What are some good classic books to get?

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  1. StephenA

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    I want to start reading more, so I've decided to start getting classic books to read. What are some good ones to get? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

    Here are some I'm thinking of getting:

    Dracula
    Frankenstein
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    The Old Man and the Sea
    Of Mice and Men
    The last 2 of the Lord of the Rings trilogy(I have the Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring)
    Great Expectations
    A Tale of Two Cities
     
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    Robinson Crusoe, Count of Monte Cristo, Kidnapped, Clan of the Cave Bear (interesting).
     
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    Steinbeck's "East of Eden" is out in a nice new edition for Oprah's book club.

    A couple of my longtime faves have been "Barchester Towers" by Anthony Trollope and "Middlemarch" by George Eliot.
     
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    Pride and Prejudice
    The Origin of Species
    The Wasp Factory
     
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    I like 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke.

    Also, check out To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
     
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    I recommend anything from the greatest writer in the history of the universe: Mark Twain.

    Read any of his novels (both fiction and non) or his countless essays and speeches. Many of his works are very funny or scathingly candid even today. He understood mankind better than most and could relate it better than most.
     
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    My favorite book I've ever read: "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
     
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    crime and punishment by fyodor dostoyevsky
    ulysses by james joyce
    heart of darkness and lord jim by joseph conrad
    jane eyre - charotte bronte

    those i can think off the top of my head...
     
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    War of the Worlds - HG Wells
    The Time Machine - HG Wells
    Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne
    A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
    At the Mountains of Madness - HP Lovecraft
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - HP Lovecraft
    The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson
    The Devil Rides Out - Dennis Wheatley
    Strange Conflict - Dennis Wheatley
    Hour of the Dragon - Robert E.Howard
    Against the Fall of Night - Arthur C.Clarke
    Childhood's End - Arthur C.Clarke
    The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
    Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov
    The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
    Slan - AE Van Vogt
    Voyage of the Space Beagle - AE Van Vogt
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
     
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    The Great Gatsby, probably the best American novel of the past 100 years.
     
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    War and Peace is perhaps the greatest novel ever written. It is long but it is definately worth it. Also, look into Wuthering Heights, another absolutely terrific novel, not to mention somewhat short.

    I would also strongly second The Clan of the Cave Bear. It may not be on the level as some of the previous books mentioned but to this day its still my favorite.

    Out of your list I would say put Dracula on the back burner. It starts with a bang but the last two thirds really drag. If you want to read Dickens you are off to a good start with those books you mentioned. David Copperfield is another excellent one, not to mention Oliver Twist as well.

    Edit: I just looked at that list that Jonathan linked and I can't believe War and Peace didn't make the top 100?[​IMG] Do Librarians really think Misery by Steven King is better than War and Peace or do they just not read books that are over 600 pages? Oh well, to each their own I guess.
     
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    I don't know if these fit under the classic category, but:

    George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm
    Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
    The Metamorphisis by Kafka

    And if you're looking for some odd but often overlooked choices:

    Dante's Inferno is extraordinary and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a surprisingly enjoyable read even for adults.

    For some true weirdness, try some Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five is widely considered a new classic, and Cats Cradle is also very good.

    Finally, for some reason I can't remember the name of the book about the Lilliputians. James Joyce I think is the author but it's killing me I can't recall the title.[​IMG]
     
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    You should also check out-

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You will be surprised how much story can be packed into one book. Kepping all the names straight is a bit tough, though.

    The Stranger by Albert Camus. I didn't get it the first time I read it in high school but understand it more the older I get.

    Also, anything by Flannery O'Connor. She has incredible wit and humor and a writing style that plays like a movie in your head- it's so tight and dead-on.
     
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    I agree with the choices from Steinbeck from above, another great Steinbeck novella is The Wayward bus. Oh and The Grapes of Wrath. Other then Steinbeck, My Antonia by Willa Cather, Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Enjoy!
     
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    How about some short story collections?

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    His Last Bow
    The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes


    Novels:
    A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear

    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    I prefer The Strand facsimiles that include Sidney Paget's and other's illustrations.
     
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    If you're looking for some just classic action/adventure with a dash of romace, Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood is just phenomenal. I was a big fan of the film and resisted reading the book for a long time, but wow, what a knockout.

    I literally had goosebumps while I read the final twenty pages. I was reading it on the subway, while I walked home, and then I came in through the door and said to my wife, "Hi, just give me ten minutes to finish this" and sat down and devoured the ending. It's really, really, really good.

    The Sea Hawk, also by Sabatini, is pretty good, too, but nowhere near as good as Captain Blood. I need more Sabatini now!
     
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