Skip to comments.What books would you suggest? (vanity)
Posted on 01/08/2002 2:39:30 PM PST by occam's chainsaw
Most of the reading I have done over the years has been of science fiction/fantasy books read simply for enjoyment. Now that I am a little older, I am becoming more interested in finding books which are educational as well as enjoyable. I have not read very much classical literature (the small Arkansas public school I attended had little to offer in Literature) and would consider reading some as long as it wasn't too tedious.
I was hoping that some of you more experienced & educated (self educated included of course) readers could offer some suggestions for me. Biographies, classics, historical novels, fiction/non fiction, are all open to consideration. I did read Rand's "The Fountainhead" years ago and enjoyed it very much. Please give me your suggested titles along with a brief description and/or reason you are suggesting each. I know I still have a lot to learn and I appreciate any help I can get.
Dallas Willard, "The Divine Consipiracy"
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Chuck Swindol, Grace Awakening
My top recommendation: "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett is awesome historical story about a man who wanted to build cathedrals in the middle ages, great book.
My second recommendation: "Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe (forget about the movie, the book is great and should be made into a new movie).
My third recommendation: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
My fourth recommendation: "The Gold Coast" by Nelson DeMille and anything else by him as well).
And, number five, even if you have seen the movie: "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo.
Now is a good time to read The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx and see the movie (or vice versa). She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
A guy in the Northeast gets knocked around in life, finally meets a woman, has a daughter, loses woman in a car crash, and moves to Newfoundland for a fresh start. It kinda works out in the end. I saw it Dec 27, and it was okay.
Link to: The Shipping News
Nietzsche. (All of them.)
Machiavelli, "The Prince."
David Boaz, "Libertarian Reader."
Hayek, "The Road to Serfdom."
Anything by Von Mises or Milton Friedman
The Politics of Prudence, Russell Kirk The Conservative Mind, Russell Kirk Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver
When you have those out of the way, I'll give your a list of twenty more.
I think its out of print, so you may have to do some searching. They even made an animated movie version of it several years ago.
THE ROAD TO SERFDOM by Friederich Hayek
It is the most concise, easy to understand treatise on why a free market economy and republican government is inherently superior to socialism and communism.
2. "The Count of Monte Cristo"
3. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
4."The Sorrows of Young Werther"
5. "Huckleberry Finn".
6. "Travels with Charley."
7. "The Sun Also Rises".
8. "Gone with the Wind."
9. Any Shakespear plays.
10. Any Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams plays.
And my compliments once again on your screen name < g >
Among American authors, Twain, Poe and Henry James are favorites. Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was an acquired taste and I found James Fenimore Cooper to have created good plots deeply buried in thickets of bad prose. One 19th century American who may surprise readers is Ulysses Grant. His memoirs are top notch, but then again Twain was his editor. For influences like the transcendentalists, among them Emerson and Thoreau, I recommend a few excerpts from an old college textbook to get a flavor of what all the fuss was about instead of reading the entire works, but that is personal taste.
*MOBY DICK* by Herman Mehlville Anything by Charles Dickens Anything by Mark Twain *Jane Eyre* by Charlotte Bronte *As I Lay Dying* by William Faulkner *Uncle Tom's Cabin* by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I could go on and on, but that should get you started. :)