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Fantastic Classics and Keepers

M. Solomon
The list author says: "I recently discovered the joy of reading fiction, especially classic literature. I wish I started earlier in my life. Well, I have a lot of catching up to do."
Oliver Twist (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Oliver Twist (Barnes & Noble Classics)
"Pub. 1838. Very good book and a classic. The setting is in London and tells the story of a supposedly orphan boy and the life of street children. There is a happy ending off course, but not for everyone."
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
"Pub. 1844. This is my favorite book. It's length (1300+ pages) was not a problem because the story was so engaging. Dante is cheated out of a happy life by jealousy. He loses his freedom and love. But revenge is a dish best served cold; cold and calculating in this case."
Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions)
Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Editions)
"Pub. 1866. An excellent novel, and my first Russian novel. A man's torment between his good and his demons. The story here will keep you engaged throughout."
Tom Jones (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Tom Jones (Barnes & Noble Classics)
"Pub. 1749. This is simply a wonderful book. Tom is unruly, wild but very kind. His brother is proper but cruel. Often people have trouble seem more below the surface. When Tom believes his won't have his one true love, well he departs home and goes on some wild adventures. Luckily his girl is not so naive. Must read!"
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
"Pub. 1952."
The Post-Office Girl (New York Review Books Classics)
The Post-Office Girl (New York Review Books Classics)
"Pub. 19xx A young woman without much is thrown into a world of possibilities, only to be yanked back to reality, forcing here to realize she's still alive with desire."
Les Misérables (Modern Library)
Les Misérables (Modern Library)
"Pub. 1862. All that can be said, has been said. It is truly worth the time and effort. There are many chapters full of references to things, places, and people of the time that are presented in a rapid-fire way which you simply have to work your way through. These chapters provide the context for the story of the characters."
Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
"Pub. 1955. A man's non-love for a young girl makes him go to great length to fulfill his fantasies at her expense."
The Woman in White (Penguin Classics)
The Woman in White (Penguin Classics)
"Pub. 1859. The unlikely heroine here is the one defined by her intelligence and strength of character."
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
"Pub. 1957. A woman struggles to keep her world intact as the men of ability begin to disappear one by one. Very very entertaining fictional novel and nothing more."
Animal Farm: Anniversary Edition
Animal Farm: Anniversary Edition
"Pub. 1945. A terrific short read uses allegory to demonstrate the insidiousness of totalitarianism."
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Oxford World's Classics)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Oxford World's Classics)
"Pub. 1876. A very vivid narrative of youth and innocence."
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
"Pub. 1963. An intriguing tale of man's stumble towards his ultimate demise."
Mother Night: A Novel
Mother Night: A Novel
"Pub. 1966. The fictional autobiography of an American and a Nazi propaganda broadcaster, written as he stands for war crimes trial in a prison in Jerusalem. Just like his victims, Howard W. Campbell Jr. loses everything."
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
"Pub. 1973. This is not about cereal. Think of the shocker awaiting any unsuspecting young readers."
Galapagos: A Novel (Delta Fiction)
Galapagos: A Novel (Delta Fiction)
"Pub. 1985. A tale about how people overcame a dangerously over sized brain, and it only took a million years."
Farewell To Arms
Farewell To Arms
"Pub. 1929. A story set in Italy during WWI, where war keeps getting in the way of living and love."
The Brothers Karamazov (Everyman's Library)
The Brothers Karamazov (Everyman's Library)
"Pub. 1880. A story about a dysfunctional family of three brothers and a father in a Russian town which leads to one person being murdered followed by a trial. I have to admit but this book was a real chore to read because I didn't identify with a single character in this book, most of whom talk too much nonsense. Maybe it's the translation."
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
"Pub. 1939. An amazingly vivid story about one family's migration to California during the Dust Bowl years. But this is more than about one event. One cannot escape the suffering that people must endure, but there is also joy of being connected to other people, giving and accepting help."
West With The Night
West With The Night
"Pub. 1942. A true gem. A biography about a very unique woman that grew up in Kenya during the early to mid 1900. There are many vivid description of life in Africa, raising and racing horses, flying, and hunting. This book feels more like a novel, not a biography."
The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living (Compass)
The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living (Compass)
"Pub. 1945. A very inspiring and insightful book with much Native American history and folklore."
Brave New World
Brave New World
"Pub. 1932. A tale about a post apocalyptic futuristic world where the people had it with their old ways, well most of them. In this caste based world, humans are engineered and mass produced to server specific needs. Privacy, marriage, love, and parenthood have all been abolished. Highly recommended."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"Pub. 1925. A tragic story about the rich and dysfunctional in Long Island, NY. Very good indeed."
Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"Pub. 1951. Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, goes on his own journey in search of enlightenment, similar to Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). His experiences give him a taste of both poverty and wealth. But even in wealth he does not seek to acquire, only to understand. A lifetime's journey, but he does reach his goal at the end."
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
"Pub. 1949. Winston lives on Oceania, one of the three super states in the world. Nearly every aspect of Winston's life is watched by Big Brother who can make him disappear at any moment. Yet, he manages to find some truth and even love. But Big brother cannot be underestimated."
The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel
The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel
"Pub. 2008. A European visitor to the court of the emperor Akbar claims to be his relative born to an exiled Indian princess and a Florentine. This book has eroticism, histories of the Ottoman and Mughal empires, the Italian Renaissance, and even the ruthless Vlad the Impaler."
Candide: or, Optimism (Modern Library Classics)
Candide: or, Optimism (Modern Library Classics)
"Pub. 1759. Candide wants to believe in "All is well, all is for the best", as he and everyone he knows is plagued by great calamities, until finally he finds a different belief."
Moonchasers & Other Stories
Moonchasers & Other Stories
"Pub. 1996. An excellent collection of short stories, some shocking and some very moving. Must read."
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: A Novel in Five Stories (New York Review Books)
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: A Novel in Five Stories (New York Review Books)
"Pub. 1969. A lifelong journey of a man who grew up in post WWI Romania. He has his deeply rooted prejudices towards Jewish people which sometime experience major flareups with minor unpleasant incidents. His views are overtime transformed into a more understanding position."
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
"Pub. 1606. Who doesn't know about Don Quixote? It's classic, funny, and illuminating."
Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
"Pub. 2009. What a wonderfully well written biography. Moser gives a thorough examination of Clarice Lispector's life, provides a historical context, and gives a detailed analysis of each book she has written."
Syrup
Syrup
"Pub. 1999. Marketing and Love makes for a wild ride."
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
"Pub. 1936. A historical fiction masterpiece from yet another great American author, that I simply could not put down."
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
"Pub. 1877 Wonderful book, philosophical, and extremely detailed."