The Picture of Dorian Gray’s good, if a little thin. A good quick read, I guess.
On The Road’s such a cliche, but I really enjoyed reading it. Proper escapism.
Junky (Burroughs) is pretty engrossing (dunno if that’s a recognised classic, just thought of it when thinking about Kerouac).
+1 for One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.
If you liked Mice and Men, you should really read Grapes of Wrath next..Posted 4 years agotorsoinalakeMember
Have you got a Kindle?Posted 4 years agoRichPennyMember
East of Eden is a more satisfying novel than Grapes of Wrath IMO. I have enjoyed many of his books, though Cannery Row is probably my favourite. If you judge a books success by feeling compelled to re-read it, then Sweet Thursday and Tortilla Flat are worth a mention. Cannery Row is the only novel I have ever finished and found that I needed to read it again immediately.Posted 4 years agobokononMember
Not all “classics” as such, but all ace books – short books mainly because I’m rubbish with long books.
Ray Bradbury – Farenheight 451Posted 4 years ago
Kurt Vonnengut – Cats Cradle (although I could give you a long list of his books which are ace)
Pat Barker – Regeneration Trilogy
Bowman – Ascent of Rum Doodle
Chuck Palahniuk – Survivor
Tressell – Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsurferMember
Tressell – Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
This is my favourite book. I have read it a dozen times and bought and lent it to dozens of people! As an aside he is buried in the small cemetery opposite the entrance to Walton prison on Hornby Road.
Also anything by George Orwell and Solzhenytsn as above.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
And you didn’t specify novels, so I’ll also mention La Rochefoucault’s Maxims.
A book of incredibly sharp short observations on human nature which ought to be required reading for anyone planning on using an internet forum.
“There is more pride than kindness in our reprimands to people who are at fault; and we reprove them not so much to correct them as to convince them that we ourselves are free from such wrongdoing.”Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
I’d also put in a mention for Robert GravesPosted 4 years ago
Goodbye to all That – his account of WW1 which is apt in 2014 and I Claudius – a book i picked up only because I’d read everything else on the bookshelf. It’s not like your reading about ancient Rome you are quite simply there, a stunning book.
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