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Offline Quetzalcoatl

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Which books would you consider timeless?
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:38:59 PM »
Are there any books, fiction or non-fiction, that you would consider timeless? If so, which books? Extra points if they are really old, as that would show that they have stood the test of time.

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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2018, 12:30:33 PM »
Huckleberry Finn. A Tale of Two Cities.
I haven't read many of either Twain or Dickens books, but have a suspicion that both authors have several timeless books.

I mean they definitely have very clear settings of time and place, but the stories have a timeless qualities.

I think Don Quixote would fit that as well, and maybe a lot of Dumas.

Moby Dick. (I have yet to finish it, I got 1/2 way through it and put it down some time ago I need to get back to it)
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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 01:15:58 PM »
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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 03:18:19 PM »
Gosh, there are so many. No way would I be able to think of more than just a few.

All those mentioned above.
All of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.
All of Dickens and Shakespeare and Chaucer.
La guerra del fin del mundo by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Cien anos de soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The Iliad and The Odyssey.
The Aeneid.
All of Sophocles.
The Bible (as literature, KJV).
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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 10:30:49 PM »
The Lord of the Rings.
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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2018, 10:42:50 PM »
Fahrenheit 451
Brave New Word
Nineteen-Eighty Four

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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2018, 04:48:43 PM »
Fahrenheit 451

My son just started reading this for 9th grade English.
I was reading it along with him the other night. I forgot just how overly flowery the writing is. Great story though.

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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2018, 05:00:39 PM »
The movie adaptations of 1984 vs 451 are diametrically opposed. Nineteen Eight-Four (1984) is basically exact whereas Fahrenheit 451 (1966) is like they barely tried to follow the book.

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Re: Which books would you consider timeless?
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2018, 12:42:26 AM »
Dune
Ringworld
A Fire Upon The Deep
Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation
Sundiver, Startide Rising, Uplift War
Neuromancer
Good Omens
Discworld (all of it)
Watchmen
The Sandman
Schlock Mercenary
Girl Genius

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