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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)
The Great Gatsby (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
Lolita (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
"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."
Too Many Men
Too Many Men
"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."
Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
"This book takes you away to another world.  I loved the peak into the geisha lifestyle."
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008 of the 2006 publication)
The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008 of the 2006 publication)
"For such a despairing subject matter this book is very uplifting.  The sparse writing is fabulous - never a useless word or phrase."
The English Patient
The English Patient
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)
"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."
The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)
The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)
"A controversial read.  A very intelligent book that makes you ponder how 'real' people can do the unspeakable."
Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library Classics)
Brideshead Revisited (Everyman's Library Classics)
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
"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."
The Constant Gardener: A Novel
The Constant Gardener: A Novel
"This book is so much more atmospheric than the movie.  Its chilling but in parts very beautiful."
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War
"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."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"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."
Dirt Music
Dirt Music
"I love, love this book.  Quietly romantic and intimate."
The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
"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."
The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil
"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."