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So here's my list from the thread:


Kurt Vonnegut: The Sirens of Titan; Slaughterhouse-5; Cat's Cradle; Jailbird

Vladimir Nabokov: Glory; The Luzhin Defence; Laughter in the Dark (Camera Obscura); Lolita

John Irving: The Cider House Rules; The World According to Garp

Robertson Davies: Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders)

Iris Murdoch: The Sea, the Sea; The Unicorn; The Black Prince

Julian Barnes: England, England; Staring at the Sun; Talking It Over

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude and short stories



J.D.Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey

Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, Baudolino

Jorge Amado: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands; Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon; The War of the Saints

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace, Anna Karenina

James Joyce: Ulysses

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Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (hilarious and poignant)

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein (just an amazing story from the best imagination in fiction)

The Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Grahame (English nature/Human nature :happy:

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (gorgeous, lessons about disabilities and GARDENS!)

Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte (a great, underrated book about education and just growing up)

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (the best book on racism ever written)

To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (the central passage on time passing and her descriptions of nature make me cry)

Moby Dick - Herman Melville (no lessons because it could be an allegory for literally anything, but beatiful and surprisingly funny)

The Lord Of The Flies - William Golding (a lesson in childhood, morality and, animal cruelty)

Macbeth - William Shakespeare (a lesson in how power corrupts)

Dakota: A Novel - Martha Grimes (one of the best fiction books about man's relationship with animals)

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Iain Banks - "The Wasp Factory" / "The Bridge" / "The Crow Road"

Anne McCaffrey - "The Rowan" and "Damia" - the rest of the "Tower and Hive" series is a bit flat, after the inital two.

Jeffrey Eugenides - "The Virgin Suicides"

Stephen King - "The Shining", "The Stand" and the entire "Dark Tower" series

JG Ballard - just about anything this man has ever written, but in particular "High Rise" and the short-story anthology "The Fourth Dimensional Nightmare"

Banana Yoshimoto - "Goodbye Tsugumi"

Kazuo Ishiguro - "The Remains of the Day"

Gabriel King - "The Wild Road" (if you really want to see the world through the eyes of a cat) and its sequel, "The Golden Cat"

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