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A Listmania! list by A. M. How "A M How" (Cambridge, UK)
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Lord of the Flies
1.  Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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  "A powerful debut, well-known and well-read.  Lacking the complexity of some of his later work, but none of the power."
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The Inheritors
2.  The Inheritors by William Golding
The list author says:
  "A similar approach to 'LotF', but in terms of style, an absolute tour de force.  I have never come accross such a convincing sub-human narrative."
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Pincher Martin
3.  Pincher Martin by William Golding
The list author says:
  "Golding's best novel.  Chronically under-read.  Readers that admit themselves incapable of suspending their disbelief should skip it."
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The Spire
4.  The Spire by William Golding
The list author says:
  "A simple story with an incredibly complex moral.  If you've read in order, you'll find the shift of Golding's moral beliefs fascinating to follow, never more than in 'The Spire.'"
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Darkness Visible
5.  Darkness Visible by William Golding
The list author says:
  "An extremely ambitious work; a departure from the simplicity of his previous novels, with moderate success.  There's no denying the quality of 'Darkness Visible'; but it's not that fun to read."
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The Paper Men
6.  The Paper Men by William Golding
The list author says:
  "Golding's weakest book.  The enjoyment in this book comes primarily from having intensive secondary reading, for which most readers have nor time nor inclination.  Somewhat self-indulgent."
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To the Ends of the Earth
7.  To the Ends of the Earth by William Golding
The list author says:
  "A trilogy condemned as overlong and "Hornblower-esque".  A surprising response; 'TtEotE' fits perfectly with the evolution of Golding's work, and concludes [it] with commendable pathos."
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Les Miserables (Classics)
8.  Les Miserables (Classics) by Victor Hugo
The list author says:
  "My favourite novel.  Will last you weeks without once boring you.  Emotionally, it has unrivalled power, which combined with the masterful writing makes Dickens look like an amateur."
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The Catcher in the Rye
9.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "So incredibly good I read it in one sitting, and was late to an exam.  Gripping, demanding, one-of-a-kind."
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A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
10.  A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics) by Anthony Burgess
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  "The second book I had to read cover-to-cover, this time in a cold bath (wouldn't put it down for even a minute).  A challenge, but utterly rewarding."
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Lolita (Penguin Classics)
11.  Lolita (Penguin Classics) by Craig Raine
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  "While I wouldn't quite go for 'scandalised assent', this book is always more compelling than appalling.  Masterful style, impeccable characterisation"
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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
12.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "This book was my introduction to the pleasure of reading analitically.  It left me furious, despondent, terrified; but above all it made me want to read it again.  And again.  Fantastic writing."
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The Old Man and the Sea
13.  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "My final cover-to-cover.  On holiday on a riverboat in France, surrounded by beautiful scenery on a gorgeous day, and this book was infinitely more beautiful and compelling."
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Heart Of Darkness
14.  Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The list author says:
  "A deeply disturbing book; for me, more so than 'ACO' or 'Lolita'.  A good book, but, shocking as it sounds, 'Apocalypse Now' (Redux) is better."
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Dangling Man (Alison Press Books)
15.  Dangling Man (Alison Press Books) by Saul Bellow
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  "A deep, difficult, depressing book; to me it read as the destruction of the soul.  Bellow, so of course well-written."
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The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Modern Classics)
16.  The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Modern Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "Homeric, Dickensian, Bellow at his grandest.  Dealing with the simple difficulty of 'How to Live', taking the character through an extraordinary journey alongside unforgettable characters."
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Herzog (Penguin Classics)
17.  Herzog (Penguin Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "A work of intellectual genius.  Innovative, introspective, and once again graced with Bellow's phenomenal characterisation and perfect phrasings."
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Henderson the Rain King (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
18.  Henderson the Rain King (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "My favourite Bellow.  Exports Western thought to Africa in the mode of 'HoD', but breaks down man to find him less dark than either Golding or Conrad.  Bellow's best-written protagonist."
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Seize the Day (Penguin Modern Classics)
19.  Seize the Day (Penguin Modern Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "The work that won Bellow the Nobel Prize.  Truly inspiring, excellently sad, aggressively concise."
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Ravelstein
20.  Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "The last of Bellow's 60-year stretch of novels. Containing a version of Bellow's own obituary, it's shockingly honest and sad, without ever seeming remorseful.  A brave and noble post-Nobel novel."
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Cloud Atlas
21.  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "An ingenious novel, with an innovative premise and a staggering array of styles.  A cleverer examination of the human need for domination I have not encountered."
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Snow Crash
22.  Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The list author says:
  "Stephenson combines intelligent ideas with adolescent action scenes with such ease, it is strange to think these are novels and not films.  Thoroughly enjoyable, stylish and thrilling, with a brain."
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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
23.  The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson
The list author says:
  "Building on 'Snow Crash''s vision to produce a novel that demands rereading and deep contemplation.  Exhilarating to see Sci-Fi and convincing characters combined."
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Great Expectations (Oxford World's Classics)
24.  Great Expectations (Oxford World's Classics) by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "That there are York Notes on this staggers me.  A simpler, more sparing concept I could not conceive.  A great author's greatest work."
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A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
25.  A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "The Robin to 'Les Miserables'' Batman: brighter, less sermonising, but ultimately weaker and just a bit annoying in places.  Admittedly gripping (being Dickens)."
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