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Leucippe and Clitophon (Oxford World's Classics)
"The Greeks did it first."
The Golden Ass (Oxford World's Classics)
"Funny entertaining roman writting. And one of the sources of Midsummer's Night Dream. Love, Sex, Adventure. Enjoy."
The Story of the Stone: a Chinese Novel: Vol 1, The Golden Days (Penguin Classics)
"enchanting chinese writting, I started learning mandarine after reading that."
Journey to the West
"Very enjoyable and an interesting introduction to chinese belief system. If it seems too long for you can try Monkey. It is a short but very good adaptation of this."
The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)
"Japanese classic. Soo good, too bad the book is too heavy for me to carry around and read on the tube."
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) (Penguin Classics)
"As with Boccaccio it is a stories-within-the-story book but I thought as a piece of phenomenal story-telling I should include it in my novels list."
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
"Well there must be a reason Shakespeare was so obsessed with that."
Don Quixote (Wordsworth Classics)
"fight the good fight."
Gargantua and Pantagruel (Penguin Classics)
"A whole aspect of our life is Rabelaisian. Don't you want to know what is that all about?"
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (English Translation)
"I found the film dull. Read the book."
The Sorrows of Young Werther (Classics)
"A lot of people killed themselves over that book. Maybe you should try Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, its funnier, though not as celebrated."
Tom Jones (Wordsworth Classics)
"Looove this book. Witty, witty, witty."
The Three Musketeers (Wordsworth Classics)
"All for one and one for all. The best friendship novel ever. don't you ever wish life was like that?"
Old Goriot (Pocket Penguin Classics)
"Balzac, Balzac, Balzac. When I was a child I used to know this by heart. Such a storyteller."
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
"Jane Ausen at her best."
Crime and Punishment: With selected excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment (Wordsworth Classics)
"Well, I might be pervy but this book makes me happy."
War and Peace (Wordsworth Classics)
"One of the best studies on the evelution of the human character. Mmm, sounds a bit wood talk but it is."
Dead Souls (Penguin Classics)
"Very dark humour. But so humourous."
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Russians again, I try not t have any favorites but this is short of my favorite. You have to read it or Devil will come and get you."
The Magic Mountain
"Well, Mann and Proust need a bit of patience for the first 30 pages or so but once you get past that you will be an addict."
In Search of Lost Time: The Way by Swann's: The Way by Swann's Vol 1 (In Search of Lost Time 1)
"Read it, Read it, Read it. It is a greater experience than backpacking on the Chinese wall."
Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
"There are a lot of Kundera novels that you may prefer (Joke, Immortality) but this was the one that made everyone talk about him."
"Kundera's suggestion. I found Pornografia more accessible but Ferdydurke is undoubtedly his boldest work. A study on the rites of passage."
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