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- Print Length: 12521 pages
- Publisher: S (January 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N2287KC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 3 [newly updated] (Golden Deer Classics) Kindle Edition
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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So how many MUST be read? At first it was 50, a unique, qualitative, once-only selection implying that, while other books were obviously very good, these 50 alone were carefully and deliberately chosen to reflect the absolutely very best ones you positively HAVE TO read. Why? Presumably to be a well-read, cultured and refined, intelligent person. I have no problem with that. Except that it was followed by 50 more -- and now 50 more. How many does one REALLY need to read before one dies? Will 150 do it? (Actually ALL of them and many more besides, because you won't be able to read ANY of them afterward.)
Yes, this is a handy way to get a lot of great reading matter in a single download, but a year from now, how convenient will it be to locate any one particular book imbedded within these 3 sets from your (as a book lover) presumably vast ebook holdings in cloud storage?
Because certain famous authors deservedly re-appear in these sets, given enough time and enough additional sets, you may end up accumulating almost all of their works. That's good, but wouldn't it be better to download truly complete sets of their works NOW instead? That way (at any time in the future) you'll know exactly where to locate a particular novel by a particular author, and because you obtained a complete works set, you can be sure you have it. Such sets are seldom priced at over $2.99 (such as from Delphi), are frequently only $.99 and occasionally are even (briefly) free.
The intent of the publishers/packagers of these huge, catch-all bundles is to sell otherwise free public domain ebooks to lovers of great literature -- like me. Bundles of such free materials ARE worth acquiring IF they are soundly based on some unifying organizational or thematic or qualitative principle, and I have purchased numerous single-author sets (Complete Works of Jane Austen), genre-based sets (Father Brown mysteries), and the like, each complete in its own way and each self-defining its content for convenient future retrieval.
A huge batch of great books does not automatically make a great bundle; it only makes a very large one. A great bundle must have some definable, unifying principle -- and that you "HAVE TO read them before you die" is not specific enough to be useful (especially as it expands beyond and dilutes its original standard of qualitative uniqueness).
My 4-star rating for this bundle (rather than 5) reflects factors mentioned above as well as the incongruity of some choices. If you examine the titles in it and want them, by all means download it, especially since the books are handsomely presented. But be aware you can obtain every one of them individually -- at your leisure, as you wish to read them -- in free public domain editions within the Kindle Store and within smaller, more unified low-priced bundles. The books herein (mostly) DO deserve to be read, but how they're packaged will affect their future accessibility to you and whether or not you actually are able to get around to reading them.