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Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:33 pm
by Whirliegig
books you read again and again...

for me its anything by the Brontes, especially Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Im a mad Bronte maniac actually - although I also love Pride and Prejudice and have re-read it often ( but only in the summer, its definitely a happy, fair weather book for me) and others by Jane Austen Ive never felt the need to live her life, visit her places or devour every biography .

I rememebr the first time I visited Haworth, we were in the pub here, and Id been talking about Brighton, what a great place it is, and then suddenly we were in the car heading down the motorway in a mad wild ride for a weekend there.

A few hundred miles and some hours later though , somewhere in the north of England we realised perhaps Brighton was actually rather optimistic and pulled over and spent rest of the night in a service station car park - and in the morning ( well, it was kind of morning by then anyway) worked out we were about level with Haworth, and so headed over there.

And its such an atmospheric place, completely enthralling - Ive been back since, but that first trip was so magical because its somewhere Id wanted to go since i was a kid.

So yes, Wuthering Heights, the Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey, books I return to

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Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:43 pm
by Bowker's cat
I've done most of George Orwell's books a few times, and Sherlock Holmes. I've read The Quincunx and The Unburied by Charles Pallister twice, about time for a third reading.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:53 pm
by Raffles
Harry Harrison- The Stainless Steel Rat series and other titles.
Ursula Le Guin- The Wisard of Earthsea trilogy.
C.S. Lewis- The Chronicles of Narnia
J.R.R. Tolkien- The lord of the Rings.
Aldous Huxley- Brave New World.

Last but, all time favourite;
Richard Sapir- The Far Arena

Sadly, I lent my copy to someone who absconded with it and I think it's now out of print.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_Arena

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:19 pm
by staroffurby
Like Whirlie i do love Bronte, but i do find myself returning to various modern works too. Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by the late great Douglas Adams is one i return too, plus John Irving World According to Garp.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:47 pm
by AngelicUpstart
I practically never read a book more than once, yet I'll watch a film over and over again.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:59 pm
by ThinBoy
My favourite fiction book of all time is The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien.
http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2003_12_001145.php

My favourite non-fiction is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com

Other authors I'm a big fan of are Philip K Dick, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson (he writes just the best murder mysteries - locked room mysteries being his speciality), & Stephen Leacock.
I used to like Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, etc.) very much but I find his style a bit tedious now. H2G2 is a favourite as well.

Edit.
Ooo! And Edgar Allan Poe. Brilliant. I also like H. G. Wells but his writing is less literary and more in the style of reporting.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:12 pm
by Ms Honey
I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett when I was about 11. There is something really magical about that book and I have read it several times since. It was first published in 1909 so will soon be 100 years old.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:17 pm
by Whirliegig
ThinBoy wrote:My favourite fiction book of all time is The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien.
http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2003_12_001145.php

My favourite non-fiction is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com

Other authors I'm a big fan of are Philip K Dick, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson (he writes just the best murder mysteries - locked room mysteries being his speciality), & Stephen Leacock.
I used to like Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, etc.) very much but I find his style a bit tedious now. H2G2 is a favourite as well.

Edit.
Ooo! And Edgar Allan Poe. Brilliant. I also like H. G. Wells but his writing is less literary and more in the style of reporting.



I used to love Tom Robbins too - but I found eventually it was all too samey. But suddenly I have a hankering again!

Still life With Woodpecker

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:25 pm
by Whirliegig
Ms Honey wrote:I read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett when I was about 11. There is something really magical about that book and I have read it several times since. It was first published in 1909 so will soon be 100 years old.



And when a book has a cover like that one, you just have to keep returning to it...

Kids books I re-read often were Tom Sawyer and Little Women, and one called the Cuckoo Clock ( by Mrs Molesworth), and I still have my childhood copy, which had originally been my mothers.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:26 pm
by pompey73
When I saw this thread title, the book that immediately sprang to mind was "The Complete Reginald Perrin" by David Nobbs.

I've read it over & over again, and it still makes me laugh out loud. Even if I'm reading it on the train :D

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:06 pm
by ThinBoy
Whirliegig wrote:
I used to love Tom Robbins too - but I found eventually it was all too samey. But suddenly I have a hankering again!

Still life With Woodpecker


I liked Even Cowgirls & Still Life with Woodpecker. I could only get half way through Jitterbug Perfume. I've got Skinny Legs (the book I mean!) but haven't tried it yet.

Another classic that I love is (are?) Alice's Adventures Underground & Through the Looking Glass.
Richmal Crompton is another fave - the William Books are just great.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:24 pm
by Whirliegig
Its so long ago now that I read them Ive forgotten the details . Still Life With Woodpecker was my first and i loved it - and I remember Cowgirls - Im a bit hazier on the others- although i do rememeber struggling with one towards the end. But now that youve reminded me , Im going to have another look. I just loved his way with words, so funny and clever.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:22 pm
by Bowker's cat
ThinBoy wrote:My favourite non-fiction is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com



An absolutely classic book. I've reccommend at every opportunity.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:57 pm
by ThinBoy
... But don't read the bit of the website about The Fair - it contains spoilers!

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:11 am
by Geeg
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It is gripping and you get right into the mind of Anna - but more than that - you get an understanding of an entire society on the brink of change.

Classic or favourite books you return to...old friends

PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:08 pm
by Whirliegig
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys, and yes there's the added allure of the Bronte connection but its a wonderful stand alone book and needs no Bronte spin off tag to make it worthwhile reading.

Had a look in the local bookshop today...but absolutely no Tom Robbins books in stock.