Category Archives: classic

Double Indemnity ~ by James M. Cain

Interesting book which, although I’d certainly heard of many times, I’d managed to miss reading or seeing the movie (I don’t often go to movies). *******Double Indemnityby James M. Cain1946 / 224 pages read by James Naughton. 3h 16mrating:  A+ / crime  – … Continue reading

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Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prévost 1731/ 174 pages (Kindle) rating 8 / classic French novel Manon Lescaut was written a full 100 years prior to The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830),  but only another 50 years prior to The Ladies’ Paradise by Emil Zola.  Oh, … Continue reading

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Neuromancer

Neuromancer by William Gibson 1984 / 288 pages read by Robertson Dean 10h 30m rating 8.5 / classic sci-fi (cyberpunk) I have had this book on my TBR (to be read) shelf for ages and ages.  Now that Gibson’s new … Continue reading

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 1886 / 62 pages (Kindle) rating 10 / Russian classic If you haven’t read this book please put it on your “to be read” list – somewhere near the top.  If you have … Continue reading

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Troubles

Troubles by J. G. Farrell 1970 / 480 pages rating 10 / hist fiction Farrell is an under-appreciated genius in my opinion, and it’s especially apparent in this sad yet humorous award-winning novel about the time of “Troubles” in Ireland circa 1919-1921 … Continue reading

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Candide

Candide by Voltaire 1759/ 100 or so pages rating 10 / classic-satire The entire basis for this book is that a young man named Candide is taught by his Professor Pangloss that “this life is the best of all possible … Continue reading

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The Art of War

The Art of War by Sun Tzu 2nd to 4th century BC (probably last revision) very short – less than 50 pages rating  10 (I guess)  – classic non-fiction, military strategy,  maybe theory translated by Lionel Giles – Interesting book, for … Continue reading

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The Ladies’ Paradise

The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola 1883/ 480 pages rating 9.5  classic – French (Introduction, Notes and translation by Brian Nelson) Zola knew what he was talking about when he wrote page after page of busy and boisterous narrative about a … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 1961 / 355 pages rating – 8 (probably a 10 in 1961) – classic I guess this is a classic now as it’s older than 50 years – I used to say a classic was … Continue reading

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Ragtime

Ragtime E.L. Doctorow 1975 / 336 pages rating – 10 / classic (?) Back in 1975 this was a genre changing book and I think historical fiction was never quite the same again.  I read it when it was newly released … Continue reading

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Chess Story (The Royal Game)

Chess Story (also – The Royal Game) by Stefan Zweig – tr. from German by Joel Rothenberg 1941 / 109 pages (NY Review of Books rating 9 / classic This is a very short work – a novella really, but … Continue reading

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Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser 1900 / 352 pages (Kindle) rating 8.75 / classic US fiction Sometimes I’m just ready for a good old-fashioned classic and fortunately for me one of my reading groups has a goodie isted.  I’m a … Continue reading

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