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August 16, 2005



I can't even remember if I've actually read Lord of the Flies. I know I've seen the movie. The black and white one and the newer one. 1984 was great, though. I definitely read that one.


I've read all of those except #8. I was almost an English major in college. I think I read Madame Bovary in French, since I was a French major.


This one's tough for me, because as an English major and constant reader, I've read most everything. But here are some Important Books I haven't read:

1. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce
2. The Red and the Black - Stendhal
3. The House of Seven Gables - Hawthorne
4. Bartleby the Scrivener - Melville
5. The Magic Mountain - Mann
6. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
7. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
8. The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
9. Oliver Twist - Dickens
10. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway


I've been wanting to re-read Madame Bovary to see if my perspective has changed since I read it as a college student (also a French major) in French. And For Whom the Bell Tolls is another book I've been meaning to read. I wish my neighborhood book group would read some of these classics instead of the contemporary books we seem to focus on.


I too was an English major and have always been a voracious reader, but somehow these books slipped through the cracks for me. They are the sorts of books I never thought to pick up on my own, and no teacher or professor ever required me to read them! Maybe I will see whether my book group wants to do a classic now and again....

Of your list, I've read only 4 and 7.


Really, Karen?? Wow. "Lord of the Flies" is one of my favorites.

On the other hand, hello Kettle! I once wrote a twenty page paper comparing and contrasting "Of Mice and Men" and "Moby Dick." Except, uh, I never read "Moby Dick." Still haven't.


1. a tale of two cities - charles dickens
2. things fall apart - chinua achebe
3. the hobbit - jrr tolkein
4. les miserables - victor hugo
5. little women - louisa may alcott
6. on the road - jack kerouac
7. anna karenina - leo tolstoy
8. as i lay dying - william faulkner
9. moby-dick - herman melville
10. walden - henry david thoreau

although i'm not sure i intend to read some of these...


No, no one ever assigned "Lord of the Flies" to me, so I never read it. But I know the whole story. I should read it. I will, I will!

My high school senior AP English teacher miraculously made us all LOVE-LOVE-LOVE "Moby Dick." What a blessing that was! That's why I can't imagine reading some of these books without a teacher to guide me....


Good list, Kat -- I've read only 3, 7, maybe 8???, 9, and 10. I thought I was the only person in the world who hadn't read "Little Women"!


Little Women was really good. I wish I'd had a teacher who helped us enjoy Moby Dick. I read it on my own because I felt like I should, and it was pretty miserable. Same deal with The Brothers Karamazov. I liked Anna Karenina, though.


Don't bother with "For Whom The Bell Tolls". It's just "A Farewell To Arms", but the guy dies, instead.

It's also the foreshadow of Hemingway's hideous decline into the self-parody that is "Across The River And Into The Trees".

And, I say that as a huge fan of Hemingway.

But, woman, you haven't read "Catch 22"? Jesus, if there was ever a time to read that book, it's now. Colonel Cathcart has been running the Pentagon for the last four years.

Plus, it's just funny as hell.

For that matter, how could you not read "Animal Farm" or "1984" now?

I changed my mind. Put "Catch 22" on the backburner. Read "1984" this instant. And you'll get why everyone has thrown Orwell's name around nonstop since the Shrub took office.

I mean, really. I'm not just saying that. I mean, it's spooky how well Orwell nailed these clowns.


See, the thing is, I feel as though I've read this books, because I've read ABOUT them and heard them discussed often enough.... But, yes, I must read them. I'll start with Orwell, then I think I must hit "Lord of the Flies," then on to "Catch 22." I'll leave Hemingway alone. I read enough of his short stories and am familiar enough with the plots of the novels.


Really, Karen, I only read Jane Eyre this year with Danny and wondered how I'd missed it. You said that you never would have let me in your house if you'd known I hadn't read it----yet look at YOUR list of haven't- gotten-around-to's yet! Never read Madame Bovary? Sheesh!


Ok- I am a little late to this party. I have read 7 of the 10. Read Catch 22!!!

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