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A Listmania! list by N.Joy Read (Australia)
The list author says: "This is my list of (my)4-5 star fiction in no particular order. It contains thought provoking and moving books that I believe will stand the test of time. Some are greater than others and some are denser than others but they all resonated with me and stayed in my mind after I'd finished reading them. They are all books that I would recommend to others."
The Great Gatsby (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
1.  The Great Gatsby (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,000 customer reviews)

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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
2.  The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition by Brian Sibley
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,613 customer reviews) | 27 customer discussions

Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
3.  Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "Such a well written novel.  It will make you cringe and it feels wrong - should be a love story between adults.  But this novel had to be written and how brilliantly written it is."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (928 customer reviews)

Too Many Men
4.  Too Many Men by Lily Brett
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  "This novel made me laugh then cry then laugh again.  I loved being inside Ruth's head...she is an interesting character.  Not always uplifting but Lily Brett navigates the difficult territory so well."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Memoirs of a Geisha
5.  Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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  "This book takes you away to another world.  I loved the peak into the geisha lifestyle."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,075 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

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The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008 of the 2006 publication)
6.  The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008 of the 2006 publication) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "For such a despairing subject matter this book is very uplifting.  The sparse writing is fabulous - never a useless word or phrase."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,645 customer reviews) | 63 customer discussions

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The English Patient
7.  The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)

All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)
8.  All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "Cormac McCarthy's writing in this novel is very different to The Road.  The brutal reality of life is the subject matter, intertwined with a bittersweet love story."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (608 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)
9.  The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International) by Carol Brown Janeway
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  "A controversial read.  A very intelligent book that makes you ponder how 'real' people can do the unspeakable."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,108 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library Classics)
10.  Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library Classics) by Evelyn Waugh
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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A Thousand Splendid Suns
11.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "I loved Hosseini's powerful message here - the suffering of women of his country.  The events will make you cry but the female characters' strength is inspiring."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,304 customer reviews) | 20 customer discussions

The Constant Gardener: A Novel
12.  The Constant Gardener: A Novel by John le Carré
The list author says:
  "This book is so much more atmospheric than the movie.  Its chilling but in parts very beautiful."
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Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War
13.  Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks
The list author says:
  "Although this book feels like it is split in two, the war writing is some of the best I've read yet.  It takes you to a very fearful place."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
14.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Ralph Steadman
The list author says:
  "Ha.  What a fun ride this book is.  It's quite crazy but easy to read and so different to other books you've read that you'll race to finish it."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (774 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

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Dirt Music
15.  Dirt Music by Tim Winton
The list author says:
  "I love, love this book.  Quietly romantic and intimate."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
16.  The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3) by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "The first Roth book I've read.  Its powerful and wanders into some heavy territory here and there but this novel stayed with me long after I finished it."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Painted Veil
17.  The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
The list author says:
  "This is a wonderfully atmospheric novel.  if you loved the movie - the real story is different but excellent.  The gulf between Walter and Kitty is palpable.  Not such a romance as a story of change and growth."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Customer Discussions about products in this list
Discussion Replies Latest Post
Realistic ? 5 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the author tell us what apocalyptic event took place? 32 Aug 11, 2014
Why didn't the man and boy stay in the bunker? 21 Aug 11, 2014
Where does the story take place? 15 Aug 11, 2014
Lord of the Rings on Kindle 76 Jul 30, 2014
Do you think this book is appropriate for young teenagers (9th graders)? 6 Mar 13, 2014
Hosseini is an American propaganda machine 229 Dec 4, 2013
Paperback VS Hardcover - same content? 0 Nov 29, 2013
Ely 0 Aug 15, 2013
type of language and content 0 Jun 24, 2013
Appendices 2 May 31, 2013
Index? 0 Jan 21, 2013
 
   

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