classics

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Anthem

Ayn Rand
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Rated by
Jackie S.
Saturday, Feb 17, 2018

In Anthem, Ayn Rand illustrates how society and individuals suffer under extremist rule. The characters are bound to one another, and assigned specific duties, with the intention of benefiting the collective. After Equality 7-2521 makes a discovery from an ancient time, he begins to work on something that is outside of his designated vocation.

A Room with a View audiobook cover

A Room with a View

E.M. Forster
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Rated by
Heather B.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

I'm a regular reader of classic literature, and I've enjoyed Merchant-Ivory films based on E.M. Forster novels in the past, so I'm not sure why I had the impression that his work was stuffy.

Volcano

Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry
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Rated by
Matt C.
Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

British consul, Geoffrey Firmin, is living in Mexico in self-imposed exile, solitary and saturated with liquor. He was once happy, or maybe ne never was. He isn’t sure now that he’s too riddled by alcoholism to even put on his socks. But on this day, The Day of the Dead, 1938, he has a visitor. His wife Yvonne has come to rescue the consul from himself. Maybe she can persuade him to leave Mexico behind and start over with her. Maybe she can salvage their marriage, left in ruins by her string of affairs with Geoffrey’s two best friends – both of whom are there with him in Mexico. They

True Grit

Charles Portis
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Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

An instant best-seller when published in 1968, True Grit has also been made into film. Twice. These facts alone should recommend it, and I am here to back it up with a solid vote for a place on your nightstand.

Friday, Mar 15, 2013

When you get to the end of a book you've loved, there’s a sadness that it’s over. But when I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God I was glad - glad that I had read this again.

The Prince - by Machiavelli

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Rated by
Magda B.
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011

The Prince - by Machiavelli

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010

Written in 1993, Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying takes us back to the 1940s South and young, innocent Jefferson sitting in a Louisiana jail waiting to be executed. His Tante Lou and Godmother Miss Emma are determined that he should die like a man. Their nephew Grant, the one-room school teacher, is sent to teach the despondent prisoner the lessons of life. Gripping, gritty and heartbreaking this novel goes to the depths of the soul yet takes us up to the universal meaning of life.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Seth Grahame Smith
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Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009

The romantic classic with ultra violent zombie mayhem! Think, jaded boyfriend forced to read sappy, period love story by (now ex) girlfriend and wants to get back all all women for upholding unrealistic ideas romance, inspired by the original Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice = Awesome. Zombies = Awesome. Pride and Prejudice + Zombies = Really Awesome.