

I would like to suggest "Black Elk Speaks". You will see/feel a viewpoint most have never imagined. <br />
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Black Elk is a respected Shaman who lived with the Lakota before the white/long knives came to turtle island. <br />
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He was later part of Buffalo Bill’s “rodeo” and went to England, France, etc. <br />
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He lived to walk the trail of tears.<br />
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Black Elk, being the life story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota. As told through John G. Neihardt.<br />
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Maybe other time...If we are too read somthing from the list, then “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian sounds interesting...DD

Lord...<br />
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I highly recommend "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" -- this is one of my all-time favorites and a re-read it each year without fail. Each time, I take something different from it.<br />
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EPJake

I am going to listen to "1984" soon.

Classics are overrated. The only one of these I found even remotely tolerable was 1984.

Thank you all I'll send you the result

I've read several of these years ago. Ummm now you got me thinking!! I gotta choose one...just one?

I would love to reread "The Grapes of Wrath," but there are so many fine suggestions here LV. :)

You have some great book suggestions here. I would add:<br />
"Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.

My favorite out of these would be Brave New World. I loved the movie they made as well with leonard Nimoy. I usually don't like movies once I have read the book but they did a good job with this.

only 1 i have read is to kill a mockingbird. that was for english lit waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy back in 1985 :P

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee<br />
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This was suggested reading in my 11th grade English class. I thought it was ok.<br />
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“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston<br />
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Not my sort of Novel<br />
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“1984” by George Orwell<br />
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Never heard of it honestly.<br />
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“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley<br />
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Again one I never heard of.<br />
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“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />
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Read this is 12th grade enjoyed it.<br />
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“Dracula” by Bram Stoker<br />
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I love the Novel and have read it several times, I also have the DVD though not as good as the Novel<br />
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“Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo<br />
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I saw the Broadway production I haven't read the book.<br />
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“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck<br />
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Another one I read in 12th grade, found it a bit long.<br />
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“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brian<br />
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I have not read this one.<br />
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Currently I am reading Angel Time by Anne Rice. I read mostly fantasy and Horror not into romance or war. I will check out the Novels that where listed that I haven't read *S*<br />
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“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving<br />
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This is a great works of contemporary literature. You will not be sorry if you add it to your reading list.

I haven't read any of them.

Gatsby and Grapes :)

although i love reading--i must confess--i can get more into movies. 'to kill a mockingbird' and grapes of wrath'--great old movies. that brings up yet another confession--my now-late ex got me into the old classics or i'd care not about them. i also have new respect for the wizard of oz. when i was a kid i had thought it was a recently-made, kid's-flick! l. frank baum's book should be discussed, too! the tin-man's quote is one of my all-time favorites of anyone,' i know i have a heart now, it is breaking.' love, love, love that.

I'm unfamiliar with this group and its activities, yet, if I were to select one of these books to readnand discuss, my first choice would be "Their Eyes Were Watching God."<br />
I'd read it once, and remember loving it, yet that was over 20 years ago, and would be willing to pick it up again.

Speaking of DRACULA -- anyone read DRACULA'S GUEST? Kind of a prologue to DRACULA I've heard. Was originally meant to be part of the book, but was taken out to cut down the length of DRACULA. I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg, but never gotten around to printing it out and reading it.

Oh, drop me a note when the book is chosen or I will completely forget about this. LOL How about frankenstein ? It would give me hope for a brain transplant hee hee ;) Change my name to " Abbey Something"

I've read all of these, but a very long time ago. I'm in NY and most of my book collection is in ND. I won't get back there until July. I've had some brain damage and a lot of my memory for various books and things are gone, I get can get the movie versions in about 2 hours LOL<br />
I guess the books I remember the best are Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird, and 1984. Actually I've never read Dracula although i've owned a copy of the book since longer than I can remember.<br />
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I'm good with anything you guys pick. I'll see if I can find a download of the book and freshen myself up. I'd have my daughter snag me one, she works at barnes and noble..but she is about to quit. B&N are not single parent friendly. I'm thinking about starting a webwide boycott until they change their policies.

Les Miserables is one of my all time favorites. <br />
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Typically, I do not like the "classics" as they are over-hyped, much like pop music. <br />
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One cannot deny the impact of Les Miserables. Amazing work. Talk away!

1984, of course

Mocking bird is a good read , as is the grapes of wrath as relevent now as then .....

Mocking bird is a good read , as is the grapes of wrath as relevent now as then .....

I've read some of them. Oddly, never read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. It was required reading in all high school English courses when I went to school -- except for the advanced course I was in which didn't use the book for some reason. I forget what they had in its place. BEOWULF?<br />
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Never particularly liked 1984 or BRAVE NEW WORLD -- as someone who loves science fiction they always struck me as efforts by authors who didn't really understand the genre and turned out watered-down version for popular consumption.

MMMM FG it can be said for something a little more personal you know....

sign me up for A Brave New World

A Prayer for Owen Meany is my ALL TIME favorite book! I had the pleasure of attending an event where John Irving discussed writing, story telling, and his new book. A Prayer for Owen Meany has my vote! =)

I have read all of these actually (most were on my College Prep list of reading.) and like them all. They are all worth a re-read. I had said earlier that if I ever got through the Grapes of Wrath I would never read it again but that was many many years ago. <br />
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One of my all time favorite novels is John Irving's “A Prayer for Owen Meany”. For those who do not realize this, the movie "Simon Birch" is based on this Literary Classic. Both the movie and the book are well worth the time.<br />
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I agree with MT and some others that 1984 is also a good one. Remember MT that Big Brother is ALWAYS watching you. LOL.

I love The Prayer of Owen Meany.

A Prayer for Owen Meany I loved this book,,,have you read this story,,,I know I have read it,,,refreash my mind on what its about,,,The other ones I am not interested in reading sorry,,,I am sure that they are all good,,,thanks for this post,,,Love and Light Mary

Will you send us a note to let us know which one is chosen? I need a heads up so I can either re-read or read for the first time. Whatever it is, I'm adding "The Things They Carried" to my reading list. I purchased "The Worst Hard Years" you had recommended in one of your posts, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I love history.

Gatsby or Grapes of Wrath get my two nods...<br />
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it's been a while for both of these, but well worth the re-read (if I only read books).<br />
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I was just going to suggest Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land".<br />
I see Coyote beat me to it! Been meaning to read that again for quite a while now.

@ Mtvlm: I need to re-read that too, it's been ages!<br />
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@ Crazy fellow: it's OK, choose one and join us<br />
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@ Roj: great choice, I want to re-read that as well<br />
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@ Hobo: I'll check you in for 1984<br />
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@ Trgdy Ann: Animal farm is a great one too, we could have that for next month<br />
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@ Sweet city woman: I loved the movie and I have to admit I have not read the book either.

I don't read books. If I did, I'd read 1984, because I enjoyed watching the film.

Wow, Lord V, this is a project! I really enjoyed the sci-fi angled ones on this list when I read them, but for some reason "The Great Gatsby" intrigues me. I'm not sure that I fully 'got' it when I read it.

Have to re-read 1984 since that was a big deal when that year came around and people really started to worry about "big brother" or government looking at everything that they were doing...<br />
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I'll have to find my copy of it and read it again....