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Part of the problem many people seem to have with the "classics" is in dealing with the changes in language. I unreservedly love Moby Dick and read it every other year or so, even though the language is so archaic by today's standards as to take a bit of getting used to.

Also, Melville is pretty damn long-winded.


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Most of Shakespere's plays are published with the play on the right-hand page and footnotes on the left page. It makes it much easier to read.

One book I read that was in really archaic English was Beowulf. lThe book had the original early English on the left page, and a modern translation on the right. It was impossible to read the original. It was like another language.


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It pretty much was a different language. :P


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My advice?? Avoid works by Phillip Athans. I may be a collector, but his work is just atrocious, and considering that most Fantasy series in a corperately owned setting aren't exactly highbrow to begin with, that's saying something.


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As another person said, I tend to stop reading books early if they're bad, and thus don't own any really bad ones.

As far as school is concerned though, I consider Ethan Frome to be the worst book I've read to date. I really get into a lot of the "classics," but that one went from being unable to stand the characters to simply loathing the entire thing.


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But What of Earth by Piers Anthony. Not so much because of the writing and story, but because of what the publishers did to it.

He released a "corrected" version within the last 7-8 years or so that included all of the junk that the original release had in the footnotes. If he had simply re-released his version without the hissy fit it would have been a good book, but with all the other junk and his personal diatribe (however justified it was) it was a frustrating read.


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Oh, I donno.

The cool thing about the re-release is that you can just read the book and totally ignore the footnote markers.

Or you can read the book and turn to the footnotes very frequently for explanations of what the editors did to the book.

I think it's kind of fascinating to see just what the editors did to the book.

They certainly fouled it up, that's for sure. They were *WAY* out of line.

But then again, I kinda have a soft spot for the ranting of the old ogre. :)




I do wish they'd quit making him write Xanth, though. The first few Xanth books were quite good, but then the series went downhill. And now, it's quite obvious from just reading the books that Anthony hates to write Xanth.

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I've got somethin here called Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. It is supposed to be some kind of ghost story but I never managed to get past the first few pages.

The Harry Potter books definately get better as they progress. The first one was just plain awful.


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