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A Listmania! list by Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK)
(No. 1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)   
 
The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
1.  The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "The classic everyone says it is. The bit about the train stations kills me!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,887 customer reviews)

Swann's Way (Penguin Modern Classics)
2.  Swann's Way (Penguin Modern Classics) by Marcel Proust
The list author says:
  "An exploration of memory or a cure for insomnia. You decide."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The Plague (Twentieth Century Classics)
3.  The Plague (Twentieth Century Classics) by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "Camus's wonderful allegory- possibly his finest work."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Already Dead
4.  Already Dead by Denis Johnson
The list author says:
  "Johnson's fantastic blend of gothic, Nietzsche & noir."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Jim Thompson Omnibus: "Killer Inside Me", "Pop 1280","The Grifters","The Getaway"
5.  Jim Thompson Omnibus: "Killer Inside Me", "Pop 1280","The Grifters","The Getaway" by Jim Thompson
The list author says:
  "'The Getaway' & 'The Grifters' are brilliant noir novels."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
6.  Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
The list author says:
  "You NEED to read these- the finest short-stories since 'Dubliners'."
£11.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

The Master and Margarita
7.  The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The list author says:
  "Christ, a writer, the devil, a gun-toting cat-er, one of the greatest books ever!"
£6.74   Used & New from: £0.52
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
8.  The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea by Lawrence Durrell
The list author says:
  "I've only read 'Justine'- looking forward to the rest!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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The Sweet Hereafter
9.  The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
The list author says:
  "Brilliant novel- the use of perspective is awesome. Great film adaptation to boot!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Forbidden Colours
10.  Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima
The list author says:
  "This book is excellent- forget Mishima's reputation & find out why."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Magus
11.  The Magus by John Fowles
The list author says:
  "Sort of 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying' meets 'Justine' meets Kafka. Unforgettable & perplexing!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
12.  A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics) by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Along with 'Earthly Powers', Burgess's finest novel."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Castle (Penguin Modern Classics)
13.  The Castle (Penguin Modern Classics) by Franz Kafka
The list author says:
  "Kafka's best novel- I found it as funny as a dream I cannot escape."
£6.99   Used & New from: £2.57
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Ravelstein
14.  Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "A bit snobbish, but an awesome work nevertheless. The final pages are haunting."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Pronto
15.  Pronto by Elmore Leonard
The list author says:
  "I really enjoyed this one!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Island (Flamingo Modern Classics)
16.  Island (Flamingo Modern Classics) by Aldous Huxley
The list author says:
  "You will have to pay attention!- better than 'Brave New World'."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Big Sur
17.  Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "Along with 'Town & City' ,'On the Road' & 'The Subterraneans' his best work."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

LA Confidential: Classic Noir
18.  LA Confidential: Classic Noir by James Ellroy
The list author says:
  "Better than the film- part of the great 'LA Quartet'."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Underworld
19.  Underworld by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "This and Dos Passos' USA are the books to read!"
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Word Virus: The William Burroughs Reader (Flamingo Modern Classic)
20.  Word Virus: The William Burroughs Reader (Flamingo Modern Classic) by William Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Good intro to Burroughs-decide what U want to read. 'The Ticket Exploded' is my fave."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Rules of Attraction
21.  The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis
The list author says:
  "This & 'The Informers' I think are his best works. Read before the kak film comes out."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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(No. 1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)   
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Last updated: 23/12/2002
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