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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    http://www.amazon.com/1984-60th-Anniversary-Plume-George-Orwell/dp/0452262933/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356046111&sr=1-2&keywords=1984
    • Author: George Orwell
    As literary political fiction and as dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949. Moreover, Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005 the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editor's list, and 6 on the reader's list. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 8 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.
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    To Kill A Mockingbird

    To Kill A Mockingbird

    http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Mockingbird-50th-Anniversary/dp/0061743526/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356046288&sr=1-1&keywords=to+kill+a+mockingbird+by+harper+lee
    • Author: Harper Lee
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."
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    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    http://www.amazon.com/Old-Man-Sea-Ernest-Hemingway/dp/8170262291/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047693&sr=1-1&keywords=the+old+man+and+the+sea
    • Author: Ernest Hemingway
    The Old Man and the Sea is a novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway and published in his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it centers upon Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954.
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    The Trial

    The Trial

    http://www.amazon.com/Trial-Franz-Kafka/dp/1612931030/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356046640&sr=1-1&keywords=the+trial
    • Author: Franz Kafka
    The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader. After Kafka's death in 1924 his friend and literary executor Max Brod edited the text for publication by Verlag Die Schmiede.
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    Brave New World

    Brave New World

    http://www.amazon.com/Brave-World-P-S-Aldous-Huxley/dp/0061767646/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356968081&sr=8-1&keywords=Brave+new+world
    • Author: Aldous Huxley
    The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's legendary vision of a world of tomorrow utterly transformed. In Huxley's darkly satiric yet chillingly prescient imagining of a "utopian" future, humans are genetically designed and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as a thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment.
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    Hunger

    Hunger

    http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Novel-Knut-Hamsun/dp/0374531102/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047648&sr=1-1&keywords=hunger+hamsun
    • Author: Knut Hamsun
    A true classic of modern literature that has been described as “one of the most disturbing novels in existence” (Time Out), Hunger is the story of a Norwegian artist who wanders the streets, struggling on the edge of starvation. As hunger overtakes him, he slides inexorably into paranoia and despair. The descent into madness is recounted by the unnamed narrator in increasingly urgent and disjointed prose, as he loses his grip on reality.
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    Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death

    Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death

    http://www.amazon.com/Slaughterhouse-Five-A-Novel-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/0385333846/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356968334&sr=8-1&keywords=slaugherhouse-five
    • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
    Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
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    Don Quixote

    Don Quixote

    http://www.amazon.com/Don-Quixote-Miguel-Cervantes/dp/0060188707/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047193&sr=1-1&keywords=don+quixote
    • Author: Miguel de Cervantes
    Don Quixote is a novel written by Miguel de Cervantes. The novel follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels, that he decides to set out to revive chivalry under the name of Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals with Don Quixote's rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood with a unique, earthy wit. He is met by the world as it is, initiating themes like intertextuality, realism, metatheatre and literary representation. Published in two volumes a decade apart, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. In a 2002 list, Don Quixote was cited as the "best literary work ever written".
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    Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    http://www.amazon.com/Thus-Spoke-Zarathustra-Friedrich-Nietzsche/dp/1613823061/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356046341&sr=1-1&keywords=thus+spoke
    • Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Nietzsche injects myriad ideas into the book, but there are a few recurring themes. The overman (Übermensch), a self-mastered individual who has achieved his full power, is an almost omnipresent idea in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Man as a race is merely a bridge between animals and the overman. Nietzsche also makes a point that the overman is not an end result for a person, but more the journey toward self-mastery. The eternal recurrence, found elsewhere in Nietzsche's writing, is also mentioned. The eternal recurrence is the idea that all events that have happened will happen again, infinitely many times. Such a reality can serve as the litmus test for an overman. Faced with the knowledge that he would repeat every action that he has taken, an overman would be elated as he has no regrets and loves life.
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    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    http://www.amazon.com/Great-Expectations-Dover-Thrift-Editions/dp/0486415864/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356047120&sr=8-1&keywords=great+expectations
    • Author: Charles Dickens
    Great Expectations is Charles Dickens' thirteenth novel. It is the second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. Great Expectations was to be twice as long, but All the Year Round's management constraints limited the novel's length. Collected and dense, with a conciseness unusual for Dickens, the novel represents Dickens' peak and maturity as an author. Great Expectations was written, according to G. K. Chesterton, in "the afternoon of his life and glory," and the penultimate novel Dickens completed, preceding Our Mutual Friend.
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    A Doll's House

