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Friday, January 17, 2014

Literature older than 100 years

My daughter tells me she needs to read books written in the previous century.
When I was a lad I devoured old books. If it had a dusty cover and odd sounding prose I was on it.
However, my daughter is a little skeptical.
I suggested a few as starters...

Wind in the Willows,
Understood Betsy
Anne of Green Gables
The Little Princess
Penrod

She was not so interested in The Bobsey Twins or the original Tom Swift.
I'm kind of drawing a blank.
I read Tom Swift, Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, and anything else I could get my hands on.

I really liked, "A Cricket in Times Square," but it is not 100 years old.
I've got old Will James books, Dickens, Sherlock Holmes, and a whole self full of generally old books. She is just not impressed. Everything in the house is old.

17 comments:

  1. Watership Down was one I really liked . Not sure how old it is. Or how young I was when I read it but that was the first book that came to mind when you mentioned the old ones.

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  2. Jane Austen, starting with Pride and Prejudice. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Agatha Christie. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

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  3. O Pioneers by Willa Cather, published in 1913.

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  4. Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, 1912.

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  5. Wind, Sand and Stars, by Saint Exupéry. Captain Kidd's Cow, by Kurt Wiese. T-model Tommy, by Stephen Meader. Anything by Stephen Crane. The 1939 Montgomery Ward catalog is pretty interesting. Parents found it (intact) in the outhouse when they moved to the Meyer farm in 1947.

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  6. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm making a list. I feel like I'm looking for this one magic book that will turn her into me. I suspect that is wrong-headed thinking.

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  7. i came over to say Jane Austen also but now i'm switching to Moby Dick. also i think OMFG makes me like 100 times more hilarious. i might change it just because of you. ha!
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    1. who WOULDNT want to read this... "Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world."

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    2. She is only 12...and a six inch thick book is a bit intimidating.

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    3. she could totally do it!. so are we over looking the obvious - what about Little House on the Prairie?

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  8. Any of the Zane Grey! westerns. He wrote some kid's books too.

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    1. I've got a couple Zane Grey westerns. I read a little Virgil to her tonight. We are going to try a Virgil vs Homer but I'm thinking I will have to read it to her to get it working.

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  9. What about Robinson Crusoe? My 12 yo loved it.

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    1. Robinson Crusoe is a good choice. Thanks.

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    2. Also, I like your bilingual blog

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  10. You want reading suggestions? Dump the TV. We didn't have one at home when I grew up & I read everything from Zane Grey to the encyclopedia and then worked through my father's library. Maybe one of the best things my Dad did for me. Then I bought one. One of these days I hope I have the sense to toss my tv.

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    1. Absolutely, blow up the TV and the iPhone and the iPad. I know that I waste an inordinate amount of time with this MacBook Pro.
      AND get rid of Amazon prime! Just because I can now watch weird TV shows doesn't mean that it has improved my life in any way?

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