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Old 07-18-2005, 08:30 PM   #21
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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn --Betty Smith

Dubliners --James Joyce

On The Road -- Jack Kerouac

Interview With A Vampire -- Anne Rice

Les Mis -- Victor Hugo
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Hmm, a tough list to make.


Master & Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Madam Bovary - Gustav Flaubert

The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Titus Groan & Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake

It Is Hard to Be a God - B. & A. Strugatski

Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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- phillip pullman - his dark materials

Yesss! Excellent choice. Did you know they are making the first book into a movie?
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anything by Bill Bryson

'Neither here nor there' is my fav
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1. harry potter

2. harry potter

3. harry potter

4. harry potter

5. harry potter

6. harry potter

7. harry potter

duh.
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Can anyone recommend a good author / book for short stories?
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so if i dont read any 5 of these books i wont die?

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1. The DaVinci Code-Dan Brown

2. Skinny Dipping-Carl Hiassan(sp) (if you like elmore leonards stuff, read that)

3. Girl With a Pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier

4. Psycho Ex Files- Merrill Markoe and Andy Prieboy

5. I Know This Much is True-Wally Lamb

6. The Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold

arghh so many others...
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Wow, so many great choices here. Jane Eyre, Anne Frank, Lolita, On the Road, 451 Fahrenheit, Satanic Verses, Tolkein, Simone De B, Victor Hugo. And of course Harrrrryyyy! Everyone I mean everyone should read To Kill a Mockingbird.

Let me name some that haven't been named.

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
Shakespeare's Hamlet
Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Orwell Animal Farm
Naifsi Reading Lolita in Tehran

RE short stories, Dubliners is great, as mentioned. Flannery O'Connor writes amazing short stories, too.
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Some of these were already mentioned but they are worth repeating:

1. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
2. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
3. Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver (SO good)


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i'll try, these are some of my favorites

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Breakfast of Champions
The Alchemist
On the Road
Naked Lunch
Tuesdays with Morrie
A clockwork orange
Fountainhead
FIght Club
Brave new world
catcher in the rye
The grapes of wrath
100 years of solitude
1984
lord of the flies
A confedrancy of dunces
A people's history of the USA
Bob Dylan's Chronicles
and the Bible
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RE short stories, Dubliners is great, as mentioned. Flannery O'Connor writes amazing short stories, too.
Great, thanks!

Let me contribute some Latin American literature to the list (I also agree with many of the books posted here):

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece... although it is easy to get lost in it)

2. Complete Short Stories - Julio Cortazar ('Letter to a Lady in Paris' and 'The Sweater' are two masterpieces)

3. The Aleph - Jorge Luis Borges

4. The Tunnel - Ernesto Sabato (masterpiece, masterpiece, masterpiece)

5. Mist - Miguel de Unamuno
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quoting myself is so lame, but i forgot:

the alchemist and veronika decides to die, both by paulo coelho
no! he sucks, believe me
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no! he sucks, believe me
Agreed.

I was recommended the Alchemist by a couple of friends and the book just sucks. Please, avoid this piece of baloney.
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no! he sucks, believe me
well they ARE your opinions, how are they more valid than anyone else?
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well they ARE your opinions, how are they more valid than anyone else?
Elevation2u, everything is an opinion in this forum. So, post readers may or may not follow other poster's advice. It is up to them.
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yea i know, but some people are too condescending, but whatevere
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yea i know, but some people are too condescending, but whatevere
Whatever is a great word...
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DaVinci Code by Dan Brown along with Angels and Demons also by Dan Brown
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Shining by S. King
A Child Called It by Dave Peltzer
and my favorite classic, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I belive.
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