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Recommended Books: The Cloister and the Hearth

The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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The Cloister and the Hearth

Charles Reade

Paul NitzeRecommended by:
Paul Nitze

The books that I remember reading were all kinds. I first remember reading Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon, and other Tom Swift stories. Then The Rover Boys were very much a part of my generation. Then The Boys of 1776, a very inspirational story of the Revolutionary War. Then Hans and the Silver Hand, then Treasure Island, but particularly The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, which was a glorious book.Then I remember Charles Reade's The Cloister and the Hearth. I am still in love with the girl with the violet eyes he was passionate for. Also, Conrad made the deepest impression upon me. My sister was ill for a while and was threatened with the loss of her eyesight. So my mother used to read out loud to her and I would listen while she read various things from Conrad, and that made a deep impression on me. After that, I guess Dostoyevsky and other Russian novelists, and then Kafka, but those were later.