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message 1: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Glad I am not the only one....sometimes I read these classics and think huh? What did I miss...


message 2: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Mm-hmm... I've been experiencing the same but I still feel that it's important to have read them so I'm willing to suffer to get to the good ones. :)


message 3: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Bonnie wrote: "Mm-hmm... I've been experiencing the same but I still feel that it's important to have read them so I'm willing to suffer to get to the good ones. :)"

Yep I agree I read a bunch of them between h.s. and college some good ones I can recommend..Frankenstein, Catcher in the Rye (my fav), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tale of Two Cities, Count of Monte Cristo and of course Gone With The Wind..I also liked Les Miserables but I would go w. the abridged on that one. I suffered through the full one!


message 4: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Yep, those are all on my list. Except for The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've been working off the BBC Book List mainly for my classics and that one isn't on there for some reason.


message 5: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Bonnie wrote: "Yep, those are all on my list. Except for The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've been working off the BBC Book List mainly for my classics and that one isn't on there for some reason."

oh add Scarlet Pimpernel it is so good very romantic. Frankenstein will surprise you.. it to me was sad.


message 6: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr Nice review Bonnie. I've made 2 false starts in the past trying to read it... but your comment on being important to read the classics might just spur me on to give it a proper go this time :-)


message 7: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie heid21 wrote: "Bonnie wrote: "Yep, those are all on my list. Except for The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've been working off the BBC Book List mainly for my classics and that one isn't on there for some rea..."

I'll do that! Thanks!


message 8: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Shirley wrote: "Nice review Bonnie. I've made 2 false starts in the past trying to read it... but your comment on being important to read the classics might just spur me on to give it a proper go this time :-)"

I can completely understand... it kinda took me forever to read this and it's like less than 250 pages. But for me I managed to miss so many classics when I was younger, both good and bad, but I still feel like they're important to have said you've read them. Even if you didn't like them.


message 9: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr Yeah, me too! It gives me food for thought about why they're important, significant works etc. I've had a pretty good run with the ones I've read. I'm :-) with The Sound and The Fury, The Outsider, Wake In Fright... :-( with The Picture of Dorian Gray and Nineteen Eighty-Four but <3 <3 with generally anything Bronte or Austen


message 10: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling This conversation you ladies are having about the importance of classics is all very interesting, and I agree--but I have to say I wasn't a fan of this one, either! That stupid light at the end of the pier and all the forced symbolism, ugh.

Scarlet Pimpernel is so much fun, though, Bonnie. I think sometimes it doesn't make the "important" classics list because of it, hah.


message 11: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr >> That stupid light at the end of the pier

Wendy, if I needed one other reason to read this book, then "stupid light at the end of the pier" has totally sold it for me!

I better read it before the movie comes out and every bookclubber and their dog is seen clutching a copy...


message 12: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Shirley, you can't fool me. I know all you want to do is read about elegant ladies in spangly dresses.


message 13: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Wendy Darling wrote: "Shirley, you can't fool me. I know all you want to do is read about elegant ladies in spangly dresses."

I am glad you agree too Wendy..this book was a definite What is the big deal...I am glad you agree about Scarlet Pimpernel I loved it.


message 14: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr Wendy Darling wrote: "Shirley, you can't fool me. I know all you want to do is read about elegant ladies in spangly dresses."

:D oh noes! And so the truth comes out!

BTW, hello there Heid!

The consensus seems to be in favour of The Scarlet Pimpernal. I must admit that I've never picked up this book cos I am somewhat a title snob and the name totally puts me off! But thanks for the endorsements thread peoples :-)


message 15: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Shirley wrote: "Wendy Darling wrote: "Shirley, you can't fool me. I know all you want to do is read about elegant ladies in spangly dresses."

:D oh noes! And so the truth comes out!

BTW, hello there Heid!
hi Shirley,
Nice to meet you! I truly hope you will pick up the Pimpernel. It will surprise you..it is so romantic. I might just have to read it again. Heck we all should buddy read it sometime. It is short too!



message 16: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Ohh, Miss Marr. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a lot of fun. Beautiful women and dashing, heroic men in disguise! One of the more exciting and romantic classics, and actually pretty funny, from what I remember.


message 17: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Yeah I'm still on the lookout for the fun classic that I really enjoy that's actually on the list. lol


message 18: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Ok well let me know when you read it. I would also highly recommend Catcher in the Rye it is so different!


message 19: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Marr @ Heidi, I'm always up for a readalong ;-)


message 20: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Shirley wrote: "@ Heidi, I'm always up for a readalong ;-)"

Thanks for the add Shirley. Absolutely whenever Ms. Bonnie is ready!


message 21: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Oh! A readalong for... the Scarlet Pimpernel?


message 22: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Yep Scarlet Pimpernel...


message 23: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie haha! Okay. I'm reading zombie books with Maja and Wendy right now but I'm thinking maybe sometime next week?


message 24: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Bonnie wrote: "haha! Okay. I'm reading zombie books with Maja and Wendy right now but I'm thinking maybe sometime next week?"
No hurry on my end I am digging out from under a pile...so whatever works for you and Shirley and maybe Wendy?


message 25: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Oh and since I am not certain where my copy is...haven't seen since the move from PHX to Portland I checked on Amazon and you can get an e book copy for free. Here is the link. http://www.amazon.com/The-Scarlet-Pim...


message 26: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Awesome! Even better.


message 27: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Bonnie wrote: "Awesome! Even better."
Yep now more people can join in


message 28: by Jim (new)

Jim Love this review, Bonnie. I read it back in the day, but what I remember fits perfectly with your reaction to it.


message 29: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Thanks, Jim.

I had high hopes for this one, but oh well. :)


message 30: by Jim (new)

Jim Yeah, me too. But if memory serves, the shallow arrogance of the old-money rich was what fascinated Fitzgerald. An interesting contrast with Hemingway, who loved the tough guys and the grit and wrote that way.


message 31: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Yeah that sounds about right.

I haven't read any Hemingway yet so I'm not sure. :)


message 32: by Jim (new)

Jim I loved Hemingway in my younger days, but he is definitely not for everyone. If you want to check one out, I would recommend The Old Man and the Sea. Relatively short, and it really shows what he was all about.

I really like your idea of reading through a lot of the classics - still trying to do that myself!


message 33: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Ha! I guess I have read Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea is one of my favorites from my school-days! Totally spaced it that it was written by Hemingway. :)

Not all the classics are great, but I've found some real jewels.


message 34: by Jim (new)

Jim Well, there you go! As for spacing it, I could write a book on the subject, except that I would space before I sat down to type it!

I will be looking for those jewels on your list soon! Great talking books with you..


message 35: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie hahaha

You too, Jim.


message 36: by Jim (new)

Jim Thanks, Bonnie!


message 37: by Mark (new)

Mark Regarding "Now I understand this is a book not set in the 20th century." Why do you even think that, let alone "understand" it? The book takes place in the post WW I 1920s, what some people refer to as "the jazz age" or "the roaring twenties." What century do you think might be the setting for this book if not the 20th century?


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