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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 4:39:13 AM PST
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 7:54:15 AM PST
vespasian says:
Louise, Ill be 70 yrs old in March and am beginning to read Pillars.. Is it worth the time I have left...? ves ps GOW is on my top ten list

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:02:39 AM PST
vespasian says:
Nancy, Actuall, Shake transcende two periods. The last was that of James I for whom it is said that Shakespeare played in a private production of MacBeth for him, . I used to thinkl that it was an anti-monarchical play, but if you focus on Banquo it would make james happy. James was a character--spoke several langusges( was taught by the GREAT bUCHANON AS A BOY) BUT HAD A SALTY sense of humor and farted at the dinner table...ves

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:05:00 AM PST
vespasian says:
Thinksign, Shake used Plutarch for a lot of his histoery...ves

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:07:44 AM PST
vespasian says:
K.Marotta, I feel the same about Macbeth--It speaks to me on something higher than a literary level..Good videos are <Kurosawas . "Throne of Blood" --the best and polanski's Mac Beth as well...ves

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:13:21 AM PST
vespasian says:
Nancy, Many of Shakespeares plays were not the first on the subject. I believe others such as Ben Jonson and Marlowe plus lesser lites had plays on similar subjects. I know that hamlet was not original and I dont hink Mac Beth was. The sad think is that these plays are auditory mastepieces. It loses so much when you read them...ves

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 8:29:21 AM PST
Anthony says:
Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Dune By Frank Herbert

after those 4 it gets alot harder, so i am not going to bother listing anymore, else this list would get way too long.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:55:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 8:59:15 AM PST
Mark Twain is really a great author. Have you read his recently released autobiography? If you did what do you think of it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:58:29 AM PST
Yeh, 1984 is a great book. There are so many authors who really grab you and Orwell is one of them. Have you read anything by Isaac Asimov? I consider him one of the finest authors I've read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 9:01:34 AM PST
Dear Vespasian,
I think Pillars of the Earth is a fun read. Follet is one of my favorite authors and I have read many of his books. I'm 70 now and look forward to reading a lot more books.



Posted on Jan 5, 2012 9:13:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 9:27:55 AM PST
MY five favorites are:
Moby Dick; I've read it three times
Girl of the Limberlost
Come Spring
A Tale of Two Cities
The Color of Water

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 9:21:49 AM PST
One Hundred Years of Solitude [Gabriel Garcia Marquez]
Lust for Life [Irving Stone]
Demian [Hermann Hesse]
Africanus [Santiago Posteguillo]
The Day Nietzsche Wept [Irving Yalom]

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 9:59:14 AM PST
Astrocat says:
That's true, Shakespeare wrote for both the Tudors and the Stuarts. And he was a product of his era, again true, but he had such a deep insight into the human condition that I'm always sorry to see him slide down the slippery slope of stroking the royal backside.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 12:02:21 PM PST
The books I most enjoyed reading...not the greatest works of literature or the most enlightening, just the ones that were the most difficult to put down once the first page was turned. In no particular order:

The Killer Angels
The Lord of the Rings
The Stand
Red Storm Rising

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 2:19:10 PM PST
curious cook says:
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, though I probably need to take another run at it and see if it still stands up
Pale Fire, by Nabokov (hard, hard read, but worth it)
Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

Very hard to stick with five, and once I think about it, I imagine the list might change, though I imagine Lolita will always stay on the list just because of the elegance of the prose, and Nabokov's ability to turn an absolutely horrifying story into something beautiful, strange, and gripping all at once.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 4:30:54 PM PST
Janay says:
Not necessarily in this order, because that is asking too much, my top 5 are:

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Honorable Mention to:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 6:40:04 PM PST
Arbor Annie says:
Just the (fairly) recent ones which come to mind quickly if someone were to ask for a recommendation at a bookstore:

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedes
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Anything by Kate Atkinson
Anything by Tana French

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:33:29 PM PST
J. Miller says:
I forgot about James Herriot's series - Wonderful stories!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 8:53:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2012 8:53:37 PM PST
Astrocat says:
Yes, James Herriott. I have all the books. They just went back on my "to be re-read soon" shelf. Thanks for the reminder.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 6:03:15 AM PST
vespasian says:
For humor and short stories IMO you cant beat James Thurber..ves

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 6:55:37 AM PST
Good satirical stuff:

The Red and the Black ..Stendhal
Adventures of Augie March...Bellow
...Augie's grandmother read Middlemarch every year

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 8:23:14 AM PST
R. Andrews says:
I agree about Owen Meany. I've never seen anyone
mention it on a list of favorites before.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 11:22:49 AM PST
Astrocat says:
One of the best authors, for me, is Mark Helprin. Not his short stories, but these books:

Winter's Tale
Refiner's Fire
A Soldier of the Great War

He also wrote
Memoir in Antproof Case
Freddy and Fredericka (I'm not sure about the spelling here)
which weren't in my opinion, quite as good as the other three, but Freddy and Fredericka is fun and worth the read, at least once.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 11:35:57 AM PST
gidig says:
1. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
2. Cider House Rules by John Irving
3. The unbearable lightness of being, Milan Kundera
4. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
5. It, by Stephen King (not the best book, but certainly left a mark : it scared me so much that I stopped reading his books !)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 11:39:04 AM PST
Astrocat says:
Gidig, I loved Beach Music.

I'm laughing because I stopped reading King when I was a couple of chapters into Pet Sematary.
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