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Old 04-05-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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Kindred, by Octavia Butler. Excellent.

Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevski. Shear torture. Had to read it in high school.

Stephen King's The Stand. Awesome.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Loved "Kindred" and all of Butler's books. I wish she was more prolific!

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Kindred, by Octavia Butler. Excellent.

Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevski. Shear torture. Had to read it in high school.

Stephen King's The Stand. Awesome.
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:29 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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Some of our American literary icons might have been better as statutes than writers: Fitzgerald and Hemingway come to my mind!
Fitzgerald, I like. Hemingway, I agree with you about. I think he's one of those "greats" whose greatness doesn't weather the passage of the decades.
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:45 AM
 
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I named my cat Gatsby after "The Great Gatsby". Enjoyed the book.
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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I couldn't stand "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte. I tried to like that book, because I really love so many of the English classics.
But, oh boy, I have got to disagree with the opinions on Hemmingway. "A Farewell To Arms", for me, is one of the most moving books ever written by an American author. By the last chapter, I was an absolute mess. My husband tried it, and couldn't even get through it though. Oh well...
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:52 AM
 
Location: State College PA
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My husband just read, and now passed on to me, Freddy and Fredericka. Pretty funny!
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:46 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I'm in agreement with pp's re The DaVinci Code. Here's some I've finished recently:

Liked:The Namesake, Atonement, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Bored: The Secret Life of Bees
OMG, I read Me Talk Pretty when I was staying in Paris and just about wet myself laughing. It could have been my French teacher he was writing about. She hated us.

I tried reading several of Faulkner's novels on and off for over a decade and never could get far into them, and one day suddenly, something clicked and I read all of them back to back in a period of 6 months. Dunno what happened.

It took me years to get through Woolf's Orlando, too. Sat on my bedside table for the longest time. Skinny book but it didn't hold my attention.

Anybody ever read Bruno Shultz's "Street of Crocodiles?"
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:14 AM
 
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I don't know about hating a book that everyone loves, but how about loving a book that everyone hates. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. We had to read it for school, and all my freinds hated it. The amazing thing is, though, I don't even like to read, but I just couldn't stop reading this one.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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"OMG, I read Me Talk Pretty when I was staying in Paris and just about wet myself laughing. It could have been my French teacher he was writing about. She hated us."

The chapter when he tries to outwit the Speech teacher is hysterically funny also. I've since bought three more of Sedaris' books.

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Old 04-07-2007, 09:22 AM
 
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DaVinci Code
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