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Old 13-07-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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what would you consider to be the greatest books ever written?

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Old 13-07-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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well i gues it depends if you mean the best written or just the best read

I've read a fair few books in my time but i have to say lord of things is probably the most entertaining though it's a big read. I recently read a book called twentysomething by ian hollingshead which is very good but i wouldn't say best ever written. I'm about to embark on reading crime and punishment by fyodor dosteyevski which is largely considered to be one of the finest books ever so i'll let you know when/if i finsh




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Old 13-07-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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I'm about to embark on reading crime and punishment by fyodor dosteyevski which is largely considered to be one of the finest books ever so i'll let you know when/if i finsh
i want this finish this book so badly.
but it's just too.. dense.
i can't get through it.



as for the original question.
theres no way i can answer it.



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Old 13-07-2007, 02:34 PM   #4
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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Old 13-07-2007, 02:35 PM   #5
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Buinsness accounting :P

becasue i will eat and breath this book for the next 3 weeks ha ha





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Old 13-07-2007, 02:37 PM   #6
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Ah this takes me back to the days of English Literature at college...whiling away the afternoon in the pub, discussing the relative merits of Mr. Huxley, Mr. Orwell, Mr. Conrad, drinking cheap red wine and smoking rough French cigarettes, exchanging witticisms and banter with the barstaff.

Ok, ok, in reality we used to have far too much continental lager and play pool all afternoon but that doesn't sound nearly as romantic, does it?

Anyway, enough of that...best books ever, you say? It is, of course, going to be rather subjective - what I rate highly might well be described as the needless genocide of perfectly good trees by someone else, but my selections would be as follows:

"Lord of the Flies" - Huxley
"One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" - Kesey
"The Plague" - Camus
"The Dice Man" - Reinhart
"Girlfriend In A Coma" - Coupland
"1984" - Orwell
"The Bell Jar" - Plath
"The Color Purple" - Walker
"Crime & Punishment" - Dostoyevsky
"Novel With Cocaine" - Ageyev
"Naked Lunch" - Burroughs
"On The Road" - Kerouac

All fairly predictable stuff, I'm afraid, but good reads nonetheless.

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Old 14-07-2007, 12:08 AM   #7
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"Lord of the Flies" - Huxley
lord of the flies was written by william golding.
i think huxley's most famous novel was brave new world. if youre talking about that.



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Old 14-07-2007, 01:03 AM   #8
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Chuck Palahnuik - Survivor.

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Old 14-07-2007, 01:42 AM   #9
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Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
By far the best book ive ever read =]

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Old 14-07-2007, 02:16 AM   #10
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lord of the flies was written by william golding.
i think huxley's most famous novel was brave new world. if youre talking about that.
You are, of course, quite correct. Goodness only knows what I was thinking when I wrote that.

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Old 15-07-2007, 02:15 AM   #11
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Well my favourite book is Buddha Da - Anne Donovan.
I'm not saying it's the best book in the world, couldn't possibley tell you that as I've not read every book in the world, but Buddha Da is my favourite.



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Old 15-07-2007, 01:21 PM   #12
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Old 15-07-2007, 01:30 PM   #13
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Old 15-07-2007, 01:35 PM   #14
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I will fight for my side here....im more into the fantasy works.....so with that in mind :-



Phillip Pullman - His Dark Materials Trilogy (These are THE best books ive ever read)

Stephen King - The Dark Tower Series (Best books King has written)

Garth Nix - The Abhorsen Trilogy (Bit predicatable but well written, enjoyable)



These 3 series of books really are amazing.....i love them truly and though they may not have place in the real world......

Im sure most of us would agree the real world is often hard to live in

I stand by my case :)


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Old 15-07-2007, 07:36 PM   #15
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Well my favourite book is Buddha Da - Anne Donovan.
I'm not saying it's the best book in the world, couldn't possibley tell you that as I've not read every book in the world, but Buddha Da is my favourite.
my brother bought this book a couple months back.
but hasn't read it. &nor have i.
i might now though.



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Old 15-07-2007, 07:48 PM   #16
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The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath,

Was just the best description for depression etc I've ever come across, although Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel was also brilliant and I lent it to my doctor so he could understand me a little more but I still haven't got it back..hmph

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Old 16-07-2007, 01:22 PM   #17
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Well the usual:

Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
Curse of Challion - Bujold
Comfort and Joy - forgotten the author's name
The Dresden Files - Butcher
Bone Song - Meaney
Equinox - Mel Keegan (well, anything by Mel Keegan actually!)
There and back again - Bilbo Baggins (AKA the Hobitt)
Diamond Throne - Eddings
The Kings Buccaneer - Feist
and so many more I might take over this thread!

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Old 16-07-2007, 04:54 PM   #18
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The Color Purple- Alice Walker
nething by Steven King i find some of the greatest literary work
The Bell Jar-Sylvia Plath....i believe she also is 1 of the greatest poet who has ever lived
Best would also hav stories by Edgar Allen Poe~ he was a tragic soul



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Old 09-08-2007, 05:20 PM   #20
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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great film adaptation aswell.





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