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30 review for Penguin Modern Classics: The Complete List, including Why Read the Classics?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    You know your book obsession has gone to new levels when you start buying books listing other books! That being said I recently reviewed the guide to cult fiction which is a awesome little book filled with lots of great info on authors, their best books and influences. I was expecting something similar with this but sadly it just isn't any comparison. The book does what it says on the tin. It lists the Penguin modern classics by author and then in A-Z by title with a small essay in between telli You know your book obsession has gone to new levels when you start buying books listing other books! That being said I recently reviewed the guide to cult fiction which is a awesome little book filled with lots of great info on authors, their best books and influences. I was expecting something similar with this but sadly it just isn't any comparison. The book does what it says on the tin. It lists the Penguin modern classics by author and then in A-Z by title with a small essay in between telling us why its important to read the classics. I am not really impressed with this book but will just use it to mark the books I want to get hold of and those I have read or already bought. I don't feel like I can honestly grumble about it as it only costs £1. I just would have liked a little information on the books or the style of them. It seems like there hasn't been much thought gone into this one but like I say it does what it says on the tin. Luckily being part of this wonderful community means I can look the books up individually and add them to my list if they spark my interest, I would have preferred if the book had cleared this up for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What a weird thing to read I'm sure many would say. They aren't all that wrong, by the title alone it merely suggests that I for some reason ordered and paid for a book that merely listed other books. Yet that practice is hardly unheard of, when people buy books that are in the "101 books to read before you die" style. Further I requested this as a birthday present. It cost my sister $1.66 and shipping was free. I should clarify I requested it for the essay and the ability to tick off What a weird thing to read I'm sure many would say. They aren't all that wrong, by the title alone it merely suggests that I for some reason ordered and paid for a book that merely listed other books. Yet that practice is hardly unheard of, when people buy books that are in the "101 books to read before you die" style. Further I requested this as a birthday present. It cost my sister $1.66 and shipping was free. I should clarify I requested it for the essay and the ability to tick off books I'd already read from the list and keep a copy on my shelf was merely a plus. The short essay is the perfect thing for a bibliophile looking for something short and thoughtful on a wet or windy day like I had today but also good for those seeking support in a high school essay or just curious about why it is we read the classics. Especially if you're not ashamed to be that weird girl reviewing what the titles suggests is nothing but a booklist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    stephen

    A todolist Love lists, love books, then this is a great companion. The Penguin modern classics are a lovely collection of books, this book lists them all. Now where am I going to find time to read them all!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Slow Man

    A pretty little pocket orange book There's an essay worth a look A list for penguin lover you can refer them over and over this is silly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Chard

    Finally! A way to keep my Penguin Modern Classics addiction in check (and up to date!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I aim to read every book in this collection. I have started on a few but it'll be a great accomplishment when it is done.

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    Ania

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    Sue Thompson

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    Jason

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    Aldrin

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    L J Field

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    Kate Goodrum

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    Colin

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    Andrew James

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    Kenneth Marsden

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    Izzylf

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mishra Sachin

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    Rachel Thomas

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    Middlethought

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Teresa

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    Michelle Johnson

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    Alistair Hunter

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    Nishka Raman

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    Paqsor

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

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    Jason Manford

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelvin

  30. 5 out of 5

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