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  1. #21
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    Bible
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    Dr. Zhivago
    War and Peace
    Anything Hemingway
    Great Gatsby
    Grapes of Wrath (couldn't get past the first five pages)
    Ayn Rand (completely over my head)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stella
    dude, i have never read anything by Ayn Rand.
    if you haven't read her by the time you're 20, your politics and ideas of 'individuality' are probably very different from what you'd find in the books so I wouldn't bother unless you don't mind being seen as the person who yells at the book he/she's reading - for some reason I felt the need to read Atlas Shrugged years after reading the Fountainhead and I got a few looks on the subway when I (repeatedly) grunted (loudly) in disbelief at what I was reading.

    but i work at a bookstore and I'm constantly lying about reading things i haven't...it's sad, but I really do know a lot about the books so it's not a huge leap. the one's i feel guilty about are Catch22 and Gravity's Rainbow - i'm constantly getting into weird intellectual conversations with English teachers and I'm just racking my memory for all the Thomas Pynchon references I can remember from the Simpsons.

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    i'm constantly getting into weird intellectual conversations with English teachers and I'm just racking my memory for all the Thomas Pynchon references I can remember from the Simpsons.
    coldsnap, that is so awesome. i'm glad i'm not the only person who uses the Simpsons for that kind of reference information.

    i saw a Futurama recently where they were in the sewer hanging out with the mutants who lives there, and when Bender looks at a bookshelf he says "it's all crumpled porno and Ayn Rand!"*

    now i almost want to read The Fountainhead (which i bought for 10 cents at a yard sale a few years ago just for the hell of it) just to see what's so annoying.

    *edited to clarify that it is implied that everthing the sewer mutants have, and their books, were flushed down toilets.

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    or perhaps the Ayn Rand "quote" on the back of Jon Stewart's book will inspire you to read her? something along the lines of "you'll be just as much of an asshole after reading this book as after reading mine..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldsnap
    or perhaps the Ayn Rand "quote" on the back of Jon Stewart's book will inspire you to read her? something along the lines of "you'll be just as much of an asshole after reading this book as after reading mine..."
    That is hilarious!

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    I've never read Ayn Rand either, and am not interested for the reasons above and more.

    But I must say, I did enjoy reading Moby Dick. No, really! All except the VERY long, boring chapter on cetology. The rest of it was a great early-American read. I think you gotta like the style in general though before you can enjoy that one specifically.

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    Agh, I wish I could unread Ayn Rand. For some reason I was so into her in high school.

    There are so many major authors I haven't read: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and William Faulkner, to name a few.

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    i love Faulkner, but i've never read anything by Jane Austen.

    my judgment is totally based on BBC movies based on her novels, but they seem like total crap to me. like the historical equivalent of romance novels.

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    I agree with everyone about Ayn Rand.. I got halfway through The Fountainhead and all I can say is that I want those few days of my life back. I despise her style of writing, and the absurdity of the whole thing was enough to make me want to throw the book across the room. (But I didn't. :))

    I feel bad that I haven't read Brave New World. People in high school used to read it all the time for classes, and I got the teacher who opted to not include it in the curriculum. I've heard I'm not missing anything, but I think I need to read it to satisfy my own curiosity one day.

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    Eep! The guest was me. Thought I was logged in. :)


 
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