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Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe
Caritón
Category is Antiquity and Novel. I selected Literature because neither was in the list. This book was written about 150 AD, making it the oldest known novel. It is the first complete novel that has been found. Some date it as early as 25 BC to 50 AD. Warren Blake translated it so that it is very re...show more
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Pawn of Prophecy
David Eddings
I love how David Eddings make his characters come alive. I laugh out loud reading his books because I can see people I know making those comments so I can picture just the expression the character would be making saying it. There are 13 books in the series. 3 PREQUEL novels: Belgareth the Sorcerer...show more
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
I read the Le Gallienne abridged 1 volume version. I thought the book was a great read. it really showed how a common man lived in that era. One thing I found interesting was that every year he would take his books to be rebound if he was keeping them. He wanted them all to look the same. It made me...show more
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Beowulf
I listened to Seamus Heaney's audio disc while I looked at the book. It was a wonderful experience to listen to it. It should be heard. I liked the book too because he added so many pictures and drawings of that time period so you could actually picture some parts of the poem.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
This book is really funny. I rate the books I read so I know if I want to read it again. This one I gave a vvvgd (or very very very good). Definitely a book to reread.
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The Education of Henry Adams
Henry Adams
an excellent book. I can see why Mr. Mustich considers it singular.
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Another excellent book. If you get a chance listen to Ralph Cosham's audio - it is superb!
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Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Set in Nigeria during the decade culminating in the 1967–70 Biafran war, a secession conflict that left more than a million dead from violence and famine, this story is at once a historical drama and a tale of family struggles and romances gone right and wrong. Half of a Yellow Sun established Adich...show more
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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Insightful look at village life in Nigeria before Brits took over. We all need to understand other cultures, even if it's only from novels.
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Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey
Heartrending and thought provoking. A very very good book to look at how 2 tribes deal with problems in Africa
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The Arabian Nights
A beautiful and wonderful book. I've read it multiple times. Every girl should read this in their teens and then later in life.
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11/22/63
Stephen King
This is the only Stephen King book I've ever read as I really dislike horror. I'm glad I did. He is an excellent writer and I would have never have known that. He really drew me into this book; I couldn't stop reading it. Thanks for recommending it, Jim.
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
When you discover that a person has written six books of autobiography, you’re bound to wonder: Is she just a prolific narcissist, or has she really lived a six-volume life? If she’s Maya Angelou, there’s no doubt that the latter is the case: So compelling is her private story, so extravagant her pu...show more
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The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins was only thirty-three in 1976 when he published The Selfish Gene, a landmark of popular science that summarized a genetic view of evolution then gaining currency among biologists. It was such a success that its title has entered the lexicon. But the title, as Dawkins has admitted, is...show more
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Dubliners
James Joyce
This was a good book. I especially liked the last story "The Dead." Gabriel goes through so many emotions as he finds out his wife, Gretta, is thinking about a boy she loved when she was a girl.
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Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
a good interesting book. The book makes you think.I think it's much better than the movie (1931) because it is not a horror as the movie portrays, but maybe early sci-fi instead.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce
Read but I think it's very confusing as well. I liked Dubliners better
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Ulysses
James Joyce
I don't like this book. The writer doesn't explain what's really going on that well
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Warlight
Michael Ondaatje
A magnificent novel of a brother and sister left in the care of a man they suspect is a criminal. with an eccentric crew of friends who want to protect the kids, they grow less concerned. once the boy is 28 he starts finding out several were unsung war heroes and starts to discover all he didn't kn...show more
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