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Books I still remember reading 20 or more years afterwards

Merely Human
 
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
"A gripping read with an amazing tangle of sub-plots.  The tale of revenge par excellence, and much more.  Dumas' Three Musketeers is also a deserved classic."
Cat's Cradle (Essential Penguin)
Cat's Cradle (Essential Penguin)
"The first time I read this, I thought it marvellously-crafted whimsy.  The second time I read it, I realised it was also deeply serious.  Thought-provoking and amusing."
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (Wordsworth Classics)
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (Wordsworth Classics)
"Two adventure stories full of characters, and a brilliant depiction of part of mid 19th century America."
Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels (Library of America)
Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels (Library of America)
"Great hard-boiled detective stories from an early master.  Double crosses and action. Includes The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man."
Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / the Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely (Library of America)
Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / the Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely (Library of America)
"I can't include Hammett without Chandler.  Brilliant prose, marvellous depiction of mid-20th century Los Angeles."
The Neverending Story (Puffin Books)
The Neverending Story (Puffin Books)
"I can remember thinking how difficult it must have been to pull off so well the magic of the title.  The second half illustrates how power corrupts and how our hero must eventually face his problems."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Unforgettable."
Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics)
Cider With Rosie (Vintage Classics)
"Was the world ever really like this?  I was deeply depressed after reading this book.  My childhood didn't match this."
Second Saint Omnibus. An Anthology of Saintly Adventures
Second Saint Omnibus. An Anthology of Saintly Adventures
"It's a shame the Saint books seem to have gone out of print.  The stories were a somewhat different experience from the TV series."
Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus: The Mating Season; the Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves
Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus: The Mating Season; the Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves
"Surely I don't need to say anything about Wodehouse other than read him rather than just watch the dramatisations."
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics)
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Popular Classics)
"A hotch-potch of a masterpiece.  Full of self-indulgent literary and philosophical allusions that noone can be expected to understand but can easily be ignored."
Treasure Island (Penguin Popular Classics)
Treasure Island (Penguin Popular Classics)
"Why are children's classics "Classics"?  Usually because they are great entertainment.  Black Arrow was good too."
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
"I had to read this for O level.  I'm glad I did.  Full of character and event.  But would a modern publisher demand a more coherent narrative?"
The Begum's Fortune
The Begum's Fortune
"Glad to see this is still available.  One of Verne's lesser-known works.  Two men set up rival cities, one a French Utopia, the other Germanic industrial and military.  They go to war."