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jon/juan
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Exactly what garcia said re Surfacing. It's the only Atwood I've read too and it put me right off her. Am thinking of getting round to reading the Handmaid's Tale though, some 15+ years after Surfacing.

"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" - yes, lyra! I love this too! Can't explain why really. It has no pretensions to greatness like Wuthering Heights but it's always stayed with me.

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No one ever seems to mention my favorite of hers, Lady Oracle, and it's definitely worth a try. London setting, too.
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huck finn
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pale fire, or maybe lolita. i'd have both but picking two books by one author feels like throwing a choice away

then it gets trickier. but i'll pick augie march and blood meridian

i'd like to have some wodehouse but i can't single out a particular book which i think would desrve inclusion. he would definitely be in a top 5 authors list though

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Kowalski
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I can't seem to narrow this down

Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The British Museum is Falling Down - David Lodge
Dubliners - James Joyce
The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Outsider - Albert Camus
If this is a Man - Primo Levi
Ten Days that Shook the World - John Reed

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Melbourne Arab
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Sabbath's Theater - Roth
Bleak House - Dickens
Coming Up For Air - Orwell
The Trial - Kafka
Madame Bovary - Flaubert

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Memory jogged by all the recently publicity for the film adaptation, I'm adding Jean-Dominique Bauby's 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' to my list.
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i like books:

burroughs - naked lunch
solzhenitsyn - gulag archipelago
gogol - dead souls
georges perec - life a user's manual
hunter s. thompson - the proud highway / fear and loathing in america (is the third volume of this out yet?)
nik cohn - i am still the greatest says johnny angelo

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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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duncan - why do you include around the world in 80 days?
I've always liked it (and reread maybe more than any other book), of course I realise it's not classic in the same way as Gulliver or Huck Finn. Then again, neither's JB Priestley who was also on my list.

Usually when this thread/ subject revives, I say that Flann O'Brien is over-rated and often self-indulgent. I mean, he's not bad, but a bit like Ireland's Kafka. Like comparing Kevin Kilbane with Nedved, say [Wink]

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The Master And Margerita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The Bridge Over The Drina - Ivo Andric
At-Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
The Good Soldier Schweijk - Jaroslav Hasek
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Broadway Stories - Damon Runyan (if I'm allowed a sixth, and allowed related short stories)
Scoop - Evelyn Waugh (if I'm allowed a seventh)

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Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens
1984 - George Orwell
Tess of the Durbevilles - Thomas Hardy
Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
L'Assommoir - Emile Zola

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I've only read 6 of the books previously mentioned on this thread.

My 5...

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
The Groucho Letters
The Simple Art of Murder - Raymond Chandler
Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis

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