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20th century authors - read and die

Diamond Girl
 
The Name Of The Rose
The Name Of The Rose
"The postmodern bible and Eco's best novel. Several readings required."
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
"One Hundred Years of Solitude might be up there but I prefer this one. The book that makes you want to fall in love."
The Quiet American
The Quiet American
"A deep and brilliant book written with breath-taking ease."
The Sheltering Sky (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Sheltering Sky (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A book where every word matters and every page cuts deeper. Not much to smile about here but perfection for those who can appreciate it."
Fictions
Fictions
"This is THE Latin American magic and it reads like nothing else ever written."
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
"I love Smilla. Ignore people who say this is a thriller. It's everything but and it's great."
In the Skin of a Lion (Picador Books)
In the Skin of a Lion (Picador Books)
"I think this book beats even the excellent English Patient. It couldn't possibly be overrated and yet so many people have not heard of it."
Atonement
Atonement
"McEwan should be on this list and he got it right with Atonement."
Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics)
Sophie's Choice (Vintage Classics)
"No explanation necessary."
All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
"I greatly respect this book never mind Remarque's later works."
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
"If you haven't discovered the land of huge black tomcats then do so now."