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Old 10-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Classics with a happy ending?

Hello! My boyfriend and I are trying to pick a book to read together. We want to read something that is a classic so that it will be in the public domain and we can just download it from here (ideally) or from gutenberg or manybooks. What are some of your favorite classics that have happy endings?

Edited to add: My boyfriend does not want to read Jane Austen. We have read two of her novels together and he was not a huge fan.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Jane Austen's EMMA might suit you.
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Unfortunately, my boyfriend dislikes reading Jane Austen. Otherwise we would be diving into Emma or Persuasion right now.

Sorry, I should have mentioned that in the inital post. I will try to edit that.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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Unusual for Dickens, but The Pickwick Papers has what I would call an all round happy ending. David Copperfield as well I suppose.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, my boyfriend dislikes reading Jane Austen. Otherwise we would be diving into Emma or Persuasion right now.

Sorry, I should have mentioned that in the inital post. I will try to edit that.
Well, you *could* try Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars Novels. The first trio definitely has a happy ending and is *nothing* like Jane Austen.
Conan Doyle.
Mark Twain.
The prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau.
(That should have enough testosterone to suit an Austen-hater.)

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
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Unusual for Dickens, but The Pickwick Papers has what I would call an all round happy ending. David Copperfield as well I suppose.
I enjoyed David Copperfield.

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I still to this day am a bit miffed that he didn't marry Agnes right off the bat. His first wife who he stuck with and was the epitome of high-maintenance until the day she died, and yet he loved her.... But I was so glad he ended up with Agnes in the end.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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I second the Mark Twain.

And depending on your definition of "happy," you could include Gulliver's Travels. Which also has the added benefit of explaining some geeky inside jokes (ever wonder where the words "big-endian," "little-endian," and "yahoo" came from?)
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #8
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We loved Gulliver's Travels. We read that together last year.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #9
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We loved Gulliver's Travels. We read that together last year.
I was just wondering about "read together", how does that work exactly?
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I was just wondering about "read together", how does that work exactly?
We pick a book that both of us wants to read and we read it. We chit chat about it as we go through it. It's not like a formal book club or anything, just something we like to do together.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #11
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The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett is a considered a children's book, but I liked it and it does have a happy ending.
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Graustark, by George Barr McCutcheon, in a similar vein to Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau, except that it really does have a happy ending, unlike the Hope novels. Available here at MR.
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My wife and I will read to each other in bed. I have to do the reading usually because I tend to fall asleep a little too quickly when just listening.
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Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce is definitely a classic and has one of the most beautiful endings I know. Don't be put off by the fact that it is usually classed as Young Adult--everyone of whatever age (including me!} can get something quintessentially beautiful out of it.
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