Rate these classics

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  1. TimJimothy

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    I'm still trucking. It's gotten a little better. He's boning Julia now, so the story is picking up a bit.
     
  2. lhprop1

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    Upon finding this thread, I realized that I'm woefully lacking in the classics, so I went to the library and picked up Moby Dick. I agree with the sentiment that it's alternately entertaining and awful. The language he uses is so pretentious that I find myself sometimes wanting to exhume his corpse and kick his Mr. Smartypants ass.

    Question for those who've read it: Are the chapters where he describes things related to the whaling industry meant to be asides as himself, the author, or are they still supposed to be the thoughts/narrations of Ishmael? The language of those chapters seems a bit different than the chapters describing the actual voyage and whale hunts and it's bugging me.

    Also, the dude needs to cut down on examples. He spent almost 3 damn pages describing things in nature that are white. He's worse than GRRM in that regard.
     
  3. TC

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    Haven't read the book but had a friend tell me after he felt like he could sail a ship no problem haha. Said there was pages just on what things are technically called etc. Gonna guess the 19th century reader had more of a patience or even desire for technical details
     
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  4. Teflon Queen

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    I don't know why Graham Greene isn't included more often with his contemporaries like Hemingway, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, etc.
     
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  5. TC

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    Tbh I don't even recognize his username
     
  6. lhprop1

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    TC your list needs Frankenstein

    It still stands today as my favorite book and I read it almost annually, each time grabbing a different theme.
     
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  8. lhprop1

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    I just finished 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and it was fantastic.

    If they every make a modern movie adaptation of this, Zach Woods is the one and only person who should play Conseil.
     
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  9. TC

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    I read several Jules Verne books in these editions:

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    Never tried a real one though
     
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  10. Wicket

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  11. Tangman

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    I bet there's still about 30 of these in my mom's attic. Was a big fan as well.
     
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  12. TC

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    Did you read that Wicket? Thoughts?
     
  13. Wicket

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    fucking loved everything i read from PG Wodehouse. I have to say that even though my reading comprehension in English is sufficient to enjoy it I mightve even missed a few of the finer points
     
  14. TC

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    What is your first language? That's pretty impressive you read stuff in English on a higher level than most native speakers will ever try
     
  15. Wicket

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    dutch. You have to be pretty fluent in English in most college courses and obviously we all like our football so you pick up a bunch. But it still leads me to occasionally murder a word on here. Absolutely slaughtered the spelling of phenomanally (still not sure if I got it this time) yesterday on here
     
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  16. lhprop1

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    It's a relatively easy read. You should give it a go. If you do, make sure you read one of the more modern translations. The guy who originally translated it (Mercer, I believe) butchered it in so many ways. He cut out large chunks of the book, translated things in a way that made no sense, etc.
     
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  17. Gin Buckets

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    :respek:

    I read almost every book they had back in like 2nd-4th grade.
     
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