02-13-2011 11:43 AM
Well, I am new to the Barnes & Noble community, and I have been reading lots of the classics, and if you go to my Essential List on my page you will see I have covered quite a bit of the classics, but what are some from your reading experience that you enjoyed?
02-13-2011 12:14 PM
When I was in high school, before the revolutionary war, we had to read Great Expectations. Notice I said HAD to read it. Much to my surprise, I loved it and became an avid Dickens fan. I reread it last year and still love it. I found a list, in an extinct magazine called "Books," of the 100 best books to read. I have four more to go before the list is complete. It includes many classics and some newer ones, such as Dune, Watership Down, The Invisible Man, etc. But the majority of the books were older classics. Many sites have this sort of list. Most are very similar and include the classics. I believe BN has such a list.
Dickens is still my favorite, but I have discovered many others I would never have read. If you are interested in them, check out the 100 books to read on this and other sites. It should take you a while to finish it, but it will be well worth it.
02-13-2011 02:39 PM
BookReader75, I read "Moby-Dick" when I was in college. I read "A Tale of Two Cities" when I was a Senior in High School.
There are two classics that I have read on my NOOKcolor: "Pride and Prejudice" and "Little Women."
02-13-2011 03:03 PM
Although I've also read the "popular" classics like Dickens, Austen and Poe. I enjoyed the less mainstream and Greek classics by authors such as Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Aristophones and others.
I've noticed that nowadays, people have a rather lofty idea of what a classic is, i.e. Dickens, Twain, etc. But that category tends to change. The classics used to be the Greek authors, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and then "recent" classics by Austen, Tolstoy, Dumas and others.
I have to laugh when I remember the young men in school who would say, "I've read all the classics," as a pick-up line; or the ones who carried A Tale of Two Cities or War and Peace and thought it made them look smarter. One boy carried War and Peace, but I noted that his bookmark sticking out from between the pages never changed position.
@HannibalCat -- I had a great laugh over your revolutionary war comment. One of my children told his teacher that I was "really ancient." If I remember correctly, I was 26 at the time.
02-13-2011 06:02 PM
Ha, I have never read Great Expectations, but I have been wanting to get into to Dicken's works.
As you are maybe the 50th person (exaggerations of course) to have recommended a Dicken's book. I just started reading some of his novels, I am currently reading Oliver Twist, and will definitely read Tale Of Two Cities at some point.
02-15-2011 08:05 PM
Jane Eyre is one of the best books I have ever read. I love the themes of forgiveness, integrity, redemption present in this book. Fantastic!
02-15-2011 08:37 PM - edited 02-15-2011 08:46 PM
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02-15-2011 09:23 PM
The Hound of Baskerville
The Time Machine
Journey to the Center of the Earth
War of the Worlds
Tale of Two Cites