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Twenty 49
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re: Classics that you have never read
The Scarlet Letter

I've read most of those listed here; not War and Peace. Read one page of The Scarlet Letter and put it down. Nope. First time I ever did that.


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re: Classics that you have never read
I read the original scroll version. Some might recommend the edited volume but I enjoyed it. Just gotta pick and choose your stopping points carefully.


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madmaxvol
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re: Classics that you have never read
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The Great Gatsby



Made me think of this...




BTW...The Great Gatsby is one I actually did read. Ones I haven't, but have always thought I should:

Pride and Prejudice
Wuthering Heights
The Catcher in the Rye
Anna Karenina
War and Peace
Crime and Punishment
Lord of the Flies
The Old Man and the Sea
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Slaughterhouse Five






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brian_wilson
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re: Classics that you have never read
I started and didn't finish Moby Dick and War and peace. Both were too dense for my tastes, and I feel like I already know the story.


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biglego
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re: Classics that you have never read
I’ve never even tried to read the “classics” bc there are too many. But one that I do need to read is 1984 just bc it’s always talked about.

By and large, I haven’t enjoyed the classics I’ve read.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Classics that you have never read
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A Brave New World


I had an interesting experience reading A Brave New World and Stranger in a Strange Land back to back.

The parallels are remarkable and one truly appreciates just how good writers were back in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.


thatguy45
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re: Classics that you have never read
1984
Animal farm
Don Quixote
All Steinbeck except of mice and men
There's others of course, I only skimmed some of to kill a mocking bird. With some books/epics it's obvious to me why they're classics and held up as examples of the peak of their literary format (eg: the iliad) then there are others where I wonder why people like them (eg: to kill a mocking bird)


thatguy45
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re: Classics that you have never read
I tried to read a brave new world but, it was so bleak I didn't want to finish it.
Only Heinlein book I've read is Starship Troopers but it was another example of the greatness of the golden age of science fiction


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The Spleen
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re: Classics that you have never read
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then there are others where I wonder why people like them (eg: to kill a mocking bird)




I think the brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird is Lee's use of a very likable character(Scout) to point out how flawed Southerners' views on race were at that time. It didn't come off as preachy like it would have had she used an adult character, even though Atticus is at times uncomfortable with the issue.


thatguy45
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re: Classics that you have never read
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I think the brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird is Lee's use of a very likable character(Scout) to point out how flawed Southerners' views on race were at that time.

Thing is it comes off as a bit redundant to me due to the time period in which I grew up. Obviously the treatment of blacks was very bad, not just in the south but the north too.
But, after learning about it in history class, and watching shows about it, mocking bird doesn't seem as ground breaking. Im aware of the subject, and I already had the experience of being a child and viewing said things as wrong. So I kinda just focus on the story its self (rather than its implications), which is a sad one. When I read I don't want a sad ending. Guess that's just me


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