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Favourite fiction

JOHN E. "johne62"
 
American Pastoral
American Pastoral
"What a character we have in the Swede, living the American dream and seeing it turn sour"
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities
"Rollercoaster romp through 80s hubris"
The Rotters' Club
The Rotters' Club
"Relive your 70s schooldays - but its so much more than that, as you really get to care about the characters"
The Jewel In The Crown (The Raj Quartet)
The Jewel In The Crown (The Raj Quartet)
"This, with the rest of his Raj quartet, is a compelling story of momentous times, told with subtlety and from all points of view.  Illuminates the end of the Raj better than a history ever could."
The Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost Road
The Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost Road
"Even better than Faulks's Birdsong in exposing the terrible psychological costs of WW1"
Independence Day (Harvill Panther)
Independence Day (Harvill Panther)
"Beautifully written view from inside the head of Frank - somehow numbed and detached, yet striving to reconnect with his estranged teenage son"
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning
"From bucolic England to civil war in Spain, this guy certainly packed in some adventures - the recent revelations that he made some of it up doesn't detract too much"
If This Is a Man / The Truce
If This Is a Man / The Truce
"Required reading, so we never forget"
The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
"Fantastic read about a religious nut who drags his poor family to the heart of Africa.  Interesting structure, with the story being told in short chapters by each sister in turn"
Atonement
Atonement
"This guy can write so intensely about mere moments in time, and plays out their impacts so expertly.  I did feel cheated by the end though - I felt manipulated (I wanted a happy ending!)"