Book Genre: Classics

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P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers
mbrandstetter
5

I recently downloaded Mary Poppins Boxed Set audio book. I had forgotten how much I thoroughly enjoyed the original stories by P.L. Travers. Without an outright admission of magic doing, the implied is all you need to stir up the imagination. I had forgotten how much these stories bring to...

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Bruno Schulz
Porscha
5

 This book is a small compilation of Bruno Schulz’s short stories and a few illustrations. He’s been associated with surrealist movement both with his writing and illustrations, his writing could be categorized as magical realism.  He was writing in the 1930’s and his life ended at the...

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Agatha Christie
Brett
4

The plot has been borrowed countless times, but Christie’s story is still one of the best. Ten strangers are gathered at a spooky mansion on a small island under various sets of false pretenses. Cut off from the mainland by a storm, they quickly realize they are being stalked, and soon begin to...

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P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Brett
3

This was my first foray into the world of aristocratic layabout Bertie Wooster and his impeccable manservant, Jeeves, and I have to say it was a poor choice. Why? Jeeves and Wooster themselves cannot be blamed for the missing stars in this book’s rating. They are first-rate characters and I...

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Karen Foxlee
Kristi
4

Ophelia and her sister are grieving. They have lost their mother. Now their father has taken them to some mysterious museum where he is readying an exhibit on swords and they are left to wander around all day. But something is weird about  the place. Scientific Ophelia doesn’t really...

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KateM
4

I found this title when searching for currently available eAudiobooks in Denver Public Library’s downloadable emedia website (downloadmedia.denverlibrary.org/). I drive to work and needed something currently available  in small segments to keep me entertained during the trip. The short...

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Laurence Sach
Kristi
3

I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this graphic novel version of one of my favorite Austen novels. I thought the length and format wouldn’t capture the wry humor of the full length novel. I was pleasantly surprised. The graphic novel captures almost all of the famous scenes and quotes from the...

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1783-1842 Stendhal
Alison
3

Stendhal’s The Red and the Black is a coming-of-age novel of Julien Sorel.  Moments of dramatic, some may say melodramatic events, guide the narrative: Julien leaves his father’s home, Julien has an affair with his first employer’s wife, Julien climbs up in the world with the strong claws...

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Adams, Douglas
Adelina
5

I love "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the entire series. I love Douglas Adams' quirky British absurdist humor. 

On that note, I loved this radio play of "Life, the Universe and Everything." This is the third book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The radio...

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Walt Whitman
Rebecca
4

When I decided to read a poetry book to review, I decided to go for a book that I’ve been meaning to read but was pretty sure that, absent external incentive, I never would never actually get around do: Walt Whitman’s epic* Leaves of Grass. Two friends of mine set one of Whitman’s poems...

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Franz Kafka
Michael
3

Amerika by Franz Kafka was published in 1927, after the author's death. It was his first novel, and it was left unfinished.

The main character, Karl Rossmann, is sent to the USA after a scandal in which a housemaid seduces him. After landing in America, ...

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Robert Cormier
mbrandstetter
4

Trinity is a private, all boys high school, where on the surface the boys wear uniforms, go to religious ceremonies, and pray, along with attending to their rigorous coursework. The headmaster and several teachers run the school or so they'd like to think.  Behind the scenes the Vigils, an...

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Harper Lee
mbrandstetter
5

According to Merriam Webster, a classic is defined as serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works>

This is definitely true of this very real and fluidly written novel by Harper Lee.  Lee's story is told through the eyes of the young...

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Gustave Flaubert
mbrandstetter
2

It might be a classic, but I didn't care for Madame Bovary.  I might be looking at this piece of literature too superficially, but it didn't offer me much more than a cheap, modern day romance novel.  The story's main focus is the immature attitudes and behavior of Doctor Bovary's...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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Hope Larson
Bobby
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption,...

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Bobby
3

Wanting to read a classic mystery, I decided that the obvious place to start would be with Sherlock Holmes and his most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles​.  I'd never read Doyle before and have somehow managed to avoid seeing any film adaptations of his work so my...

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René Colato Laínez
Viviana
5

This book is great for kids of ALL ages who believe on the Tooth fairy but is also great for the kids that come from two cultures.  Everyone can enjoy the Tooth Fairy in the United States and for kids of Latin America, they can believe in El Raton Perez too. Wait, is that double the money...

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Aldous Huxley
Adelina
3

This book may change the way you look at the world around you. 

Brave New World is a frequently challenged and ban book. I chose to read it because its content is challenging to the reader. It is considered a Classic written in 1931 because of its staying power to influence. I found...

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John Updike
Jennifer B.
2

Rabbit, Run, first published in 1960, chronicles several months in the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a 26-year-old former high school basketball star whose glory days are behind him.  As the novel opens, Rabbit is having trouble coping with grown-up life with his pregnant wife and 2-year...

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Lina Beard
Emily
3

This delightful old fashioned book is full of great useful tidbits. Lessons for a childhood that may no longer be possible but should be! make your own hammock, dolls out of corn husks, crowns of flowers. Charming.

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Sheila MacGill-Callahan
Mary P
3

This is a picture book of the Irish myth of the Children of Lir.  As the story goes, a King Lir's jealous second wife, Aoife, changes his four children into swans who are destined to perish through her devilish scheming.  Unfortunately for her, the children outsmart her and work with...

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Deborah Thomas
Mary P
4

This is an excellent book for children and parents who are interested in learning the traditions of tea time in order to host their own.  The images are beautiful paintings from various time periods, and the importance of tradition and ritual at teatime are emphasized in the text and the...

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Joanna Cole
Mary P
3

Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China!  They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today.  The story is simple,...

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Melissa Dorfman France
Mary P
3

Ms. France has taken some of the beloved Pooh stories and found pieces of wisdom within them.  Some are true to life and how one should act, and others are humorous anecdotes of things that Pooh and his friends do around each other.  It is just as enjoyable a read for those who grew up...