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A Listmania! list by despen (London)
 
The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Modern Classics)
1.  The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Modern Classics) by Fernando Pessoa
The list author says:
  "This book is like having your nascent thoughts revealed to you by the fractured soul of Pessoa"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
2.  Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "Surely Dicken's best book. The themes resonate through his genius of mixing the tragic and the comic (yes also the sentimental).The main characters almost have the power of archetypes."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Not a superfluous word in this amazing novel. A sign of really good book is that you re-read them without losing any of work's power"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,990 customer reviews)

Ham On Rye
4.  Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "Brutally frank and unapologetic. Riveting because the subject matter and the pared down but highly effective style of writing.  Gets right down to the bare bones of things never flinching."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

Atomised
5.  Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
The list author says:
  "This came as a real breath of  fresh air. Uncompromising and seemed to underpin so much of life in contempoary western society: fractured,dissolute and yes atomised"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

Notes from Underground and the Double (Penguin Classics)
6.  Notes from Underground and the Double (Penguin Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "Surely with this book is where the modern novel begins.  " I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man" If you want the inner workings of a charcter's mind dostoyevsky is the man."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
7.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "1984:not a great book . A vision of the extremity of totaltarianism. I'ts bleak ,unforgiving and quite terrifying really."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (941 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

White Noise (Picador Books)
8.  White Noise (Picador Books) by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "There are certain books where you simply have to admire the author 's mastery of language and his delineation of subject matter that is both profound and trivial"
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics)
9.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Classics) by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "Deceptively simple but stunningly original and plain bizarre. Please no freudian analysis necessary! Witty and extremely playful with language."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (922 customer reviews)

In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (Penguin Modern Classics)
10.  In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (Penguin Modern Classics) by Truman Capote
The list author says:
  "The so-called 'non-fiction novel'. Took eight years of his life to map and finally write. Gripping account of  senseless brutal  murders and the aftermath and perpetrators. An underrated classic"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion