Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Great American Novel?

Wow, I can’t believe another week has already passed by. Does anyone else feel like they are in a time warp where the time goes quicker every day? I feel like I must be in hyperdrive. Okay enough Star Trek talk. . .

I told you all that I would reveal my vote for the little poll that I held during September.
Do you think The Great Gatsby deserves the title "The Great American Novel"?
Out of the 15 people that actually took the poll, 80% had never even read the book. The 20% that did read the book, did not think it was "The Great American novel." So I’m glad I’m not the only one that was sorely disappointed when I read “The Great American Novel” and found that it was most definitely not even close to a great novel, let alone, “The Great American Novel.”
For all of you poor students out there who have to read this book, I send my condolences.
To think I chose to read it shows what a bookworm I really am. Hey, they can’t all be great.
This goes to show that even though a book sells millions and millions of copies doesn’t mean that it’s the greatest book ever written. It just means that it has sold a lot and some smooth-talker convinced all the teachers across the U.S. that they should read and study this certain book in the classroom, hence thousands of classrooms across the country have a full classroom set of The Great Gatsby.
I don’t recommend reading The Great Gatsby, instead Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham is a much more interesting read. Seriously though, there are some “classics” that truly are classics. As I said before, I discovered several classic novels within the last two years. I really enjoyed, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, Cold Sassy Tree, and so many more. I would love to hear what some of your favorite “Classic” books are.
I am including a list I found of the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written according to Easton Press. Many of the best books I’ve read (including those I just listed) are not on this list, but I was surprised at how many I had read. Several of these I read during high school and during my study abroad in London. I have read 25 from this list and I put a * next to each one that I read. I didn't read them all of my own free will and choice, but most of them were pretty good, some I can't even remember.
How many of these books have you read? Which books do you think should be on the list?

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
* The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift
* Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
* The Odyssey by Homer
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Tales From The Arabian Nights by Richard Burton
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Candide by Voltaire
Oedipus The King by Sophocles
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [Notre-Dame De Paris] by Victor Hugo
The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmund Rostand
* The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Collected Poems by Robert Browning
The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Collected Poems by John Keats
On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
* Collected Poems by Robert Frost
* The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving
* Animal Farm by George Orwell
* Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
* Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
* Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
* The Iliad by Homer
Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
* Aesop's Fables by Aesop
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Politics And The Poetics by Aristotle
The Aeneid by Virgil
Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
* Hamlet by William Shakespeare
* Pygmalion And Candida by George Bernard Shaw
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
* Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Cherry Orchard And The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
* A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats
The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
* Beowulf
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
* The Necklace And Other Tales by Guy de Maupassant
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Fathers And Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The History of Early Rome by Livy
* Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
* Alice's Adventure In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Rubáiyát Of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám
The Red And The Black by Stendhal
A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickins
The Republic by Plato
* Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
* The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Silas Marner by George Eliot
* The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Billy Budd by Herman Melville
The Confessions by St. Augustine
Tales of Mystery And Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner
Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
* Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Ludwig and Wilhelm Grimm
* Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens


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