Classics recommendation

(44 Posts)
lemonbiscuit Wed 26-Jun-13 18:30:09

I'm thinking of reading one of the classics on holiday for a change. What would you recommend? ideally nothing too depressing. I've read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights plus all of the Thomas Hardy novels (a long time ago!) Suggestions welcomed please.

antimatter Sun 30-Jun-13 20:52:19

Anna Karenina
Idiot

alanyoung Fri 28-Jun-13 15:10:11

If you like medieval stuff, try Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Story of a stonemason who travels all over the south of England looking for work in the middle of winter. Eventually builds a cathedral. Was recently produced as a television series which was fairly true to the book, but as usual the book gives much more detail than any film could.

baskingseals Fri 28-Jun-13 14:46:36

agree with Anna Karenina. If that puts you in a Russian mood, A Hero of Our Time, by Lermontav is brilliant.

French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles - pretty much anything by him really.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

I also really like Maupassant and Chekhov, masters of the short story, along with Katherine Mansfield.

Recently re-read Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, really enjoyed it.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 28-Jun-13 14:35:20

Pied Piper is my favourite Shute.

George Eliot is fantastic, Silas Marner is quick and easy, The Mill on the Floss is my favourite of hers.

Yes to Zola, I'm re-reading The Earth at the moment. Also yes to John Steinbeck who I discovered recently.

Knut Hamsun is a brilliant author, Growth of the Soil is on my top ten of all time. Some people disagree with some of his politics, but if you can get past that he's fab.

I discovered Dorothy Whipple on here, have only read one, but one more waiting on the bookshelf - thanks Mumsnet smile

I've never read Vanity Fair, I don't know why! Will put it on my list.

Shanghaidiva Fri 28-Jun-13 12:38:30

Emma is my favourite.
YY to Vanity Fair and the Great Gatsby

Hullygully Thu 27-Jun-13 22:02:23

hurrah for Dorothy!

Read They Were Sisters, particularly if you do have a sister...

Ilanthe Thu 27-Jun-13 22:01:14

Anything by Anthony Trollope but particularly The Way We Live Now. Sadly my DH wouldn't let me name either of our DSs after the wonderful but caddish Sir Felix Carbury.

lemonbiscuit Thu 27-Jun-13 21:55:00

Thanks for suggestions! think I'm going to give North and South and a Dorothy Whipple a go. I have to admit I'd not heard of her until now.

NotYoMomma Thu 27-Jun-13 19:18:28

A room with a view

Passage to India

The Great Gatsby

Hullygully Thu 27-Jun-13 18:40:11

Yes! Gone With the Wind.

JC74 Thu 27-Jun-13 18:36:40

Little Women & Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott.
Jude the Obscure always worth a retread for the sheer sadness/misery.
I've never managed to read Jane Austen without nodding off. Probably says more about me than her!
Part way through The Woman in White now.

noblegiraffe Thu 27-Jun-13 18:33:08

Gone with the Wind. It's epic smile

Notgoingto Thu 27-Jun-13 18:32:24

Definitely anything by John Steinbeck or George Orwell or Somerset Maugham.

Or how about Edith Wharton? I loved House of Mirth and the Age of Innocence.

Hullygully Thu 27-Jun-13 18:27:32

Get some Dorothy's for a holiday. You'll spend it weeping, but in a good way.

Hullygully Thu 27-Jun-13 18:26:58

Middlemarch
War and Peace
Anna Karenina
Madame Bovary
Balzac (forgotten names)
Dorothy Whipple - SO SO SO GOOD

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 27-Jun-13 18:20:39

I have read Dracula and Frankenstein this year which I have loved, they are not very long though.

I also loved Lady Chatterley's Lover and enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

Persuasion is my absolute favourite Austen.

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 21:34:01

OMG On The Beach- most depressing book ever. Loved it though......

Salbertina Wed 26-Jun-13 21:10:49

Brave New World
Catcher in the Rye
Grapes of wrath

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 26-Jun-13 21:09:39

The Count of Monte Cristo

Just been reminded ( thanks terribleteeth ) of Neville Shute
Loved A Town Like Alice , and can also reccomend On The Beach

Little Women
Sense and sensibility

grin

pointydog Wed 26-Jun-13 20:52:52

Hi Franca! Plus ca change, eh?

terribleteethinitsterriblejaws Wed 26-Jun-13 20:27:30

Jane eyre and rebecca are favourites of mine, I have just finished a town like alice and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Pointydog!!! I agree about Zola.
I also second divine Kathrine Mansfield.

But really, upyou can't get better than Les Miserables!

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