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Old 11-03-2007, 01:24 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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These are five I really like, and would read again (have many more )

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

The Magus by John Fowles

The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
I loved The Magus! I read it when I was in my mid-twenties, it permanently changed my head around.

RE: Women in Love; recall the portrait of Gerald Crich? I find it dovetails nicely with the writings of certain African-American writers, who talk about "white devils" and "ice people."

The way of the wasichu. A perennial type, not restricted to Caucasians...and certainly not representative of the traditions of European Civilisation, in which I take great pride.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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1. Master and the Margherita - Bulgakov
2. Kafka on the Shore - Murakami
3. Barney's Version - Richler
4. Highrise - JG Ballard
5. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

All mind bendingly brilliant
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I loved all of Bulgakov's work, and Master & Margarita was terrific. Yes, brilliant.

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1. Master and the Margherita - Bulgakov
2. Kafka on the Shore - Murakami
3. Barney's Version - Richler
4. Highrise - JG Ballard
5. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

All mind bendingly brilliant
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I'm trying to remember when I read "The Magus," but it was years and years ago, and stays with me, and bits and pieces come up often in conversation and thought, alike.

The Gerald character in "Women in Love" was very complex. I'll give some thought as to whether he reminds me of other writers. Did you have anyone in mind? (Perhaps another thread.)

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I loved The Magus! I read it when I was in my mid-twenties, it permanently changed my head around.

RE: Women in Love; recall the portrait of Gerald Crich? I find it dovetails nicely with the writings of certain African-American writers, who talk about "white devils" and "ice people."

The way of the wasichu. A perennial type, not restricted to Caucasians...and certainly not representative of the traditions of European Civilisation, in which I take great pride.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:33 PM
 
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What was that one he wrote about the bureaucrat who turns into a dog?
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Old 11-17-2007, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Here are my top choices...

1. Night - Elie Wiesel
2. House of the Spirits - Isabelle Allende
3. The Green Mile - Stephen King
4. The Ways of White Folks (short stories) - Langston Hughes
5. And my favorite as a child, Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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See new thread here:

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What was that one he wrote about the bureaucrat who turns into a dog?
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Waupun, Wisconsin
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I don't know about "best" but if I had to pick five favorite books my list would look something like:
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Little, Big by John Crowley
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Really the first two are pretty much in their own class but the other three are all very good as well.
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Old 11-20-2007, 01:15 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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I'm trying to remember when I read "The Magus," but it was years and years ago, and stays with me, and bits and pieces come up often in conversation and thought, alike.

The Gerald character in "Women in Love" was very complex. I'll give some thought as to whether he reminds me of other writers. Did you have anyone in mind? (Perhaps another thread.)
He was based (as many other Lawrence characters) on a friend of his named...Murry? who wasn't pleased at all.

Remember the part where he takes over his father's coal company, and starts charging the miners for every little thing?
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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These books have continued to stay with me, even years after reading them, and I consider them the best I have ever read:

1. Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
2. A Farewell To Arms by Hemmingway
3. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
4. Germinal by Emile Zola
5. Madam Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
and I have to mention Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

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