Friday, September 24, 2004

Friday, September 24, 2004 - Brushing Up On The Classics

Axinar had a great post today. Go read it yourself, my summary would be inadequate. It made me realize how seriously I am lacking in the reading of classic literature. I find it a little disturbing that too much of my knowledge of the classics derives from television and movies. So I have decided it is time to pick up the gauntlet and get reading.

Here is a list of books that I intend to tackle(over the next several years, let's be realistic here). The web addresses listed are the places where you can find these novels online for free! Poverty is no excuse for ignorance! (oh, wait, unless you don't have a computer...)

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Last of the Mohicans - James Fennimore Cooper
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
The Prince - Nicolo Machiavelli
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baronness Emmuska Orczy
Common Sense - Thomas Paine
Anthem - Ayn Rand
Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert L. Stevenson
Treasure Island - Robert L. Stevenson
Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H.Lawrence
Moby Dick, or The Whale - Hermann Melville
Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Three Musketeers - Andre Dumas
Ulysses - James Joyce
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper lee
The Crucible - Arthur Miller

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
Faust - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Candide - Voltaire

Divine Comedy: The Inferno - Dante Alighieri
Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Republic - Plato
The Aeneid - Virgil
The Iliad - Homer

Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Nicholas Nickelby - Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
The Man In The Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu - Sax Rohmer
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne

Walden - Henry David Thoreau


Blogger Jade said...

You're definately an ambitious one! Good for you!
Half of those books were books we were forced to read throughout junior high and high school. I say forced loosely because I totally enjoy reading and loved reading everything they threw our way. You will have fun!

9/25/2004 8:03 AM  
Blogger none said...

Comments on some that I read.

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte: Great love story, awwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe: Controvercial.

Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne: Fell in love with Fileas Fog.

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky: Go Fyodor! Awesome writer.

Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H.Lawrence: Depressing.
Moby Dick, or The Whale - Hermann Melville: Cool.
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe: Cool.
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde: Scary. Good.
The Three Musketeers - Andre Dumas: I loved that too.

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy: Couldn´t finish it.

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut: Vonnegut is cool.
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller: Awesome must read.

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert: Depressing.

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte: Well written.
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes: Sort of sad...
The Iliad - Homer: The most awesome story.

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas: Dumas is one of the best writers out there. Reading his stuff is a pleasure.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy: Very depressing.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo: I liked it.
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo: I like it 2.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne: Verne wote a lot of exciting stuff at his time, one of the first sf-writers!

Walden - Henry David Thoreau: A must read.

If you want to read something really heartwarming, uplifting *and* funny, give Pamela Morsi a try. I must write a post about how wonderful she is.

9/25/2004 8:17 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

You have a lot of books on your want to read list that are also on mine. Some of my favorites that I have read include:

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
-I've read this one a number of times since I was a kid
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
-I love Jack London! My favorite by him is The Sea Wolf. The Star Rover is another that I really enjoyed by him.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baronness Emmuska Orczy
-This one was fun and a short read
Anthem - Ayn Rand
-Gives you a lot to think about. I still want to read Atlas Shrugged
Treasure Island - Robert L. Stevenson
-This is another favorite childhood one
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
-Excellent book!
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper lee
- Read this one in school
The Crucible - Arthur Miller
-This was a school read as well.
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
-One of my favorite books. I'm a sucker for a victorian romance.
Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
-Another school read. Very funny!
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
-I enjoyed this quite a bit but never finished the series. One of my favorites by Burroughs is the Outlaw of Torn.
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
-Great story intermixed with a lot of politics.

Some of my other favorite classic authors include Jane Austin, Edith Wharton and L.M. Montgomery. The list could go on forever.

9/25/2004 2:44 PM  
Blogger Desiree' said...

Goddess I am such a book geek. Except for 5 of those books you have listed I have read them all in the last 15 months. The ones I haven't read I just wasn't in the mood to delve into them at the time I was searching for a book, but I have them. If I am not at work, with the family, or at the computer, I am reading. Little D is the same way. Granted she watches television (the evil box is what we refer to it in this house), but she enjoys reading as much as I do.

I think it is great you are wanting to read the classics. They are truly wonderful ways to escape into that wonderful thing that most adults don't use anymore...their imagination.

Happy Reading!

9/25/2004 4:00 PM  
Blogger ShadowAngel said...

Thank you for your recommendations and support. Lioness, I don't know how you do it. I devour books, but I don't think I could do the classics at the rate you manage. Yeah, maybe I am being ambitious, but this task should be enjoyable enough that I actually complete it!

More classics recommendations are welcome!

9/25/2004 5:27 PM  
Blogger Extra Strength Surfing Fingers said...

Wow! You have some GREAT books on your list.

I keep telling myself I'm going to read more of the Classics but it just seems I can never get around to it.

One of my favorites on your list is Wuthering Heights. That book is great. Read the book and then watch the original movie afterwards. Of course, the book is so much better but the movie is good too.

More of my favorites from your list: The Count of Monte Cristo (actually all of Dumas' books), Canterbury Tales (some of them are rather funny), Gulliver's Travels, Around the World in 80 Days, Jane Eyre, and Moby Dick.

A couple of recommendations for you:

Dracula - Bram Stoker (I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!)
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Little Men - Louisa May Alcott

Take care!

9/29/2004 7:03 PM  

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