40 Great Books

A Listmania! list by David I. Cahill (Beijing, China)
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The list author says: "For me, a great book
1. has a major statement to make, the result of an inspired vision born of intellectual curiosity and passion.
2. has stylistic confidence and assurance, a distinctive style; if it's not a page-turner, it's because you want to linger over each page.
3. invites, even demands, re-reading, and reveals more with each reading, like an interesting person; indeed it becomes an important "friend" in your life and may influence or change you.

I make no attempt to rank these books according to best, second best, etc., since they are too individual to be compared. Some are quite famous; others are virtually unknown. I don't privilege fiction over nonfiction or in-stock over out-of-print. They are just books I was lucky enough to encounter, often by chance. They are listed in alphabetical order by author."
Time's Arrow
1.  Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
$12.25   Used & New from: $0.18
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature
2.  Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature by Jan M. Ziolkowski
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Crash: A Novel
3.  Crash: A Novel by J. G. Ballard
$13.37   Used & New from: $2.98
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Simulations (Foreign Agents Series)
4.  Simulations (Foreign Agents Series) by Jean Baudrillard
$8.07   Used & New from: $2.14
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
5.  Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
$13.13   Used & New from: $7.60
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Chinese Art of Writing
6.  Chinese Art of Writing by Jean François Billeter
Used & New from: $45.95
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Labyrinths (New Directions Paperbook)
7.  Labyrinths (New Directions Paperbook) by Jorge Luis Borges
$12.05   Used & New from: $7.18
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories By Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Other Artists of the Floating World
8.  Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories By Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Other Artists of the Floating World by Gian Carlo Calza
$39.40   Used & New from: $17.68
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Of Grammatology
9.  Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida
$26.32   Used & New from: $12.99
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Ubik
10.  Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Used & New from: $1.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction
11.  The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction by Michel Foucault
$8.57   Used & New from: $2.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Interpretation of Dreams, The
12.  Interpretation of Dreams, The by Sigmund Freud
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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100 Allegories to Represent the World
13.  100 Allegories to Represent the World by Peter Greenaway
Used & New from: $2.41
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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LSD Psychotherapy (The Healing Potential Potential of Psychedelic Medicine)
14.  LSD Psychotherapy (The Healing Potential Potential of Psychedelic Medicine) by Stanislav Grof
$15.52   Used & New from: $15.44
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Scarlet Letter
15.  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (787 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Steppenwolf: A Novel
16.  Steppenwolf: A Novel by Hermann Hesse
$13.63   Used & New from: $1.87
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Social Semiotics
17.  Social Semiotics by Bob Hodge
$25.18   Used & New from: $6.09

American Pictures: A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass
18.  American Pictures: A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass by Jacob Holdt
Used & New from: $7.30
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Brave New World
19.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
$8.42   Used & New from: $2.26
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,641 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
20.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text
21.  The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text by Franz Kafka
$12.50   Used & New from: $1.28
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability
22.  The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith
$13.47   Used & New from: $6.88
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

Mirror: A Loss of Innocence in Mao's China
23.  Mirror: A Loss of Innocence in Mao's China by Peter Liu
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Moby-Dick (Vintage Classics)
24.  Moby-Dick (Vintage Classics) by Herman Melville
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,630 customer reviews)

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
25.  The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by John Nathan
$13.18   Used & New from: $1.30
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Almost Transparent Blue
26.  Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Maurakami
Used & New from: $8.49
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition
27.  Nineteen Eighty-Four, Centennial Edition by George Orwell
$15.30   Used & New from: $1.02
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,627 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

The Time of Tea
28.  The Time of Tea by Dominique T. Pasqualini
Used & New from: $372.56

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Monogamy
29.  Monogamy by Adam Phillips
$13.18   Used & New from: $2.13
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Collected Poems
30.  The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
$12.85   Used & New from: $7.86
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

The Sexual Revolution: Toward a Self-Governing Character Structure
31.  The Sexual Revolution: Toward a Self-Governing Character Structure by Wilhelm Reich
Used & New from: $3.25
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings
32.  Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings by Marquis Sade
$14.36   Used & New from: $4.00
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: 29-Volume Set
33.  The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: 29-Volume Set by Stanley Sadie
$1,488.69   Used & New from: $1,098.96
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Rings of Saturn
34.  The Rings of Saturn by Winfried Georg Sebald
$11.30   Used & New from: $6.32
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM
35.  Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM by J. A. Simpson
$1,225.50   Used & New from: $1,180.40
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Gulliver's Travels
36.  Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
$9.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)

A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics)
37.  A Confederacy of Dunces (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Kennedy Toole
Used & New from: $0.46
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,755 customer reviews)

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All about Coffee (Second Edition)
38.  All about Coffee (Second Edition) by William H. Ukers
$27.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Revolution of Everyday Life
39.  The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

 
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