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Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey
I love Ed Abbey's tales of the earth and nature. he is a wonderful writer and funny. I have read this book at least a handful of times and my copy is tattered and dog-eared like only a few other books in my collection.
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Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
It is simply wonderful. This books questions all and every view on sex, religion and morals and more. I love Heinlein's cranky and preachy 'Jubal Harshaw'.
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Inferno: The Divine Comedy, Book 1
Dante Alighieri
I read this during my 2001 grand tour of Italy. I finished it in Firenze which seemed appropriate. It is the better of the three books that make up the 'comedy'.
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The Plague
Albert Camus
It makes quite an impression. I read this 20 years ago, and I regularly think about it. I liked this better than 'The stranger'.
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Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
Gruesome ..and inspired 'apocalypse now!' ..Well worth a read.
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The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
This is a master-piece of writing. I loved it, ..and was on the brink of tears when the ***spoiler alert *** ..Library goes up in flames.
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Catch-22
Joseph Heller
Absurd and foundational. Well worth a read.
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The Trial
Franz Kafka
Essential read.
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West with the Night
Beryl Markham
A delightful and well written book about a charmed life.
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Life of Pi
Yann Martel
I loved this book. Still do.
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Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
A stroke of genius - makes one see the human in a monstrous sexual predator.
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1984
George Orwell
A warning for everyone. Maybe the horrors of the future will be Huxley-ian, but don't skip this one.
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Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand's heroes are essentially the same person, but it is refreshing to have a truely competent and self-assured protagonist. Well worth a read. ..And, who is John Galt?
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Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie
Rushdie is a master. Midnight's children is a masterpiece. I have read them all. This might be the best.
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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
I loved this book. It is so human and dignified in it's grimness.
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Walden
Henry David Thoreau
One of a kind. Thoreau is preachy, but has a point.
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Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut
So it goes.
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Stoner
John Williams
I'm glad I found this book. It is a gem.
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