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Old 05-10-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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A-Z of great reads

Here's a thread for another list of books. I'm looking for books* that you really enjoyed reading - books that you remember well, and would be happy to re-read.

But to make creating the list a bit more intersting: in alphabetical order by title†, one book per post, each following on from the last post. I'll list the titles here as people add them:

* Books, i.e. the book title, not the title of some short story or poem in the book.
† "A" and "The" should be ignored. Also "Le" and all other non-English equivalents.

I'll start the thread off with

Alex & Me — Irene M. Pepperberg. A fascinating account of thirty years in the life of parrot and researcher.

Bangkok 8 — John Burdett. Fascinating Buddhist detective & outlandish plots.
Le Comte de Monte-Christo — Alexandre Dumas
Double Indemnity — James M. Cain. Hands down the greatest crime writer ever!
The End of Eternity — Isaac Asimov. One of his most unusual stories.
The From Here to Eternity — James Jones
Gilgamesh — Anonymous
The House of Spirits — Isabel Allende
Into Thin Air — Jon Krakauer. A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.
Joshua Then and Now — Mordecai Richler. A semi-autobiographical novel.
Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek — Thea Beckman. Crusade in Jeans is the English title.
The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz — Russell Hoban. "One of those absolutely unclassifiable beauties that come along every so often"
Messenger of Truth — Jacqueline Winspear. A female psychologist/investigator in 1930s London. Great if you like historical fiction/mystery or female detectives.
The Neverending Story — Michael Ende
The Odyssey — Homer. The homeward wanderings of an early war hero.
The Prophet — Kahlil Gibran. Poetic essays.
Question Quest by Piers Anthony. Fantasy and Puns.
Rip Van Winkle — Washington Irving. Short and somewhat funny.
The Sparrow — Mary Doria Russell. First contact with an extraterrestrial civilization.
Tai-Pan — James Clavell. A fabulous epic of the Far East.
Under the Dome — Stephen King. Mysterious goings-on.
The Voyage of the Beagle — Charles Darwin. An account of his trip around the world.
The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame. Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad.
The Xmas Files: The Philosophy of Christmas — Stephen Law
You're Stepping on my Cloak & Dagger — Roger Hall
Zorba the Greek — Nikos Kazanfzakis. "one of the great characters of modern fiction"

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Old 05-10-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:18 PM   #5
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:04 AM   #8
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Joshua Then and Now, "a semi-autobiographical novel written by Mordecai Richler"

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Old 05-11-2010, 03:29 PM   #13
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