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The list author says: "some books i've read in as much of an order as i could muster"
Solaris
1.  Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
The list author says:
  "Lem satirizes science as the human race tries to probe the secrets of a mysterious sea planet. i read it in 24 hours and cannot do justice describing it here."
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Pierrot Mon Ami (French Literature Series)
2.  Pierrot Mon Ami (French Literature Series) by Raymond Queneau
The list author says:
  "Queneau is amazing. an upbeat positive novel!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Jacob's Room
3.  Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
The list author says:
  "also To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway"
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Céline: Journey to the End of the Night (Landmarks of World Literature)
4.  Céline: Journey to the End of the Night (Landmarks of World Literature) by John Sturrock
The list author says:
  "not enough can be said. extremely compulsive stream-of-consciousness writing. Death on the Installment Plan is even more so, though i enjoyed this more."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy
5.  The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem
The list author says:
  "just as brilliant writing by Lem, but in a different way.  i don't know if i've ever been so entertained by a book."
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Centennial Edition (Signet Classics)
6.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Centennial Edition (Signet Classics) by James Joyce
The list author says:
  "i don't think i remember any of it, but i remember loving the writing"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Farewell To Arms
7.  Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "i'm a fan of Hemingway. this was the first i read and still my favorite"
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Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
8.  Siddhartha (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Hermann Hesse
The list author says:
  "a man's journey through life. simple and superb"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Endgame and Act Without Words
9.  Endgame and Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett
The list author says:
  "everything is pointless, there is nothing, something is taking its course."
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The Picture of Dorian Gray: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
10.  The Picture of Dorian Gray: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Oscar Wilde
The list author says:
  "reads like poetry"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (872 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Things Fall Apart
11.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The list author says:
  "the white man's entrance into Africa"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,157 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Sartoris
12.  Sartoris by William Faulkner
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel
13.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel by Milan Kundera
The list author says:
  "i wished the book kept going when i finished it"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Dharma Bums
14.  The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "fun book about jumping trains, drinking, buddhism, and climbing mountains among other things"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

The Razor's Edge
15.  The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

V. (Perennial Classics)
16.  V. (Perennial Classics) by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "a wild tale"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Black Rain: A Novel (Japan's Modern Writers)
17.  Black Rain: A Novel (Japan's Modern Writers) by Masuji Ibuse
The list author says:
  "the bombing of Hiroshima from the Japanese perspective"
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The Great Gatsby
18.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "about and against rich people"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,130 customer reviews)

The Fountainhead
19.  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "a man fights against the philanthropic society.  it was hard to put this sucker down. Atlas Shrugged is even more so, though i enjoyed this more. We The Living is also worth reading."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,651 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

Flatland (Illustrated Edition)
20.  Flatland (Illustrated Edition) by Edwin A. Abbott
The list author says:
  "this book is great, geometry is alive in Flatland."
$9.90   Used & New from: $0.31
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Alchemist
21.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The list author says:
  "another philosophic journey"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,796 customer reviews)

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Candide (Dover Thrift Editions)
22.  Candide (Dover Thrift Editions) by Voltaire
The list author says:
  "satirically delightful and delightfully satiric"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library)
23.  The Crying of Lot 49 (Perennial Fiction Library) by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "a fun read. no character development, no conclusion, and great prose"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)

Bread and Wine (Signet Classics)
24.  Bread and Wine (Signet Classics) by Ignazio Silone
The list author says:
  "a communist activist hides in a French village"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

In America: A Novel
25.  In America: A Novel by Susan Sontag
The list author says:
  "a story traced from the life of a late 19th century Polish theatre star"
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Nausea (A New Directions Paperbook)
26.  Nausea (A New Directions Paperbook) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Burmese Days: A Novel
27.  Burmese Days: A Novel by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "British occupancy in Burma"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

The Death Of Ivan Ilych
28.  The Death Of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
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The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings (Signet Classics)
29.  The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings (Signet Classics) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The list author says:
  "depressing, but written elegantly or thereabouts"
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