what book is missing??

Sal - posted on 04/14/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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leading on from the how many have you read thread, what book do you think should of made the list but isn;t there, for me it is "down and out in London and Paris" by george orwell, i loved it, (i'd trade places with heart of darkness which i loath, have read it a few times for school and uni and never got the reason it was so acclaimed)

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Mary - posted on 04/14/2011

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There are several, but for me, the biggest one is Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. I was in high school when I read it, and it just floored the hyper-emotional teenage girl that I was. There is one of her poems in it, Mad Girl's Love Song, that I can still recite to this day.

I'd also include A Separate Peace, as well as Native Sun. I'd probably include at least one Michner novel (Chesapeake is my favorite - I'm from Maryland), as well as a Leon Uris - Trinity is my favorite, but Exodus is probably the most well known.

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Catherine - posted on 04/17/2011

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I don't think I saw Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" on there. Honestly, I think it's a literary masterpiece, even more so than "Ulysses", which I think got to the point of being too obscure.

Caitlin - posted on 04/15/2011

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OMG don't ge tme started on why frankenstein shouldn't be on there.. I really despise that book, but maybe that's mostly after having a university professor rave on and on about how it's an amazing book abotu the birth of technology and all that.. bullshit, the book is a glorified ghost story which in my opinion wasn't even written entirely by mary shelley anyways.. NO way...

I can think of a ton, but I tend to stick to obscure books that nobody really knows about, so I guess they aren't really "popular classics"

Sal - posted on 04/15/2011

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i'm going to have to get the bell jar, we did study sylvia but only poetry and have never heard of it, and yes things fall apart id wonderful too

Jodi - posted on 04/14/2011

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I don't remember these two on there, and they are 2 books that had a profound impact on me:



The Diary of Anne Frank

April Fool's Day (Bryce Courtenay)



The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay was also a great book, I would put it down as a classic.

Joanna - posted on 04/14/2011

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I would've liked to see something by Michael Cunningham on there, like The Hours.

ME - posted on 04/14/2011

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Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides), Things Fall Apart (chinua achebe), Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Cats Cradle or The Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut); I agree as well with 1984 and The Bell Jar...I can think of dozens...

Amy - posted on 04/14/2011

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Mary!! - Someone else I know has actually read the Bell Jar?? You're the first person I've met [well, on here or in person] who has. I loved it.

Sal - posted on 04/14/2011

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i thought it was there, but yep if its not it should be...i am still scared of rats..

Jenni - posted on 04/14/2011

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You know... I didn't see 1984 by George Orwell either? Did I miss it? If not how the heck isn't it up there?

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