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#1 tbain

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:20 PM

What are your top three classic books?

I have found it difficult to narrow it down to three but my favourites are:

Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte.

Tess of the Durbervilles- Thomas Hardy.

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:24 PM

Ack! I hate Jane Eyre with a passion! But I agree with your other Bronte choice. So I'd say:

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Iliad - Homer

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:37 PM

Ack! I hate Jane Eyre with a passion! But I agree with your other Bronte choice. So I'd say:

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Iliad - Homer


Anna Karenina is brilliant, I have not read that for a lot of years, might read it again sometime.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:39 PM

Thackeray was once asked what were the three best novels and he replied, "Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina."

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:43 PM

The beauty of Anna Karenina is that everything in it makes sense. There's a reason for everything that happens.

I'd go with...
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 11:34 PM

Here are mine!

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Persuasion by Jane Austen

I probably read all of these at least once a year, and I never get bored with them! :roll:

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:01 AM

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 05:50 AM

I only really started exploring the classics over the last couple of years, so I'm way behind on this and only have a handful to consider. Of those I've read, I'd probably go with the following as my topthree (but these would be subject to change as I read more!):

In no particular order:
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte


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Posted 12 June 2008 - 01:51 PM

I'm not much of a classics reader but:
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:23 PM

I'm not much of a classics reader but:
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte


Try Edith Wharton, she's brilliant! I think you might like The House of Mirth, based on the three you listed.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:25 PM

Thanks, I'll look out for it

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:28 PM

Do. Oh, but make sure you get some Kleenex. Just a friendly advice assuming you're like me and cry watching The Lion King. Let me know what you think, as I loved that book, so I'm interested if others have similar or opposite reactions to it.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:45 PM

Try Edith Wharton, she's brilliant!


My favourite Edith Wharton novel is "Ethan Frome".
Very readable and one of her shorter novels.
A plan gone wrong if ever there was.

Edited by Kell, 12 June 2008 - 05:15 PM.
fixed quote coding ;)


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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:47 PM

How are we defining "classics" again? My guess is "part of the canon" and "pre-world war one", are probably the two criteria - post WWI and you begin to get into the realms of stylistically modern fiction.

Anyway,

1 - War
2 - And
3 - Peace

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:53 PM

What are your top three classic books?


English Classics
Russian Clasics
French Classics

Edited by Kell, 12 June 2008 - 05:15 PM.
fixed quote coding. ;)


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Posted 12 June 2008 - 02:53 PM

I haven't gotten my hands on that one, yet. I did enjoy Age of Innosence very much.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:21 PM

In no particular order:-

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 02:14 AM

My top three favorites:

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

I'm in a classic reading mood lately so maybe my top three may change one day.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 06:35 PM

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 02:54 PM

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


I used to love this book. I had a really tattered copy that somehow lost it's cover, but I loved it. I was gutted when my mum finally made me throw it away!

Today's favourites for me are:

Gaskell, North and South
Bronte, Jane Eyre
Austen, Persuasion




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