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    Classic Literature

    Besides Carnivorous Plants one of my other passions is classic literature. Judging by some of the signatures here it looks like in not the only one. Right now i'm drudging though Ulysses for the first time, wow what a book.

    It would be difficult to narrow it down to just a few favorites but two that I have always enjoyed are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Odyssey.

    I would love to hear recommendations from the other members.

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    I'm less into fiction than I am philosophy, but there are still some good narratives to be found in that stuff. Meno and Theatetus were pretty good. I'm also very fond of The Book of Five Rings, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, and Leviathan, but those aren't really in the least bit story-like.
    I'll have to think for a while about genuine fiction... it's been quite a while. Shakespeare's got plenty of good stuff but I always found it hard to enjoy when I simply read the scripts.
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    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    I don't know if you're looking for a light hearted or affirming book but if not then 'Maldoror' by the Comte de Lautreamont is one of the darkest and most miserable/depressive pieces of classical literature I've ever read. ♫ Loved it ♫

    Amazon sells it as an omnibus of all his known works: http://www.amazon.com/Maldoror-Compl...816623&sr=1-17

    The 3 big omnibus collections of novels by the Marquis de Sade available at Barnes and Noble are also very interesting for their classical political and religious subversive writing. But of course there's a bit of naughty language and "stuff" in those... LOL
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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

    Gulliver's Travels - http://www.amazon.com/Gullivers-Trav...6817166&sr=1-3

    Candide (in the original French is best though) - http://www.amazon.com/Candide-Voltai...6817251&sr=8-1

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    Not sure if they are considered classics, but all of MR James' short stories (all from the early 1900's) are the best in the horror genre in my opinion.
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    Virgil's The Aeneid
    Dante's La Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy)
    Homer's Iliad
    Boccaccio's Decameron
    Milton's Paradise Lost, among many others . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Wow some great suggestions!

    Swords
    Maldoror looks fascinating definitely will be one of my next books. I have read a few of Sade works, he was one interesting character to say the least.

    Gulliver's Travels is awesome!

    I have not read any of M.R. James I'll have to give them a try.

    If The Aeneid is anything like the other 4 you listed I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

    Thanks,
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    As you can see from my sig, I like Ulysses.

    Others to recommend: Great Expectations, Grapes of Wrath and though a play: The Doll's House.
    "There is no pain as great as being alive,
    no burden heavier than that of conscious life. "
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