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a.b.fox
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what's his name, the number 10....
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Inca
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Huckleberry Finn - Twain
The Plague - Camus
Slaughterhouse-Five - Vonnegut
Underworld - DeLillo
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Kundera

others:
American Tabloid - Ellroy
Infinite Jest - Wallace
Operation Shylock - Roth

non-fiction:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Civil Disobedience - Thoreau
Souls of Black Folk - DuBois
Sloching Towards Bethlehem - Didion
Salvador - Didion
Armies of the Night - Mailer

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Seriously, it's an excellent book. Obsessive, powerful, violent, gripping and mad. I anticipated some piece of clever-clever girly slush and was stunned by what I found.
Purves, you've talked me into it. My wife has a copy. Will start tonight.
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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.

You're the wrongest man in the history of being wrong, a.b.

You just have to get past the fact that all the characters have the same name.


Current top five;
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez <...chin trembling, defiantly...>.
2. Immortality - Milan Kundera
3. Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
4. The Old Man And The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
5. At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien

[ 11.02.2005, 10:29: Message edited by: El Toro Solo ]

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Don Quixote - Cervantes
Unbearable Lightness of Being - Kundera
History of the Siege of Lisbon - Saramago
Satanic Verses - Rushdie
1984 - Orwell

For what it's worth, 100 Years of Solitude would be in my top 20.

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Oh, hobbes, what's "the other Murakami" like?
I've only read "Almost Transparent Blue" but I loved it. It's very dark and similar in style and concept to Brett Eason Ellis' "Less Than Zero" and "Twelve" the author of which escapes me. Now I love that kind of thing, really dark, disaffected non-stories (like snapshots if you like.) Not everyone does though.
I've got "Coin Locker Babies" on order which sounds great and I'm going for "In the Miso Soup" afterwards.
I also really like Banana Yoshimoto's stuff although it's not terribly good - just quite emotive and I've just started reading Kenzaburo Oe's "The Silent Cry" which earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

(edit for extra bit)

It was Ryu Murakami who wrote the screenplay for "Audition" wasn't it?

[ 11.02.2005, 13:05: Message edited by: hobbes the tiger ]

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Seeing as most people are listing their 5 favourite novels, I think that's what I'll do as well, otherwise it gets too complicated.

Clayhanger - Arnold Bennett
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Joyce
Vanity Fair- Thackeray
The Trial - Kafka
Huckleberry Finn - Twain

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Forgot about The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. It's excellent, even more so if you have a rough idea of Mexican history.
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Shadowland-Peter Straub
Trainspotting-Irvine Welsh
Red Riding Quartet-David Peace
Pied Pipers Poison-Christopher Wallace
Good As Gold-Joseph Heller

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You Are The Ref
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Can't do a top five, just going to list some faves of mine that haven't been mentioned yet:

Molesworth- Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle
The Leopard- Giuseppe Tomasso di Lampedusa
The Ides of March- Thornton Wilder
Fathers and Sons- Ivan Turgenev
The Name of the Rose- Umberto Eco
Q- Luther Blissett
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
Christie Malry's Own Double Entry- B.S Johnson

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Pietro Paolo Virdis
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You know what, having learned that OTF is a place for good advice, this thread is turning out to do good in reminding me about books I should read.

quote:
Q- Luther Blissett
Heck, I forgot to order this.
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You should, it's excellent. It's hard not to suspect the hand of a ghostwriter at one or two points, but still.
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The ghostwriter bit is exactly what I believe I read the other time YATR.

I've ordered it now.

If you disregard Milan players, I think the greatest football hero of mine must be Luther Blisset. Even above Swedish or Croatian players.

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