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Postby knapplc » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:35 pm

The Sherlock Holmes series
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:12 pm

Curtis Pride wrote:Atlas Shrugged.

I cringe every time someone mentions Ayn Rand when talking about great literature. Even if you agree 100 percent with her philosophy, how do you get past the horrible writing?
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Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:16 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:
Curtis Pride wrote:Atlas Shrugged.

I cringe every time someone mentions Ayn Rand when talking about great literature. Even if you agree 100 percent with her philosophy, how do you get past the horrible writing?



The same way that Dan Brown and Elmore Leonard get to drive jags. Unexplainable.
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby knapplc » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:36 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:
Curtis Pride wrote:Atlas Shrugged.

I cringe every time someone mentions Ayn Rand when talking about great literature. Even if you agree 100 percent with her philosophy, how do you get past the horrible writing?


I picked up Atlas Shrugged to see what all the fuss was about and the writing... I just couldn't get past it.


For the record, I never finished Moby Dick, either. Couldn't get past the writing.
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby Curtis Pride » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:38 am

Given she wrote it in a second language, the writing is admittedly cumbersome and especially repetitive.

However, the scope of the story (even if you disagree with her politics) is pretty amazing.
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:16 pm

Curtis Pride wrote:Given she wrote it in a second language, the writing is admittedly cumbersome and especially repetitive.

However, the scope of the story (even if you disagree with her politics) is pretty amazing.


Scope is relative. There are lots of crappy, but deep, stories out there. I am pretty much past being "amazed" by anything I see, read or hear anymore.
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby Tavish » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:04 am

Art Vandelay wrote:
Curtis Pride wrote:Atlas Shrugged.

I cringe every time someone mentions Ayn Rand when talking about great literature. Even if you agree 100 percent with her philosophy, how do you get past the horrible writing?

Because most people read Rand when they are 14-15 years old and chances are that they don't remember the details, just that it felt important. Sort of like if you let someone the same age watch Michael Moore documentaries. The ideals are flaming pile of poo, but it is presented in a way that makes you feel like you leave with a greater understanding of the world.

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:12 am

Grew up reading Jules Verne and really everyone should at least read a few of his classics. Wouldn't it have been awesome to have something like this be required reading back in grade school over the likes of say The Bell Jar? ;-7
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Re: GREAT BOOKS....List them!

Postby Mookie4ever » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:30 am

I read Day of the Tifffids in school and I've been afraid of vegetables ever since.
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