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Re: Recommendations of Classic Books

Post by tahoorahashmi » 28 Feb 2019, 03:58

I recently read Romeo and Juliet because its one of the most famous work by Shakespeare and is applauded so much. While reading I fell in love with the poetry in it so to no surprise this one didn't disappoint when it comes to the narrative and dialogues. won't lie, It took me some time to connect with the characters. For which the reason might be the Old English used so some kind of language barrier made it slightly weird specially when a character dies within 2 minutes of the book😶
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I always find people complaining that Juliet was just 14 and Romeo around 18 but then it hit me, back in the days the kids did mature faster. I thought that was reasonable until I read it and realized these 2 kids were just normal 2 kids with enraged teenage hormones :roll2: . The book legit introduces Romeo being depressed because this girl Rosaline he had a crush on had sworn off boys by taking a vow of chastity and next thing you know is he is swooning over Juliet.
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It was more of a fantasy type romance which became acceptable to me after reading half of the book.
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Post by Stephany_26 » 10 Mar 2019, 13:57

Kay Fair wrote:
18 Sep 2009, 10:53
Jane Austen said of Emma, "I am going to take a character no one but myself will much like." Seriously?! Is it possible that I am all alone in my affection for dearest Emma? Or can it be I would find many fellow lovers of the most haughty and spoilt of the Jane Austen heroines; as I live not in Jane's world of England circa 1816, but rather in a society that fully worships the rich and naughty antics of Gossip Girls and Real Housewives of... wherever? Yeah, I'm guessing Emma would be a pretty popular chick these days.

My affection for Emma as a novel lies in its tightly laced plot and signature Austen imagery. My adoration of Emma, the character, lies in my lingering childhood desire to somehow make the most popular girl in school like me. (Despite the fact that such a desire is generally rooted in the secret wish that the popular girl will tumble from atop the throne, leaving a vacancy for none other than yours truly.)

It may be cheesy girl stuff, but Emma will always be one of my favorite characters of classic literature. (Complete review available at whatrefuge.blogspot)
You're not alone, I really love Emma, Jane Austen give us an unforgettable character, I think Emma is different from other girls at that time, she may be consider as a spoiled and rich girl but I think she was more than that, she was very clever and funny.

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Post by Midn1ght » 17 Mar 2019, 12:48

The Call of the Wild. Great story about a dog as he is moved from his comfortable home to the cold wilderness.

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Post by tanner87cbs » 20 Mar 2019, 21:14

So I really like a lot of the classic plays, as in 'Les Miserable', 'Phantom of the Opera'. I have scene these on Broadway and watched multiple versions of film. Is there any value I am missing by not reading the books? Or is it basically the screen play word for word.

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Post by Ak1412 » 21 Mar 2019, 19:43

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby are my favorite despite being drastically different.

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Post by Ak1412 » 21 Mar 2019, 19:44

Juliar252 wrote:
29 Sep 2018, 07:37
I love Crime and Punishment and The Underground Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 1984 by George Orwell, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
I loved 1984 but had a harder time getting interested in Frankenstein.

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Post by Nicole_Boyd » 28 Mar 2019, 14:37

I agree, everything that Jane Austen wrote is fantastic, “Emma” is one of my favorites, along with “Pride and Prejudice”. “Mansfield Park” was also very good.

I’ve necer finished “A Tale of Two Cities” but it is on my list to read.

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Post by Deborah Minter » 31 Mar 2019, 01:22

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is a fantastic read. For mystery and suspense lovers. The plot includes the magic of the Opera Garnier and the tragedy of a masked genius, with a touch of romance. A must readers of the classics.

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Post by Bazilah1898 » 08 Apr 2019, 06:17

I like to read classic books especially adventure theme
I recommend Tom saywer and Huckberry Finn story
Cause it is so good even I fond of it storyline as well fun to read
Such as illustrations :D

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Post by cadelfavreau » 10 Apr 2019, 19:47

Crime and Punishment. Jane Eyre. Dead Souls. War and Peace. The Idiot. Anything by Camus or Kafka.

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Post by Eberglund88 » 13 Apr 2019, 20:16

The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith is a great classic! It is full of suspense and really captures the readers attention right from the first page. L.J. Smith has a particular tone about his writing that keeps you entertained and involved.

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Post by flaming_quills » 17 Apr 2019, 02:47

The Sherlock Holmes books are an absolute must read. There are enjoyable and witty without being too overwhelming and you'll definitely be in for a ride.
I specifically recommend the Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet.

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Post by srividyag1 » 17 Apr 2019, 09:24

My recommendations in the Classics genre would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and all of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. I love Thomas Hardy's writing. The way he depicts emotions in his scenes is not seen in many male writers of that era. I also enjoy Somerset Maugham's books. It's a quirk of mine, but I love certain wild western books written by Zane Grey, quite different from my normal choice.
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 Apr 2019, 09:26

Midn1ght wrote:
17 Mar 2019, 12:48
The Call of the Wild. Great story about a dog as he is moved from his comfortable home to the cold wilderness.
I read the abridged version of this when I was a kid. I remember being transported to a different world. I was introduced to this book along with Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and hence somehow, I always think of all those books together... It invokes nostalgia in me:)
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 Apr 2019, 09:29

jwalls wrote:
07 Nov 2018, 17:48
I enjoy reading books that later are turned into movie features. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a well preserved classic that I find is more entertaining and filled with details that outshine the infamous black and white classic film.
To kill a mockingbird is amazing in many ways... Even though it deals with a serious topic, it never assumes a dark storyline. The book makes us think for many days after reading it. It is one of the best books ever written.
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