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I loved Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", I fell in love with "The Wars" by Timothy Findley, love Jane Austin (too bad I wont get to read her books at all :rolleyes: ) love and am looking forward to "The Stranger" by Camus.

What about you? what books do you need for IB that you absolutely want to read?

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None so far. Brave New World was OK, but I didn't like 1984 that much. Then again it's my first year of IB, so maybe there's a good book in there somewhere.

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I loved House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende), The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome (both Edith Wharton). I wish we could have spent more time on House of the Spirits. We only spent about a week going through it in class. :)

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I loved The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa :)

Also the poems of Ted Hughes and John Keats.

Basically anything with absolutely sublime writing. The Leopard was, in that respect, legendary.

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I loved Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", I fell in love with "The Wars" by Timothy Findley, love Jane Austin (too bad I wont get to read her books at all :) ) love and am looking forward to "The Stranger" by Camus.

What about you? what books do you need for IB that you absolutely want to read?

We didn't read All Quiet on the Western Front in class but I definitely thought it was amazing. Haven't read Austen or Findley, and I've read The Stranger in both French and English several times and don't like it much :\ but Candide in French was definitely good, House of Spirits I think somebody mentioned, and I also liked The Great Gatsby of course as well as Death of a Salesman. Kafka I can't stand.

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The stranger wasnot really nice, but i can say that animal farm by george orwell is amazing, hamlet by shekspear is amazing too.

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Out of the first three books I've studied so far, I haven't loved any, but Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse was alright.

An Imaginary Life - David Malouf was very difficult to decipher, because of the many abstract possibilities. A Small Place - Jamaica Kincaid was just really unbearable, because of her ill-mannered satire.

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Usually I find analysing books takes some of the joy out of them, but I LOVED dissecting Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Gatesby was great too obviously, as was Atonement.

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I loved Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", I fell in love with "The Wars" by Timothy Findley, love Jane Austin (too bad I wont get to read her books at all :) ) love and am looking forward to "The Stranger" by Camus.

What about you? what books do you need for IB that you absolutely want to read?

I'm currently working on "The Book of Disquiet"-Fernando Pessoa and analysing "Frankenstein" -Mary Shelley not so much Beowulf. They're both really fun to read (well, Pessoa's is a little more depressing, but great for picking up motifs!)

Last year it was the Picture of Dorian Grey. I LOOOVED that book. Had a lot of memorable quotes!

Off the top of my head;

"My older brothers never die and my younger brothers seem to do nothing else!" Lord Henry (LOL!)

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