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Old April 28th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #31

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... is there still time to propose some books?
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(Just remember that all books need to be available free online to facilitate participation. They also need to be relatively short - not much more than 100 pages or so.)
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Alright. I followed Pedro's link about free books and the following suggestions are included there:

-Albert Camus, "Exile and the Kingdom".
Although you have already included his best books, the above is a collection of six short stories, ideal for this thread.
It is also one of my favourites.

-Hermann Hesse, "Narcissus and Goldmund".
The novel is set in medieval Germany, and although rich in philosophical context, it is also interesting from a historical point of view.

-Hermann Hesse, "Siddhartha".
I would suggest "Steppenwolf" also, but it is kind of heavy.

-Nikos Kazantzakis, "Zorba the Greek".
Although the book is largely identified with the Hollywood film, it is a marvellous book, perhaps the best I have ever read.
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Some interesting options there, Solidaire. Thanks, mate!
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Having agreed upon Voltaire's Candide as the first text in the Historum Book Discussion sub-forum, please use this thread to suggest further texts.









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Books currently on the list:

Ovid, Metamorphoses
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Thomas More, Utopia
Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
George Orwell, Animal Farm
Johann Wolfgang von Geothe, Faust
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Praise of Folly
Franz Kafka, The Trial
Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson
Plato, The Last Days of Socrates
HG Wells, War of the Worlds
HG Wells, The Time Machine
Isaac Asimov, Foundation
H.G. Wells, The Land of the Blind
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the art of writing (non-fiction)
Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By (non-fiction)
Albert Camus, The Fall
Albert Camus, The plague
Albert Camus, The Stranger
Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder
William Golding, Lord of the Flies
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters





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I would like to suggest a light little book by Howard Pyle called "Men of Iron" this is about knights and a movie was made of this called " The Black Shield of Falworth" starring a young Tony Curtis. Link to book here. Hope any that read it enjoy it.

http://manybooks.net/titles/pyleernietext98femen10.html
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Would there be any support for resurrecting the Historum Book Discussion?

Maybe we could get started in a couple of weeks?

Anyone?
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Would there be any support for resurrecting the Historum Book Discussion?

Maybe we could get started in a couple of weeks?

Anyone?
I could resign myself to it. .. ..
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I could resign myself to it. .. ..
'It seems that nothing ever gets going good till there's a few resignations.' - Kin Hubbard.

Good to see you here!
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Avon:
While you were on sabbatical you may have missed these two post dealing with the book discussion. The first if by me and I admit I had a wild hair up my….”

http://www.historum.com/showthread.php?t=14414 #8

The second is by Gile. He may be speaking for many other members as well as for himself.
http://www.historum.com/showthread.php?t=14414&page=5 #47

The book discussion was one of the finest things (if I do say so myself) on Historum or anywhere else. Personally I would like to see it continue, especially with more participants, as for me I feel a certain lack of energy and don’t feel I could contribute as much as before. In for a penny and all that you know.
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