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My top 10 novels and plays .. list yours

novels

1. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

2. Absalom, Absalom -William Faulkner

3. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

4. Light in August - William Faulkner

5. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

6. All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren

7. 1984 - George Orwell

8. Lancelot - Walker Percy

9. Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

10. Paradise Lost - Milton

plays

1. Hamlet - Shakespeare (aka marlowe :silly:)

2. Edward II - Christopher Marlowe

3. Juno and the Pay**** - Sean O'Casey

4. No Exit - Jean Paul Sartre

5. Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett

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Wow...this is going to be tough. Not because I read so much, but because I read so little. :)

Novels:

1) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

2) Lolita - Vladimir Nobokov

3) To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

4) Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

5) As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

6) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

7) A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burress

8) The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

9) The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer

10) An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser

Plays:

1) Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

2) Hamlet - Shakespeare

And so on...I don't remember any more plays. :)

You're one hell of a cultured 18 year old. :cheers:

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top ten novels-

I'm going to do a mix of literary value and the one's that are great because of how fun they are

Of Mice and Men

King Arthur

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Don Quioxte

A Conneticutt Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Ender's Game

Wicked

Dante's Inferno

The Hobbit

(sheesh, this is tough, easier to do if you asked for ten favorite authors)

Plays

The Crucible

Lost in Yonkers

The Misanthrope

Othello

M. Butterfly

Arcadia

Inherit the Wind

1776

Jesus Christ Superstar

The Moth and Ghengis Khan

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hmmm off the top of my head I am thinking there are many types of reading. To me,the best would incorporate all the aspects of the read with resonate with me: Importance (subjective), readability, entertainment.

with that in mind I post works that have bubbled tot he surface for one reason or another. The signifigance of these probobly mean anything only to me.

in some order(i dont know what)

"Class of 1846"-waugh, "Army of the potomac"-Bruce Catton, "Armor"-J. Steakly, "all creatures great and small"-Herriot, "Hunt for the red october"-clancy, Foundation series-Assimov, "Rogue Warrior"-Marcinko, "king of infinite space"-steele, "shogun"-clavell, "dune"-Herbert

there are others these just popped up

as far as plays I will just list poets(playwrite) that I like with their works I read:

Emmerson: "self reliance"

Shakespeare: "sonnets"

tennesee williams

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good call on Tennessee Williams Dr D .. can't believe I left off Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .. it's one of my personal favorites.

My favorite works tend to be those that deal with inner struggle and the problems of the human heart and soul. I consider Faulkner the best at disecting these issues and his works have really inspired me and given me more motivation in every day life.

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novels:

1. catch 22- joseph heller

2. confederacy of dunces- john toole

3.one flew over the cookoo's nest- ken kesey

4. lolita- nabokov

5. hiroshima- hersey

6. the great gadsby- f. scott fitzgerald

7. native son- richard wright

8. in cold blood- truman capote

9. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas- hunter s. thompson

10. heart of darkness- conrad

plays:

1. importance of being earnest- wilde

2. tamburlaine- marlowe

3. oedipus the king- sophocles

4. king lear- shakespeare

5. othello- shakespeare

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novels:

1) The Portrait of Dorian Gray -Wilde

2) The Name of the Rose -Eco

3) The Dubliners -Joyce

4) The Da Vinci Code -Brown

5) The Alchemist -Coelho

6) Animal Farm-Orwell

Plays:

1)Hamlet

2)The Woman in Black

3) Les Mes

4) Lady Wydemere's Fan

5) The Magic Flute (not actually a play, but close enough)

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Golgo .. I started reading Portraid of Dorian Gray 2 days ago, it's amazing so far though I haven't had much time to get too far into it. Been reading a lot of irish literature lately. Also I love the stories in the Dubliners .. but it's more of a collection of short stories than a novel.

Also, have you read 'The Importance of Being Earnest'? I think that's what I'm going to read next

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Novels-

To Kill a Mockingbird

Catcher in the Rye

Moby Dick

Tale of Two Cities

A Prayer for Owen Meany

World According to Garp

Grapes of Wrath

Of Mice and Men

Slaughterhouse Five

Too many others to leave off, so I'll stop at 9.

