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Old 10-05-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Great Expectations Fulfilled! Next?

I finished "Great Expectations". Was not disappointed!

Now I'm trying to decide what to read next. All those Amazon samples are tempting--but I'm also thinking about trying "Middlemarch" again. I've tried several times over the years, but I've never been able to get past the 1st few pages. I've been told that "Middlemarch" is one of the greatest novels--or one of the greatest English novels--or one of the greatest English novels written on a Tuesday--or something like that

Any suggestions for a followup to Great Expectations?

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According to What should I read next?, you might like these:

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
West Side Story - Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
The Woodlanders - Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
The Big Sleep", "Farewell My Lovely", "the High Window" - Raymond Chandler
Water Babies - Charles Kingsley
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

What aspects of "Great Expectations" tickled your fancy? Are you looking for something with the same tone, mood, time period?

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Hi Dreamer, thanks for the url. I didn't know about that site.

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What aspects of "Great Expectations" tickled your fancy? Are you looking for something with the same tone, mood, time period?
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A lot of it's time period--an interesting glimpse into a culture that seems so near and at the same time so far removed from ours.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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According to What should I read next?, you might like these:

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
West Side Story - Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
The Woodlanders - Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
The Big Sleep", "Farewell My Lovely", "the High Window" - Raymond Chandler
Water Babies - Charles Kingsley
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

What aspects of "Great Expectations" tickled your fancy? Are you looking for something with the same tone, mood, time period?

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Heavens! I entirely fail to see the slightest connection between "Great Expectations" and Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse"!
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:48 AM   #5
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Howabout another Dickens - Bleak House
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I really liked "Great Expectations" - I loved "David Copperfield".

George Eliot books - I liked "Adam Bede" better than "Middlemarch" although I did really like "Middlemarch".

Maybe "The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope.....

Gosh, I love all the 19th century British Lit...what great stuff!!!!
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Thanks everyone for all the recommendations!

I've started Middlemarch, but it's slow going. I have to lookup an average of, oh, say a word per page. Of course, now that I'm reading on a Kindle, I don't mind. Do you know the word "pilulous"? Wasn't in my dictionary, wasn't in Wikipedia--had to go to a google search!

I might start a "word of the day" thread with all the new stuff I'm learning!
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Indeed.....no one could accuse George Eliot of having a limited vocabulary!
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