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Author:  p.falk [ Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:56 pm ]
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My son and I are watching Cast Away and he's not interested in adventure books.
Like Cast Away...
I remember CS Lewis mentioning some titles in Surprised by Joy but can't remember the exact name.


Or any other title...
Lord of the Flies?

Author:  dcheney [ Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:16 pm ]
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Hardy Boys?

Author:  Doom [ Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:56 pm ]
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The Three Musketeers
The Count of Monte Cristo
Treasure Island

Author:  Doom [ Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:58 pm ]
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Journey to the Center of the Earth
20000 Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in 80 Days

Author:  GKC [ Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:33 pm ]
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Lewis mentions an Arthur Conan Doyle book, SIR NIGEL, but says he wasn't inclined to reread it. He read Twain's CONNECTICUT YANKEE, but now knows it was basically a "vulgar ridicule" of the true Arthurian story, which Lewis became an expert on. So these aren't recommended, by Lewis. Me, I read them both, along with Doyle's companion to SIR NIGEL, THE WHITE COMPANY, and enjoyed them.

He does recommend a trilogy of books by Edith Nesbit: FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, THE PHOENIX AND THE WISHING CARPET, THE AMULET. I enjoyed Nesbit, but don't remember any of her stuff.

I recommend all recommendations above. And SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, in the Kingston edition. I think. In no case, LORD OF THE FLIES. Never LORD OF THE FLIES.

The current Hardy Boys have been heavily scrubbed by PC zealots, since my day. Be warned..


How old is this gentleman?

Author:  Peregrinator [ Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:35 am ]
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I seem to remember the Ric Brant series of books (which heavily influence Jonny Quest) being fun. GKC is right about the Hardy Boys books -- some of them have been more that merely scrubbed; Hunting for Hidden Gold, which was my favorite as a youth, has been completely rewritten. So look for used copies.

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White is very good.

A few works by E. Howard Pyle spring to mind: Men of Iron, Otto of the Silver Hand, and especially The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

Author:  GKC [ Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:55 am ]
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Peregrinator wrote:
I seem to remember the Ric Brant series of books (which heavily influence Jonny Quest) being fun. GKC is right about the Hardy Boys books -- some of them have been more that merely scrubbed; Hunting for Hidden Gold, which was my favorite as a youth, has been completely rewritten. So look for used copies.

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White is very good.

A few works by E. Howard Pyle spring to mind: Men of Iron, Otto of the Silver Hand, and especially The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.



Was considering the Rick Brant books. Thumbs up on the others, plus the Pyle books on King Arthur (4 titles)

Author:  ElenaMarie [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:24 pm ]
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Most of Gary Paulsen's stuff is good but not exactly Catholic. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod is not for kids but it's a great book for adults.

Author:  Riverboat [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:23 pm ]
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I'm very fond of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Author:  Doom [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:22 pm ]
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The Prisoner of Zenda

Author:  mia.s [ Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:52 pm ]
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No one said The Hobbit?

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