    A Doll's House

    http://www.amazon.com/Dolls-House-Henrik-Ibsen/dp/145372334X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047292&sr=1-1&keywords=a+doll%27s+house
    • Author: Henrik Ibsen
    A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by the playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play was controversial when first published, as it is sharply critical of 19th century marriage norms. In a speech given to the Norwegian Women's Rights League in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he "must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement," since he wrote "without any conscious thought of making propaganda," his task having been "the description of humanity." UNESCO inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value.
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    The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Homer/dp/1604240687/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356046132&sr=1-1&keywords=odyssey
    • Author: Homer
    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the first. It is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.
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    Hagakure

    Hagakure

    http://www.amazon.com/Hagakure-Book-Samurai-Yamamoto-Tsunetomo/dp/1590309855
    • Author: Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    Hagakure ("In the Shadow of Leaves") is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction-in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido-the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word: it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence. The work represents an attitude far removed from our modern pragmatism and materialism, and possesses an intuitive rather than rational appeal in its assertion that Bushido is a Way of Dying, and that only a samurai retainer prepared and willing to die at any moment can be totally true to his lord. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals of the Hizen fief to which the author belonged, it later came to be recognized as a classic exposition of samurai thought and came to influence many subsequent generations, including Yukio Mishima. This translation offers 300 selections that constitute the core texts of the 1,300 present in the original. Hagakure was featured prominently in the film Ghost Dog, by Jim Jarmusch
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    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Years-Solitude-Publisher/dp/B004NDFKVE/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356087419&sr=1-7&keywords=one+hundred+years+of+solitude
    • Author: Gabriel García Márquez
    One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad, 1967), by Gabriel García Márquez, is a novel that tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia. The non-linear story is narrated via different time frames, a technique derived from the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (as in The Garden of Forking Paths)[citation needed]. The widely acclaimed book, considered by many to be the author's masterpiece, was first published in Spanish in 1967, and subsequently has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 20 million copies.[1][2] The magical realist style and thematic substance of One Hundred Years of Solitude established it as an important, representative novel of the literary Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s,[3] that was stylistically influenced by Modernism (European and North American), and the Cuban Vanguardia (Vanguard) literary movement.
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    Jonas

    Jonas

    http://www.aschehougagency.no/Books/Fiction/Novels/Bjoerneboe-Jens-Jonas
    • Author: Jens Bjørneboe
    Since it was published in 1955, Jonas has remained one of the most important novels of the post-war period. The story begins with a missing persons notice for eight year old Jonas Andreassen, who has run away from home. It is soon obvious that the reason for the disappearance lies in a flailed school system, where they try to transfer the clearly bright and normal boy to a special school, the idiot, because of writing and reading difficulties. Bjørneboe uses the protagonist to direct harsh criticism at the school system of that time, and he emphasises and elevates the pedagogy of the Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools as the way forward. We also encounter a number of radical, philosophical characters, who are all opposed to the current educational pedagogy, and who in a direct or indirect manner will be responsible for Jonas’ salvation from destruction in the school system.
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    Papillon

    Papillon

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016CL8E8/sr=8-6/qid=1397029564/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1397029564&seller=&sr=8-6
    • Author: Henri Charrière

    The book is an account of a 14-year period in Papillon's life (October 26, 1931 to October 18, 1945) starting from when he was wrongly convicted of murder in France and sentenced to a life of hard labor at the Devil's Island penal colony. He escaped from Devil's Island, to ultimately settle in Venezuela, where he lived and prospered, free from French justice.

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    The Creature of Jekyll Island

    The Creature of Jekyll Island

    http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Jekyll-Island-Edward-Griffin/dp/0912986468/
    • Author: G. Edward Griffin

    This is the classic exposé of the Fed that has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes.

    It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of history. It's all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Your world view will definitely change.

    "Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs you will ever read." 

