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Current Book List

I keep a notebook where I write up all of the books I have.  I figured I would put at least part of the list here.

Greeks

  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles
  • The Complete Writings of Thucydides
  • The Complete Surviving Plays of Aeschylus
  • Plato: Collected Dialogues
  • Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics
  • The Republic of Plato
  • Phaedrus by Plato
  • Symposium by Plato
  • Meno and Phaedo by Plato
  • The Thirteen Books of the Elements Vol. 1 by Euclid

Italian/ Latin

  • The Inferno by Dante
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante (trans by John Ciardi)
  • The Prince and Other Writings by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The Aenid by Virgil (trans by Robert Fagles)
  • The Aenid by Virgil (trans by Robert Fitzgerald)
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (trans by Harvey Mansfield Jr.)
  • Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo

French

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Other Classic Novels by Jules Verne
  • Michel de Montaigne’s Essays (trans by J. M. Cohen)

English

  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo (trans by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Thunderball by Ian Fleming
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Pygmalion and Three Other Plays by George Bernard Shaw
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  • The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  •  Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • A Christmas Carol,The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Four Classic Novels: Jane Austen
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Two Stories of England by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
  • Jane Austen’s History of England
  • The Bedford Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating your Wit
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (trans by Nevill Coghill)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Woodhouse
  • My Man Jeeves by P.G. Woodhouse

I have more, but I will update in groups.

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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Library Updates

 

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The Complete Writings of Thucydides

I had to read this for a college class last year, and I didn’t get the right copy, so I was confused and I didn’t really read much of it.  It’s a history of the Peloponnesian War, and that’s about all I know.  (I know more than that, it just doesn’t translate to text well.)

Will rate if/when I finish the book.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles

I love the Oedipus Trilogy.  Oedipus’s story is super tragic and brings up the topic of fate so hard.  If a person is fated to do something, can he really be blamed when it happens?  And what if the thing that happened wasn’t his fault to begin with?

Oedipus the King shows Oedipus as a king, living it up.  But, he gets curious, and starts looking into the murder of the king before him.  When he finds the truth, (SPOILER

he killed his Dad,defeated the sphinx, and married his Mom to become King and had four kids with her.  This was all fated to happen before he was born, so when he was born, his parents stuck a pin through his feet and left him to die on a mountain.  He got adopted by another king and queen.  He left home, killed his Dad, etc.

END SPOILER), his wife commits suicide and he stabs his eyes with a pin from her dress, blinding himself.  He is now disgraced, and eventually becomes a wanderer.

Oedipus at Colonus picks up with Oedipus as a wanderer.  He comes across a City/State that he decides is going to be his death-place (Is death-place a thing?  It is now!).  He dies and curses his sons to kill each other on the battle field.

Antigone is about the culmination of the curse on the house of Oedipus.  Oedipus’s sons had decided that they would share the crown when their father passed.  One son would have power for a year, the other son would have it the next, and so on.  However, the eldest decided after the first year that he didn’t want to give it up to his younger brother, so they started a war.  When they both died, their uncle, Creon becomes king.  He decides that one son is to  be given a state burial and honors, the other is to be left as carrion for the birds.  This is super impious, and will probably make Hades kinda mad.  Antigone, one of Oedipus’s daughters, decides that Creon’s decision is bull, and buries her brother anyways.  The rest of the play follows the fall out of Antigone’s choice.

All in all, I love these plays, especially Antigone.  I got to watch Antigone performed at the University of North Georgia a while back and it was phenomenal.

Rating: 10/10, would read (and watch) again.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Books, Classics, Greeks, Library Updates

 

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