Books which are the literary equivalent of a 5-course meal

A Listmania! list by C (London UK)
 
All Passion Spent (Tr)
1.  All Passion Spent (Tr) by Vita Sackville West
The list author says:
  "A novel for anyone who's got bogged down in the humdrum stuff of life."
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Middlemarch (Penguin Popular Classics)
2.  Middlemarch (Penguin Popular Classics) by George Eliot
The list author says:
  "One of the greatest novels of all time.   Slightly heavy going at first, but develops into a 7-course banquet of a read - very satisfying."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Popular Classics)
3.  Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Popular Classics) by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Anything by Jane Austen is worth much rereading, and this is the jewel in her crown.   The first time it's a great story.   Then each time you get more and more of the subtle nuances and biting wit."
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Barchester Towers (Penguin Classics)
4.  Barchester Towers (Penguin Classics) by Anthony Trollope
The list author says:
  "None of Trollope's other novels quite come up to this one for me.   And it's laugh-out-loud funny at times."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

North and South (Penguin Classics)
5.  North and South (Penguin Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
The list author says:
  "Mrs Gaskell is a very versatile author.   This is my favourite - drama with interesting social comment, and two storming lead characters."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
6.  The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
The list author says:
  "Seriously good, and nothing like the pastel-covered archly-humorous chick-fiction which gets churned out so often.   Don't read anywhere you'd be embarrassed to laugh aloud or cry."
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South Riding (VMC)
7.  South Riding (VMC) by Winifred Holtby
The list author says:
  "A sort of 20th century Middlemarch."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics)
8.  Far from the Madding Crowd (Wordsworth Classics) by Thomas Hardy
The list author says:
  "I'm not a big fan of the rest of Thomas Hardy's work, but this is one of those books which completely deserves its status as a major classic."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

Wives and Daughters (Wordsworth Classics)
9.  Wives and Daughters (Wordsworth Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
The list author says:
  "A list like this can't possibly be complete without Wives and Daughters ... but I WISH I had been braced for the fact that she died before finishing it the first time I read it!"
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Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics)
10.  Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics) by Charlotte Brontė
The list author says:
  "OK, I doubt anyone really needs this recommending, but it just has to go on here.   But what's all the fuss about Wuthering Heights?  Am I the only person who finds it melodramatic tosh?!"
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Wordsworth Classics)
11.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Wordsworth Classics) by Anne Brontė
The list author says:
  "Also very brilliant ... but don't assume that Agnes Grey is in the same league - it's not."
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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
12.  Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
  "A banquet in many senses, a heady and intoxicating novel, with some of the richest desciptions of food and drink I have ever read"
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Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics)
13.  Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics) by Stella Gibbons
The list author says:
  "Glorious, hilarious, biting parody of  earthy "back to nature" novels and yet also an excellent novel in its own right."
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I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics)
14.  I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics) by Dodie Smith
The list author says:
  "I read this after seeing the film, which is also very good.  Wish I'd known about it in my teens."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

Rebecca (VMC)
15.  Rebecca (VMC) by Daphne Du Maurier
The list author says:
  "A re-working of Jane Eyre, which could actually be even better than the original.   Every time I read it I'm struck by how well it's constructed and written."
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Howards End
16.  Howards End by David Lodge
The list author says:
  ""only connect ...""
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