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scamandrius said:
I dust this one off on occasion.  Good selections, though for an intermediate student (not suggesting you are), the lack of more copious notes can be a hindrance to building up more confidence.
I thought that the selections were too easy either, but I had to read it for a class. Still, the book is quite nice. Most genres and periods are represented.

The selection from Longus' Daphnis and Chloe, on the other hand, is quite difficult. It has some words that you wouldn't normally come across. At least now I got to know what 'grasshopper' and 'to play the panflute' is in Greek.
 

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
 

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Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
Ugh.
 

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Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
 

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Justin Kissel said:
Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
I just didn't like The Great Gatsby.  I read it twice, trying to like it because people made me feel as if I should, but I didn't enjoy it at all.  I much preferred This Side of Paradise, which those same people made me feel I shouldn't prefer or even like. 
 

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Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax.  Intriguing read so far.

 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Justin Kissel said:
Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
I just didn't like The Great Gatsby.  I read it twice, trying to like it because people made me feel as if I should, but I didn't enjoy it at all. 
Did you see the movie? I've yet to read the book but I did like the movie.
 

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Alpo said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Justin Kissel said:
Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
I just didn't like The Great Gatsby.  I read it twice, trying to like it because people made me feel as if I should, but I didn't enjoy it at all. 
Did you see the movie? I've yet to read the book but I did like the movie.
There are no fewer than 8 movie adaptations of the book.  ALl of them are bad because the book is bad.
 

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scamandrius said:
Alpo said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Justin Kissel said:
Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
I just didn't like The Great Gatsby.  I read it twice, trying to like it because people made me feel as if I should, but I didn't enjoy it at all. 
Did you see the movie? I've yet to read the book but I did like the movie.
There are no fewer than 8 movie adaptations of the book. 
But since one of the adaptations is fairly recent it was fairly obvious to which of them I was referring to. :p
 

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Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
 

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Alpo said:
scamandrius said:
Alpo said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Justin Kissel said:
Lol, ugh to the lists, or the book, or both? I bought it for 25 cents at the ilbrary months ago, so I figured I'd might as well read it. Now you're making me wary...  :angel:
I just didn't like The Great Gatsby.  I read it twice, trying to like it because people made me feel as if I should, but I didn't enjoy it at all. 


Did you see the movie? I've yet to read the book but I did like the movie.
There are no fewer than 8 movie adaptations of the book. 
But since one of the adaptations is fairly recent it was fairly obvious to which of them I was referring to. :p
YOu can get the Robert Redford version on Netflix as well as one other.  Quit assuming things.
 

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Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
 

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scamandrius said:
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
Backwards from Dickens?
 

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Joseph de Maistre - Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg

This guy must have had at least some mental problems since he's every bit as bloodthirsty as his guillotine-handling enemies. But he does make very good points every now and then. Even where I disagree with me he at least makes me think.
 

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1/ 30 steps to heaven. Vassilios Papavassiliou.
  -a layman's version of The ladder of divine ascent.
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2/ Orthodox spirituality. Dumitru Staniloae.
 

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Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction - Edward Feser

I like the approach this book takes, as it answers the objections which come from contemporary analytic philosophy.
 

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scamandrius said:
Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
I love the Brontes :( "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite novel of all time.
 

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kelly said:
scamandrius said:
Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
I love the Brontes :( "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite novel of all time.
Four, actually. Three Brontes and Jane, and all of them are my kind of girls. But we're dames, what do we know? ;)

http://whitepaintedwoman.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/it-must-be-rubbish-its-by-a-lady/
 

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You disagree with him?
I've never come across a writer or a philosopher I completely agree with.
 

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Arachne said:
kelly said:
scamandrius said:
Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
I love the Brontes :( "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite novel of all time.
Four, actually. Three Brontes and Jane, and all of them are my kind of girls. But we're dames, what do we know? ;)

http://whitepaintedwoman.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/it-must-be-rubbish-its-by-a-lady/
But what I really want to know, Arachne and Kelly, is how you feel about The Great Gatsby
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Arachne said:
kelly said:
scamandrius said:
Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
I love the Brontes :( "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite novel of all time.
Four, actually. Three Brontes and Jane, and all of them are my kind of girls. But we're dames, what do we know? ;)

http://whitepaintedwoman.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/it-must-be-rubbish-its-by-a-lady/
But what I really want to know, Arachne and Kelly, is how you feel about The Great Gatsby
Never read it. The plot doesn't interest me.
 

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After a few multi-ingenious pages of apolemical contrivances I can most assuredly tell you, if you will but listen, that reading the book will henceforth bring you multitudinous amounts of the most intensist of enjoyments heretofore unexperienced in your life. Also, you will read sentences like the previous one.  :p
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
kelly said:
Mor Ephrem said:
But what I really want to know, Arachne and Kelly, is how you feel about The Great Gatsby
Never read it. The plot doesn't interest me.
Keep it that way.
I haven't read it either. In university it was sidelined in favour of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Telling, I thought.
 

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Arachne said:
Mor Ephrem said:
kelly said:
Mor Ephrem said:
But what I really want to know, Arachne and Kelly, is how you feel about The Great Gatsby
Never read it. The plot doesn't interest me.
Keep it that way.
I haven't read it either. In university it was sidelined in favour of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Telling, I thought.
This is wonderful news, really. 
 

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"Heavenly Wisdom from God-Illumined Teachers on Conquering Depression"  . . . wooo hooo  :laugh:

Need to switch-up to more light-hearted reading next go-round.
 

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Arachne said:
kelly said:
scamandrius said:
Nephi said:
Justin Kissel said:
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It always seems to make those 'best novels in English' lists... I'm not sure why I've never read it before.
I've honestly never read many, if any, of those "best novels," The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, anything by Jane Austen, etc. etc. included.
DO NOT read anything by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters.  British Literature really took fifty steps backwards with those three.  Absolutely, read Dickens.
I love the Brontes :( "Wuthering Heights" is my favorite novel of all time.
Four, actually. Three Brontes and Jane, and all of them are my kind of girls. But we're dames, what do we know? ;)

http://whitepaintedwoman.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/it-must-be-rubbish-its-by-a-lady/
No it's not a dame thing. They're wonderful literature, if too different from our sensibilities for some.
 

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Revelation / edited by William C. Weinrich, from the series Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.
 

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Raylight said:
For the third time, I'm reading Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis.


I re-read this about a year ago. Great book. I think this was the first book I read that opened me up to Christianity.
 

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littlepilgrim64 said:
"Heavenly Wisdom from God-Illumined Teachers on Conquering Depression"  . . . wooo hooo  :laugh:

Need to switch-up to more light-hearted reading next go-round.
This book helped me tremendously when my my mother died. Heavenly wisdom indeed! And lots of it.
 

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The Antonines: The Roman Empire in Transition by Michael Grant.



The Thought of Cicero which is a collection of philosophical excerpts from the Roman statesman.

 
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Raylight said:
For the third time, I'm reading Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis.


I re-read this about a year ago. Great book. I think this was the first book I read that opened me up to Christianity.
Me too, this book and plus another one opened my heart to Christianity, it made Christianity make sense to me.
 
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