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Juicy and obscure classic fiction that I love

Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster"
The list author says: "I find out about these books from all manner of sources except from people telling me about 'this awesome book!' -- those referrals almost never work out. If you have read 3-5 books per week for years as I have, then you know exactly what I mean. These are all genuine treasures and most of them were written some time back."
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
"[A WEIRD LITTLE HAMLET] This is not a story that you're ever going to forget -- one of my all-time favorites. It's a little strange but compelling as the devil."
The Gadfly
The Gadfly
"[ITALIAN REVOLUTION -- LOSS OF RELIGIOUS FAITH] Not well-known but a terrific and gripping read."
The Unicorn
The Unicorn
"[AN ENGLISH RURAL TALE] Yet another Murdoch novel that I felt obliged to list -- outstanding!"
Green Dolphin Street
Green Dolphin Street
"[MAN ACCIDENTALLY MARRIES WRONG WOMAN -- OFF TO NEW ZEALAND] High adventure reading for women, (and for men as well.) You'll be quickly hooked on this one."
The Moonstone
The Moonstone
"[STOLEN JEWEL MYSTERY] You may have previously encountered this aged, well-written mystery but if not, don't miss the chance to read it."
The Pool in the Desert (Broadview Literary Texts)
The Pool in the Desert (Broadview Literary Texts)
"[WOMEN FINDING AND LOSING/REJECTING LOVE] Four loosely-connected tales of British Colonial life in rural India."
Puck Of Pook's Hill
Puck Of Pook's Hill
"[A SPRITE IS CONJURED -- GOING BACK IN TIME] If you savor period Hobbitish British fantasy then you'll love this Kipling gold."
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
The Gormenghast Novels (Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone)
"[AN ISOLATED KINGDOM] This is really three [sequential] books, paginated as a single edition -- I'm astounded as to how few people have heard about this semi-gothic masterpiece. See my full review for details. A bildungsroman."
Hazard in Circassia (The Phillip Hazard Novels)
Hazard in Circassia (The Phillip Hazard Novels)
"[AT WAR WITH RUSSIA] Written by a British lady military officer -- the entire series is magnificent! This is the best of the bunch but they're all excellent."
Mission to Circassia
Mission to Circassia
"[CAUCASUS ADVENTURE] I can't tell you a thing about this author except that she writes a first-class novel. Another notable adventure tale of the Caucasus Mountains."
The Enchanted Wanderer: Selected Tales (Modern Library Classics)
The Enchanted Wanderer: Selected Tales (Modern Library Classics)
"[OUT IN THE STEPPES] N.S. Leskov [or sometimes Lyeskoff] wrote the book and Magarshack is the translator, (a good one.) Tales of life in serf-period Russia as told by an old monk of sorts."
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
"[A DANDY TERRORIZES TSARIST RUSSIA] Not many Americans have heard of Biely but his works are big in Russia -- you'll howl with laughter as you read this fine novel of early 20th-Century literature."
Poorhouse Fair
Poorhouse Fair
"[AN ADMINISTRATIVE NIGHTMARE] A really fast read and a page-turner. Very funny, but cat lovers beware!"
Appointment in Samarra: A Novel
Appointment in Samarra: A Novel
"[SCANDAL!!!] O'Hara is not much read these days but, I can assure you, his stories are as fresh and relevant as the day they were first published. This one will quickly secure your enthusiasm for O'Hara. Scandal in Gibbsville, PA."
Hotel Spendide
Hotel Spendide
"[GERMAN EMPLOYEES IN A FANCY AMERICAN HOTEL/RESTAURANT] Funny x 10!"
Nightwood (New Edition)
Nightwood (New Edition)
"[LESBIANISM AND COERCION] This story is VERY dark -- not for depressed people but a quality yarn nonetheless. See my full review for details."
The Bomb
The Bomb
"[ANARCHY IN INDUSTRIAL AMERICA] Fictional rendering of the Chicago anarchist Haymarket bombing."
The Bachelors of Broken Hill: An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
The Bachelors of Broken Hill: An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Mystery
"[OUTBACK AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY] A worthwhile poisoning mystery set in Australia -- Upfield is my all-time favorite mystery author and his fictional detective character, the half-Aboriginal Napoleon Bonaparte, [Bony to his friends] is timeless."
Mr. Jelly's Business
Mr. Jelly's Business
"[OUTBACK AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY] A.K.A "Murder Down Under" {American title] is yet another Upfield masterpiece. Upfield is very addictive -- he died in 1964."
