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    The tragic hero was invented by the Ancient...

    The tragic hero was invented by the Ancient Greeks: someone who means well, but who messes up. Examples are Oedipus and Medea. Later examples are Hamlet and Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

    The antihero...
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    Michael Dobbs - House of Cards The book is...

    Michael Dobbs - House of Cards

    The book is very good, although the ending is a bit abrupt. It gives great insight into the manipulations behind the screen in politics, conflicts within a party and...
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    Any interest in period polls?

    Hi, everybody,

    Would there be enough interest on this forum for a series of polls on everyone's favorite novels by period? I've noticed there are a lot of these polls on film and music websites...
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    The 1958 film adaptation is an easy way to get...

    The 1958 film adaptation is an easy way to get into the story. After that you might be more motivated to read the complete novel.
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    Anna Sewell - Black Beauty Anthony Horowitz -...

    Anna Sewell - Black Beauty
    Anthony Horowitz - The Sinister Secret of Frederick K. Bower
    Astrid Lindgren - Emil of Lönneberga
    Astrid Lindgren - Ronia the Robber's Daughter
    Astrid Lindgren - The...
  6. Roald Dahl, Nikolai Gogol and P. G. Wodehouse are...

    Roald Dahl, Nikolai Gogol and P. G. Wodehouse are the masters of the funny short stories.
  7. The only classic author that hasn't been...

    The only classic author that hasn't been mentioned yet seems to be Nikolai Leskov. His best-known novel is "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District".

    A recent crime author is Boris Akunin. He writes...
  8. I read books because they're more interesting...

    I read books because they're more interesting than the newspaper.
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    E. A. Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart Roald Dahl -...

    E. A. Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart
    Roald Dahl - William and Mary
    Thomas Hardy - Barbara of the House of Grebe
  10. Naomi Klein is the Canadian anti-globalist who...

    Naomi Klein is the Canadian anti-globalist who wrote "No Logo" and "The Shock Doctrine". In "No Logo" she criticized globalized capitalism and had attention for the sweatshops in Asia where brand...
  11. Maybe we should read one of her books first and...

    Maybe we should read one of her books first and judge afterwards.
  12. She's a non-fiction writer and journalist from...

    She's a non-fiction writer and journalist from Belarus. She wrote about Chernobyl and the downfall of the Soviet regime. She was persecuted by the Lukashenko regime and lived in France and Germany...
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    Victor Hugo. The lesser known of his three...

    Victor Hugo. The lesser known of his three novels, "The Man Who Laughs" is as good as the other two, "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
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    When a woman is the title character it's often...

    When a woman is the title character it's often about adultery: Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Thérèse Raquin, Lady Chatterley...
  15. I have read (almost) everything by Dostoyevsky,...

    I have read (almost) everything by Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Roald Dahl, Jane Austen (not the letters) and Agatha Christie. I read more than half of Dickens. I read everything by Emily Brontë, Harper...
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    Untarnished Unblemished Unsoiled Immaculate...

    Untarnished
    Unblemished
    Unsoiled
    Immaculate
    Impeccable
    Frank
    Naturel
    Purismo
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    1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov...

    1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
    2. Lev Tolstoy - War and Peace
    3. Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
    4. Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
    5. Emily Brontë -...
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    Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell Under the Skin -...

    Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    Under the Skin - Michel Faber
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
    Snow - Orhan Pamuk
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
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    Henry Miller? Douglas Coupland? Stephen Fry?...

    Henry Miller?
    Douglas Coupland?
    Stephen Fry?
    Bret Easton Ellis?
    James Ellroy?
    Michel Faber?
  20. Poll: Sometimes I take a pile of books from the...

    Sometimes I take a pile of books from the library. I don't feel obliged to read all of them completely. You can always go back later if you regret not finishing it.

    If I get to about halfway and I...
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    I'm currently reading "20.000 Leagues under the...

    I'm currently reading "20.000 Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne. That must be one of the greatest adventure novels!
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    It isn't an erotic novel, because it isn't...

    It isn't an erotic novel, because it isn't explicit at all.
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    I read portions from "Mein Kampf" without...

    I read portions from "Mein Kampf" without becoming a Nazi.
    I read portions of "Das Kapital" without becoming a communist.
    I read "Atlas Shrugged" without becoming a capitalist.

    If I get through...
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    Career Girls - Louise Bagshawe

    Career Girls - Louise Bagshawe
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    Some classic adventure novels in which one or...

    Some classic adventure novels in which one or more heroes set out on a dangerous journey to unknown territory:

    Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels
    Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
    Jules Verne -...
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