Books that will Blow Your Mind

A Listmania! list by P. Shamdasani (Hong Kong)
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The Catcher in the Rye
1.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
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  "Should be read by every teen in the world - many folk take it too far, but it's core principle still resonates about the strange nature of humanity."
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The Sun Also Rises
2.  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
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  "Hemingway's brilliant first novel is not only a great introduction to his clean prose, but arguably his greatest work."
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The Remains of the Day
3.  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "One of the finest books ever written, Ishiguro's chameleon writing style perfectly crafts the heartbreaking years of an aged butler - you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between autobiography."
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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
4.  The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Phil Dick's bizarre drug novel, a satire on our questioning curiosity of all things alien and our never-ending pursuit of mass ownership. A must-read."
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
5.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The list author says:
  "Kundera's work is so powerful that translation doesn't harm it - a fantastic story on the eccentricities and nuances of love. Don't let the 'bestseller' turn you off, it's a rare breed of literature."
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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition)
6.  The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition) by William Goldman
The list author says:
  "If you have a kid, skip the middle parts and read them the story. If you're an adult, you'll revel in the brilliance of Goldman's perfect adventure tale."
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The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room  (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
7.  The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction Series) by Paul Auster
The list author says:
  "Auster's trio of novellas capture the disconnected, impersonal nature of New York City perfectly. Riffs on the detective novel, Auster has crafted rare breed: a mind provoking page-turner."
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On Writing
8.  On Writing by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Arguably Stephen King's greatest work, this part-memoir part-instruction guide is the perfect bible for the aspiring writer in you - and it's not limited to fiction alone."
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A Clockwork Orange
9.  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "Burgess displays the full-use of the English language, and the human mind's nature to adapt to varying tongues. The first few pages might turn you off, but by halfway through, you're speaking Nadsat."
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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
10.  Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The list author says:
  "Lacking a career? Pick up Anthony Bourdain's fantastic biography of life as a chef. Screwing in the backrooms, unhygienic treament of fish and lots of heroin. It'll change what your life goal is."
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
11.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Ralph Steadman
The list author says:
  "An ultimate college book, Thompson's account of his weekend in Las Vegas is essential reading for anyone who's experimented or planning to experiment with narcotics."
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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics)
12.  A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics) by Howard Zinn
The list author says:
  "Want to know the REAL history of America? The sadistic nature of Columbus? The trials of slavery? The real reasons behind WWII? Read this and cry in sorrow."
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Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series)
13.  Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (Open Media Series) by Noam Chomsky
The list author says:
  "Your first introduction to Noam Chomsky - a fantasticly condensed pamphlet on the propagandistic nature of the world media."
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The Man in the High Castle
14.  The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Another Phil Dick book, and his most famous effort. The Axis win WWII and the world isn't so bad. A perfect novel that could never be translated to anything else."
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Notes of a Dirty Old Man
15.  Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "Bukowski is one of the sickest writers ever to grace this planet, and this collection of columns is a perfect introduction to his nauseating brand of humor."
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The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)
16.  The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist) by Salman Rushdie
The list author says:
  "Salman Rushdie had a fatwa placed on his head, and had every Muslim in the world looking for him. Read this and find out why."
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The Plague
17.  The Plague by Stuart Gilbert
The list author says:
  "One of Camus' most famous novels, and a great introduction. Part fiction, part philosophy, the Plague is a classic piece of literature that must be read."
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Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock'N'Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'N'Roll
18.  Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock'N'Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock 'N'Roll by Greil Marcus
The list author says:
  "Go pick up a whole bunch of pioneering rock music (The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, The Beatles), and then study Bangs' great insights into some of the most (at the time) misunderstood music."
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The Dharma Bums
19.  The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "Forget Kerouac's so-called 'classic' On The Road, and read about his days as a bum searching for spiritual awakening. A fascinating work that will turn you onto the original beliefs of Buddhism."
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A Scanner Darkly
20.  A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Yet another masterpiece from the sci-fi author, this semi-autobiographical novel is strangely parallel to our own modern world. Read it before the film comes out this fall."
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This Is Orson Welles
21.  This Is Orson Welles by Orson Welles
The list author says:
  "As close to an autobiography to the greatest filmmaker ever that you'll get. Not only great for information on his films, but just amazing to read his fascinatingly articulate speech."
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Wonder Boys: A Novel
22.  Wonder Boys: A Novel by Michael Chabon
The list author says:
  "A brilliantly enjoyable tale from one of the greatest living writer's - Chabon's clean, clever prose never fails to dissapoint, neither do his stories for that matter."
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A Confederacy of Dunces
23.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The list author says:
  "Possibly the funniest book of all-time, the tragic Toole's only novel is a masterpiece, torn between its own brilliance and its frightening relevance to every class of human being."
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Childhood's End
24.  Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
The list author says:
  "Clarke's post-war sci-fi masterpiece is a novel that will never age until we as a species age. Questioning ideas of peace, mythology and evolution, the book should up there amongst the spiritual greats."
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
25.  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by John Woods
The list author says:
  "Suskind's astoundingly evocative tale is both beautiful and repulsive, recounting the olfactory tale of a man with the heightened ability of smell."
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How Proust Can Change Your Life
26.  How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
The list author says:
  "De Botton's insightful literary journey through "In Search of Lost Time" not only places the author's philosophies in the context of your own life, but saves you the trouble of reading Proust's 2000-page tome."
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Is this book ok for an 11 year old girl? 0 9 days ago
Catcher in the Rye should be banned... 90 Oct 14, 2014
how to read 0 Jul 28, 2014
D'Minished's Fans Have Arrived 0 Jul 10, 2014
why are these novels banned? 11 Jun 26, 2014
Who is Silver Shadow? 4 Jun 5, 2014
Where does Zinn get the nerve? 3 Jun 2, 2014
Welcome to the Sun Also Rises forum 8 May 27, 2014
this book sucks 52 Mar 29, 2014
Comparing Historians. 0 Mar 16, 2014
I need another book like the unbearable lightness of being 6 Sep 6, 2013
Will this Book Ever Be on Kindle? 9 Apr 16, 2013
 
   

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