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Apr 12, 2004 07:53 # 21371
I haven't seen the movie as of yet, so I can't rightly say how Hollywood has butchered it, but I'm sure they have for one simple reason. Mike Myers was cast as the Cat. Nothing good can come from that... (oooo a rhyme)
"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
Apr 11, 2004 18:31 # 21349
May 05, 2004 01:23 # 22134
1.) The Lord of the Rings - duh. Tolkien didn't write this story, God wrote it and put it into his head.
2.) The Iliad
3.) Anything by Dostoevsky, especially The Idiot. FD opens up your soul and sticks a knife in it.
4.) Anything by Henry Miller, especially the Tropic books. He's in my opinion, the best American writer in history.
6.) The Master and Margarita
7.) The Stranger
8.) I, Claudius - the true story of a crippled, stuttering, embarrassment of the family rising to become emperer of rome. You can get so much out of his story.
9.) Of Mice and Men - just a beautiful story from beginning to end.
10.)The Malcom X Autobiography - my favorite autobiography. you don't have to be black to think he's an extrodinary man that we can all learn a lot from. Plus it's a very entertaining and educational story.
**i've just started reading 100 yrs of solitude, which could be on this list. i also haven't read anything by nabokov yet (you have to give it to russians, they have some of the greatest writers in history.) Hemmingway also tells wonderful stories, but his predictable morbid conclusions get annoying. Kafka's works in general also belong up there. Taras Bulba is also a fantastic book. Also, atleast from a male perspective, one of the greatest people in history to learn from is Alexander the Great. I realize there are no women writers on my list. Ayn Rand is entertaining, but no genius, I want to read The Awakening and The Bell Jar. Stephen King rules. So does Dumas.
any comments/suggestions are welcome. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I felt that Frank Herbert started saying more and more as the Dune series went on, culimnating in God Emperor. Boiled down to it, it was pure philosophy, and a very powerful story at that. I'm in the middle of reading 1984, and I'm certain it would find a place on my list now.
I'm surprised Daniel Quinn isn't showing up on more peoples lists. People quite simply must read his books, to save humanity.
"History is more or less bunk." - Henry Ford