What are some really good books?
Tuesdays with Maurie
Lord of the rings
Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann, Anatole France
William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Albert Camus, Imre Kertész and Franz Kafka.
To be well-rounded you will need to read some great works that are older as well, like Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, Moliere, Dumas, Fyodor Dostojevsky, Tolstoy, Voltaire, Balzac, Flaubert, and such.
Personally, I liked
Hermann Hesse’s “Narziss and Goldmund” and “Steppenwolf”.
I like Thomas Mann’s “Tonio Kroeger” and “Death in Venice”
I liked Honore de Balzac’s “Pere Goriot”
On another plane is Kafka’s “The trial” and “Letter to father”.
Short to read was “The Reader” by Bernahrd Schlink, but still very interesting.
Hope this helped!
Once you start reading very good books, you will find more, you will become more literate yourself and find that books have a lot to offer.
Many of the “GREATS” are published in the “Dover Thrift Edition” for way under $10 each!!!
Loved:The brother’s karamazov, crime and punishment, Anna Karenina, Frankenstein, The universe in a nutshell
Liked:Oliver Twist, Dracula, Shakespeare plays (romeo and juliet, hamlet, a midsummer’s night dream), Alice in Wonderland (through the looking glass),
Disliked: War and Peace, Tale of two cities, Catcher in the Rye
And an instant classic that I still love was Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and other observations by Al Franken.
Oliver Twist, The Giver, Where the Red Fern Grows, Huckleberry Finn, the Bible, Anne of Green Gables, Frankinstein, all Shakspeare’s plays, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great gatsby, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, Screwtape Letters,Treasure Island ( boys)
Well hope that helps a bit.
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Anne of Green Gables (and the rest of the series)
The Wind and the Willows
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Swiss Family Robinson
Around the world in 80 days
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The more modern ones! (I think)
Lord of the ring series
A series of unfortunate events series
apparently the Harry Potter series (haven’t read any of them but kids seem to love them. They are huge books but those kids go through them pretty fast)
Hope this helped!
not Great, in the classic novel sense, but great:
anything by John Irving
anything by Kurt Vonnegut
Arthur C. Clarke
Morgan Llewelyn (Irish historical fiction)
and for witty, cynical, snarky poetery, Dorothy Parker
“when Pi is sixteen his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.”
That gives you a superficial idea of what its about, although it doesn´t begin to describe the depths.
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