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Let's learn about life...Books that stand out from the pack

A Listmania! list by SH "SH" (Italy)
 
The God of Small Things
1.  The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The list author says:
  "Playing with language like this is wonderful. So lucky English is used in so many countries"
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Life of Pi
2.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The list author says:
  "Fantastic!"
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A Prayer For Owen Meany
3.  A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
The list author says:
  "I liked this even better than Garp"
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Another one about weird people that is so rewarding to read"
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
5.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "This one is so special. What insight!"
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
6.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "I usually hate books that are said to be 'incredibly moving' - but it really is - a great experience to read this."
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The Transit Of Venus (VMC)
7.  The Transit Of Venus (VMC) by Shirley Hazzard
The list author says:
  "A wonderful read, but you have to concentrate. Like reading a modern story from 'the Master' - Henry James- but written by a woman"
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Moab Is My Washpot
8.  Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
The list author says:
  "autobiography of early years of Stephen Fry. He's a genius and another master of the language and this is incredibly good - and funny."
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Possession: A Romance
9.  Possession: A Romance by A S Byatt
The list author says:
  "What an intelligent and readable book."
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The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics)
10.  The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics) by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "Another book that makes me realise how poorly educated I am but nevertheless is very readable and rewarding"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Saturday
11.  Saturday by Ian McEwan
The list author says:
  "I really appreciated the tight use of language in this book. Sometimes life just seems so random. Do people who read a lot experience more than scientific types? Maybe best to be both!"
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Infidel
12.  Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The list author says:
  "Maybe everyone should read this book. I don't know if she's right about everything, but what amazing strength!"
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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
13.  Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
The list author says:
  "I started out determined to dislike this - but was swept up. It's fascinating."
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
14.  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The list author says:
  "As we watch the incredible changes taking place in China it's intriguing to see where the country is coming from."
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Maps for Lost Lovers
15.  Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam
The list author says:
  "Often a difficult read, but again it's fascinating and gives such insight into what life is like for some people in the UK."
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On Beauty
16.  On Beauty by Zadie Smith
The list author says:
  "OK. Now let's just go for some good reads"
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The Closed Circle
17.  The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe
The list author says:
  "A follow-up to 'The Rotters Club' but I liked it better - and you don't have to have read the other one to enjoy this."
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The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
18.  The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
The list author says:
  "I think he is a very under-rated writer. He's not just one for a funny tale, but has great insight. This is so convincing."
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Earthly Powers (Vintage Classics)
19.  Earthly Powers (Vintage Classics) by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "This man was a genius."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Persepolis
20.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The list author says:
  "I never liked comics, but this is really interesting."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Miss Garnet's Angel
21.  Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers
The list author says:
  "And these last ones because I love books set in or about Italy - but maybe that's another list!"
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Death at La Fenice
22.  Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
The list author says:
  "I chose this one because it's the first in the series. If you enjoy it then there are a dozen or so more - and they are ALL good."
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