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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.

superbagpuss Wed 26-Jun-13 18:45:25

I'm reading sherlock Holmes while thinking about Benedict cumberbatch. they are very good stories and quite short so they keep moving

notnowImreading Wed 26-Jun-13 18:47:26

I love The Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. They are very dramatic and fast moving with great characters.

highlandcoo Wed 26-Jun-13 18:48:30

Pride and Prejudice is still hard to beat IMO.

I also really enjoyed The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham recently, and The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett was a book I loved years ago.

EleanorFarjeon Wed 26-Jun-13 18:51:19

Madame Bovary is fab and very readable.

Or Sons and Lovers? One of my favourites that I have read again and again.

notnowImreading Wed 26-Jun-13 18:55:42

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell is excellent too. Especially if you have Richard Armitage in your head as Mr Thornton.

Somethingyesterday Wed 26-Jun-13 18:59:04

Assuming you mean something deep and dark and Victorian-y, I would recommend "Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore. More plot driven and adventuresome than those you've mentioned. And really fabulous.

I'm never really sure where the classics canon ends. John Buchan or P.G. Wodehouse would be my idea of holiday reading.

Francagoestohollywood Wed 26-Jun-13 19:04:23

Nothing beats Victor Hugo Les Miserables.

Francagoestohollywood Wed 26-Jun-13 19:05:23

I second Somerset Maugham, especially his short stories.

greenhill Wed 26-Jun-13 19:07:39

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is nearly old enough to be a classic.

Salbertina Wed 26-Jun-13 19:08:54

Second Pride & Prejudice plus Wilkie Collins. But my favourite is Vanity Fair- a stomping read and v pertinent to 21st century life as well as a gripping story!

helebear Wed 26-Jun-13 19:09:05

I really enjoyed reading Rebecca a few years ago on holiday, I couldn't put it down.

helebear Wed 26-Jun-13 19:12:06

X post with greenhill. As I was writing I wondered if Rebecca is considered a classic or not.

Numberlock Wed 26-Jun-13 19:12:17

And My Cousin Rachel is even better...

Keep The Aspidistra Flying
Clockwork Orange
Jude The Obscure
Master and Margerita

Takver Wed 26-Jun-13 19:15:28

For a light holiday read, I'd suggest Cranford by Mrs Gaskell (though agree North & South is also excellent).

Alternatively, if you liked Jane Eyre, what about Shirley?

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 19:19:45

Sons And Lovers by D H Lawrence

Anything by Katharine Mansfield

Arial by Sylvia Plath

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

The Grapes of Wrath/ Cannery Row/ Travels With Charley/ The Pearl/ Tortilla Flat all by John Steinbeck

Anything by Flannery O'Connor or by Willa Cather

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

maillotjaune Wed 26-Jun-13 19:20:36

I loved Persuasion (although Pride & Prejudice is a great read too). Also second (or third!) North & South but top of the list would be Vanity Fair which I think I will be re-reading on holiday this year.

lemonbiscuit Wed 26-Jun-13 20:21:44

Thanks for your suggestions. Lots to chose from! I forgot to say I read Rebecca last year and really enjoyed it. i also read Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chervallier which I thought was fab too.

pointydog Wed 26-Jun-13 20:23:34

Try some Emile Zola. Racy, earthy, drama, sorrows, lust.

Francagoestohollywood Wed 26-Jun-13 20:26:34

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

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

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 Wed 26-Jun-13 20:52:52

Hi Franca! Plus ca change, eh?

Francagoestohollywood Wed 26-Jun-13 20:54:48


Doilooklikeatourist Wed 26-Jun-13 20:59:29

Little Women
Sense and sensibility

Doilooklikeatourist Wed 26-Jun-13 21:04:40

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

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