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  1. Patti Yager Delagrange
    June 8, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    It’s hard for me to remember back that far! But I remember really enjoying “Moby Dick” because the whale and the sea grabbed my attention and held me in there until the end.
    Great post!
    Patti

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t read Moby Dick I’ll have to give it a try.
      Alica

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  2. Catie Rhodes
    June 8, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    I loved Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I totally got it, and that is rare for me in classic literature. The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry is considered a modern classic. It’s one of my favorite books. I reread it every few years and get something new each time.

    I strongly disliked Walden by Henry David Thoreu. However, I might understand it a bit better now after weathering the storms of life an extra decade or so. The same professor who had us read Walden had us read Into the Wild. At the time, I hated it, too. Then, later, I came to understand Into the Wild within the context of my life and find it very touching and life affirming.

    I didn’t care for Shakespeare. I like watching the plays, but reading them didn’t do anything special for me.

    I loved Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor. None of my teachers ever shared my love or “got” it the way I did. LOL

    Great topic.

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  3. Sara Grambusch
    June 8, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    I didn’t care for Shakespeare either. That’s not for everyone. I also HATED The Odyssey and everything in that camp. I’m not sure if Plato’s The Republic counts as a classic but I could gag just thinking about it. Lord of The Flies was also not a winner, but the premise is great.

    Frankenstein was probably my favorite, and of course who doesn’t love 1984? George Orwell’s short stories are great too.

    Cool topic.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

      1984- I remember it well, but depressing novel make me twitchy.
      Alica

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  4. wosushi
    June 8, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    I actually loved Shakespeare, but I love reading plays. Waiting for Godot, Rosencrantz and Guilenstern are Dead… I remember also being a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (those count as classics, don’t they?).

    I could not get on board with Ayn Rand’s stuff. But that might have something to do with a teacher that made us read a LOT of her. After awhile, it was too much of the same theme. Maybe reading it now I wouldn’t hate it so much.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

      I haven’t read any Any Rand- I think some books have age limits- either you need to be young enough to get lost in the fluffy sappy drama- Wuthering Heights- which I loved as a teen- or you need to be old enough to get the depth of a book- A Tale of Two Cities- which I couldn’t understand as a teen.
      Alica

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  5. K.B. Owen
    June 8, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    I actually love Shakespeare (I know, throw the rotten veggies), but I could NOT get through Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Drove me nuts.

    Thanks for your post!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

      There are many many people who love to read his plays. I rarely admit I don’t. 🙂
      Alica

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  6. Violeta
    June 9, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    Book confession time scares me. You’re crazy btw, Catcher in the Rye was great. 😛

    Umm… I liked The Count of Monte Cristo and Heart of Darkness. LOVE the Little Prince. Didn’t get a book once, I think it was called The Red Rose or something. It’s supposed to be a classic. The author just talked on and on about the scenery, bah! Doesn’t he know I’m ADHD when it comes to description? (I SO envy you right now.) What else… I guess I’ve never liked classics and I should be crucified for speaking such blasphemy (and I call myself a writer!). Oh well. Thanks for this post! 🙂

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

      Every one has different types of books they love. Some day our books could be considered classics! 🙂 I wonder why some classics are picked for reading in schools. The middle school my work kids go to have them read ‘A Child Called It’ – really that’s a good book for 12-13 year old children???
      I liked the Red Badge of Courage- as much as I can like any depressing novel.

      Alica

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  7. Violeta
    June 9, 2011 @ 3:44 am

    Ohhh, forgot the BEST one: The Bell Jar. Now that won me over from start to beginning. 😉

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

      Sounds familiar, but I can’t remember it. I’ll have to look it up.
      Alica

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  8. Alan Edwards
    June 9, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    In school, I hated almost each and every book we were required to read, from To Kill a Mockingbird and Red Badge and Hunchback and on and on. Years later, I decided to go back and re-read some, to give them another chance. Started with Scarlet Pimpernel and loved it, moved on through 1984 and Brave New World and Catcher in the Rye and Three Musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo and loved them all. Then I tried Moby Dick. 4 times. It’s still the most painful book to try to read (for me, of course). It killed my attempt to run through the classics.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      While I found Hunchback disturbing- and I can’t stand the Disney version- I liked the book. The Count of Monte Cristo- is a great book. And I like the Three Musketeers- such a look into their lives and the time period.
      Alica

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  9. Donna Coe-Velleman
    June 10, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    I hated Catcher in the Rye also. I wasn’t a reader until about 12 years ago and then I became ravenous. I haven’t read the classics unless you consider The Great Gatsby one. Didn’t really like that much either. I’m more of a paranormal, action, mystery type reader.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      June 10, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

      I didn’t care for the Great Gatsby either. There are some great paranormal, action, mystery classics- Frankenstein being one of them. And I’ve always wanted to read Dr. Jekle and Mr. Hyde.
      Alica

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