Would like to get dd1 some books for Christmas, as she loves reading and hasn't had much chance recently as she's been working so hard for school. She hopes to read English at uni. She's read a lot of the classics already and particularly loves Austen, Plath and Madame Bovary.
I'd like to get her some lovely copies of classics, or modern classics, but want it to be something that she hasn't already read or that we haven't already got.
Just looking at what the Folio Society have, there's also things like The Arabian Nights, First Love by Turgenev, The Master and Margarita. They also have Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, and other poetry.
Or if she doesn't have it, maybe the Oxford Book of English Verse?
I have the Folio edition of The Name of the Rose, which is stunningly beautiful.
I think the one with the brothers is the Flambards series - one nice brother, one not so nice but more sexy brother, she marries one, he dies in WW1, she marries the other. Can't actually remember the gardener but it's all set in the sort of house that would have one. There are horses in it. It's by KM Peyton. I think it's one I might re-read on the kindle because I did love the soaring emotion/tragedy etc as a teen. Younger than 17, though, I think.
I'm 21, so not much older. I'm currently rereading Lady Chatterley's Lover, which is such a wonderful book. If you're looking for nice copies of classics, either old fashioned bookstores, or WHSmiths have some stunning pocket sized classics, with gold edged pages and everything. They're beautiful. I have several.
Aside from that, some I reread over and over aged 17, and still do now:
- To Kill A Mockingbird - Les Miserables - The Age Of Innocence - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Anything by Jodi Picoult for easy reading - Canterbury Tales
If you're on The Book People at all, they have several great book sets.
Yes, I am tempted by the cloth-bound Penguins too - though it's a shame it's a very limited range compared to the Everyman ones. And, as I keep reminding myself while looking at my overloaded bookshelves, I really don't need any more books for a while. I though getting a kindle might help, but it doesn't seem to have put me off buying physical books too.
When I was 17 I read "Now I Know" by Aidan Chambers over and over again. It is fairly straightforward to read, but brings up some challenging ideas to think about. It is approachable because the main protaganist is 17. Here's the website. I see it is now studied for GCSE! I read it when it was first published.
Ah, I think I missed the bit about wanting pretty, collectible-style editions. Maybe have a look at Everyman's Library - they have re-released a lot of good things in good, solid editions (I replaced most of my falling-apart Austens with their versions).
She's read Steinbeck and Vanity Fair and 'All Quiet' and I think 'Fight Club' and a fair few Hardys and 'Lady Audley' and..erm...Kafka and...and..several of the others.
What I really want is lovely classics in a beautiful edition to save forever, so I'm now going to google all the things you've listed to see which ones are prettiest. Camus is currently top of the list. Oh and she's also heavily into Philosophy, so if you have any recs in that direction too, that would be great.
Definitely Zola. As a melodrama-mad teenager, I loved them. And I was another who had lots of green-spined books from Virago and Penguin Modern Classics. DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, EM Forster etc. I think I read A Room With A View about 27 million times one year. Agree with the American suggestions and would add To Kill A Mockingbird. Maybe Edna St Vincent Millay for poetry - arch, witty, accesible. Ooh, and Vanity Fair. Everyone should read Vanity Fair.
Has she read Gaskell? Cranford, North and South, Life of Charlotte Bronte. Braddon? Lady Audley's Secret
OK male writers:
Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy Mapp and Lucia are great Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory PG Wodehouse de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater Fielding, Tom Jones Jerome, Three Men in a Boat. I remember reading it at about that age and finding it hysterically funny. Childers, The Riddle of the Sands Naipaul, A Bend in the River Primo Levi, The Periodic Table Martin Amis, The Rachel Papers - actually that would be a great thing to read at that age.
Maybe some US writers?
Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms Twain, Huck Finn Edith Wharton Henry James Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night Salinger Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club