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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2008, 07:27:12 PM »
That is why I put the question mark.  It is certainly a hugely famous book in the community I hang out with.  But for people who don't really care about what it addresses probably haven't read it/heard of it.
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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2008, 07:40:27 PM »
Canterbury Tales

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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2008, 12:53:36 PM »
Yes, I second Canterbury, especially Wife of Bath:

Also, Tristram Shandy. Supposedly a critique - written as a novel - of Locke's philosophy, but just great fun! The fact that Sterne can never finish it - his life happens faster than he can write it down - characters like Uncle Toby (mysterious war wound, re-enacts military battles in his garden!), Tristram having to describe everything connected with his birth (a la Locke), strange theological discussions about baptising infants inside the womb, the Black Page, etc, all make this a must, totally different from anything else!

http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0259.html

By only chapter 2 of the book, he's already discussing the idea of the homunculus:

http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~masaru/TS/i.1-19.html#ch.2

The black page:  http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~masaru/TS/i.60-79.html#alas

Direct critique of Locke: http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~masaru/TS/ii.1-19.html#seal-wax

Parody of Descartes: http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~masaru/TS/ii.160-182.html#cerebellum

How to draw lines:  http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~masaru/TS/vi.140-155.html#narrative_middles

.......and so on.

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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2008, 08:48:51 PM »
Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi). A criticism of academic life, lived selfishly for its own sake (won Nobel Prize), and perhaps increasingly relevant:

http://home.earthlink.net/~hipbone/hesse.html

Kafka's The Castle (Das Schloss). Is it about bureaucracy, or searching for God, or what?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/04/05/RV17217.DTL

In The Brothers Karamazov - mentioned above - the most interesting part is The Grand Inquisitor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Inquisitor

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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2008, 09:09:47 PM »
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I know it's already been said but 1984 by George Orwell is pretty stinkin famous...and excellent.
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

Oh how I love classic novels!

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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2008, 11:22:47 AM »
Sartor Resartus ...... just plain kooky!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sartor_Resartus

http://emotional-literacy-education.com/classic-books-online-c/srtrs10.htm

(give it a chance, don't give up at intro; read 5 pages, then it gets better!).

My belief is, this was the model for Gardner's Dr Matrix (at least, both read very similar!).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Joshua_Matrix

I love the pseudoscience spoofs in Dr Matrix, but can't stand number theory!

http://laudatortemporisacti.blogspot.com/2004/09/dr-matrix-on-bible.html

http://home.flash.net/~markthom/html/numerology.html
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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2008, 11:28:05 AM »
For lovers of horror, weird, morbid, symbolist decadence ........ Guy de Maupassant. And he's ALL online.

This is one of his most famous stories, and about the strangest thing I've ever read (!):

http://www.classicallibrary.org/maupassant/swgem/15.htm

(now, that inspired an excellent sci fi story, but dammit I can't remember the author)

His entire short stories collections here:

http://www.classicallibrary.org/maupassant/index.htm

Then there's Poe, in my opinion this is his best story:

http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/PoeEdgarAllan/prose/raven_2/valdemar.html

and the rest ..........

http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/PoeEdgarAllan/index.html
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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2008, 04:01:52 PM »
The Little Prince is pretty widely known.
I second Lord of the Rings and would add The Hobbit.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Since I work for a children's book publisher, I guess I should mention:
Charlottes Web
Tales of Peter Rabbit
The House at Pooh Corner
The Wind in the Willows
Watership Downs
Jonathon Livingston Seagull
The Velveteen Rabbit

and more recently Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Re: Most famous books?
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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2008, 03:07:52 AM »
Moby Dick?
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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2008, 04:54:16 AM »
Moby Dick was mentioned in the OP already :P

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Re: Most famous books?
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2008, 04:55:27 PM »
Moby Dick was mentioned in the OP already :P

Then.... Uncle Tom's Cabin? Or the Bible.

All kidding aside though, Huckleberry Finn is not on this list and should be.
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