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schlabach

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2011-02-08 20-26-16

Geek-out: War & Peace Somehow I've never read it and now am finally gonna! Just put a library hold (with 27 other people) on a fab new translation (by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky). Anyone tried it on yet? Trivia ... the New Yorker reports that Tolstoy was a huge fan of another novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair. Hunh. What classic have you always thought you should have read but never have?
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2011-02-09 18-41-25

there are lots, But the first that comes to mind is Don Quixote (which I got a fabulous translation of, highly recommended by Carlos Fuentes). The that I'm gonna try again now that I'm older is Les Miserables. I got half way thru the last time around. This time I'm gonna finish it dammit! I might have to put the new translation of War and Peace on my list though. Thanks for the update on it, Nushka!
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  • kuberski

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    2011-02-10 11-54-57

    I have also made multiple attempts at Les Miserables. There's even an abbridged version entitles "Jean Val-Jean" or something like that... I haven't even made it through that. I attempted "Tale of Cities". I remember the first and last lines of the book, and I skipped quite a lot in between. I've never read Great Expectations. I suppose I should give that a shot.
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  • batterman

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    2011-02-10 22-40-59

    skipping most of ToTC? Now that's a sentiment I can agree with. I had to read it sophomore year and switched schools and had to read it again. I hated it the first time around and by the second time thru I wanted to burn the darned thing. I LOATHE a tale of cities. And I am never ever ever reading it again. (this is a weird sentiment for me cuz I love Dickens, but whatever.)
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    2011-02-11 13-42-38

    don't ask me why but tess of the d'urbervilles
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    aminta

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    2011-02-12 2-05-17-

    ah yes, that is also sitting unread on my book case at home. Right next to "One hundred years of solitude"
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    2011-02-12 11-28-25

    Tess was annoying. the plot revolves around the absence of 'rape' as a concept.
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    Surendra

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    2011-02-14 21-55-44

    ah! good reason for never having read it :)
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    2011-03-23 16-08-54

    War & Peace transports you I read it in the late x's when I was working as a clerk in a gay men's porn store. I had just dropped out of art school and would perch on my little stool and become engrossed in War & Peace. The combination of the boredom of the job and excitement of the book was wonderful. Thanks for the post; Maybe I'll reread it and try this new translation.
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  • francie

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    2011-07-10 7-05-44-

    Ulysses, but, I tried it a couple of years ago, and realised that I'm just never going to get Joyce. In the same burst of good intentions, I tried Hemingway and was bored to tears - can anyone say boys with guns? I haven't read War and Peace but did go through a huge Dostoevsky/other moody Russians phase as a teenager and in my early xs. That was fun. I still think of Raskalnikov when I wear my long wool coat - that or hanging in Yentl.
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    2011-12-10 6-48-38-

    I loved War and Peace! Cool that there's a new translation. I'm with MultiNx, I've never been able to get through "Ulysses" on my own--I need to read it in a literature class where I can get some guidance. . . This is weird because I've enjoyed reading her essays, journals and other novels, but I can not finish Woolf's "To the Lighthouse."
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    2012-10-23 20-18-22

    the Well of Lonliness Finnegan's Wake (tried as a teenager) The entire reading list of St. John's college. I actually keep a reading list in my purse of books I mean to read. Then I ignore it and go check out schlock science fiction novels at the library.
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    the well of lonliness alternate title... the book that would never end. The last page is the only bit of good writing in that book.
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    The Well of Loneliness is possibly the worst novel ever written. (With the possible exception of An American Tragedy.) I really want to like it, and it's just dreadful.
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    2015-07-16 20-14-01

    RE: The Well Of Loneliness I agree that it wasn't as well written as it could have been, but it sure shook up England during their laws that prohibit/outlaw homosexuality. The book was banned for being "obscene".
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    2015-07-21 21-01-18

    Now that I see it here, Ulysses and maybe Jane Eyre (and I'm not just sucking up, promise!) I've always wanted to read Shelley's "Frankenstein," too. Someday I'll also re-read the books that floored me when I was younger, just to see... Grendel, the work of Herman Hesse... And, I know it's not in the realm of classic literature - yet - but I want to dive back into everything by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Ray Bradbury, and Usula K. LeGuin - early heroes...
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  • schweers

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    2015-12-18 16-28-23

    When I'm so sick that I have to stay in bed, I reread "Jane Eyre."
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