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Old 11-21-2010, 05:05 AM   #31
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For my third nomination, I'll go with A Room With A View by E. M. Forster. I started it recently, while waiting for something, and was rather enamored, so I'd like to give it a full and proper go.

To quote directly the text as loaded by user 'weatherwax' where she uploaded the epub in the Library (<---linky)...

"This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson--who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist--Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires.

Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works."


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Old 11-21-2010, 06:46 AM   #32
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Nominations updated in post #7.

I'm off to bed and will catch up again tomorrow. There are now 3 fully nominated titles.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:17 AM   #33
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It was with the specific intention to read The Brothers Karamasov

The Washington Post says: "[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art – his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book." (quoted at Amazon's website)
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I'll also add a second for The Brothers Karamazov.
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Hmm, and I shall third "The Brothers Karmazov" as well.
Looks like we have three nominations for The Brothers Karamazov as well Just putting in this post so it's after your last one. Also, awesome work with the write ups and the links

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:13 AM   #34
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For my third nomination, I'll go with A Room With A View by E. M. Forster. I started it recently, while waiting for something, and was rather enamored, so I'd like to give it a full and proper go.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:51 AM   #35
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I nominate "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins. Available for free in these places.

"Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall readers ever since. From the hero’s foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins’s narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing." (Amazon)
I'll second this. Been wanting to read Wilkie Collins for a while.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:04 AM   #36
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:28 AM   #37
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I'll third The count of Monte Cristo and The woman in white.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:33 PM   #38
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Looks like we have three nominations for The Brothers Karamazov as well Just putting in this post so it's after your last one. Also, awesome work with the write ups and the links

Thank you and thanks for catching that.

Nominations are updated in post #7.

There are 7 fully nominated books at this point.
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:27 PM   #39
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I'll third A Room with a View.
Oh no! I just saw Room with a View mentioned in the Most Boring Book thread.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...&postcount=282

Anybody else have insight into this book?
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:58 PM   #40
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I'd like to suggest H G Wells War of the Worlds. Definitely a classic, great descriptions of Victorian England, vastly better than any of the films.

Available free from many sources including Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36

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Available free from many sources including Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36

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Good idea, I'll second War of the Worlds for my third choice
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:36 PM   #42
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Oh no! I just saw Room with a View mentioned in the Most Boring Book thread.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...&postcount=282

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I enjoyed it, though it is Edwardian in flavor. The humor is subtle but the social satire is well done IMO.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:03 PM   #43
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Oh no! I just saw Room with a View mentioned in the Most Boring Book thread.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...&postcount=282

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To add to what doreenjoy said, I suggest reading that entire thread. There are many books in there that have been boring to some people that others would consider favourites. "Classics", quite understandably (remember school? ) get a fair old mention, and it wouldn't surprise me if most every book nominated in this thread has been or eventually will be mentioned in that.

FWIW, the small few pages of this book I started fascinated me much because of the language. I felt it as perfection... something to aspire to (if, perhaps, evolved to our own times ). Its humour was subtle - small smile rather than LOLing). YMMV.

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Old 11-21-2010, 07:50 PM   #44
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Remember school? Yup we had to read '1984' because it was 1982 and the teacher thought that the time was nearing! Is 1984 a classic?
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Yes but it doesn't meet the public domain qualification outlined in this thread. See post #4.
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