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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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This is obviously very challenging. Its probably impossible to chose five only. Still, if you were to do this, to pick five classics which generations after us should not be without, which five?

Mine:
1. La Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. 100 love sonnets by Pablo Neruda
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
5. Mio, My Son (in Swedish) by Astrid Lindgren

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Purves Grundy
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1) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
2) Atonement by Ian MacEwan
3) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
5) The Joke by Milan Kundera

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Auto da F by Elias Canetti
The Idiot by Dostoyoevsky
The Outsider by Albert Camus
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
umm..tricky to choose...probably The Heart of the Matter but possibly The Comedians by Graham Greene - a book that expresses <I>guilt</I>

<<insert proviso about my answers being different tomorrow here>>

<<insert apologies to Conrad, Dickens and Raymond Chandler, to the last of whom every gin gimlet I will ever drink is dedicated, here>>

<<finaly, add a respectful nod of approval for The Joke by Kundera here>>

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Can we define "classics"?
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Wyatt Earp
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I'm having Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby at one and two, but from then on my list looks too much like PG's for me to escape the suspicion of being a copycat. Fucking three-novel overlap, there is.

(Though I might bounce A Confederacy of Dunces for Right Ho, Jeeves. The trouble is, I'm pretty sure that would have been bubbling under PG's list as well.)

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Are we allowed plays?
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If this is just novels and poetry, then I say, reluctantly:

Ulysses - James Joyce
Beowulf - Unknown
The Trial - Franz Kafka
Tristram Shandy - Lawrence Sterne
The Odes - Horace

But if it's plays as well, then it's just impossible to narrow it down to five.

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The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald
L'Assommoir - Zola
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What a Carve up - Jonathan Coe
At Swim-two-birds - Flann O'Brien

This sort of list changes all the time, though.

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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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quote:
Are we allowed plays?
Why not.
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Ehh.... GY might be right. With plays I'd really want to make room for Calderon de la Barca's Life is a dream.
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is it just favourite fiction or does "classic" imply a narrower definition?
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Seeing as at least two people have included 100 years of Solitude I think the definition stretches to 'any load of old bollocks that takes your fancy'.
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Heh. Thought I was the only one who hated that book.
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Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky
Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

and then a large cohort of modern novels from which I just can't pick two:
Money
American Psycho
Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Atonement
Herzog

...and so on.

Usual caveats about changing minds and forgetting something obvious apply.

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If it's favourites rather than classics...

Great Gatsby
Generation X (well, I liked it)
American Psycho
Europa (Tim Parks)

And I can't think of a fifth.

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