- Top 100 books and all that
- Malvern RiderMember
+1 for Grapes of Wrath and Fahrenheit 451
Don’t think anyone’s mentioned:
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
also some short and powerful books:
The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
And a timeless comedy classic that had me in stitches:
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraPosted 4 years agoThe Flying OxMember
Louis De Bernières has been mentioned already, for his excellent South American trilogy, but the best book I’ve ever read is his “Birds Without Wings”. Breathtaking, heartbreaking, joyous, philosophical, melancholic, it tells the story of the inhabitants of a small (fictional) Anatolian village during the early 1900s who are swept along inexorably by the tumultuous events of the period. I recommend it to everyone asking for a book, and even just thinking about it now – maybe 5 years since I last read it – is bringing up that feeling of… saudade that we don’t quite have a translation for.
Other than that, I’m thoroughly enjoying Dostoevsky’s The Karamazov Brothers at the moment. Always enjoyed the Iain (M) Banks books. I liked Money by Martin Amis, Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy, Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson, and The Human Stain by Philip Roth.Posted 4 years agosenor jSubscriber
Some great books already mentioned,especially American psycho.&ian banks.Posted 4 years ago
I’d like to suggest Homer’s Odyssey and Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. Both books struck major chords with me. 🙂
For the past two years all I have read is Brian Clough’s bio someone left in the tearoom at work! 🙁stevomcdSubscriber
Glad Hemingway finally got some love on the 3rd page!
The Old Man and the Sea
A Farewll to Arms
Definitely on-board with the Birdsong haters. I thought it was terrible. Try-hard chick lit desperately seeking to appear profound. Same goes for The Kite Runner (which was great in the first Act, then dreadful in the other 2).Posted 4 years agocodybrennanMember
I think someone here recommended this to me years ago; “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry is truly fantastic.
And I always recommend “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” to anyone who’ll listen.
Nominally sci-fi but way more than that in my opinion are the ‘Hyperion’ novels by Dan Simmons.Posted 4 years ago
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