The classic novels thread

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  1. Suedey

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    What are your favourite classics?

    What classics do you want to read?

    What classics did you find disappointing?

    What classics have you started and never finished?

    etc. etc.
     
  2. jivafox

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    Catcher In The Rye, Wuthering Heights, and To Kill a Mockingbird are my holy trinity.

    I enjoyed The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre more than I expected to.

    Great Expectations, Dracula, and Frankenstein were all absolute slogs.
     
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  3. Chlammy

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    Favourites off the top of my head:
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Brideshead Revisited
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Catcher in the Rye
    The Scarlet Letter
    The Dead (from Dubliners)
     
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  4. KindaCool

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    To Kill a Mockingbird,
    Wuthering Heights,
    Pride and Prejudice,
    Turn of the Screw,
    Lord of the Rings,
    Frankenstein,
    Flatland
     
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    Emma and Catcher in the Rye I find both rubbish
     
  6. Beverley

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    I'm quite deficient in my reading of classics. However, I do like:
    Frankenstein - Marry Shelly
    The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
    Some Prefer Nettles - Junichiro Tanizaki
    Beloved - Toni Morrison
    Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
    To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

    I wasn't a fan of:
    The Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio MushimaThe Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
    The Blind Owl - Sadegh Hedayat
    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    I started, but never finished:
    Madame Bovary and Pride and Prejudice

    I would like to read the Russians!
     
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  7. Alla

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    Ulysses by Joyce was a big WTF, probably I was too young to understand it back then, but I have no intention to give it another try.
     
  8. Iguana

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    Give me anything by William Golding. It's a shame most people have only heard of Lord of the Flies. I love The Inheritors, Pincher Martin, The Spire and especially Darkness Visible. They aren't easy reads but I always find them thrilling.

    This thread reminds me of a girl who I interviewed alongside for English at university and who put "classical literature" on her personal statement when she meant "classic literature". The latter is pretty broad anyway but she was rather embarrassed when she started getting questions about Homer's influence on more modern literature and she had not a clue.
     
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  9. Zu-Klara

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    Inevitably I’ve always generally gone for foreign and my favourites include anything by Georges Bataille, especially ‘Blue Of Noon’. You’ll never be able to look at a fork again without getting the urge to plunge it into a handy thigh. Sartre’s ‘Nausea’ is another fun favourite as well as Cocteau’s ‘Les enfants terribles’ which I read when I was 13, thanks to my local library being a source of constant filth and perversion :disco:

    Oh and there’s also Keith Ridgway’s ‘Animals’ and Roland Topor’s ‘The Tenant’, both of which disturbed me terribly and are highly recommended for a weekend’s light reading :tongueout:
     
  10. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I have to say I'm not very good with the classics tbh. I'd much rather read stuff from the rest of the world than concern myself with the Eurocentric literary canon.
     
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  11. Chlammy

    Chlammy So hey, let's be friends.

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    The Folded Leaf
     
  12. Mats

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    CAN THEY EVEN WRITE OVER THERE?

    no but in all honesty I've never given much thought to classics although I've probably read a fair amount. I just for the life of me can't remember any titles... I mean, what even constitutes a classic?
     
  13. Jætike

    Jætike Gay horses eat hay

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    Favourites:
    Oranges are not the only fruit
    To kill a mockingbird
    Lady Windermere's fan
    The age of innocence
    Antigone
    Twelfth night
    A sentimental education

    Objectively great but agonising:
    Astrophil and Stella
    A streetcar named desire
    The birthday party
    Herland
    The trial


    Disappointed in:
    Jane Eyre
    Great Expectations
    To the lighthouse
    Dracula
    Bluebeard
    Romeo and Juliet
    Wanna read:
    The picture of Dorian Gray
    The joy luck club
    Mao's last dancer
     

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