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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini (thanks to my wife for forcing me to read it -- perhaps the best piece of literature I've ever touched)
    A Prayer for Owen Meany -- John Irving
    To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
    My Dog Skip -- Willie Morris
    My Losing Season -- Pat Conroy
    The Sound and the Fury -- Faulkner
    Candide -- Voltaire
    Russka -- Edward Rutherford
    The Right Stuff -- Tom Wolfe
    Gone With the Wind -- Margaret Mitchell
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    I took my favorites from different times and places...

    The Rabbit trilogy (plus novella) - John Updike
    Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
    The Stand - Stephen King
    The World According To Garp - John Irving
    The Killer Angels - Jeffrey Shaara
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
    The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Doestoevsky
    The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk
    The Kid from Tomkinsville - John R. Tunis (had to throw this in for my namesake)

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Read the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina, which is supposed to be one of the best, most true to Tolstoy. This book covers every aspect of life, and it was as meaningful to me, sitting in my daughter's back yard in Portage Park (Chicago) w/ the dogs and a cup of tea, as it would have been sitting somewhere on Levin's farm in 1877 Russia.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini (thanks to my wife for forcing me to read it -- perhaps the best piece of literature I've ever touched)
    A Prayer for Owen Meany -- John Irving
    To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
    My Dog Skip -- Willie Morris
    My Losing Season -- Pat Conroy
    The Sound and the Fury -- Faulkner
    Candide -- Voltaire
    Russka -- Edward Rutherford
    The Right Stuff -- Tom Wolfe
    Gone With the Wind -- Margaret Mitchell
    The Kite Runner IS excellent. My son's g/f gave me her copy a while back. There's a piece in the latest TIME about the Afghanistani kite makers who are making the kites for the movie version. Can't wait to see it.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    The Kite Runner IS excellent. My son's g/f gave me her copy a while back. There's a piece in the latest TIME about the Afghanistani kite makers who are making the kites for the movie version. Can't wait to see it.
    Hosseini also has a new book due out this spring.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetstop View Post
    Read the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina, which is supposed to be one of the best, most true to Tolstoy. This book covers every aspect of life, and it was as meaningful to me, sitting in my daughter's back yard in Portage Park (Chicago) w/ the dogs and a cup of tea, as it would have been sitting somewhere on Levin's farm in 1877 Russia.

    woy and pedro: you must read!
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    The Kite Runner IS excellent. My son's g/f gave me her copy a while back. There's a piece in the latest TIME about the Afghanistani kite makers who are making the kites for the movie version. Can't wait to see it.
    My wife has been lobbying me to read that... but I'm in a fiction stall right now, trying to finish Irving's newest book (which I think sad to say.. I hate.)

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    The Kite Runner IS excellent. My son's g/f gave me her copy a while back. There's a piece in the latest TIME about the Afghanistani kite makers who are making the kites for the movie version. Can't wait to see it.
    My book club read it a couple years back. Excellent book.

    It was also the Hamilton County Library 2005 reading project (city-wide book club).

    I had trouble with Irving's latest as well woy.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Top 11 All-Time Fiction:

    1. A Fan's Notes, Frederick Exley
    2. Middlemarch, George Eliot
    3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    4. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
    5. Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
    6. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
    7. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
    8. The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
    9. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
    10. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    11. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Expery
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    I had trouble with Irving's latest as well woy.
    As much as I love Irving, I haven't even tried to read the new one after failing to finish "The Fourth Hand"
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Top 11 Non-Fiction:

    1. America, Charles Kuralt
    2. The Great Shark Hunt, Hunter S. Thompson
    3. The Proud Highway, Hunter S. Thompson
    4. The American Political Tradition, Richard Hofstadter
    5. Ball Four, Jim Bouton
    6. Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi
    7. Lords of the Realm, John Helyar
    8. The End of Faith (Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason), Sam Harris
    9. From Dawn to Decadence (1500 to the Present), Jacques Barzun
    10. All the President's Men, Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
    11. Paris 1919, Margaret MacMillan
    "I fought because I understood and could not bear to understand, that it was my destiny -- unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd -- to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan."

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    I had trouble with Irving's latest as well woy.
    Yep, it's the equivalent of my reaction to U2's Zooropa, a bit of the original vibe and a lot of other stuff I don't really find compelling.

    It was the same with Bleak House by Dickens for me.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    4. The American Political Tradition, Richard Hofstadter
    I had a prof in college that made us read damn near everything that man had written.

    I might have liked some of it if it hadn't been force-fed to me.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    I had a prof in college that made us read damn near everything that man had written.

    I might have liked some of it if it hadn't been force-fed to me.
    My high school history teacher loved his work. He threw away our textbooks and gave us all a copy of Hofstadter instead. It's really too advanced for high schoolers, but it does something important that text books don't: it makes you think. I think it's a very well balanced look at American politics & history.

    I've read his "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life", and I found that one to be a bit more tedious but very high quality nonetheless. I've been planning to check out a few more of his books, but I've just never gotten around to it. A new book, or music, or football game, or 6 pack of Killians always manages to trip me up instead.
    "I fought because I understood and could not bear to understand, that it was my destiny -- unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd -- to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan."


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