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Old 07-28-2005, 07:46 PM   #76
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I don't have a great knowledge of literature, but some of my favs are...

Animal Farm
Catch 22
Angela's Ashes
Fahrenheit 451

oh, and all the Harry Potter books, esp. Azkaban!

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Old 07-29-2005, 03:52 AM   #77
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I've chosen five books that I have returned to over and over again, only to keep losing myself in their pages. They might not neccessarily be the definitive five books to read before we shuffle off our mortal coils, but I think their good enough to put forward as summer reading recommendations anyway...

1. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and other stories
~ Roald Dahl

2. The Buddha of Suburbia
~ Hanif Kurieshi

3. Birdsong
~ Sebastian Faulks

4. The Regeneration Trilogy - Regeneration, The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road
~ Pat Barker

5. Atonement
~ Ian McEwan

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Old 07-29-2005, 05:32 AM   #78
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Some of my favourite books are

The Lovely Bones- Alice Seabold
The Dark Tower series-Stephen King
Lord of the Rings
The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail-the book that Dan Brown ripped off
Colleen McCullogh-all books
Edward Rutherfurd-all books
A Fortunate Life- Albert Facey-The best book about Australia
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:02 AM   #79
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Originally posted by anitram
I tried reading 100 Years of Solitude about 5 times and still can't enjoy it. The problem is mainly that I really hate magic realism as a thematic style and I just can't get past it no matter how hard I try.
I know... it is a "messy" book. I wrote a paper in grad school about the parallelism of the book and the history of Latin America / Colombia and it is almost a perfect fit. Made me appreciate it much more...
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Old 07-29-2005, 10:06 AM   #80
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I'm going to try and blend personal favs with what I feel are "important" works, as the thread title was Must Read.

1. Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
Yeah, this was already mentioned but it's just such a beautiful use of the English language. Don't let the subject matter keep you away; it's also surprisingly funny as well as heartbreaking.

2. Ulysses--James Joyce
Don't worry if you can't finish it. Just check it out so you can see how one man single-handedly broke the door down to free the novel from any traditional restraints.

3. The Great Gatsby--F. Scott Fitzgerald
Not my favorite of this master's works (that would be Tender is the Night), but this relatively short work is about as perfect a novel as one could hope to encounter. Excellent characterization, fantastic language, and a mournful look at the American Dream.

4. The English Patient--Michael Ondaatje
Never have a read a better mixture of literature and poetry before. If you've only seen or heard about the film (a different masterpiece) you have no idea of the power of this work. An extremely moving tale twisting through one man's memories, with a surprising comment about the true casualties of World War II.

5. Time Enough For Love--Robert Heinlein
Showing the true possibilities of science fiction, these are the memoirs of mankind's oldest survivor, offering his advice to his descendents. A bit preachy at times, but really looks deep at the way we live and the taboos we place on ourselves, sexual and otherwise.
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Old 07-29-2005, 12:16 PM   #81
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Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman

[i]Winnie the Pooh[i/] and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

I could go on all day, but I tired to just get a mix of stuff.
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:15 PM   #82
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Originally posted by U2@NYC

I know... it is a "messy" book. I wrote a paper in grad school about the parallelism of the book and the history of Latin America / Colombia and it is almost a perfect fit. Made me appreciate it much more...
and yeah... some people doesn't get that book cuz they don't know the background.... One Hundred years of Solitude is an obligatory book here (obviously) and altough it is a hard book most of people can relate it with many of the little towns here.
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:01 PM   #83
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On The Road by Jack Kerouac

The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Stand by Stephen King

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:48 PM   #84
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The Screwtape Letters- C.S. Lewis

Caballo de Troya Jerusalen- J.J. Benitez

The Five People You Meet in Heaven- by Mitch Albom (nice little book I recently read)

and well you pretty much mention books I've read or are planning to read

I'm about to start Pillars of the Earth right when I finished Conversations With Bono, nice read also
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Old 08-06-2005, 09:51 PM   #85
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Originally posted by tink
2. The Buddha of Suburbia
~ Hanif Kurieshi
Oh how I love his work. I also happened meet him once too back when "Intimacy" was coming out in the theaters in the UK. That was the highlight of my trip.

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Old 08-06-2005, 10:36 PM   #86
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1.Order of the Pheonix
2.Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
3.Prizoner of Azkaban
4.The Da vinci code
5.Half blood prince
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:42 PM   #87
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Some of my favorites:

1 The Call Of The Wild and White Fang - Jack London
2 The Barrytown Trilogy - Roddy Doyle
3 A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man - James Joyce
4 A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
5 The Crossing - Cormac MacCarthy
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Old 08-17-2005, 05:53 AM   #88
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Perfume - Patrick Suskind

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (a trilogy in five parts) - Douglas Adams

The Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
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Old 08-17-2005, 05:56 AM   #89
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Anything by Kurt Vonnegut.
"I can't change the world, but I can change the world in me." - Bono

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
The Bible by lots of people
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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