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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #46
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Not sure these are really my absolute top 10 favorites, but these are the ones that came to the surface when I jogged my memory a bit:

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
Saturday – Ian McEwan
The Quiet American – Graham Greene
Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
The Collector – John Fowles
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 02:10 PM   #47
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Ooh, I love The Collector. It totally freaked me out. I could only read it when it was daytime or in a cafe when I wasn't alone.
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #48
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Ooh, I love The Collector. It totally freaked me out. I could only read it when it was daytime or in a cafe when I wasn't alone.
It's definitely not a book for the faint-hearted, but it's so freaking good.

Come to think of it, a lot of the books on my list are pretty gruesome, or at least have some gruesome bits in them. What does that say about me?
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No order

The catcher in the rye
Le joueur d'échec
Animal farm
L'éducation sentimentale
Les liaisons dangereuses
La plaisanterie
1984
Bel-ami
L'étranger
The Picture of Dorian Gray


Still young though
heard it's Flaubert's masterpiece, better than Bovary. Should read it sometime..
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #50
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

The Lord of the Rings
War and Peace
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Count of Monte Cristo
Sense and Sensibility
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit
Emma
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Infinite Jest-- David Foster Wallace
Madame Bovary-- Gustave Flaubert
The Road-- Cormac McCarthy
The Great Gatsby-- Scott F. Fitzgerald
Laughter in the Dark-- Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita-- Vladimir Nabokov
Requiem for a Dream-- Hubert Selby, Jr.
The Rules of Attraction-- Bret Easton Ellis
The Unbearable Lightness of Being-- Milan Kundera
The Picture of Dorian Grey-- Oscar Wilde

I realize how misogynist this list is, and my reflex was to throw in some Plath, but I really appreciated her collections of poetry and loathed the Bell Jar. So, it wouldn't count. If I was in a different space right now maybe To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf would have made my top 10.
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No order:
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Journey to The End Of The Night - Celine
Memoirs Of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
Grapes Of Wrath - Steinbeck
The Plague - Albert Camus
1984 - George Orwell
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
The Catcher In The Rye - Salinger
Crime And Punishment - Dostoevski
On The Road - Kerouac
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Six months later, and I've made no changes. For the most part, I prefer contemporary literature.
The Reader is pretty good. Hmm, it's only been 6 months? I've definitely been doing a lot of reading.
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I don't think I would make any changes either and I read an awful lot. There are some wonderful books that do not make my list that are wonderful though and some authors I really enjoy. Like Herman Wouk, Steinbeck, McMurtry, Fitzgerald, Twain. I like most of Dickens and I like Mary Shelly. There are more British authors I enjoy as well. Victor Hugo and Les Miserabe is brilliant, though I do not like the movie as I despise musicals.


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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #55
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Not the greatest novels, your personal favourites.
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1. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
2. Voyage au Bout de la Nuit by Céline
3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
4. Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
5. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
6. Les Particules Élémentaires by Michel Houellebecq
7. Les Bienveillantes by Jonathan Littell
8. Julian by Gore Vidal
9. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
10. Modern Ranch Living by Mark Poirier

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11. Vidas Secas by Graciliano Ramos
12. Mort à Crédit by Céline
13. Ulysses by James Joyce
14. Mémoires d'Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar
15. Les Âmes Grises by Philippe Claudel
16. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
17. Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
18. El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
19. Extension du Domaine de la Lutte by Michel Houellebecq
20. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
21. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
22. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #56
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Typed in the previous post in a rush, and probably didn't give enough credit to stuff that I actually enjoyed reading as opposed to stuff that I admired for its literary qualities (Marisha Pessl notwithstanding). But I think it strikes a good balance between stuff that I read and loved before I was 25 y.o. and stuff I read later, including when I began reading The Immortal Classics of World Literature in earnest (c. 2008-2012).

I just forgot to add to the second tier (#11-25) the following:

Ardor Guerrero by Antonio Muñoz Molina
Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis
Funeral Games by Mary Renault
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1. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
2. Voyage au Bout de la Nuit by Céline
3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
4. Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
5. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
6. Les Particules Élémentaires by Michel Houellebecq
7. Les Bienveillantes by Jonathan Littell
8. Julian by Gore Vidal
9. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
10. Modern Ranch Living by Mark Poirier

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11. Vidas Secas by Graciliano Ramos
12. Mort à Crédit by Céline
13. Ulysses by James Joyce
14. Mémoires d'Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar
15. Les Âmes Grises by Philippe Claudel
16. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
17. Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
18. El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
19. Extension du Domaine de la Lutte by Michel Houellebecq
20. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
21. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald
22. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Only read Grossman, Roth(interesting choice by the way It WAS a fun read), Vidal from your list Practically neglected reading novels recently, just finished Waugh's 'Man in Arms' and trying to finish Anna Karenina (read through 2/3 so far) Should check out Blood Meridian
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

did't read a lot of novels so cannot make out 10

but my ultimate favourite is always:

"Gone with the wind"

I like "100 years of solitude" of its unique style and imagination, but i don't like the part about incest and it seems to be Garcia's style. The same came in his other books too
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No order:
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Journey to The End Of The Night - Celine
Memoirs Of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
Grapes Of Wrath - Steinbeck
The Plague - Albert Camus
1984 - George Orwell
The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
The Catcher In The Rye - Salinger
Crime And Punishment - Dostoevski
On The Road - Kerouac
I tried reading Memoirs of Hadrian - I could not do it. It was too much.

I actually really don't like Catcher in the Rye. If I hear another 20 year old compare himself to Holden Caufield, I will punch him in the face. Really? You see yourself in a self-serving loser?
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I tried reading Memoirs of Hadrian - I could not do it. It was too much.

I actually really don't like Catcher in the Rye. If I hear another 20 year old compare himself to Holden Caufield, I will punch him in the face. Really? You see yourself in a self-serving loser?
Me neither. It's the only book I've ever read and just not enjoyed it for a single moment. But I pretty much love all the other "classics", I think every fan of literature is allowed one classic they don't enjoy.
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