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10 Essential Reads

S. Coleman "pootercommuter"
 
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
"The best of this genius Japanese author's books so far.  Read it if you want something completely original to stretch your imagination."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"Interspersed with powerful, evangelistic 'sermons' introducing each new stage in the seemingly never-ending journey taken by the Joads, this is quite simply a beautiful, poignant tale."
A Farewell To Arms
A Farewell To Arms
"Probably the most successful Hemingway novel.  A bleak, sometimes shocking, tragic tale of a relationship between a soldier and nurse in wartime.  Definitely not your average romance."
The Sirens Of Titan (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Sirens Of Titan (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Vonnegut's razor-sharp observational humour at its best - don't let the sci-fi element put you off - this is an extremely amusing, bitingly ironic story with a sci-fi backdrop."
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
"This is an extraordinarily dark story with a fantastic twist at the end."
The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day
"I loved this book.  It tells the story of a butler to whom honour is everything, taking a break from his duties to visit an old friend and contemplating his life in the process."
Something Happened
Something Happened
"A deeply moving, disturbingly insightful account of one man's mid-life crisis."
Time's Arrow or The Nature of the Offence
Time's Arrow or The Nature of the Offence
"Basically, the life of a Nazi war criminal told in reverse... This was definitely a brave, yet highly successful and original undertaking on the part of Amis."
Pincher Martin
Pincher Martin
"The tense, desperate story of a sailor fighting to survive against the unforgiving environment offered by the tiny island of rock upon which he's been shipwrecked."
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
"...for obvious reasons.  It's a wonderful book."