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Classics (10) Fri, Aug 24, 2007
I have a desire to read some classic works of literature (or at least hear them read to me).  I figure maybe my teenage mind wasn't ready to accept the brilliance contained in the pages of Great Expectations and Moby Dick when I was forced to read them in high school. 

I recently downloaded the audiobook version of Atlas Shrugged.  I listened to the first few hours of it (I think it goes on for about 14,000 hours) and I just wasn't captivated enough to continue listening to it.  I understood the story, I learned about the characters, but something still didn't get through to me.  I realize this book is a little heavy on the artistic aspect of literature, what with the 10-minute long descriptions of peoples' faces and fictional corporate history.  I'm just not interested enough to continue listening. 

I guess the classics won't ever appeal to me.  They sucked when I was 15 and they still suck 10 years later.  So much for growing up. #entertainment

Dave Brown Fri, Aug 24, 2007
I think you chose the wrong book. Atlas Shrugged is pretty bad. The only thing that got me through it was marveling at how idiotic her philosophy is.

You should try The Grapes of Wrath or some other Steinbeck. They are good reads, so I'd guess they'd be good listens. Other classics that are good reads, at least according to me: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse Five(although I'm not sure this would work as a book on tape).

Dave Fri, Aug 24, 2007
Good point.  Maybe I'll try some different classics. 

However, I think if a book is deemed a classic, it should be a classic to everyone, not just people who believe in the author's philosotainment.  I'm starting to think book classics are like movie classics, i.e. I don't like any of them.

Wendy Mon, Aug 27, 2007
I agree with Dave Brown...you picked the wrong author. Classics aren't called classics because everyone liked them. They're just noteworthy works of art. I would agree that a Steinbeck would suit you (of Mice & Men) and I LOVED To Kill a Mockingbird. I would also suggest the Count of Monte Cristo (fight scenes), too.

Dave Tue, Aug 28, 2007
I don't remember liking To Kill a Mockingbird when I read it in 7th grade, but maybe I've changed a little.  Maybe I'll actually read it this time.

Shara Thu, Aug 30, 2007
Pride and Prejudice was also really good, but I don't know if you'd like it.  To Kill a Mockingbird was good in 7th grade, and it's still good today!  And what about the Scarlet Letter?  Maybe you'd like some F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I know Dustin likes him.  Did you read Catcher in the Rye?  Some of J.D. Salinger's stuff is pretty good.  My friend Jill (this sounds horrible, I know) is waiting for him to die so more of his stuff is released.  Apparently he's got tons of stuff that he keeps under wraps.  I don't know how true that is, but for the sake of argument, let's assume it is.

Dave Thu, Aug 30, 2007
I'm truly amazed anybody liked classics in high school.  I figured everybody faked their way through reading and test-taking like me.  Reading the classics in high school is what gave me a hatred for reading.  I didn't read anything for quite a few years, and that's probably part of what led me to engineering.  Only in college did I realize reading could be enjoyable when you get to actually choose what you read.

Shara Thu, Aug 30, 2007
Well, I didn't like ALL of the stuff we had to read in high school, but I did like some of it.  I'll agree with you that some of it is pure crap though.  I hope you do find at least one classic that you like.

Dave Brown Fri, Aug 31, 2007
I think it's kind of funny that you didn't read the books in high school, yet reading them caused you to hate reading.

Dave Fri, Aug 31, 2007
Ya got me.  You caught me in a catch-22, which is the name of a book I also didn't read and subsequently don't like.

Wendy Fri, Aug 31, 2007
i suppose that's why you became an engineer...reading not required

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