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archiestone
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Dec 2nd, 2017 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Herman Wouk was a great writer. I've always felt The Winds of War got a bad rap after the seriously 'soapy' treatment it got as a tv miniseries (w/ Robt Mitchum & Polly Bergen.)

If you're in the mood for more, try "The Naked and the Dead" - Norman Mailer's WW2 tome.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Main Street - Sinclair Lewis.



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Dec 2nd, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know about 'the Great American Novel' but I greatly enjoyed the Vietnam War novel The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio which I first read in the mid 80's and have re-read several times since.

I also thoroughly enjoyed Underworld by Don DeLillo (which is a difficult one to describe briefly).

Maybe I just like Italian-American authors (Mario Puzo?).

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Dec 2nd, 2017 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never really understood that phrase, but I would think that Tom Sawyer would qualify.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NSR- start with "Winds of War," the first book. "War and Remembrance" is not really a stand alone book, but rather a continuation of the story.

Charente- Puzo's "Fools Die" is a favorite of mine.

archiestone- thanks for the recommendation, will check that out. And I agree on the miniseries, could have been much better. I remember that the cars were cool, though, lots of vintage BMWs.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last year I read some Michener, "Hawaii" and the "Drifters", and Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell To Arms". These would probably be included in a list of great American Novels. While Michener rambles on for about a thousand pages of small print, Hemingway gets the story to finish in short order.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Charente- Puzo's "Fools Die" is a favorite of mine."

Thanks. I'll try it.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tahitijack, "The Drifters" is one of my all-time favorite reads, was a huge influence on me back in my younger days.

It's been a while, might have to pick that one up again. Great characters, Harvey Holt was my hero.

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Dec 2nd, 2017 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ragtop, you will enjoy the Drifters. It will take you back and could be updated and made into a great movie today. Tech Reps are the best.

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Dec 3rd, 2017 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had no idea Wouk was still with us.

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Dec 3rd, 2017 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For fun google search Herman Wouk and Jimmy Buffett for a I didn't know that moment. Two amazing gentleman.

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Dec 4th, 2017 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's NOT "Lincoln in the Bardo" which I recently finished reading.

"Form Whom the Bell Tolls" by Hemingway is right up in the top 10 IMHO.

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Dec 4th, 2017 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No mention of "To Kill a Mockingbird" yet? I'm surprised.

And wouldn't have argued against it, either.

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Dec 4th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck is right up there too.

I'm a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan so I'd probably pick "Slaughterhouse Five" or "Breakfast of Champions" for the Top 10.

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Dec 4th, 2017 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'True Grit', 'Lonesome Dove' and 'Cold Mountain' are also contenders in my, er... book.

(Wouk fans: make sure to read 'Don't stop the Carnival' - about a guy who gets fed up with his career and buys a hotel on an island in the Cariribean. More comic, highly entertaining!)

(This message was last edited by archiestone at 03:34 PM, Dec 4th, 2017)

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Dec 4th, 2017 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

H.S. Thompson's book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas seems to work for me.

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Dec 4th, 2017 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just started reading again, I stopped when I retired in 2012, and haven’t read fiction since I got sober in 1995, I don’’t know how that’s connected, I think it’s because I started building and making more stuff.

I started back up last year in March, I was doing a historical interpritation of the 1800s Florida Cracker at a State Park. I was the only one camping primitive, all the other re-enactors stayed in their motorhomes and hotels. So I pulled out the phone and check the FDP, their was a discussion of “True Grit” I down loaded it that evening and read myself to sleep. Been reading ever since.

I’ve read a bunch of Michener but the last one just seemed to drag on forever, the guy does good researched though.

Anyhow I’m taking notes here, I’ve read some of the books mentioned here, but not most of them.

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Dec 4th, 2017 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It's NOT "Lincoln in the Bardo" which I recently finished reading."

I actually quite enjoyed that one.

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Dec 4th, 2017 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Speaking of James Michener, I'm a fan and my favorite book of his is "Centennial."

Coincidentally, I now live just a couple miles down the road from the Chalk Cliffs, the geological feature near where the book begins, with a dinosaur living in the vicinity. And the Cliffs reappear at several times during the course of the book.

However, he "moved" the Cliffs to serve his purpose. He had them located near Boulder, when in fact they are south of Buena Vista on Mt. Princeton.

Hushnel, if you haven't read this one yet, give it a try, I'm sure you would like it.

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Dec 4th, 2017 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did like Centennial, and Hawaii. I can’t remember the one that burned me out on Michener.

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