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September 2017 Old School Classic Poll

 
  49 votes, 14.9%

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 1600, 289 pages
 
  47 votes, 14.3%

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 1894, 277 pages
 
  33 votes, 10.0%

Utopia by Thomas More 1516, 135 pages
 
  27 votes, 8.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.2%

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1839, 817 pages
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 1895, 310 pages
 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  16 votes, 4.9%

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883, 262 pages
 
  16 votes, 4.9%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant 1885, 416 pages
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  10 votes, 3.0%

East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood 1861, 694 pages
 
  3 votes, 0.9%


Poll added by: Pink



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message 1: by Bob (new)

Bob Mod
Looks like Hamlet is the likely winner. If so that will be the third Shakespeare win in the last four polls. That seems like a lot of Shakespeare.


message 2: by Pink (new)

Pink Mod
Oh my! Last time I looked it was a tie! I love Shakespeare, but that is a lot. I wonder why he's so popular lately, he's won more polls in the last few months than in all the previous years of our group!

I'm pleasantly surprised to see Utopia, which I voted for, doing so well in third place, but it's still 10 votes behind the lead. Maybe next month...if it isn't against another Shakespeare!


message 3: by Paula W (new)

Paula W I think so many of us were forced to read Shakespeare while growing up and didn't appreciate it but now can really appreciate his work as adults. We read one, love it, then want to read more.


message 4: by Pink (new)

Pink Mod
Yes I think that's true, but it's a very recent popularity for our group!


message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Beaudry Things do seem to get a bit "faddish" - lots of Du Maurier lately, too. On the one hand, it makes sense, but on the other hand, it can start to feel a bit stale.


message 6: by Ian (last edited Jul 21, 2017 05:06PM) (new)

Ian Anderson Glad to see my nomination of Three Men in a Boat doing so well. Heard it's hilarious. It's got some tough competition in Shakespeare though :)


message 7: by Pink (new)

Pink Mod
Ian wrote: "Glad to see my nomination of Three Men in a Boat doing so well. Heard it's hilarious. It's got some tough competition in Shakespeare though :)"

It's getting closer though!


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Bob wrote: "Looks like Hamlet is the likely winner. If so that will be the third Shakespeare win in the last four polls. That seems like a lot of Shakespeare."

Agreed. No offense to Shakespeare (I actually liked Hamlet quite a bit when I read it in a high school), but I'd be more inclined to vote for it if we hadn't just read two of his other plays. Even when I like an author, I prefer not to have back-to-back (or near back-to-back) group reads of the same author, but obviously others don't feel the same! :)


message 9: by Francisca (new)

Francisca Yes!! Three Men in a Boat is now tied with Hamlet! :)

I liked Hamlet when I read it in high school too, but that's just a lot of Shakespeare, and I loved Three Men in a Boat when I read it a few years back.


message 10: by Phil (new)

Phil Jensen This poll is cracking me up. Three Men in a Boat beating Hamlet? Bananas!

I voted for Three Men, anyway. I want to read it before I start Connie Willis' Oxford series.


message 11: by Melanti (new)

Melanti Oh! Fun! You should definitely read Three Men in a Boat before To Say Nothing of the Dog.

It's understandable without, but I know I missed some of Willis' jokes since I didn't read Three Men in a Boat until much later.

I'm torn, really. Three Men in a Boat is a bit slapstickish but funny. And Hamlet is a far, far superior book. My favorite by Shakespeare, in fact. But I concede there's been a ton of Shakespeare lately, and variety is always good.


message 12: by George P. (new)

George P. Perhaps the Nietzsche and Goethe voters would have done better if only one were in the poll at a time? Put together they got 40 votes.


message 13: by Melanti (new)

Melanti Other than both being written in German, they don't have much in common, so it doesn't seem reasonable that anyone who voted for one would vote for the other instead.

I wouldn't mind giving Gothe another try, but I doubt I'll ever attempt to read Nietzche.


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