Favorite Literary Works

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  1. mista geechee

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    What are yall's 10 favorite books ? Not necessarily author.

    1. Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift.

    Best thing I ever read. Now that I'm older I can appreciate the multiple perspectives this book is written from.

    2. The Illiad by Homer.

    A dreamteam of ancient Greek characters

    3. This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    So underrated

    4. One Man In The Universe by Aristotle

    He and Plato are the closest we will ever get to Socrates since he had no written works of his own.

    5. Five Great Dialouges by Plato

    See Aristotle. I'm suprised he wasn't put to death like his mentor , Socrates.

    6. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    One of the most graphic books I read as a child

    7. Meditations by Marcus Aureilis

    8. The Old Man And The Sea by Hemmingway

    Shit was kinda bittersweet to me. But that's just me.

    9. The Odyssey by Homer

    I would do anything to have an adventure like this

    10. On Politics And Education by John Locke

    He had some ideas that could be viewed as pretty radical for his time.
     
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    in no particular order

    1. les miserables - victor hugo
    2. memoirs of a geisha - arthur golden
    3. the great gatsby - f. scott fitzgerald
    4. animal farm - george orwell
    5. on the road - jack kerouac
    6. the awakening - kate chopin
    7. post secret - frank warren
    8. tell me - kim addonizio
    9. what we carry - dorianne laux
    10. the dreamer's dictionary - lady stearn
     
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    After some thought, I can't come up with 10...the best I can do is my top 5.

    1. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy

    2. Ulysses - James Joyce

    I can't honestly rate one of these above the other. Ulysses is a masterpiece; simultaneously an intimate examination of the consciousness of an ordinary man and a bold experiment in the English language. Blood Meridian is, in my opinion, the Great American Novel. In my (admittedly limited) reading experience, this is the greatest novel ever written by an American author. Every time I read it, this book chills my bones from the opening until the last paragraph. Incidentally, there is a movie adaptation scheduled for release next year, and I have never dreaded a movie like I do this one. I just don't think it's possible to pull off Blood Meridian as a major Hollywood movie while remaining true to the book.

    3. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

    4. 1984 - George Orwell

    The only book I've read whose ending made my eyes cloud up.

    5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson
     
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    7 Harry Potter books
    ChiChi Larues Making it Big; Sex stars, porn films & Me.
    Halliwells 2008 film guide
    Food bible - Judith Wills

    Sorry if Ive lowered the tone...!
     
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    Favourites, not all "the best." But they're all damn good yarns.

    1. the Iliad

    2. War and Peace

    3. Crime and Punishment

    4. the Stand, Stephen King

    5. the Road, Cormac McCarthy

    6. Obasan, Joy Kogawa

    7. Inferno

    8. Treason, Orson Scott Card

    9. (insert honourary shout-out to Dr. Seuss)

    10. Vice Dos and Don'ts, Gavin McInnes
     
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    100 Years of Solitude- Marquez
    The Baron in the Trees- Calvino
    Lolita- Nabokov
    Memories of My Melancholy Whores- Marquez
    The Garden of Eden- Hemingway
    Grapes of Wrath- Steinbeck
    Slaughterhouse Five- Vonnegut
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin- Twain
    Cosmicomics- Calvino
    Jude the Obscure- Hardy
    Autumn of the Patriarch- Marquez

    Oops, that was 11. The list goes on though...
     
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    Hmmmmmmmmmm...

    I don't really enjoy a lot of fiction. I'm much more of a history, biography and architectural criticism kind of guy. But these books have always stood out for me as meaningful and well-written, if not especially literary:

    Tender Is The Night: F Scott Fitzgerald
    It's looser than The Great Gatsby but still superb.

    The House of the Spirits: Isabel Allende
    Was given to me by a guy I was seeing in the late 90s and have always cherished it.

    Juliette: Marquis de Sade
    This is a brilliant turn on the Justine theme, substituting wanton libertinage for outraged virtue, and because The 120 Days of Sodom is just too extreme.

    Six Weeks: Elinor Glyn
    One of the original dirty bestsellers (in the UK & America) and, perhaps the first instance of a literary Cougar.

    The Love Machine: Jacqueline Suzanne
    Because it's the best of her books and she's a much better author than anyone ever gave her credit for being.

    Yeah...I know. And I'll admit to enjoying Fanny Hurst much more than DH Lawrence (Women In Love remains half-read on my bookcase). I'm a weirdo.
     
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    My top ten is completely populated with:

    Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner.
     
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    I am not much into novels but thoroughly enjoy short stories and novellas.

    1). Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth

    2). Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

    3). The Sun Also Rises by Hemmingway

    4). Everything That Rises Must Converge - A collection by Flannery O'Conner

    5). Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

    6). Great Expectations or anything by Charles Dickens

    7). The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkein

    8). The Teachings of Don Juan or anything by Carlos Castaneda

    9). The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav

    10). Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
     
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    I haven't read many books but one I do remember reading was The Other by Thomas Tryon. I remember it not for its writing but also because I got one of the worst sunburns laying on the beach reading that book. And in school I really like reading The Red Pony and The Old Man and the Sea.
     
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    Call me a cynic, but I'd be willing to guess some of those titles listed have been plucked out of the air because they sound good! lol
     
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    I'll post what I've (probably) posted before:

    Catch 22 - Heller
    The Sound and the Fury - Faulkner
    Against a Dark Background - Banks
    Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
    Written on the Body - Winterson
    The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five - Lessing
    Heart of Darkness - Conrad
    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
     
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    The Count Of Monte Cristo by Dumas
    Just So Stories and The Jungle Books by Kipling (aka The Fucking Man)
    For The Whom The Bell Tolls by Hemmingway
     
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    The Winner by Donald E. Westlake
    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Call of the Wild by Jack London
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Diary by Anais Nin (yeah I'm calling it fiction)
    The Return of Simple by Langston Hughes
    Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
    Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
    The Riki Tiki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
    Metamorphoses by Ovid
    The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
     
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    1984
    Catcher In The Rye
    Their Eyes Were Watching God
    The Odyssey
    Death of a Salesman
    Frankenstein
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    (And, if you consider the Harry Potter series of literary merit-- which I do!-- then all 7 of those books, as well.)
     
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    I tend to read by writers,

    Mark Twain
    Fritz Leiber
    R.A. Lafferty
    Ursula K. LeGuin
    Arthur Machen
    John Collier
    H.P.Lovecraft
    Terry Pratchett
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Neil Gaiman


    There are others.
     
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    The Psmith series and Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse
    The Thing on the Doorstep (and everything else) by H.P. Lovecraft
     
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    Well I've read lots of books in my time. Some made me laugh and some made me cry. The best were the one's that made me think about things in ways I had never before imagined.

    But I'm going to have to say I probably got the most pure joy from the prose poetry and art of Theodor Geisel.
     
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    My favorite fiction is Gulliver's Travels but overall I may have to go with Zen And The Art Of Motercycle Maintenance.
     
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    Yeah Dr. Suess. He illustrated a book eighty years back called BIGGER AND BETTER BONERS.

    Too bad they made a two hour movie out of THE CAT IN THE HAT. Took me five minutes to read.


    Mr Pirsig's classic ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MATANANCE is overshadowing his book LILA, which is a search for human values within unlikely territories.
     
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