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Wyatt Earp
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Hmm. Last time we did this The Third Policeman was on mine, I remember. Going to have to give this some more thought.
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I must say I read 100 pages of Svejk and then thought, well, this is all fine and dandy, but I've got the idea now. A bit like Aberystwyth Mon Amour. It's probably just me.
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So many great books mentioned on here (One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Great Gatsby and Money all make my list). Of stuff that hasnít been mentioned yet, Iíd say:

American Pastoral Ė Philip Roth
Underworld Ė Don De Lillo
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Ė Milan Kundera
Disgrace - JM Coetzee
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
Ravelstein - Saul Bellow
Unless Ė Carol Shields
The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

More than five, I know, but thatís impossible innit?

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Andy C
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Don Quixote
The Wind in the Willows
The Third Policeman
Candide
The Code of the Woosters

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The 7th Baron Bartok
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Crime and Punishment - Fyodor M. Dostoyevskiy
The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane
The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis

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Stan Grytviken
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I assume we're talking favourites.

A Month in the Country
The Grass is Singing
1984
LotR
Alice Through the Looking Glass

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I don't read enough, but for the purposes of this list I'll assume we're talking about books that are classics or that we think deserve to be classics.

My Top 5
Great Gatsby - FSF
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
This Side of Paradise - FSF
Heart of Darkness - Joe Conrad
The Stranger - Camus

Others receiving votes:
On the Road - Keroac
A River Runs Through It - Norman MacLean
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - P.K. Dick
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - D. Adams
Trainspotting - Welsh

Assorted non-novels that I think are astounding:
Walden - Thorough
Varieties of Religious Experience - William James
Hamlet - Bill
Beowulf

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Oolon Colluphid LLB
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When it comes to poetry, would it be okay to have the collected works of a particular poet or must it be a single poem?

I'm going to have to go and think about this...

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quote:
that we think deserve to be classics.
This was my approach. Some of them are actually, just not in most countries.
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quote:
Almost Transparent Blue - Ryu Murakami
Oh, hobbes, what's "the other Murakami" like? Naturally being such a Haruki Murakami completist, I've noticed Ryu's books on the shelves, but I have seen him compared unfavourably by some critics, who seem to group him in with the "Asia Extreme" genre that Haruki is so much not a part of.
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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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Reeds approach is good

Oolon, I didnít have any rules in mind really so there arenít any, almost. List whatever five you feel are essential in your private library.

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what's his name, the number 10....
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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Lord of the Rings - JRR
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce
Wuthering Heights - Bronte
Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky

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The Ginger Man
The Moon & Sixpence
Journey to the End of the Night
The Complete Saki
Moominpapa at Sea

And, yes, 100 Yearsblahblahblah really is bollocks. The only book I've ever actually flung out of my hand rather than just put down. Perhaps someone could start a thread on the five most over-rated piles of literary shite.

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...have you read a hundredyearsofmeeermeeermeermer ...its reeeeally goooooood... ..have you heard the mermermermer socialcluuuub?...they're reaeeeeellygooooood...
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Give us a complete list of things we're allowed like, would you ab?
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