Recently, due to lack of funds, I have had to move out of living with my girlfriend and into a cosy little bedsit where I have little to do but drink cheap booze with my mates and study for my modern language degree. Now, having no money sucks as I'm sure we can all agree, but luckily for me the good people of Oxford have published an editorial of classic world literature which has kept me from going insane since I got back from volunteering in Asia, which is something I advise all of you do before you die. You won't regret it.
The Illiad, The Odessey, The Communist Manifesto, Capital, The Age Of Reason, The Motorcycle Diaries, Frankenstein (re read since school) to name only some, have made me so grateful that the pretencious assholes in Oxford care so much about the peoples percuit of knowledge that they are willing to sell these books and others like it for next to nothing so someone with fuck all cash can read important literature that is worth reading.
Anyway, a thread entitled Classic Literature should discuss just that. Gimme your best books!
I absolutely fell in love with The Idiot when I read it last year. I mean, this book was really moving, and made me cry several times.
I also really liked Dracula (it was different, the way it was written,) and Frankenstein was good, too.
I have read some "girly" lit, too. I really liked Sense and Sensibility, though this is not my favorite type of classic (too much romance a lot of times.)
Once I'm done with The Worm Ouroboras, I intend to maybe tackle Crime and Punishment. What I've started of it is pretty good so far.
Le Petit Principe is my favorite, also of course Don Quijo de la Mancha, and I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes (books). Also the Aleph was a cool book.
Oooo..."I am he, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha!" You ever see that, with Sophia Loren? Peter O'Toole? Anywho, that's a good book to tackle...I should add that to my list, also. I hear it's very long, but very good.
yeah is kinda long, but I don't know, it was entertainment all the time, so I didn't feel to long.
And yeah I saw the opera version and I love it.
Ante tí, mundo ruin,
miserable y falas.
Maldición de los hombres de bien.
Llega hoy un hídalgo a retarte
capas de morir por su honor o vencer!!
Yo soy yo, Don Quijote
señor de la mancha
me llama el destino a luchar!!
Que los vientos con furia
empujen mis pasos
halla donde quiera el azar.
Donde me lleve el azar
hacia la gloria final!!!
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@Clockhand: Have you heard the broadway musical? I like Linda Eder's cover of the theme.
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Voltaire's Candide was one required reading book from AP English that I remember to this day. (Ok, I may not remember all the details but the ending was something that stuck with me by the end of it all)
I personally prefer Pride & Prejudice* over Sense & Sensibility.
* There's actually a game based on the book now. You can pretty much end up with anyone too. O_O
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Candide was an excellent book; I read it last month.
My favourite classic has to be The Master and Margarita. It's a perfect mixture of a good story, symbolism, and memorable characters and situations: basically, everything a novel should be. The plot synopsis sounds so simple as to be trite ("The Devil arrives in communist Russia and wreaks havoc: at the same time an asylum-bound novelist is reunited with his former wife."), but this is both the charm and the genius of the book - it has a simple plot, with complexities that vary from questioning the nature of good and evil to a social critique of Stalin's Russia to a satire of the crucifixion.
Just finishing of the Odessey and I'm gonna make a start on The Age Og Reason later this week. Anyone read any Tom Paine?
I read Common Sense a long time ago, but I don't remember a lot of it (should probably go back and re-read it.)
I haven't read Pride and Prejudice, but I might take it up since it's been suggested a few times by different people That game looks interesting :P