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
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61 Responses Nov 10, 2009

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

I am going to listen to "1984" soon.

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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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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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 Shaylon I'll send you the result as well

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

Thanks for joining the discussion, I'll PM you

@ 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

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

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

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

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

@ Tilly gray writer: thank you, my pleasure

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.

@ rainmane: it's a great book, great choice, you can join the discussion <br />
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thank you

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.

@ 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.

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.

@ 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

anybody a fan of john banville

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 />

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.

Nice List & thnks ♥ ♥ ♥

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

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.

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