07-05-2012 12:31 AM
My favorite classic is Catch-22. The characters and plot are so complex. At first, Yossarian seems like a "slacker." As the novel progresses, it becomes apparent that there are reasons for his behavior. In my opinion, it is a perfect novel.
07-27-2012 11:11 AM
My favorite 20th century "Classic" work would be Hemmingway's Old Man and The Sea.
19th century favorite is Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles and Dickens Great Expectations.
Older classic favorite would have to be Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry V.
08-08-2012 12:27 AM
I cannot think of what my favorite is right now, but I can tell you that one book that I will never forget is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is the first classic that I have ever read. I was just in gradeschool when I picked it off a shelf of books on sale. I have to admit that I didn't understand much of what I read then but I did get and do remember what lesson it taught. And, wow, who knew that that will be the very same lesson that I have to remind myself of every single day.
12-22-2012 06:32 PM
12-23-2012 12:38 PM
My favorite is Wuthering Heights. It is such a powerful story of obsessive love that consumes everything and everyone around it.
Grand Dame of the Land of Oz, Duchess of Fantasia, in the Kingdom of Wordsmithonia; also, Poet Laureate of the Kingdom of Wordsmithonia
12-30-2012 09:37 AM
01-05-2013 04:29 AM
The Great Gatsby, no doubt
I thought it was filled with so much symbolism that most people didn't quite get
I've read this book multiple times and each time I still get so moved by it
I simply think Fitzgerald did an amazing job, I admire his work
01-08-2013 01:56 PM
This is such a difficult question to answer. A lot of people might say "Anna Karenina" or "War and Peace." I've only read "Anna" out of those two. It was very long and sometimes difficult to tackle. But it was certainly a good one. I particularly like "Wuthering Heights" and "The Great Gatsby" as well. "Lolita" was amazing. I am always amazed by the writing of Russian authors. A lesser known book by James Agee called "A Death in the Family" is also extremely well-written and thought-provoking. I tend to like books that point out our flaws and pick out certain absurdities in society. I also think I go through times of having "favorites," as it were, depending on where I'm at in life and what I happen to be reading at the time. I find I appreciate a writer's work more when I can hear discussions about it and study it with someone who will challenge me to find deeper meaning and understand the symbollism throughout the book.
05-22-2013 03:22 PM
My all-time favorite has to be Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I wanted to read it before I saw the musical and I'm so glad I did! I loved how the stage version adapted the last scene with Valjean's death but all in all the stage authors did a fantastic job adapting. I finaly got to view the movie for the Count of Monte Cristo and now I want to read that as well. Heard it was excellent. Finally, I'm reading Great Expectations now and so far love it.
07-05-2013 11:56 AM
There are many good reads and classics. There is no dorminant force to bestow on any writer of having an accolade of being classical . I grew up reading English writers and later I was introduced to world literature which formed my opinion that all books are great. I have become more open and less selective in what I read. I read all books in any subject. I do not restrict myself in reading any title because it is classic. Depending on mood I dive into any book. We need to come out of the Dickens era and embrace all world books which exist in this contemporary world. My list of books is wide and I can't 'point out a single book as being favourite.
07-06-2013 07:37 PM
My all time favorite is Pride and Prejudice. I LOVE Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and how much they banter back and forth. Elizabeth's mother is funny as well and I love that time period. It shows how people in that time wanted to marry for love, not merely station.
My favorite classic is Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Christo. In the beginning, Edmond is so full of life and has his soul ripped to shreds. He learns that "playing God" by seeking revenge does not assuage the pain, humiliation, and despair he experienced at the Chataeu d'If as a result of his friend's betrayal and others coveting his good fortune (becoming the captain of his own ship, engaged to Mercedes, etc.) This is why I love this book.
Currently Reading: "The Secrets of Dr. Taverner" written by Dion Fortune AND "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
a month ago
Wow, I can't give you just one, how about one per author? By classic, I'm going to assume at least a hundred years old:
The Three Musketeers
The Sign of Four
Riders of the Purple Sage
The Time Machine
Ozma of Oz
The Adventures of Peter Pan
a month ago