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Beer & Cookies Book Club Message Board › Wanted: Your Classic Reads

Wanted: Your Classic Reads

user 4130185
Austin, TX
Heinlein, Kafka, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Plato, Socrates, Bronte, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Orwell...

The idea has been bandied about the group discussions that we all wish we'd read a few more of the "classics". Whether these were books we had in school and regret that we didn't read back then, or classics that for some reason or another never made it into our lives.

I'm working on composing a list of classics for the group, a checklist so to speak, and would love everyone's input on what to include.

My criteria for composing the list:
"Classic" : of the first or highest quality, class, or rank; world renown; of enduring interest or style. This includes either the author is renown, or the book itself, or both, and has stood some test of time (approx 20 yrs old or more).
"Size" : Should be less than 400 pages. Some exceptions may be made.
"Style/Genre" : anything with words in a structured format printed in English. Plays, Poems, Fiction, Non-fiction, etc.

If you have a favorite classic that you're dying to read again, or have one that you think everyone should read, please hit reply and let me know.

Hope to hear from you all soon! Happy Reading!

Beer & Cookies Book Club
user 4965682
Austin, TX
Post #: 20
I've been wanting to re-read The Great Gatsby.
A former member
Post #: 1
I've always wanted to read the Divine Comedy. I've had a copy of Plato's Republic on my shelf for years that I'd like to read. I also want to read Macbeth and some of Shakespeare's comedies (I never read any of those). Plus, they're all free online at http://shakespeare.mi...­.

I think this is a great idea! I hope we put some of these on the list.
user 5197321
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
A few ideas:

The Wapshot Chronicle - John Cheever - won National Book Award in 1957

To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf - TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005

Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather - TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005

The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow - Modern Library's list of the best 20th-century novels

Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow - Modern Library's list of the best 20th-century novels

A Fable - William Faulkner - Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 1955

The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner - Modern Library's list of the best 20th-century novels

Absalom Absalom! - William Faulker - This book and the above are responsible for his 1949 Noble Prize in Lit.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

The Stranger – Albert Camus – Camus won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Lit, this is his most significant work

Nostromo – Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad

The Golden Bowl – Henry James




A former member
Post #: 1
Hi Folks,

Just finished Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov". Before that read his "Crime and Punishment", which is a little shorter (he wrote a lot as serials to contemporary newspapers, so the more he wrote, the more he got paid. Result -- lots to read.)

Shorter works include Joseph Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness" and "Lord Jim".
Jon R. M.
user 4989474
Group Organizer
Austin, TX
Post #: 2
I've had on my bookshelf a collection of modern fiction classics, so I'm going to suggest these since I've got the book and haven't had time -- or sufficient motivation -- to read any of these stories:

Fyodor Dostoevsky -- "Notes from the Underground"

Leo Tolstoy -- "the Death of Ivan Ilych"

Gustave Flaubert -- "A Simple Heart"

Henry James -- "The Pupil"

Joseph Conrad -- "The Secret Sharer"

Thomas Mann -- "Death in Venice"

Franz Kafka -- "The Metamorphosis"

Saul Bellow -- "Seize the Day"

Everything that's been suggested seems fine to me. I'd also like to read "Babbitt" by Sinclair Lewis and "Rabbit Run" by John Updike.

Jon Meador
user 9792110
Austin, TX
Post #: 1
A while back Esquire magazine posted the 75 books men should read, but they are a men's magazine (which I subscribe to to keep abreast of men's fashion since I teach a fashion class -- really, I'm not just looking at all the handsome male models) and these are the books they recommended:­
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