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What classic books are you reading?

  1. May 7, 2004 #1
    Well, I presume that I'm not the only one who is enjoying to take a rest from books, the scientific ones, and read something classical instead.

    As the evenings can be profoundly prolix those days, that books to do you read? You can name some of your favourite books by author, title, language, country, time etc.

    I often read novels in English from the Augustic and further on, almost never in Swedish and sometimes in Russian (I can't in Japanese yet..), some authors are:

    Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf (I have read most of her works) -- 'Imagine an ordinary mind at an ordinary day.'

    The Bronte sisters

    William Golding

    George Eliot

    Thomas Hardy

    Some of the Russian authors I like are:

    Maxim Gorkiy (a pessimisstic humanist)

    Ivan Turgenev ('the founder of modern [1800] nihilism')

    Fjodor Dostoyevskiy

    Alexander Purskin (not the lyric, though)

    ... that was about it, can you recommend some authors? Or perhaps something very simple in Japanese?
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  3. May 7, 2004 #2

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    I liked that book by that guy. He was russian. "A day in the life of [insert name here]ovich"
  4. May 7, 2004 #3
    Well, right now I'm reading Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa translated by Charles Terry. Great book if you're interested in stuff like that. Once I finish that I'm going straight into Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. I also read a few martial arts books. Selected Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

    It's summer now and I got plenty of time to read.
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    WOW! I didn't know summer in South Carolina was at a different time of year than for the rest of us in the northern hemisphere!! :eek: That's COOL!! :biggrin: :wink:

    James Michner is one of my favorite authors. 'The Source' was especially interesting, I thought.

    I also like whodunnit's. Dan Brown is very good. I'm hangin' out with him in Geneva right now. :biggrin:
  6. May 8, 2004 #5
    Here are really good books I've read:
    "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
    "For Whom the Bell Tolls" By Ernest Hemmingway
    "Kidnapped" By Robert Louis Stevensen
    "Robin Hood" By Howard Pyle (this book is entirely in Pre-elizibethan English, but has excellent drawings from the time period; Howard Pyle is a good author for midieval books)
    "Where the Red Fern Grows" I don't remember the author, but it is certainly one of the best books I've ever read (and I read A LOT).
    "The White Mountains", "The City of Gold and Lead", "The Pool Of Fire" are brilliantly composed scifi books (that are not typical scifi books at all; takes place in old times)

    Those are a few good books.
  7. May 8, 2004 #6

    Well, that's that college calendar for you. We get out earlier and start later than pretty much everybody else.

    I can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier, but I think this thread needs to mention this at least once. Lord of the Rings should probably be on everybody's favorite list. It certainly is on mine.
  8. May 8, 2004 #7
    Lord of the Rings actually spoiled the fantasy genre for me. After it, everything else just seemed so bland.
  9. May 8, 2004 #8
    Pushkin is awesome, especially his Eugene Onegin, which, is my favorite. Also read the play Faust and Divinie Comedy. :) And the Manifesto if you are bored.
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    actually.... i was looking for someone to fill in the blanks cos it's a REALLY good book.
  11. May 8, 2004 #10
    I used to read a lot of books of the series Dragonlance, by M.Weis and T.Hickman
    That was when I read literature (I don't read literature anymore)
    Tolkien is also great; I've read the 3 books of TLOTR and also The Hobbit and the Silmarillion, though this last is a bit deceiving IMHO
    The novels of Agatha Christie featuring Hercules Poirot are also a worth reading
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    OOH I like the Dragonlance books too, they are class!!!
  13. May 8, 2004 #12
    "Dragons of autumn twilight" is the best, I think. I really enjoyed the characters of Flint and Tasslehoff. I also played the videogame that appeared for PC

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    That was a good book. I like the new series though, really well written. I liked Tasslehoff but i got a little pissed of with how they described Flint talking...it was either "Flint roared" or "Flint exploded". I thought Raistlin was the coolest.
  15. May 8, 2004 #14
    Has anyone read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson? It's a novel but with a lot of math in it.
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    I dig H.P Lovecraft

    And for silly fantasy novels: the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, and The Belgariad by David Eddings are my two favorites followed close behind by Tolkien
  17. May 9, 2004 #16
    Lots of physics/astronomy students (using "students" in the broadest sense) seem to like fantasy and sci-fi books. Less like crime and detective fiction (not sure why it's less, you'd think this would be the most popular genre for amateur and professional scientists, who can be thought of as detectives of nature and reality). And even fewer prefer to read non-mainstream, non-genre fiction. Here's a subset of novels I've read over the years:

    Lanark by Alisdair Gray
    The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    1984 by George Orwell
    Absalom, Absalom! and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    Amerika, The Trial and The Castle by Franz Kafka

    I've also read every piece of (English translated) fiction by my favourite author Jorge Luis Borges.

    If you're looking for a Japanese author to take you off the beaten track, try http://www.themodernword.com/scriptorium/abe.html [Broken].
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    I LOVE the Dragonlance books by Weis & Hickman!!! They are the best in the Dragonlance series!!! Raistlin is very cool.

    Have you read the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan? If not, RUN do not walk, to your nearest booskstore. You won't regret it.

    Enigma, I have also read the Shannara series by Terry Brooks and The Belgariad.

    Have any of you read the works of Raymond Feist? If not start with "Magician Apprentice". The "Riftwar Saga" is excellent.

    Terry Goodkind is a different take on fantasy, more substance. Start with "Wizard's First Rule". They are a bit more "heavy" than most fantasy though.

    Also "Daughter of the Empire" by Feist & Janny Wurts. & the others in the series. All good reading.
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  19. May 9, 2004 #18
    What kind of people are you????
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    For English Literature my favorite is Moby Dick. I also enjoyed all the other Melville I read, although is other novels aren't considered on a par with Moby Dick. I liked Typee and White Jacket. These are believed to be almost autobiographical, whereas Moby Dick isn't. His short story Billy Budd was made into an excellent film with Terrence Stamp, Peter Ustinov, and Sterling Hayden and I actually prefer the film to the original story. The same is not true of the films I've seen of Moby Dick. I prefer the book.
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  21. May 9, 2004 #20
    Any science fiction buy Issac Asmiov is absolutly brillant. :cool: The Foundation series was amazing, and the Robot seriers was to. If your going to read them, I would suggest reading the Robot series first, they are tied together.
  22. May 9, 2004 #21
    Last book I read was "Crabwalk" by Günter Grass. The subject is a ship catastrophy in Germany at the end of the war, and the actual subject is present neo-nazism. Good book.

    What I can recommend from the science point of view are the plays "Life of Galilei" by Bert Brecht and "The Phycicists" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
  23. May 9, 2004 #22
    I've wanted to read this series for a long time. However, all the bookstores here sell only Books 2 to 10, and not Book 1 for obvious reasons. Is there a free e-book of the first Wheel of Time online?
  24. May 9, 2004 #23
    Mein Kampf, for those twisted people. :)
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    Oh, yeah! Anything by Kurt Vonnegut! :biggrin:

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