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Old 09-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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30 classic books which every one must read before Jesus age (33 years)

  1. 1984* - George Orwell (1949) 10
  2. Siddhartha* - Hermann Hesse (1972) 9
  3. To kill a mocking bird* - Harper Lee (1960) 2
  4. A clockwork orange - John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1962)
  5. For whom the bell tolls* - Ernest Hemingway (1940) 4
  6. War and peace* - Lev Tolstoy (1865) 8
  7. Rights of man - ThomasPaine (1791)
  8. On the social contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)
  9. 100 years solitude* - Gabriel García Márquez (1967) 3
  10. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin (1859)
  11. Lolita* - Vladimir Nabokov (1955) 5
  12. The art of the war - Sunzi (510 BC)
  13. David Copperfield* - Charles Dickens (1850) 7
  14. The lord of the rings* - John R.R.Tolkien (1954) 8
  15. Catch-22* - Joseph Heller (1961) 9
  16. Crime and Punishment* - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866) 8
  17. The republic - Platon (380 BC)
  18. Lord of the Flies* - William Gerald Golding (1954) 7
  19. The grapes of wrath* - John Ernst Steinbeck Jr (1939) 1
  20. The Master and Margarita* - Mikhail Bulgakov (1966) 9
  21. Four Quartets - Thomas Stearns Eliot (1945)
  22. Iliad and Odyssey* - Homer (12th century BC) 10
  23. On the road - Jack Kerouac (1951)
  24. Cat's Cradle* - Kurt Vonnegut (1963) 7
  25. Treasure Island* - Robert Lois Stevenson (1883) 9
  26. Pride and Prejudice* - Jane Austen (1813) 0
  27. The Little Prince* - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1943) 9
  28. The Good Soldier Švejk* - Jaroslav Hasek (1923) 9
  29. Alice in the wonderland/Through the looking glass*- Lewis Carroll (1865) 10+
  30. RPG and humble yoga* - V.I. (2012) 0


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* I have and read the book
Numbers from 0 to 10 are my rating
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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I'll take the Bible, thank you.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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I'll take the Bible, thank you.

Ah, my fail!

Pls., get rid of N 30 and place Bible instead.

Excuse me..



Anyway, You mean that no one of listed books read?
Can not believe!
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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Lolita???
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Ah, my fail!

Pls., get rid of N 30 and place Bible instead.

Excuse me..



Anyway, You mean that no one of listed books read?
Can not believe!
Well I have read the Illyad and Odyssey, also half of 1984 and parts of The Little Prince, but that's about all. My reading preferences are a bit different.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:08 AM   #6
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Lolita???
Well,
to avoid any future impeachments I wanna say that this list is not my production. Some newspaper or forum presented it. Sadly i do not remember.

@dear Arete

Yes, i do not like some books also and i demonstrate this opinion by my rating.

@Total Anarchy

I respect every taste and freedom of convictions.
If i am not wrong You are student now?
Anyway, hmmm... the book presented are recommendations.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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Lolita is a brilliant book, and the opening paragraph is one of my favourite ever

Nabokov had a brilliant understanding of how language works and the " Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta." is a beautiful example of that.

Also, if you read the book and come away thinking you're meant to sympathize with the main character then you've misread the book. Humbert Humbert was actually Nabokov's least favourite character from all his works and although you view the story through his eyes, he is supposed to be repugnant.
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  1. 1984* - George Orwell (1949) 10
  2. Siddhartha* - Hermann Hesse (1972) 9
  3. To kill a mocking bird* - Harper Lee (1960) 2
  4. A clockwork orange - John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1962)
  5. For whom the bell tolls* - Ernest Hemingway (1940) 4
  6. War and peace* - Lev Tolstoy (1865) 8
  7. Rights of man - ThomasPaine (1791)
  8. On the social contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)
  9. 100 years solitude* - Gabriel García Márquez (1967) 3
  10. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin (1859)
  11. Lolita* - Vladimir Nabokov (1955) 5
  12. The art of the war - Sunzi (510 BC)
  13. David Copperfield* - Charles Dickens (1850) 7
  14. The lord of the rings* - John R.R.Tolkien (1954) 8
  15. Catch-22* - Joseph Heller (1961) 9
  16. Crime and Punishment* - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866) 8
  17. The republic - Platon (380 BC)
  18. Lord of the Flies* - William Gerald Golding (1954) 7
  19. The grapes of wrath* - John Ernst Steinbeck Jr (1939) 1
  20. The Master and Margarita* - Mikhail Bulgakov (1966) 9
  21. Four Quartets - Thomas Stearns Eliot (1945)
  22. Iliad and Odyssey* - Homer (12th century BC) 10
  23. On the road - Jack Kerouac (1951)
  24. Cat's Cradle* - Kurt Vonnegut (1963) 7
  25. Treasure Island* - Robert Lois Stevenson (1883) 9
  26. Pride and Prejudice* - Jane Austen (1813) 0
  27. The Little Prince* - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1943) 9
  28. The Good Soldier Švejk* - Jaroslav Hasek (1923) 9
  29. Alice in the wonderland/Through the looking glass*- Lewis Carroll (1865) 10+
  30. RPG and humble yoga* - V.I. (2012) 0
I've blued the ones I've read. I've got a year left to finish the others

EDIT: TA, I still think you'd really enjoy Vonnegut. But I wouldn't recommend Cat's Cradle first, maybe Slaughterhouse 5. He's amazing.
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Recommend You strongly to start with
  1. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov (1966)

    Real masterpiece and excellent humor! Note: By the way initials V.I. is my first and last name. Book N 30. Thank You.
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Hmm, arguable list, actually.

I see no reason to read Plato, Darwin and Rousseau, for example. I am not very fond of Márquez, and Clockwork Orange is not sort of thing that I could place on #4. And I never was able to catch Hasek's humor.

But quite interesting list neverless.
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