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The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner
Confusing at times but worth the effort. Dilsey's section easiest.
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Probably the novel I admire the most.
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Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Excellent in parts.
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From Russia with Love
Ian Fleming
Fleming is much better than I expected.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
I identify with the son.
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The Firm
John Grisham
Fun.
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The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris
In terms of juicy research, Harris is Michael Crichton w/o dinosaurs.
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A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
War scenes contain some of Ernie's most evocative writing.
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The Iliad
Homer
At the core, humans haven't changed much in thousands of years.
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The Odyssey
Homer
One of the best adventure stories of all time. And what a wow finish.
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Ragtime
E. L. Doctorow
Anything by the Doc.
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
So good I can remember the hero's name.
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Native Son
Richard Wright
Great story. Shifting styles
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The Thurber Carnival
James Thurber
One of my all time favorite books. Convinced me anything beyond 2,000 words needs cutting.
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All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Most readable of Woodward's books, probably thanks to Bernstein.
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Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Bulfinch
Edith Hamilton's "Mythology" is more entertaining, but Bullfinch is more encyclopedic.
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Burr
Gore Vidal
Terrific rendering of founding fathers. Vidal is irreplaceable.
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1984
George Orwell
Avoided this in high school because I thought it was for sci fi geeks like my friend who quoted it. A year later I discovered "Animal Farm" and some essays and have been an Orwell devotee since.
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Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White
Charlotte is the only spider I've never had an immediate urge to kill.
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Dracula
Bram Stoker
Who needs Stephen King?
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