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Title: What should I read?
Post by: alexbutterfield on December 07, 2016, 07:30:48 PM
I'm a little pretentious, so I like to be somewhat well read, but I don't have time to read every day. I've read many of the more accessible and popular classics. Though I've missed loads too.

I have a few audible credits I wan to use. (I say read; these days I generally listen while commuting)

A small selection of favorites: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Moby Dick, Catch 22, Frankenstein.

What would you recommend? (preferably that is on audible)
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: Friendly Angel on December 07, 2016, 08:22:18 PM
Don Quijote de La Mancha
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: daniel1948 on December 07, 2016, 09:44:47 PM
Don Quijote de La Mancha

In the original Spanish.
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Post by: Andrew Clunn on December 07, 2016, 11:40:25 PM
If there's a pattern there it's first person period piece.
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: alexbutterfield on December 15, 2016, 09:15:21 PM
Well I'm enjoying Dog of The south which is also first person period. Huh.
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Post by: Sawyer on December 15, 2016, 10:09:39 PM
In about a week when I finish up my two current books I was going to do a "best of 2016" books thread.  Looks like you read a lot more classic fiction than I do though.
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: Ah.hell on December 15, 2016, 11:00:52 PM
Machiavelli's "Discourse on the First Ten Books of Livy" extra pretension because you get to tell people how Machiavelli was really a republican not an autocrat.  Its also a remarkably good book about government in general. 

Polybius' the Rise of the Roman Republic, similar to the above.

Xenophon's Anabasis, it'll make you appreciate the last few episodes of Hard Core histor

All extraordinarily pretencious. 
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: daniel1948 on December 26, 2016, 01:40:21 PM
If you want pretentious, but also really good stuff, and you haven't read the Russians, I recommend them:

The Idiot and Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky;

War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy;

The Queen of Spades, a delightful short story by Pushkin.

Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: Tatyana on December 26, 2016, 03:07:43 PM
Umberto Eco is fantastic, and as he has shed his mortal coil this year, it is timely.
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Post by: stonesean on January 10, 2017, 09:00:23 AM
I'm a little pretentious, so I like to be somewhat well read, but I don't have time to read every day. I've read many of the more accessible and popular classics. Though I've missed loads too.

I have a few audible credits I wan to use. (I say read; these days I generally listen while commuting)

A small selection of favorites: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Moby Dick, Catch 22, Frankenstein.

What would you recommend? (preferably that is on audible)

This may seem like a dumb question on this forum but have you heard any of Hitchens' audiobooks?

It's cliché, and absolutely 100% already known here, but seriously, if you haven't read him in a while....the majesty of that guy's rhetoric cannot be understated.  I hadn't picked up any of his stuff in years, and then pulled Love, Poverty and War off the shelf.  Wow.
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Post by: PANTS! on January 10, 2017, 10:00:12 AM
:munch:
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Post by: arthwollipot on January 11, 2017, 02:07:20 AM
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

Followed by the other two books of the series: Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne
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Post by: Drunken Idaho on January 11, 2017, 02:59:58 AM
I'll second Don Quixote... it's a helluva book to get through (length-wise), but really terrific. The humor and commentary on the state of things when written is incredible.

If you'd like a lighter option, I have to strongly, strongly suggest the book I'm currently on, A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett, which is a collection of articles and speeches from Pratchett, spanning his entire career. He compiled them, and wrote a note a bit of context to precede each; it was published about a year before his death. Full of wit and laughs, insights on being a writer, commentary on fantasy and sci-fi literature, and insights on philosophy and religion (especially from his very late career, knowing he was approaching death and doing so with very open eyes).
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Post by: Louie on January 11, 2017, 12:02:28 PM
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
Title: Re: What should I read?
Post by: stonesean on January 11, 2017, 12:06:05 PM
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzhenitsyn is so, so, so, so riveting.

It's astounding to me that the Soviets even allowed the publication of the book.  It's such a damning picture of the Stalin-era Soviet gulag system.  I can't imagine something like that coming out of something like the North Korean regime....
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Post by: Rai on January 11, 2017, 12:34:33 PM
The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain (there is another translation called Graveyard Clay), probably one of the least-read and least-known masterpieces of 20th century literature.
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Post by: Louie on January 11, 2017, 04:10:03 PM
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All Quiet on the Western Front and Spark of Life by Erich Maria Remarque
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and, subsequently, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

"One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzhenitsyn is so, so, so, so riveting.

It's astounding to me that the Soviets even allowed the publication of the book.  It's such a damning picture of the Stalin-era Soviet gulag system.  I can't imagine something like that coming out of something like the North Korean regime....

I had to go with Cancer Ward, because the thing with the monkey gets me every time, but yeah, he's produced several fantastic works. I think he got away with Ivan Denisovich because Khrushchev had denounced Stalin in '56. As far as I know, it and later works did contribute to Solzhenitsyn's deportation during the seventies. He pushed his leeway a little too far.