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Classics - what to read?
I just finished reading Crime & Punishment and really enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down.

I think I will read War & Peace and Anna Karenina next and then return to Dostoevsky for The Brothers Karamazov. Any recs for what to read after that?


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re: Classics - what to read?
Can never go wrong with russian lit.

Dostoevsky, tolstoy, gogol, pushkin, Turgenev

Dante's Divine Comedy is something else to check out.

Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

100 years of Solitude by Marquez

This is by far the best reading list if you want to get into the classics. The Western Canon by Harold Bloom


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Great Expectations

10 outta 10


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re: Classics - what to read?
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I think I will read War & Peace and Anna Karenina next and then return to Dostoevsky for The Brothers Karamazov.


See you in a year



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If you want some entertaining Russian Lit, read The Hero of Our Time by Lermontov. Then you could read the incredibly moving poetry of Anna Akhmatova, and slip back to Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago. I also think some Turkish literature somewhat resembles the 'East-West' tension, with Snow by Pamuk a popular choice. You can also find so much richness in Chekov's work, as my personal favorite is his story The Black Monk.



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Lol, I read Crime & Punishment in 4 days. I get a little bit obsessive and drop everything when I become engrossed. It makes me extremely unproductive


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I did just buy a book of Pushkin poetry with English and Russian versions side by side to learn a bit of Russian while reading. Should be interesting! Thanks for the recs!


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This is by far the best reading list if you want to get into the classics. The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
My jaw just dropped. Now that list will keep me busy for the rest of my life!


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My jaw just dropped. Now that list will keep me busy for the rest of my life!


I used that book as well as The Great Books series used by St. John's College to supplement my education, which isn't in the literary fields. I followed it for a few years and it was extremely helpful becoming as widely read as I could be.


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My jaw just dropped. Now that list will keep me busy for the rest of my life!
Please note that while it is an extremely substantial reading list, it doesn't contain anything contemporary. (21st century)


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HailHailtoMichigan!
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crazy4lsu
How do you find the time to read so much stuff from so many different genres and fields?

One post you are discussing high level studies on genetics, the next post you are going in depth on russian literature.


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Thanks my aim is to supplement my education as well, as my degree is in an engineering discipline. This gives me a great start.


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A combination of speed reading, reading at least 150 pages before bed since at least 2006, rarely getting more than six hours of sleep, and not having a TV most of my adult life are pretty much the reasons. And having a well-structured schedule helps quite a bit, as my day is broken up into 30 minute blocks in order to finish all the stuff I need to finish everyday. I usually will throw in something 'fun' to read during those blocks as a break from the phone/computer.


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Interesting. Do you read primarily hard copies, or do you mix in alternative methods (like Kindle/Audible)? I have lately been reading hard copies at night and via audiobook during the day. The audiobooks are usually for lighter reading so that I can multi-task.

My TV usage has been pretty non-existent this year, and I definitely attribute my uptick in reading to this. Nothing on TV is interesting to me these days.


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Hard copies of everything, from papers to books. Will do light reading on my kindle if I'm on the treadmill, but the tactile sensation of holding a book and reading it is extremely important for my ability to retain anything.


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The list in the Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer is good. It’s geared for homeschooling, but I reference it when I want to read a classic (and to supplement my kids’ studies)

I think it’s online - I’ll link it if I find it.

But I’m sure any classic list covers the same books.

ETA: here is a link to the list of books in Well Educated Mind - just in case anyone is curious

Book List
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Thanks; I just ordered it.


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I think I will read War & Peace and Anna Karenina next and then return to Dostoevsky for The Brothers Karamazov.
ask me when you're finished in six months


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I’m wondering if I have those three in the right order. Should I attempt the shorter ones first? Lol


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Homer, Virgil, and Dante—they’re referenced so much in other classical lit. The Russians are good. Take a look at Goethe’s Faust, of course Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton’s Paradise Lost.


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