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Old 07-18-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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The five books you must read before you die

Now finally, a serious thread, for the adults (*) here.


(1) The Informers - Brett Easton Ellis

(2) Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

(3) Espedair Street - Iain Banks

(4) Money - Martin Amis

(5) The Light and the Dark - CP Snow

What are yours?



* Adults in this context referring to mental proficiency rather than actual age.
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:51 PM   #2
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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List more than 5 if you prefer.
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lolita - vladimir nabokov

cruddy - lynda barry

fear and loathing in las vegas - hunter thompson

bell jar - sylvia plath

anything by charles bukowski


lol, five just isn't enough. my list could go on and on.
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wait

are these five books that i must read, or that i think you all should read?

cuz i've already read the ones on my list
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Five that you have read, and think everyone else should read too.
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1. The Lord of the Rings -- JRR Tolkien
2. Cat's Eye -- Margaret Atwood
3. Ethan Frome -- Edith Wharton
4. Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
5. A Map of the World -- Jane Hamilton
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1.) hansel and gretel

2.) the gingerbread man

3.) Prey by Michael Crichton

4.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

5.) BFG


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arrgh, this is hard.

anne frank - the diary of a young girl

franz kafka - the metamorphosis

oscar wilde - the picture of dorian gray

anton chekhov - five plays

shel silverstein - the giving tree
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2. Cat's Eye -- Margaret Atwood
my very favourite author. ever.

i could make my whole list out of atwood's books: the handmaid's tale, the robber bride, the blind assassin, but most definitely, alias grace.

but, including others, in no particular order:

- margaret atwood - alias grace
- tolkien - lord of the rings
- amy tan - the hundred secret senses
- david adams richards - mercy among the children
- phillip pullman - his dark materials
- charlotte bronte - jane eyre

i know there are waaaay more...
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Any Michael Crichton fans?
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charlotte bronte - jane eyre


still one of my favourite books ever.
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1. You Can't Go Home Again--Wolfe
2. Prayer for Owen Meany--Irving
3. Sometimes a Great Notion--Kesey
4. The Idiot--Dostoevsky
5. Anne of Green Gables--Montgomery
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1. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
2. The Hiding Place-Corrie Ten Boom
3. The Diary of Anne Frank


There are SO many all I can think of are three
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Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (get the uncensored version published after her father's death)
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
For the Time Being, Annie Dillard
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Captain's Verses, Pablo Neruda
Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, Jane Kenyon
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Either/Or, Soren Kierkegaard
The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir
A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott

+ the religious text of your particular tradition (Bible, Qu'ran, whatever); or, if you are atheist, Why I Am Not a Christian or The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
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