The adventures of Captain Horn
The adventures of Captain Horn
"[SHIPWRECK ON SOUTH AMERICAN COAST] The finest high adventure/treasure tale ever penned, IMHO. Makes 'Treasure Island' run off and squeal. Very old!"
Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Travels with My Aunt (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"[HUMOROUS TRAVELS IN EUROPE] Getting busted for reefer in your room? No problem -- old Auntie will field the situation. I loved this minor G.G. work."
Vril: The Power of the Coming Race
Vril: The Power of the Coming Race
"[SUPERIOR SOCIETY INSIDE THE EARTH] A very old hollow-earth sci-fi yarn and a darn fascinating one too."
Out of the Red Brush
Out of the Red Brush
"[CUTTING SHINES IN THE HILL COUNTRY] A young man's peccadillos in early Appalachia. The author made no local friends when he penned this fictional but semi-autobiographical story."
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)
"[A BIG SURPRISE!] I'm not generally a huge fan of Joseph Conrad ['Lord Jim'] but this unusual mild thriller entry is outstanding."
The Farmers Hotel
The Farmers Hotel
"[STRANDED BY SNOW IN AN OLD RURAL HOTEL] Another O'Hara entry, a novella really. It's a free-standing tale which much gratifies the reader."
Hadji Murad
Hadji Murad
"[A TALE OF COSSACK LIFE] One of Tolstoy's lesser-known works but it's a terrific straightforward account of Cossack Guerilla war in Russia."
The Last Great Auk: A Novel
The Last Great Auk: A Novel
"[A SIGNIFICANT BIRD FACES EXTIRPATION] Eckert is much-renowned for his historical novels but he is a notable naturalist as well -- an unusual work."
Fathers and Sons (Penguin Classics)
Fathers and Sons (Penguin Classics)
"[PARENTS CAN'T UNDERSTAND THEIR KIDS] Turgenev is huge in Russia but not much read in the U.S. We read this and discover that life is pretty much the same all over the world and it really hasn't changed much over time."
Oblomov
Oblomov
"[RUSSIAN ARISTOCRAT WANTS TO PASS LIFE ON THE COUCH] This book represents the pinnacle of Russian literary excellence! One of my all-time favorites."
Moonfleet (Penguin Popular Classics)
Moonfleet (Penguin Popular Classics)
"[ENGLISH SMUGGLERS RUN FROM THE LAW] If you enjoyed 'Treasure Island' you'll naturally savor this obscure novel. I found my old copy at a junk store."
The blue dog, and other fables for the French
The blue dog, and other fables for the French
"[ASTOUNDING CHILDREN'S STORIES] This diminutive work was written by a young French girl and it really bowled me over -- I've never read anything like it and the stories could only have come from the mind of a child."
The Trolley Car Family
The Trolley Car Family
"[A FAMILY HOMESTEADS IN A RETIRED TROLLEY CAR] My favorite old children's book (ages 9-12) of all time."
Homer Price.
Homer Price.
"[A SHREWD BOY DE-FUSES PROBLEMS OF ADULTS] Homer can overcome any dilemma -- he's the hayseed American Jeeves. Written for youths but adults will savor this memorable work."
A Single Pebble
A Single Pebble
"[LIFE EXPERIENCE ALONG A RIVER IN CHINA] Hersey was born in China and here he has conceived a flawless, if brief, novel."
The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics)
The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics)
"[A GAL TAKES A YEAR OFF TO GO TO PARIS] Thankfully, this outstanding fictional account has now been reprinted. People take advantage of a naive girl."
A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France (World Cultural Heritage Library)
A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France (World Cultural Heritage Library)
"[LOVE AND LUNACY IN THE FRENCH THEATRE] France wrote some major works but this minor one is the most fun -- lots of shrewd and subtle humor and some tragedy as well."
Steppenwolf: A Novel
Steppenwolf: A Novel
"[MAN BELIEVES HE IS A WOLF OF THE STEPPES] We don't read much Hesse in America but we should -- this is a deep tale and a darn great one too."
The Siamese Twin Mystery
The Siamese Twin Mystery
"[TRAPPED ON A MOUNTAINTOP WITH A MURDERER] I always preferred the older cases where Ellery worked with his dad, Inspector Queen. Here the two go on vacation together and murder ensues. Unusual!"
The Way of All Flesh (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Way of All Flesh (Dover Thrift Editions)
"[DOMINEERING GREEDY OLD CURMUDGEON TORMENTS SON] Top British literature! People have forgotten this one but it's a dandy -- I loved it."