    The 5th Edition includes a no-holds barred analysis of bank bailouts under the Bush and Obama Administrations that are shown to be nothing less than legalized plunder of the American people. Many other updates have been added, including a revision to the list of those who attended the historic meeting at Jekyll Island where the Federal Reserve was created.

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    War and Peace

    War and Peace

    http://www.amazon.com/War-Peace-Vintage-Classics-Tolstoy/dp/1400079985/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047418&sr=1-1&keywords=war+and+peace
    • Author: Leo Tolstoy
    War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina (1873–1877). War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.
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    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    http://www.amazon.com/Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Bronte/dp/1612930662/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047993&sr=1-1&keywords=wuthering+heights
    • Author: Emily Brontë
    Wuthering Heights is the only published novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846 and published in July of the following year. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews and controversy when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty. Although Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was generally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works during most of the nineteenth century, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that it was a superior achievement.
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    Faust

    Faust

    http://www.amazon.com/Faust-Tragedy-Norton-Critical-Editions/dp/0393972828/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047484&sr=1-1&keywords=faust
    • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts: Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil (translated as: Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy) and Faust. Der Tragödie zweiter Teil (Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy). Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature.
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    The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain

    http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mountain-Thomas-Mann/dp/0679772871/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356047823&sr=1-1&keywords=the+magic+mountain
    • Author: Thomas Mann
    The Magic Mountain (German: Der Zauberberg) is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in November 1924. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th century German literature. Mann's vast composition is erudite, subtle, ambitious, but, most of all, ambiguous; since its original publication it has been subject to a variety of critical assessments. For example, the book blends a scrupulous realism with deeper symbolic undertones. Given this complexity, each reader is obliged to weigh up the artistic significance of the pattern of events set out within the narrative, a task made more difficult by the author's Olympian irony. Mann himself was well aware of his book's elusiveness, but offered few clues about approaches to the text. He later compared it to a symphonic work orchestrated with a number of themes and, in a playful commentary on the problems of interpretation, recommended that those who wished to understand it should read it through twice.
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    Love Story

    Love Story

    http://www.amazon.com/Love-Story-Erich-Segal/dp/B000BB7CYK
    • Author: Erich Segal
    He is Oliver Barett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law. She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe. Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. Here is a love that will linger in your heart now and forever.
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    A Million Dirty Secrets

    A Million Dirty Secrets

    http://www.clparkerofficial.com
    • Author: C.L. Parker
    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes a wickedly erotic new novel of innocence, desire, and unbridled pleasure.
     
    Delaine Talbot has a secret. When a matter of life and death threatens to tear apart her family, Delaine makes the ultimate sacrifice. She auctions herself off at Chicago’s most exclusive erotic club. Now she belongs to Noah Crawford, a wealthy mogul who introduces her to a seductive feast of the senses, awakening desires she only dreamed about. 
     
    Noah doesn’t know why Delaine sold her body for a cool two mil. But it’s the perfect business arrangement. The inexperienced beauty will learn to satisfy his every sensual need, yet never touch his heart. Almost immediately their relationship generates heat—in more ways than one. When they fight, they take no prisoners. When they love, they show no mercy. When they’re together, they never want to leave each other’s arms. But soon, their intense, physical bond will take an unexpected turn—evolving into something neither has bargained for: the promise of a lasting love.

    Advance praise for A Million Dirty Secrets

    “Smoldering sex scenes and a cliffhanger ending will have erotica fans panting for more.”—Publishers Weekly

    A Million Dirty Secrets is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

     

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    HELL`S ANGELS

    HELL`S ANGELS

    http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Angels-Strange-Terrible-Saga/dp/0345410084
    • Author: Hunter S. Thompson
    Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs is a book written by Hunter S. Thompson, first published in 1966 by Random House. It was widely lauded for its up-close and uncompromising look at the Hells Angels motorcycle club, during a time when the gang was highly feared and accused of numerous criminal activities. The New York Times described Thompson's portrayal as "a world most of us would never dare encounter."[3] It was Thompson's first published book and his first attempt at a nonfiction novel. Thompson had previously written two unpublished fictional books, one of which was eventually published in 1998.
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    • Terry Galtney 30th of March 2013
      Wow, all of these sounds great! I love to read when I can find the time and maybe some day I'll get around to reading 1 or 2! lol