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Mar 27, 2019 15:57:46

Greatest Books? what do you think...

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So... to write this post I paused reading Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (not that I am so elegantly eloquent or anything! I just watched wonderful BBC series based on the book and hoped to multiply the pleasure). 

What a guy! He makes us reflect on misery of life... the very instant we stop laughing at stupidity of men. Smart ass! 

(We learn and remember much much better when the learning process is accompanied by laughter).

All excited, I decided to check out if he is (being certain that HE IS!) one of The Greatest Writers of All Times. While searching (for the "right" list), I popped onto the list of The Greatest Books, and there we go: 

List in the comments                                                                                                       (I did not want to discourage whoever might be inclined to check out the post, with the overwhelming number of words!)

So, after I read it, I thought

"For gods sake! WHAT WERE THE CRITERIA? It seems these are the books PEOPLE WISH THEY READ..."

I mean, WHAT is the percentage of people (even people who actually read books), who actually read these books? (Well, ok,  first 11, or 17 of them)

So,

What do you think?
What would be your list!?

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    @lucjah Not many French authors in that list, well apart from #1 of course :b
    I loved the Karamazov brothers!! Or rather, it did a very intense and lasting impression on me.

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Mar 27, 2019 23:12:10
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    Books Other People Say Are Great, Yet Nobody Dares To Read Them

    1. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
    (I read a paragraph I think)

    2 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    Oh no

    3 . Ulysses by James Joyce
    Opened the book...

    4 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald YEP (high school)

    5 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    too scared to open

    6 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    YEP (high school, in English, understood nothing)

    7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    YEP (just dialogues, tried in original, saw 3 adaptations)

    8 . The Odyssey by Homer
    school version

    9 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    O lord... yes... regret it till today

    10 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    Nooooo (who understands that language?)

    11 . The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Yaaaaak... (opened it)

    12 . Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    I tried, sincerely (English translation... LOL)

    13 . The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    YEP (high school I think)

    14 . The Iliad by Homer
    school version

    15 . Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    YHMMMMM

    16 . Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    What a nightmare, don't even want to talk about it

    17 . Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    YEP (so... was he a pedophile?)

    18 . Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontΓ«
    YEP YEP YEP!

    19 . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP!

    20 . The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    YEP YEP YEP! YEP YEP YEP!

    21 . The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    Noooooope (enough problems with personal fury)

    22 . To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    Nope... I suppose I'd better start with Mrs Dalloway

    23 . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Hm... I should have, as my heart has darkness all right (and the guy is Polish!)

    24 . Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    Surprisingly... YEP (romance not totally out-weighted by war here!)

    25 . Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
    YEP YEP YEP!

    26 . Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    3 other books of his YEP, this one NO, can't relate..

    27 . Middlemarch by George Eliot
    YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP!

    28 . Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    YEP

    29 . Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP YEP

    30 . One Thousand and One Nights
    Who hasn't heard the story...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 27, 2019 16:11:07
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      @lucjah I've read exactly five books on this list. Unless I'm going to write fiction, I am not going to devote much time to reading fiction. As far as Shakespeare goes, I was forced to read the usual pieces in high school and despised them! First of all, every other line had a footnote that I had to go to the bottom of the page to find out what it meant. I told the teacher I'd rather just read all the footnotes and skip the actual text and she was none too pleased. This gives me inspiration for a post about curation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 27, 2019 08:36:06
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      @brandonwilson Im happy it resonates
      << I'd rather just read all the footnotes and skip the actual text >> hihihi
      exactly, there are books like that

      omg... I did 13... I am shocked actually
      I was mostly focusing on the Great Novels of Our Times, which everybody talks about, but nobody reads... but the high school obligatory reading makes a difference... yet, who remembers anything... the rest... romances, just really well written :-)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Mar 27, 2019 16:53:17
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      @lucjah @brandonwilson - Me as well. Some of these book were compulsory reading back in school and I resonated with none of them. It was incomprehensible for my mind as a child. I did enjoy watching the classic movies of stories like Little Women and Pride and Prejudice but I don't think I have the patience to read that type of story anymore.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 29, 2019 12:31:25
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