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    I do enjoy a good ancient classic, my favorite is probably The Oddessy by Homer.

    The following books are 45 years and older from the Twentieth Century, they may not be for everyone:
    Modern Classics:
    Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton (1948). This book changed South Africa, very poetic book.
    Dune by Frank Herbert (1964) - Likely the greatest Science Fiction Novel yet written: the symbolism, structure, and epic scale of the story.
    The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War by Jaroslav Hasek (1921), this book was written after WWI. The culture and humor in the book make it a classic on my list. It also helps that I heard so much about it when I lived in Prague. While I can read it in Czech, you probably want to find an English translation.

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    I like Jorge Luis Borges... though mainly short stories
    Magnetic Feilds and Nadja by Andre Breton
    and randomly
    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gillman
    Sturgeon's Law:
    "Nothing is always absolutely so".

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    If you liked Gulliver's Travels you'll probably enjoy Voltaire's Candide and Cervantes Don Quixote.

    Which translations of Homer have you read? I prefer Robert Fitzgerald's versions.
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    I've got Brave New World on my Kindle, need to read that as soon as I finish Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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    Books that have made a big and lasting impression on me:

    The big red book of Plato - http://www.amazon.com/Plato-Complete...6817120&sr=8-5
    Just read an interesting article on Plato, don't care to name the magazine.
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    I haven't read much classic literature, but I do happen to collect antique books. Most I have never read, but I really appreciate the ancient leather bound looks. I almost have an entire collection of The History of England from 1726 (18 of 22 volumes).

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    For some reason, i have only read science fiction such as War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells and Flatland by Edwin Abott Abott which is one of my favorite books.
    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that." --George Carlin

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