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  •  Few off this particular list (1+ / 0-)
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    Not sure how DiVinci Code or Correlli's Mandolin make a list that leaves off Blood Meridian, Frankenstein, The Brothers Karamazov. and everything ever written by William Faulkner, Ernest Hemmingway and Kurt Vonnegut.  Or why Hamlet AND The Complete Works of Shakespeare get separate listings, likewise Narnia and Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe.

    Still...Ive been meaning to read Hundred Years of Solitude but haven't got around to it.

    Not on this list, presumably bumped my Mitch Albom's masterpiece or every major work by Austen, I have Nostromo, Arrowsmith, Adventures of Auggie March, and The Wide Sargasso Sea waiting but as yet unstarted on my e-reader.  ..I was recently distracted by Wool and a few other book club books.

    Oh, and as I approach 40, I suppose I should gear up to read Updike's Rabbit series.  I'd been putting it off as I thought reading it my twenties would leave me incapable of appreciating much of the nuance.    ..like reading Catcher in the Rye or The Bell Jar for the first time at age 45.  One could understand those books at that age, but not understand them.

    As for books to add to the list you created, I would suggest The Sheltering Sky.  An absolute favorite of mine yet often overlooked even by the most widely read lovers of literature.  I recommended it unabashedly to anyone I know.  A powerful story (done grave injustice, as is often the case, by Hollywood).

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:05:58 PM PST

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    •  Speaking of the desert (0+ / 0-)

      The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of Gold by Frank Kryza which is on my non-fiction list was very interesting.

      Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:21:22 PM PST

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