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Classic Books: A Book Club for Voracious Readers Pages

Quite simply, this is the Great Books class that we all dodged. The difference is that this is a lot more fun than a typical class. It is a conversation! We pick the books, go at a pace of meeting every second or third week, and generally just enjoy ourselves. Any classic work from any country or time period is game (debates do sometimes emerge over what qualifies as a classic).

Books we have read:

D. H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley's Lover
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five
Cervantes: Don Quixote
Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Shakespeare: Hamlet
Nikolai Gogol: Dead Souls
Knut Hamsun: Hunger
William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury
Hermann Hesse: Narcissus and Goldmund
Carson McCullers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen): Winter's Tales
Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers
Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Herman Melville: Moby-Dick
William Makepeace Thackeray: Vanity Fair
Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
Haruki Murakami: After Dark
Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky
George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London
Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Journey to the End of the Night
Flannery O'Connor's short stories
Franz Kafka: The Trial
Ivan Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
Evelyn Waugh: Scoop
Edgar Allan Poe: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Anton Chekhov's short stories
J. D. Salinger's short stories
Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych/ Mann: Death in Venice
E. M. Forster: Howards End
Don DeLillo: White Noise
Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender is the Night
Giuseppe di Lampedusa: The Leopard
Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Alexander Trocchi: Young Adam
Irène Némirovsky: Suite Française
Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native
Rebecca West: The Fountain Overflows
Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis
John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes
Italo Calvino: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
Roald Dahl: The Best of Dahl
W. G. Sebald: The Emigrants
Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
Henry James short stories
Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories
Julio Cortazar: Blow-Up and Other Stories
Henry Green: Loving
Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon
Sadeq Hedayat: The Blind Owl
Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent
James Joyce: Dubliners
Paul Auster: Auggie Wren's Christmas Story
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Muriel Spark: All the Stories
Stefan Zweig: The Post-Office Girl
Nikolai Gogol: The Nose/Miranda July: Stealing to Stay Free
Lydia Davis: Landing/ Bruno Schulz: Father's Last Escape
Tove Jansen: The True Deceiver
Etgar Keret: The Girl on the Fridge
Mavis Gallant: Paris Stories
Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Vladimir Nabokov: Signs and Symbols/Katherine Mansfield: The Fly
Robert Musil: Five Women
Jose Saramago: The Elephant's Journey
Zadie Smith: Sweet Charity/Martin Amis: Career Move
Ismail Kadare: Chronicle in Stone
Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Herman Melville: Bartleby, the Scrivener/Mary Gaitskill: Secretary
Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier
Georg Trakl: Poems
Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Marcel Proust: Swann's Way
George Simenon: The Train
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Eternal Husband
Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the Shore
Vladimir Nabokov: Speak, Memory
Jane Austen: Emma
Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Alice Munro: Dear Life/George Saunders: Sea Oak
Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Madame de La Fayette: The Princess of Cleves
Edgar Allen Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart
Murakami: Samsa in Love/Davis: Kafka Cooks Dinner
Julian Barnes: Flaubert's Parrot
Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely
Gabriel Garcia Márquez: The Autumn of the Patriarch/Andrea Lee: Three
Elena Ferrante: Troubling Love
Stendhal: The Red and the Black
Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses
Virginia Woolf: Stories
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Gambler
Felisberto Hernández: Piano Stories
Colm Toibin: The Master
Thomas Tranströmer: The Half-Finished Heaven
Du Maurier: The Birds/Moore: Paper Losses
Aleksandr Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron
E. E. Cummings: The Enormous Room
Jane Austen: Persuasion
Halldor Laxness: The Fish Can Sing
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Thomas Hardy: Far From the Madding Crowd
Jeffrey Eugenides: The Virgin Suicides
Tobias Wolff: This Boy's Life
Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca
Virginia Woolf: The Waves
Joan Didion: Play It As It Lays
Murakami: Scheherazade/Poe: The Thousand-And-Second Tale
Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
Sherwood Anderson: Winesburg, Ohio
Borges: Shakespeare's Memory/Hemon: Mapping Home
Fernando Pessoa: The Book of Disquiet
Marguerite Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian
Sedaris vs. Sedaris
Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange
Nikolaj Leskov: The Enchanted Wanderer
Forster: A Room With a View
García Márquez: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
James: The Turn of the Screw
Jansson: The Summer Book
Hartley: The Go-Between

Books we want to read: (please e-mail us with other suggestions)

James Agee: A Death in the Family
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
Ivo Andric: The Bridge on Drina
Honore de Balzac, various
Thomas Bernhard: Wittgenstein's Nephew or Extinction
Borges: Labyrinths
Albert Camus: The Stranger
Elias Canetti: Auto-da-Fé
Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
George Eliot: Middlemarch or Silas Marner
Henry Fielding: The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Ivan Goncharov: Oblomov
Gunter Grass: The Tin Drum
Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest
Bohumil Hrabal: various
James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O. and other stories
Yasunari Kawabata: The Sound of the Mountain
László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance
Halldor Laxness: various
Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook or The Grass is Singing
C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters
W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge or Of Human Bondage
Guy de Maupassant short stories
Elsa Morante: History
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
V.S. Naipaul: A House for Mr. Biswas
Georges Perec: Life: A User's Manual
Thomas Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49
Bohumil Hrabal: various
Marilynne Robinson: Housekeeping
Rafael Sabatini: Scaramouche
Laurence Sterne: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Magda Szabó: The Door
Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway or To the Lighthouse
Mikhail Zoshchenko: Nervous People

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