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  1. I remember this book mainly for one minor character: Smike (got to love how Dickens came up with names that matched character so well). If there was a topic, "Most Pathetic Character in a Book", Smike would be it. Tragic to the end, he never had a chance, either for love or good health or wealth or smarts or even just being alive.
  2. I don't speak Russian but have read it in English and had to comment that this was a wonderful story; as timely today as it was at the time it was written. Unlike the dramatic depiction of death in most books, which have little to do with our everyday experiences, here it is something we can all relate to. It is no different from most deaths we encounter — of relatives, friends, and in the end even ourselves. The way it is depicted here is what makes this a true masterpiece. Sorry I could not help you with finding it, but I'm sure if you google it something will come up. It's still in print.
  3. Fully agree. Human mature doesn't change, and neither does our attitude towards institutions. Note how the "love" for lawyers in this book is very familiar to the way the profession is perceived today. In fact lawyers are the only true villains in this novel (Alfred Jingle redeems himself in the end)
  4. Thanks, grasshopper. I think I might give this one a chance. And yes, I forgot to add warewolf and vampire to the list.
  5. Banning any kind of a book is wrong. Some books would always influence someone to do something stupid. You would also never know which book would influence what. Catcher in the Rye influenced one assassination and one attempted assassination, although it is far from violent.
  6. Can’t agree more. When I see a Fantasy book that has the words 'wizard' 'dragon' 'dwarf' 'honor' etc. in the title, I stay away. These books are so rigidly stuck in these clichés that they cease to be fantasy altogether, instead forming their own genre. It is hard to find an original fantasy novel today, something that doesn't have medieval elements and that is not sci-fi.
  7. I can see from the replies here that their experience is similar to mine: those who didn't have to read it at school and discovered it on their own enjoyed it. This doesn't say much for our school system if every book it touches, no matter how good, becomes something boring, even hated. Reminds me of the Monty Python sketch where sex is taught at school, but the schoolchildren are bored with it and instead find all kinds of distractions to pass the time. Basically, if you teach it to us, we'll hate it. Must be a better way to introduce young people to good literature.
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