List of Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once...

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  1. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    What are some books everyone should read at least once in their life? I speak of the big timers, Homer's The Odyssey and Sun-Tzu's The Art of War for example.
     
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    The Stranger by Albert Camus
    A Clockwork Orange by Burgess
    Junky by Burroughs
    Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
    The Sun also Rises by Hemingway
    Slaughterhouse Five by Vonneguet
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    some Shakespeare
    Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

    i'm sure i could list a lot more, but thats off the top of my head.
     
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    You swine. That was my choice :cool:
     
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    • A Tale of Two Cities
    • Anna Karenina
    • Crime and Punishment
    • The Whole Shebang
    • The Origin of Species
    • The Bible
    • Metamorphosis
    • à la récherche du temps perdu
    • Don Quixote

    This is only a partial list and it is admittedly Western-centric. I would compile a very different list when recommending books for somebody living in Africa, the Middle East, China, etc.
     
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    • Why?
     
  7. Queso macrumors G4

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    I have the edicion del IV centenario. Wonderful book :)
     
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    i'll second Metamorphosis by Kafka, and also:

    The Divine Comedy
    The Decameron
    Tales From A Thousand and One Nights
    Five Dialogues by Plato
    The Communist Manifesto
    The Prince
    and some Poe is always good.

    and yes this is a very western centric list, i've been exposing myself to more and more cultures but i haven't read all of their cannons to give good recommendations of their works.
     
  11. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Books everyone should read once eh?

    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • The Importance of Being Ernest (it is clearly the king of comedic writing)
    • Macbeth

      and, one of my personal favorites that really taught me a lot,
    • The Bean Trees.

    There are others of course, but people have already mentioned some of them. :)
     
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    Hear Hear!

    I would personally recommend:
    • The Sword of Shannara Genre, or at least the original trilogy of books by Terry Brooks
    • The Smartest Guys in the Room and Conspiracy of Fools, both are absolutely fascinating in detailing the fall of Enron
    • Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, there are others but these are my favorites by Orson Scott Card
    • The Entire Chronicle's of Narnia collection by CS Lewis, because the books are always better than the movies.
     
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    it's a little dated, and more of a glorified pamphlet (only 176pgs), but...

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    EDIT:

    More of my favorites:

    -On the Road
    -Catch 22
    -Freakonomics
    -Slaughterhouse Five
     
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    Machiavelli's The Prince

    A must read for anyone wanting to understand the world we live in and the people who control it.
     
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    Absolutely. Add The Brothers Karamazov to that list. Ivan's speech from the chapter "Rebellion" may be one of the greatest monologues in literature.

    I also agree with blakintosh on 1984.

    With respect to Shakespeare, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar are good choices.

    A second for To Kill a Mockingbird, as well.

    As for some more current stuff, I think everyone should read from the growing collection of development & globalization literature. Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree is a staple, though his weird analogies get tiresome. Amartya Sen's popular press stuff on development is supposed to be exceptional, though I haven't gotten around to it yet. Jeffrey Sachs' End of Poverty is a great book and William Easterly's rebuttal White Man's Burden is fantastic, too. These are topics with which everyone should become acquainted and there is no shortage of good books through which to come up to speed.
     
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    iWoz

    Mark Twain

    The Bible

    Homer

    An old encyclopedia ie it has to be over 75 years old. There is much that has been removed from the old books.
     
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    Cuz we found out it's wrong? :p
     
  19. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    And discovered that not everyone outside of the US and Britain is a savage.
     
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    -Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    -Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden)
    -Rich Man Poor Man
    -Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Oh and third for To Kill a Mockingbird
     
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    :word: i love that book. :D
     
  22. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    And a second for Lord of the Rings!
     
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    +1
     
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    Hmm, I'm not much of a book reader. One book I think everyone should read is "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson - Gonzo Journalistic non-fiction. It's just a ****ing awesome book.

    I'm kind of glad to see Crime and Punishment on here, because it's one of the ridiculously bad-looking books I have to read for AP English...

    Anyways, some others include:

    Some of Richard Dawkin's books, particularly The Ancestor's Tale.
    On the Origin of Species
    The Bible.

    "We need more atheists, and nothing will get you there faster than reading the damn Bible." -Penn Jillette.

    All I can really think of right now :eek:
     

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