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    Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. Sydney Carton is a character I can relate to,(a man with great potential who never quite realizes it in life).I pray my end is as noble as his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riccardo View Post
    Friedrich Nietzsche!

    I also like Neitzsche alot and Machiavelli too.

    2 of my other favorites (books) are "Les Miserables" and "Beowulf".....both very sad.

    and of course, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein's Monster"


    but isn't it weird how Mein Kampf by Hitler is the best seller of all time second only to the Bible?
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    Les miserables takes an S big guy, its a silent S and ’les’ sounds somewaht like ´lay’ in english grammar.

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    Martin Luther Commentary on Galatians, John Calvin The Institutes, John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress, John Foxe Acts and Monuments,Plato The Republic, Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities.

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    I could never get into poetry, but looking at my Kindle I can see that I frequently reread Pride & Prejudice, Wouk's Winds of War (I guess an American fits as a European author), Lord of the Rings (though I feel like a geek for saying so), Gone With the Wind, and the Patrick O'Brian seafaring novels. Clavell's Shogun also gets a frequent reading.

    For mysteries I prefer Dick Francis, his characters are so well drawn.

    Because I'm cheap, I've explored the free books available on Kindle extensively and that led me to Stoker's Dracula (a revelation) and Tarzan. The latter, while not great literature, is a fantastic window into a previous era when readers could be swept up by such tales of distant places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I could never get into poetry, but looking at my Kindle I can see that I frequently reread Pride & Prejudice, Wouk's Winds of War (I guess an American fits as a European author), Lord of the Rings (though I feel like a geek for saying so), Gone With the Wind, and the Patrick O'Brian seafaring novels. Clavell's Shogun also gets a frequent reading.

    For mysteries I prefer Dick Francis, his characters are so well drawn.

    Because I'm cheap, I've explored the free books available on Kindle extensively and that led me to Stoker's Dracula (a revelation) and Tarzan. The latter, while not great literature, is a fantastic window into a previous era when readers could be swept up by such tales of distant places.
    I see we have somewhat similar tastes. I have a one volume collection of all of Jane Austen's novels and re-read them every couple of years. I'm getting more and more fond of "Persuasion". Same for Gone with the Wind, and yes, I like the Winds of War and Shogun as well. I've already said I love Lord of the Rings. :)

    I've taken to getting all my fiction books on loan from the library. As long as you have a library card, getting it on a kindle is a click and done. You can extend it for more than two weeks as well. If I really want it permanently, I'll buy it. Sometimes it's almost as cheap to get a paperback good quality used copy as to get it on kindle, and for certain things, I really want "the book".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    I see we have somewhat similar tastes. I have a one volume collection of all of Jane Austen's novels and re-read them every couple of years. I'm getting more and more fond of "Persuasion". Same for Gone with the Wind, and yes, I like the Winds of War and Shogun as well. I've already said I love Lord of the Rings. :)

    I've taken to getting all my fiction books on loan from the library. As long as you have a library card, getting it on a kindle is a click and done. You can extend it for more than two weeks as well. If I really want it permanently, I'll buy it. Sometimes it's almost as cheap to get a paperback good quality used copy as to get it on kindle, and for certain things, I really want "the book".
    You're a bit like my wife then. She wants "the book," to have the feel of it in her hands as she leaves (leafs?) through the pages. I'm cool with either.

    I suppose I like that both Jane Austen and Patrick O'Brian are my great likes (I also like The Influence of Sea Power on History). I've always wanted to be eclectic! Or should I say, interesting?

    There is a great gap between the great Austen, P&P and Emma, and the lesser. Persuasian is good, but Mansfield Park is rather dreary and no one would read Northanger Abbey if the author hadn't written P&P.

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    It's kind of strange to talk about "european authors". I mean it's too wide. Either way, Dostoyefski for me.

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    My "go bag" for the Apocalypse would include a complete Shakespeare, a complete volume of English poetry, a complete Dante, and a collection of other Italian poets, plus the St. James Bible, even though it's not the Catholic version and I don't go to Church anymore. :)

    If I thought I had room for novels: The Complete Jane Austen, Crime and Punishment, Zeno's Conscience, and Il Gattopardo. Maybe Little Women and my copy of Calvino's Italian fairy tales.

    Have to think of the next generation too. :)

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