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Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by mavisbramston » 04 Jan 2018, 10:28

Here are mine. Test is limiting it to five but here goes.
1. A Confederacy of Dunces
2. Crime and Punishment
3.Cathcher in The Rye
4. Coles funny picture Book
5. The Thorn Bird

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by Perrorist » 04 Jan 2018, 11:14

Very difficult pruning it to just five, but here's my list:

The Magus - John Fowles
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by Teddy » 04 Jan 2018, 12:49

All of John Grisham's (except his latest)The Rooster Bar
English writer Ann Grainger
Australian Author Matthew Reilly
The Bible (Songs of Solomon, Psalms etc.,)
Biographies
The above are not in order of favourites!

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by Teddy » 04 Jan 2018, 17:37

May I add a special,it's No 6, Wind in the Willows ! :icon_biggrin:

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by godfather » 06 Jan 2018, 00:43

I am having a really tough time to sort just five from pile of some 150-200 books I have read in my life.
These are not in any particular order but were the ones that sprung to mind at short notice.

"Tobacco Road" - Erskine Caldwell
"Ten North Frederick" - John O'Hara
"The Grapes Of Wrath" - John Steinbeck
"For Whom The Bells Toll" - Ernest Hemingway
"The Thirty-Nine Steps" - John Buchan

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by mavisbramston » 06 Jan 2018, 14:14

I find it fascinating to read your choices. A few there I must read one day.
Thank you for sharing folks. Lets hope there are more.
Perrorist I really must read The Magus

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Post by Perrorist » 06 Jan 2018, 15:54

There are two versions of The Magus, the original and the revised (bit like the Bible). I've read both and prefer the original, but perhaps knowing the story made the revised one less appealing to me. The revised version is longer, has a different ending, and there are some other changes, too.

The film starring, I think, Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine was a disappointment.

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by godfather » 07 Jan 2018, 02:02

My Primary school teacher was an American Airman shot down over Germany and became a teacher.
Once we started to learn English he asked us (not told us) to read "Tobacco Road" which supposedly
described life in the Southern US during the Great Depression. All I can say is that the book educated me in a
very strange way that at first I could not comprehend.
I have read it twice since and it became clearer as I grew more mature.
Some critics claim that it was close to Caldwell's own life story, which is hard to believe because it is
peppered with strange characters, realistic scenery and some naughty situations.
If you can find a copy, read it as an eye-opener.

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by Pamela » 07 Jan 2018, 19:42

Teddy wrote:
04 Jan 2018, 17:37
May I add a special,it's No 6, Wind in the Willows ! :icon_biggrin:
I love that one too! Read it to my granddaughters recently.

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by Pamela » 07 Jan 2018, 19:51

I'm finding it difficult to whittle it down to 5 favourite books! Mostly nowadays it's detective fiction, easy reading!

1. To kill a mockingbird.
2. Giant by Edna Ferber.
3. The Whiteoaks of Jalna series.
4. Forty Days Without Shadow ... Olivier Truc. A murder story set amongst the Sami people in northern Sweden, absolutely loved it and so different to the usual murder mysteries.
5. Nella Last's War (diary). I have read this over and over again. Written by a local woman so of particular interest to me.

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by godfather » 08 Jan 2018, 02:51

Good find Perro, but at $4.50 you may get an abridged version instead of the original novel.

Because it became so popular on Broadway, many other writers have fiddled with the complete book to make money in a hurry.

Erskine Caldwell also wrote "God's Little Acre" another prize winner!

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by mavisbramston » 08 Jan 2018, 12:12

Thanks Pamela. Hard to narrow it down to five so thanks again.
Tobacco road was also a play and actually banned for some time here.No idea why.

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by lynny » 08 Jan 2018, 13:59

Books I am always happy to read again........

Treasure Island
David Copperfield
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Any book by Ian Rankin

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Re: Your five favourite books of all time.

Post by godfather » 09 Jan 2018, 01:31

Mavis, Australia was the only country that banned "Tobacco Road" (so I just read in Wiki).
It has a lot of adult-situations which are not easily understood. The Deep South States, including Georgia, are well known for inbreeding, rape, adultery etc.

Also read that the book became a large hit on Broadway and ran for 8 years uninterrupted. 2nd longest run ever!

In hindsight, I think my American teacher, who was against the war, wanted us to know that not all Americans were arrogant braggers and loudmouths.
Germany was flooded with "Yankees" and every single place in the country had 1000's of posters spread over town reading: "Yankee, go home!"

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