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Old Aug 18th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Top ten favourite novels

Just a random thread. Not the greatest novels, your personal favourites.

Mine:

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
5. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
6. Home of the Gentry by Ivan Turgenov
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
8. Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
9. The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki Junichiro
10. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Old Aug 18th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

1) Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
2)Terms of Endearment (Larry McMurtry)
3) To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4) East Of Eden (Steinbeck)
5) Canneray Row(Steinbeck)
6) Sweet Thursday (Steinbeck)
7) The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
8) Tom Sawyer (Twain)
9) The Winds of War (Wouk)
10) War and Rememberance (Wouk)
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Old Aug 19th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #3
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1) Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
2)Terms of Endearment (Larry McMurtry)
3) To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4) East Of Eden (Steinbeck)
5) Canneray Row(Steinbeck)
6) Sweet Thursday (Steinbeck)
7) The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
8) Tom Sawyer (Twain)
9) The Winds of War (Wouk)
10) War and Rememberance (Wouk)
All American.
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Old Aug 19th, 2012, 01:55 AM   #4
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Hard. I'm expanding it to novellas and not just novels.

In no particular order,

Terra Nostra, Carlos Fuentes
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Spring Snow, Mishima Yukio
Snow Country, Kawabata Yasunari
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Herzog, Saul Bellow
The Master and the Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

I'm having a lot of trouble choosing the tenth. Madame Bovary, Palace Walk and Palace of Desire (Mahfouz), Explosion in a Cathedral (Carpentier) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Spark), and Little, Big (Crowley) could all fit in there.
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Old Aug 19th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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All American.
Yes, but don't mistake that for me not appreciating lit from other countries
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Old Aug 19th, 2012, 02:35 PM   #6
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Not in order

The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Call Me by Your Name
The Great Gatsby
Othello (which I realize is a play and not a novel)
We the Living (This is by Ayn Rand for those of you with issues)
The History of Love
On Beauty
Blindness
The Reader
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Old Aug 19th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Prozac Nation
The Bell Jar
Girl Interrupted
Kontesa Nera
The Hobbit
Harry Potter and the OOTP
New Moon
Madame Bovary
Kathy Griffin memoir
The Catcher in the Rye
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Not in any particular order:

Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
Faucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
The Double - Jose Saramago
Dissolution - C.J. Sansom
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
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Prozac Nation
The Bell Jar
Girl Interrupted
Kontesa Nera
The Hobbit
Harry Potter and the OOTP
New Moon
Madame Bovary
Kathy Griffin memoir
The Catcher in the Rye
New Moon? From Twilight? Really?
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

1. The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
2. The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
4. Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
5. Poor Folk - Dostoyevsky
6. Doctor Zhivago - Pasternak
7. The Sound and The Fury - Faulkner
8. Ulysses - Joyce
9. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky
10. The Red and the Black - Stendhal
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Old Aug 20th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #11
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Hard. I'm expanding it to novellas and not just novels.
I included a novella too but that is my favourite so it was easy.

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The Reader
Nice to see The Reader fans. The movie was not good but this book was very good.

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Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
So hard to leave it out. Easily top 20 though.

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1. The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
2. The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
4. Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
5. Poor Folk - Dostoyevsky
6. Doctor Zhivago - Pasternak
7. The Sound and The Fury - Faulkner
8. Ulysses - Joyce
9. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky
10. The Red and the Black - Stendhal
So much Dostoyevsky love.
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Some of my favs

1 E.M Remarque - Three Comrades
2 James Clavell – King Rat
3 Jack London – Martin Eden
4 Bocaccio – Decameron
5 E.M Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front
6 Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer
7 Jules Verne - The Golden Volcano
and three Romanian authors
8 Liviu Rebreanu – The Forest of the Hanged
a psychological novel about WW 1
9 Camil Petrescu – The Last Night of Love, The First Night of War
also a WW1 novel but here the love uncertainty is the main subject
10 Panait Istrati – mostly novellas like Kyra Kyralina, Codin, Mediterranean, Michael etc
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1) Master of the Game - Sidney Sheldon
2) Nothing Lasts Forever - Sidney Sheldon
3) The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
4) Marley and Me - John Grogan
5) Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
6) Kiss The Girls - James Patterson
7) Matilda - Roald Dahl
8) Cry Silent Tears - Joe Peters
9) Loves Music, Loves to Dance
10) Midnight Club - Christopher Pike
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So much Dostoyevsky love.
No wonder, four of Dostoyevski novells are chosen in the list of Top 100 most significant books.
I though prefer "Besy" ( Demons )

I personally find him very tough to read even in Russian. Very complex language of the book, very tough to see when he is ironic and when he is serious, as he is never openly ironic. Comparing to his language, Tolstoy's stuff is so much simpler. I wonder if the Dostoevsky's translations simplify the text..
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

I'm including some epic poetry because it's narrative.

1. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson.
2. The Iliad by Homer.
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.
4. The Aeneid by Virgil.
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
7. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe.
8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
9. Ulysses by James Joyce.
10. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley.

I like to think that most plays can be closet dramas, if you want them to be!


1. Translations by Brian Frield
2. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
3. Medea by Euripides
4. Hecabe by Euripides
5. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
6. The Persians by Aeschylus
7. Antigone by Sophocles
8. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
9. Elektra and Orestes by Euripides
10. Measure For Measure and A Midsummer Night's Dream by Williams Shakespeare.

Although, probably the most enjoyable thing I've ever read is "Fatal Silence: The Pope, the Resistance and the German Occupation of Rome," it's popular history but it reads like a novel and is equally gripping and insightful!
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