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Old 06-11-2011, 05:04 AM   #1
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Favorite Classic Book?

If you had to pick just one of the classics (by which I mean something PD or almost old enough at least to be PD) what would the title of your favorite Classic book be? I've lost count on how many times as a kid I read Treasure Island.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:12 AM   #2
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For me it would certainly be one of Dickens's novels, but my favourite keeps changing. Probably either "Bleak House" or "Great Expectations".
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:19 AM   #3
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I hadn't thought the topic might fit better under reading recommendations. Being as there were some other threads on the Classics in general, but I take the point that it might be so since others might base future readings on recommendations in the thread.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:21 AM   #4
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For me it would certainly be one of Dickens's novels, but my favourite keeps changing. Probably either "Bleak House" or "Great Expectations".
I know his A Christmas Carol best though both it and Oliver Twist have been made into movies often enough. And Sir John Mills played a good Pip in the movie of Great Expectations I thought. The man had a real talent with the written word.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:09 AM   #5
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I would have to put Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo up there, despite The "boys-own adventure" criticisms it has been given on another thread.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:15 AM   #6
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If I had to pick my favorite classic now, it might be The Great Gatsby, but that's a thing of the moment.

If it's the book I read and reread more than any other as a kid, it would be Wuthering Heights.

I don't reread any more. Life is fleeting.
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:58 AM   #7
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I don't reread any more. Life is fleeting.
What a depressing thought, never to re-read my favourite books. That would be like saying that I wouldn't listen to a loved piece of music again, because there are lots of pieces of music that I haven't yet heard.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
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What a depressing thought, never to re-read my favourite books. That would be like saying that I wouldn't listen to a loved piece of music again, because there are lots of pieces of music that I haven't yet heard.
If musical pieces took a week, on average, to complete... then I wouldn't take the time to re-listen to those either.

I don't know about you, but music tends to just "happen" to me... with absolutely no effort on my part to hear it; whereas reading takes a focused effort. A focused effort that I no longer have the patience and/or desire to repeat... especially for a diluted reward.

I don't have time to re-read anymore either, but when I did... I especially enjoyed Captain's Courageous, Call of the Wild and the like.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:54 AM   #9
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Probably The Outsider by Albert Camus. Is that a classic yet? My second choice would be Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. Admittedly though, I have not read a great range of classics.
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:05 AM   #10
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I love to re-read. At distance of years, I have changed, become more educated and I can enjoy better.

Before I got him definitely out of my system, for reasons that have nothing to do with literature, I re-read Hemingway at least 6 times.

I re-read Bohl's short stories several times and a couple of Solgenitzin's also. And the Italians Gadda, Primo Levi and Calvino. Recently I re-read with much pleasure Ulysses.

I keep reading Dante, and Shakespeare, and Moliere. If they told me, from now on you will read only from one book, I would hesitate between La Commedia and Shakespeare. Maybe la Commedia. It is so dense, so rich.

INMMO, music to be appreciated has to be listened over and over and over again. Until all the features become familiar, then the real enjoyment begins, with familiarity. And the comparisons between performances, rendition, interpretations.
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My favorite classic is definitely The Complete Sherlock Holmes. One of the very few books I often re-read.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:07 PM   #12
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I'll go with two newer classics: Gone with the Wind and The Once and Future King.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:53 PM   #13
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Sherlock Holmes.

The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:43 PM   #14
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I actually agree with the not liking to re-read books. I don't like it very much either. It's not like watching a movie or listening to a song over and over again. You start to remember it a little more, yeah, but you also start over analyzing things.

I like The Count of Monte Cristo too, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Of Mice and Men. I read them in middle/high school. I took a Shakespeare class in high school and out of those I think I like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Oh, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
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My all-time fav classic is Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner (available at PG). It's the story of a man's life starting from when he is a teenager and gets caught up with smugglers.
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