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February 21st, 2013, 09:12 AM
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What "classics" have you read?

Which did you enjoy and which not so much?

Who's your favourite "classic" author, if you have such a thing?
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February 21st, 2013, 05:41 PM
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In grade 12, I went through a period of just reading classics. Some of the ones I remember reading include:
Emma
Pride & Prejudice
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights

Earlier, I read some others that are considered classics:
Little Women
Black Beauty
The Secret Garden

I don't really have a favourite author. I would love to try Charles Dickens at some point.
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February 21st, 2013, 08:07 PM
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I studied lit as an undergrad and grad student so my list is pretty long.

One of my favorites is Jane Eyre. Really love Crime and Punishment.

Not a fan of Sister Carrie or Wuthering Heights.

Jane Austen and Shakespeare are my "comfort reading" so I guess they would rank as my favorites
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February 21st, 2013, 09:38 PM
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Alice in Wonderland

great expectations

pride and prejudice

im more a paranormal kinda girl.
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February 22nd, 2013, 03:54 AM
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I had to read a lot for my degree. I didn't really read any before then. Some I fell in love with and some I didn't enjoy at all!

I love the poetry of Shakespeare, John Donne, John Keats, William Blake, ST Coleridge, Lord Tennyson, and Andrew Marvell.

Some of the things I have really enjoyed:
Paradise Lost (Milton)
Pilgrim's Progress (Chaucer)
Jane Eyre (Bronte) - Jane Eyre is a really fantastic book - gripping!
Wuthering Heights (Bronte) - I've tried to read other Bronte books but I only like these two
A Christmas Carol (Dickens) - I've tried to read other Dickens books but this is the only one I really like
Don Quixote (Cervantes)
Women In Love (Lawrence) - I would like to read more including Lady Chatterley's Lover but have not got around to it yet
Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
The Wind In The Willows (Grahame)
The Call of the Wild (London)
Mrs Dalloway (Woolf)
Animal Farm (Orwell)
1984 (Orwell)
The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien)
The Hobbit (Tolkien)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Hardy)
Under The Greenwood Tree (Hardy)
Morte d'Arthur (Mallory)
King Solomon's Mines (Rider Haggard)
The Three Musketeers (Dumas)

There are more I'd like to get to...I'd like to read more Hardy, Woolf and Lawrence. I'd like to read The Picture of Dorian Gray, Little Women which I somehow never got round to reading, and In Search of Lost Time by Proust which I read some extracts from while studying Music at university.

And then there are some that don't appeal at all! I don't like Austen (had to read some for uni and was not at all keen), the books of Jules Verne (same), or Alice In Wonderland (which I tried to read as a child and to me it was just ridiculous lol). I also don't get on with the Narnia books though I enjoyed the prequel to The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - The Magician's Nephew, which was rather different to the others.
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February 22nd, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Ohh, I LOVED 1984, such a good book! I've also read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. And The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Wow, never Little Women? I recommend it!
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February 22nd, 2013, 12:19 PM
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Yep it just never came up. Nobody ever suggested it or gave it to me when I was a teen and I was never required to read it for any reason. It's definitely on my "want to read" list.
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February 22nd, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Don Quixote (Cervantes)



And then there are some that don't appeal at all! I don't like Austen (had to read some for uni and was not at all keen), the books of Jules Verne (same), or Alice In Wonderland (which I tried to read as a child and to me it was just ridiculous lol). I also don't get on with the Narnia books though I enjoyed the prequel to The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - The Magician's Nephew, which was rather different to the others.
I love Don Quixote I'm due for a rereading soon! I actually took an entire class on DQ when I was an undergrad (I had a world lit minor). For some reason, whenever I read DQ, I want to follow it up with a rereading of Frankenstein LOL I have no idea why those two books are linked in my head!

I adore the Narnia books. I read the first one when I was very small and it felt so forbidden They were labeled "Christian" but I was raised in a religion where magic, any magic, even allegorical, was evil and forbidden. So I was quite naughty in continuing to read them when I realized they were magic My kids love the movies but are not quite old enough to follow along with the books but I am itching to read the series to them

I agree with you on Alice in Wonderland. I have always hated the book and barely tolerate the movies. It is so over-the-top and ridiculous and even as a child I thought there must be something wrong with the guy who wrote it
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