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« on: May 14, 2013, 09:35:38 pm »
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Post your favorite 'Literary Fiction' novels and stories.

Here are some of the ones I'm partial to, not many are really 'contemporary'.

The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea*
1984
Animal Farm*
Cat's Cradle*

Bonus points if you've actually read Infinite Jest.


EDIT: Asterix means I read it on my own without being prompted to by a teacher.

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 09:35:41 pm »
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Oh good, so you got my joke on TPB!

1984 is another good one.

Hamlet (admittedly this is largely because of Slings and Arrows)
Odyssey
Illiad
Beloved
Bluest Eye
Invisible Man (the Ellison one)
Borges' shorts
Varied mythologies

Books I am in the midst of that I'd rec' :

Lolita
2666
Mercy

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 09:35:50 pm »
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tropic of cancer
the good earth

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 09:35:54 pm »
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Dracula (not really a fan of epistolary form, but I feel it's a needed reminder that vampires aren't just love-sick immortals, or sparkley)
The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds... most of Wells'  novellas are worth reading in my opinion
Epic of Gilgamesh (if you've read and enjoyed Homer's epics it's worth a checking out)
Call of the Wild
Moby Dick, I mean who doesn't love a story about whales

Many more but those are just off the top of my head. I'd love recommendations, always looking to fill my shelves. Thinking about starting 1984 after I finish up what I'm on now (Treasure Island)

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:03 pm »
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Seconded on anything H. G. Wells

I am Legend
War and Peace
Dracula
1984

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:08 pm »
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Working my way through Kafka's short story collection. At the moment I'm trying to not go back in time and slap Kafka in the face, but my frustration is attenuating my temporal tether...

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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:13 pm »
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Working my way through Kafka's short story collection. At the moment I'm trying to not go back in time and slap Kafka in the face, but my frustration is attenuating my temporal tether...
I'll bite. Why's that? I haven't read them, btw.

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:17 pm »
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Heh, I meant that humorously. The stories just don't make any sense. There's no narrative or plot to cling to. Though really this is just one story that is going on and on with no end or point in sight.

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:22 pm »
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1984, I loved. Truly amazing
Brave New World, was too similar to 1984 but not as good, still worth a read though.
Picture of Dorian Grey, slightly homosexual but was interesting.

Sorry but I'll never understand the fascination with The Great Gatsby

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:27 pm »
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Post your favorite 'Literary Fiction' novels and stories.

Here are some of the ones I'm partial to, not many are really 'contemporary'.

The Great Gatsby

Indubitably (I like that word).

The first great work of literature I read.  Still my first great love in books.  10 years after reading it in high school, I happened upon a books on tape series on great American literary classics given by professor Arnold Weinstein.  That gave me some great new insight on the book, which just made me love it even more.

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 09:36:33 pm »
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I did not like Great Gatsby when I tried to read it ten years ago, maybe I'll give it another try someday.  In general I'm not a fan of poor little rich boy stories.  Can't stand the whiny bourgeoisie bitching of books like Catcher in the Rye.

My two favorite literary works are probably:
Catch 22
Invisible Man