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Well that lengthens by "to-read" list by about 70 titles.
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Why, what's wrong with the other 30?
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Why, what's wrong with the other 30?


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64. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse [German] 1927

Didn't know they wrote a book but sure loved their music!
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64. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse [German] 1927

Didn't know they wrote a book but sure loved their music!

You like some band called Herman Hesse?

If you meant Steppenwolf, evidently you didn't like them enough ... at least not enough to know what they named themselves after.

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I'm surprised how few of the novels I have read. Apparently the list was made by someone with less than perfect taste.

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I'm surprised how few of the novels I have read.
Me too. I mean about me, not you. <10. Since they only allow one title per author, I found many authors whose books I've read, but not that particular title.

But I'm still trying to catch up on English. I used to read a lot of fiction when I was younger, not so much in the last twenty years or so; now, I find I'm back to fiction again and enjoying it.

That would be an interesting thread--our reading biographies. For the last twenty years, I find I've read in spurts--maybe six months of intensive book reading, and then it could be another six months before I even look at a book again.
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The Twilight Series wasn't included...obviously they don't have a clue as to what constitutes great literature.
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I read about 11 or 12. Steppenwolf was the first book I ever read in one sitting, but my favorite Hesse book was Sidhartha, both of which I read in high school. I read the complete Remembrance of Things Past (Proust) twice with two different translations. Still one of the greatest books ever written.
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I read about 11 or 12. Steppenwolf was the first book I ever read in one sitting, but my favorite Hesse book was Sidhartha, both of which I read in high school. I read the complete Remembrance of Things Past (Proust) twice with two different translations. Still one of the greatest books ever written.


As a teenager, Hesse was asking all the questions that were burning in my heart. I've been reticent to revisit the books because I have a sneaking suspicion they'll be full of disappointment.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Well, that's a very interesting thing too. I read an awful lot as a teen, a lot of the classics; now I look back and say how the heck did I ever make it through those books, and what could I have possibly gotten from them at that age? And yet I remember loving them.
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Same here Landmark and Magnus. I remember sitting up all night in high school reading Steppenwolf. Haven't read it since but I remember not being able to put it down then. The only other book I did that with was Catcher in the Rye, also in high school. On The Road is one of those books that I love or hate depending on how old I was when I read/re-read it. Loved it in college, hated it in my 30's (thought it was terribly written), came back to it again in my 40's. The only author that I have consistantly read and re-read throoughout my life was Henry Miller, which I still continue to read and be inspired by. After my divorce, my Henry Miller books where the only thing I took with me.

Magic Mountain was another one of those books that I read and re-read a number of times.
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