Plays (Im assuming literary value, not entertainment to watch, otherwise Phantom and every other ALW musical would win)

Our Town

Death of a salesman

Taming of the Shrew

Crucible

Streetcar named Desire

Barefoot in the Park

The Fantasticks

Glengarry Glen Ross

Othello

King Lear

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Earl,

Great call on Catch-22. that is an awesome book. Its forsure my number 1. Number 2 is Great Expectations by Dickens. But most of the books I read are Non-Fiction and the fiction books I do read are my "fun" books aka guilty pleasures-mostly Stephen King and John Grisham.

For plays the only Shakespeare I enjoyed in school was MacBeth, never read Hamlet though.

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Originally posted by FordHQ

Golgo .. I started reading Portraid of Dorian Gray 2 days ago, it's amazing so far though I haven't had much time to get too far into it. Been reading a lot of irish literature lately. Also I love the stories in the Dubliners .. but it's more of a collection of short stories than a novel.

Also, have you read 'The Importance of Being Earnest'? I think that's what I'm going to read next

I have not. But it is on my list. I have found a few good books thanks to people on this site. Portrait of Dorian Gray is a masterpiece and Wilde is a genius (even he knew it :laugh: ). Enjoy it and let me know what you think when you finish and we can discuss further...

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Novels (I enjoy):

1) Gravity's Rainbow...pynchon

2) For Whom the Bell Tolls...."Il faut d'abord durer"...hemingway....

3) Candide....voltaire

4) Crime and Punishment....doestoevsky

5) The Odyssey....homer

6) 100 Years of Solitude....marquez

7) The Talisman....walter scott

8) Faust....goethe

9) The Three Musketeers...dumas

10) Catcher in the Rye......vonnegut

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I think # 10 is Salinger

vonnegut="salughterhouse 5" etc...

You actually LIKED reading GG Marquez? I find the style obliterates the substance. He should forget all about the semi-colon. Still just my opinion, he DID win a prize after all.

re: Rogue Warrior

I dont think I have read anything that captures my days in the navy as I remember them to be.

Funny story that is board related:

San Diego 1988 Super Bowl (shoot forgot the number) Timmy Smith and all. We were sitting offshore watching on the ship. The Small, wall-mounted TV would "spasm" every radar interval. Sometimes we saw the play begin and then ZZZZZ ..."TOUCHDOWN!" we were all waiting for the replays to see what happened. Anyway, segwe to further relevance, the captain had the security forces "probed" (anally). We were watching the Redskins, the CO was sharing his meal with company of the uninvited kind, in a friendly sort of way.

there was hell to pay the next day.

Thing was we were 5 miles out.

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funny! you brought back some memories with the EMI!!!remember the days - pre internet - when the only way to reach the ourside world short of snail mail was to stand on line for hours outside the chaplain's office just for a couple minutes on the mars phone!!!!

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man that line was longer than the clap line after PI.

the best part was the elevation of the PN's to "god-like" status.

A friend is a retired flyboy (air farce) and all we talked about was "Horse ****" sandiwiches and sliders served on the forward mess decks usually. That was an unexpected and a funny reminder of things nautical.

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It's always hard to name a favorite so in no particular order...

The Grapes of Wrath....Steinbeck

Their Eyes Were Watching God.....Hurston

For Whom the Bell Tolls.....Hemingway

The Autobiography of Malcom X......Haley

A Farewell To Arms.....Hemingway

A Tale of Two Cities.....Dickens

The Forever War.....Haldeman

Beloved.....Morrison

The Scarlett Letter.....Hawthorne

Flowers For Algernon.....Keyes

The Good Earth.....Buck

Of Mice and Men....Steinbeck

The Old Man and The Sea.....Hemingway

As for plays, Antigone is my hands down favorite but all the Oedipus plays by Sophocles are very good.

A Doll's House

A Raisin in the Sun

The Crucible

12 Angry Men

BTW Ford HQ, did Skins HQ go under ?

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