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Books I've Loved

Gillian Martin "missymartinez"
 
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
"I actually cried whilst reading this in front of people...and didn't care!"
The World According To Garp (Black Swan)
The World According To Garp (Black Swan)
"Characters you feel you know personally by the time you finish- how does Irving do that? Wonderful and very emotional in places.  Read it with a friend so that you've somebody else to share it with."
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
"Never noticed my sense of smell til I read this. Susskind has to be a genius to come up with this. Just amazing.  You'll race through it."
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Essential Penguin)
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (Essential Penguin)
"Hot and sweaty.  You'll be transported to another place and time. The music jumps off the page and you feel all flushed and unnecessary!"
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Faber Fiction Classics S.)
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Faber Fiction Classics S.)
"Very funny and clever.  Good storytelling."
The Crow Road
The Crow Road
"A family saga that you feel emotionally involved in.  Best Iain Banks without a doubt."
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
"Entertaining, funny and TRUE! Ignore the film, though.Doesn't do the book justice."
A Prayer For Owen Meany
A Prayer For Owen Meany
"Funny and moving. Second only to Garp."
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood
"A must for film fans and gossipy enough to be compelling."
Papillon
Papillon
"Unforgettable- the film merely skims the book. You become immersed in the author's remebered hell on earth though, so it's not exactly lighthearted."
The Fixer
The Fixer
"Amazing but depressing-the account of a man facing life in jail because of anti semitism. Malamud shows the triumph of human spirit in the most unlikely places."
The Pledge
The Pledge
"DOn't just read this one- read all of Durrenmatt's detective novels.  Who would've thought a swiss detective could be so gripping?  The Pledge film is NOT an indication of how good this book really is"
The Tin Drum (Vintage Classics)
The Tin Drum (Vintage Classics)
"One of the most important books ever written.  Gets into the psyche of Germany in the WW2 era.   Masterpiece.Hasn't been able to top it since- no surprise."
Trainspotting
Trainspotting
"What do you mean you've not read it?? Fantastic. You don't have to be scottish to read it..but it probably helps. A single sitting read. Hasn't written anything remotely as good since."
28 Barbary Lane: A Tales of the City Omnibus
28 Barbary Lane: A Tales of the City Omnibus
"You won't be able to stop reading this.  It's just great fun. Much copied style- makes you want to live in 70s San Francisco."
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"If you don't like this, then there is something wrong with you.  And if the soon-to-be-released film doesn't do it justice, I'm taking to the streets."
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
"Precious Ramotswe is one of the best characters ever."
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
"Begs the question, "What is David Mitchell on...and can I have some of it, please?""
The Road
The Road
"This book is one of the most important books of our time. Should be on the schools' syllabus."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"Second World War in Germany, told by Death. Genius."
The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
"Epic, plot driven and King's best characters."
Cider House Rules - The Novel
Cider House Rules - The Novel
"John Irving's commentary on American attitudes to family planning, families and family love. Outstanding. sadly the film version had to cut out one of its best characters:Melony."
A Widow For One Year
A Widow For One Year
"Best of Irvings more recent books. What possible reason can there be for a mother to leave her five year olf daughter behind?"