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Old 10-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #31
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I nominate Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne. I've never read it, it's on the 1001 must-read books list (thanks for the link), and it is probably not sad.
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:22 PM   #32
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I nominate Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne. I've never read it, it's on the 1001 must-read books list (thanks for the link), and it is probably not sad.
I'll second this
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:33 PM   #33
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Ah, please, could anyone third "The Trial" by Kafka?
That does have 3 nominations. See the first message.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:03 PM   #34
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I was going to second Jane Austen's Persuasion because Becca Ann is a good sport, so I'm glad to see that it already has the necessary three.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:44 PM   #35
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Ah, please, could anyone third "The Trial" by Kafka?
Already done

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Old 10-18-2009, 09:08 PM   #37
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I'll nominate The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

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Terry Pratchett has invented a phantasmagorical universe in which a blissfully naive interplanetary tourist called Two-flower joins up with a drop-out wizard whose spells only seem to work half of the time.

Together they undertake a chaotic voyage through a crazy world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves. Pratchett has taken the sword and sorcery fantasy tradition and turned it in its ear to create an entertaining and bizarre spoof.
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:26 PM   #38
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Since I am halfway thru it and finding it much better than expected, I'm...

...seconding Moby Dick. I'd be happy if The Trial were selected tho.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:07 AM   #39
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I'll nominate The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.
Can something written in 1983 and a still living author really be called a classic? There's not even Cliff Notes for this.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:10 AM   #40
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I'll nominate "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad as it too is on my to-read list.
Do you have a quick abstract or summary?

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:56 AM   #41
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Can something written in 1983 and a still living author really be called a classic? There's not even Cliff Notes for this.

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I've never once heard that there has to be Cliff Note to make a book a classic. I do think the entire Discworld series is classic. I don't think it matters that Terry is still alive.

Besides, if we had to have Cliffnotes to make a book a classic, then The Trial would not be eligible and The Secret Life of Bees would be.

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:50 AM   #42
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I nominate Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne. I've never read it, it's on the 1001 must-read books list (thanks for the link), and it is probably not sad.
I'll 3rd this nomination. I was required to read it in school but conned my way out of it. That was back when reading was against my nature.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:52 AM   #43
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That does have 3 nominations. See the first message.

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:54 AM   #44
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I'd like to nominate "The Picture (or Portrait) of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
I third this.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:30 AM   #45
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Do you have a quick abstract or summary?

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From Wikipedia: Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon.

The story details an incident when Marlow, an Englishman, took a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Although Conrad does not specify the name of the river, at this time Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver; however, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization in a cover up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.

This very symbolic story is actually a story within a story, or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts, from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary, his Congolese adventure. The passage of time, and the darkening sky, during the fictive narrative parallels the atmosphere of the story. It should be noted from a structuralist point of view that Marlow is also the name of a town situated on the Thames further upstream from London.
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