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November 27, 2010


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Geoff Barbaro

Harper Lee's beautiful To Kill a Mockingbird - an extraordinary example of storytelling with themes that ring through the ages. A book that can and should be read at any and every stage of life.

Cheers, geoff


Moby Dick by Melville.

Steve Denning

I agree that we need to find a place for Moby Dick and To Kill a Mockingbird. But what to drop?


I suggest:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment

A classic!

Andrew Taylor

Wilde's 'Picture of Dorian Grey' and Nabakov's 'lolita'

Steve Denning

Yes, I loved Crime and Punishment and Lolita. Also liked The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'm beginning to think we need more than seven!

Edna Pasher

Man`s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel

Steve Denning


I love Frankel's book! But not technically a novel.


Edna Pasher

Sorry for my mistake...
Just love this book!
Happy you love it too!
So here is a must read novel:
The Plague by Albert Camus


Actually one which I doubt you'll have read is "Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary" by Jenny Hobbs

Steve Denning

You're right. I don't know Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Noa Baum

one hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a book I read repeatedly at that age.

Steve Denning

Hi Noa,

Thanks for the input. For some strange reason, One Hundred Years of Solitude never quite resonated with me. Not sure why.

By contrast, I adored Love in the Time of Cholera.

Maybe I should give One Hundred Years another try?


David J

From an Englishman's perspective - Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, sink yourself in the glories of a earlier more rural age and the power of destiny and tragedy.

Steve Denning


Thanks for the suggestion. I have to admit that I found Hardy a bit on the slow side, but let's add him to the growing list!


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