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Great Classic Books to Read

Buzz in: What Classic Book Did You Recently Fall in Love With?

BuzzSugar community member pink-elephant posted the following review of East of Eden in The Book Club group, and it made me wonder if more of you have recently picked up and loved a classic read. Check out her post and share your own discoveries in the comments.

I first received this book as a birthday present a few months ago, and all I can say is wow! I have literally not been able to put it down! I have already finished with one reading and am now halfway through my second reading. John Steinbeck is really a gifted author, and this story is among his finest works. And in my opinion, it's his best. It is a story that takes a modern stance on the original Cain and Abel tale. It speaks of love, hate, jealousy, favoritism, sibling rivalry and love, sin, choice, and redemption. An excellent read!

Have you recently discovered a classic book? Tell us what it was in the comments below, and if you want to talk about more great reading, join The Book Club in the community.

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bethany0403 bethany0403 5 years
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The BEST book I have ever read. The story of Francie Nolan is so captivating and heartbreaking. I recommend this book to everyone I know.
ChelMarie ChelMarie 5 years
spasiklaki! I looooooooooove "North & South" as well! As much as I adore Jane Austen, I think Gaskell's N &S is better (and that's saying something). I take it you've seen the BBC adaptation? Everyone I've ever talked to who has seen it says Richard Armitage's Thornton (soon to be famous-famous from The Hobbit) has Firth's Darcy beat in the sexy department. Can't say I disagree...and I love Darcy!
ChelMarie ChelMarie 5 years
spasiklaki! I looooooooooove "North & South" as well! As much as I adore Jane Austen, I think Gaskell's N &S is better (and that's saying something). I take it you've seen the BBC adaptation? Everyone I've ever talked to who has seen it says Richard Armitage's Thornton (soon to be famous-famous from The Hobbit) has Firth's Darcy beat in the sexy department. Can't say I disagree...and I love Darcy!
pixiesmiles pixiesmiles 5 years
I completely ADORE Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen...I got interested on it after watching the movie with Keira Knightley and I have read the book lots of time. What's charming about Austen's top book is the circumstances which the women were suposed to be engaged and later married and how Elizabeth has a different perspective of it and finds love on the least expected person
spasiklaki spasiklaki 5 years
I love Elisabeth Gaskell's North and South. I only just recently discovered it and I fell in love with it. I can say that I enjoyed it even more than Pride and Prejudice (there are some similarities between the two stories). I like N&S because it isn't just a love story. It also deals with the social upheaval of the time and at the same time you realize that the themes that the book touches on are still true even today
neuromuse neuromuse 5 years
Moby Dick was my discovered classic this summer. Such intense prose, and its experimental structure was way ahead of its time, methinks.
ChelMarie ChelMarie 5 years
Adore East of Eden. It's takes a while to really get-into-it (and it's MUCH different than the awesome James Dean adaptation) but it's worth it. Most of my favorite books could be considered classics, I guess. "Wuthering Heights" is *the* book for me, I never tire of it. But I've been reading that forever, and since you said more recently, I did recently read "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" by Thomas Hardy. Great story questioning what morality truly is.
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