Posted 03 May 2004 - 11:27 AM
Posted 03 May 2004 - 10:45 PM
GWTW, it's true that some books that you refer to as classics might not be classics to us, however I want to read classics from all over the world, not just our good old Flemish and Dutch classics. I went to the US as an exchange student, and took an American Lit class there. We read quite a lot of classics, but I want to read more than we did in that class. I prefer reading books in the original language, so I'm glad most books suggested here are originaly in English.
Old Fashioned, Victor Hugo is one of my favorite authors. I'm going to attempt reading his books in French now.
Anyway, keep on suggesting, I'm really enjoying this thread.
Posted 04 May 2004 - 07:25 AM
Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:11 AM
Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:16 AM
Any Edgar Allan Poe
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"
Jane Austen's "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice"
Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Cervantes's "Don Quixote"
Homerus's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" (sp?)
Any Oscar Wilde
Posted 23 May 2004 - 09:50 AM
Oliver Twist and A Cristmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
These are only a very few of my favourites... I'll add to the list soon.
Posted 22 June 2004 - 01:15 PM
Any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books, but notably his Sherlock Holmes mysteries
Some of Jack London's works could be called classics, though I don't think they are generally recognised as such. As someone who loves wolves, I found the general attitude of "wolves are vicious, man-eating devils and we had better shoot them all' exhibited by many of London's characters rather sad and -- for lack of a better word -- disturbing, but I was able to look over that and enjoyed most of his works to some degree anyway.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Island of the Blue Dolphins and the sequel, Kia, by Scott O'Dell — these could be considered young adult fiction but my mother read them and liked them quite a bit.
The Borrowers series — these books are good for anyone from 9 or 10 to 90 or 100. Very lovely little books, most certainly classics:
- The Borrowers
- The Borrowers Aloft
- The Borrowers Afloat
- The Borrowers Afield
- The Borrowers Avenged
Posted 12 July 2004 - 10:31 AM
George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss
Miles Franklin: My Brilliant Career (Australian classic)
John Buchan: The Thirty-nine Steps (exciting!)
Edited by Ostrich, 18 July 2004 - 06:44 AM.
Posted 15 July 2004 - 05:45 AM
Posted 15 July 2004 - 11:48 AM
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
a Blandings Castle comedic novel by P G Wodehouse (choose any)
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
Howard's End, EM Forster
Gaudy Night, Dorothy Sayers
The Thurber Carnival, James M. Thurber
Posted 15 July 2004 - 12:16 PM
Posted 18 July 2004 - 06:43 AM
I strongly second Jane Austen's Persuasion as well as Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. Although it is a children's story, The Wind in the Willows is a classic well worth reading if you missed it as a child.
And don't forget J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings!
If you are at all interested in South African classics, try the short stories of Herman Charles Bosman(e.g. Mafeking Road, Unto Dust). They are works originally written in English.
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