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Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn
by Jonathan Lethem
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The narrator, Lionel Essrog, known as The Human Freakshow, suffers with Tourette's syndrome and though you might not want to know him in real life, he's got to be one of the most brilliant characters ever created. His quirky rants put me off at first... (read more)

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A Passage to India
A Passage to India
by E M Forster
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Ezra Pound said, "Fundamental accuracy of statement is the one sole morality of writing." I think this might be the best novel of cross-cultural misunderstanding written in the English language. On one level, it is pure sensual delight. On another, it's... (read more)

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Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries)
Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Kent Haruf
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Just before Plainsong really hit big, I interviewed Kent Haruf for a now-defunct magazine called Boswell; and after speaking to Mr. Haruf for an hour, caught a glimpse of the modest spirit behind this wise novel. The story is written with deep humility... (read more)

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Fight Club
Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk
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This one's somewhat redundant ? I mean, everyone raves about Fight Club. Adding my voice just seems trite. But?it's true?Fight Club was one of the most original novels published in the late '90s. Granted, it suffers from huge quantities of nihilism, but... (read more)

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The Innocent
The Innocent
by Ian McEwan
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A shrink once told me there's no such thing as an innocent. We're all guilty of some deviance at some level. I like stories where a seeming innocent is put into a situation where his/her naiveté is put to the test, forcing them to reveal sides they... (read more)

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All the Names
All the Names
by Jose Saramago
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"You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a captivating and gorgeously written allegorical tale of identity penned by the illustrious José Saramago, which concerns... (read more)

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No Great Mischief (99 Edition)
No Great Mischief (99 Edition)
by Alistair Macleod
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I regret coming so late to Alistair MacLeod, this guy can really write! His style and sentences are deceptively simple, and the book itself seems too small to contain all the heart he plows into it. He's been publishing for more than 30 years, but has... (read more)

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Quiet American, the (Movie Tie-In)
Quiet American, the (Movie Tie-In)
by Graham Greene
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One of the first things I learned living abroad is that much of the world places far less value on the idea of "innocence" than Americans do. The cult of innocence is an American ideal. One of the finest, most insightful portrayals of an American... (read more)

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Learning to Fly
Learning to Fly
by April Henry
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"A real page-turner with a great set-up and inventive characters. Henry plants the hook in a very graphic first chapter and never lets go. Her most skillful book to yet."... (read more)

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Modern Library Classics)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Modern Library Classics)
by Mark Twain
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I hadn't read Huckleberry Finn for more than 20 years, but I'm really glad I picked it up again. In terms of language alone, few writers, living or dead, can match the genius of Mark Twain.... (read more)

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Gob's Grief
Gob's Grief
by Chris Adrian
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This story has everything ? Civil War heroics, survivor guilt, social history, the most believable rendition of Walt Whitman ever attempted in a novel, and an ending of 19th-century fantastical proportions I personally found quite refreshing. Truly, it's... (read more)

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The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London
The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London
by Sarah Wise
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The story of the "Italian boy" murder case was fodder for many of the lurid body-snatching tales that later emerged from the pens of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker. This absorbing narrative evokes Fagin and Bill Sykes, the charred alleys,... (read more)

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The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
by Tom Reiss
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Islamic prince, Hollywood intimate, Mussolini's biographer, Jewish tycoon's son, international bestselling author (Goebbels was a big fan), chummy with the Nabakovs and Pasternaks: Lev Nussimbaum (aka Kurban Said, aka Essad Bey) was all these things... (read more)

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The Tax Inspector
The Tax Inspector
by Peter Carey
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I'm willing to admit a taste for the darker corners of the human heart; and The Tax Inspector is another one that'll make you look askance at everyone you pass in the street, wondering what sort of malignancies may linger in their secret caves. The... (read more)

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