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  1. The greatest prose stylists ? Robert Burton, De Quincey, 
Chateaubriand ?

    Obviously Proust, and Nabakov, but I'm looking for those baroque stylist's that dazzle with long rococo sentences of romance and melancholy. Thanks.
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    Novels of strait sexually broken men ?

    Looking for novels with men who have been somehow wounded sexually. There are numerous great gay novels, but what about heterosexual ones ? I can think of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and A little...
  3. Angry Novels ? What are the angriest books you've ever read ?

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and This Boy's Like by Wolf are books crackling with rage ? What are some of the angriest newels you've ever read ?
  4. Most pessimistic nihilistic literature you've ever read ?

    Probably the most unrelentingly bleak vision I've read is H.P. Lovecraft. Michel Houellebecq's novels too seem fairly nihilistic. Any others ?
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    Novels with suicidal protagonists ?

    What are some good literature with suicidal main characters ? I can think of The Bell Jar, The Virgin Suicides, and pretty much every Bukowski book....
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    Most bitter novel ?

    I feel the books of Michel Houellebecq are pretty bitter. Any others ?
  7. Most wretched character in all of literature ?

    Pretty much no one can beat Kafka's creations, especially good ol' Gregor. Also poor Humbert from Lolita is awfully tortured....Who else ?
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    Novels with failures as protagonists.

    What good books have failures as protagonists ? I'd say practically every Bukowski book. I'm thinking washed up characters, people struggling with bitter disappointments etc
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    Loneliest character in a novel ?

    Or just a book that deftly deals with themes of loneliness and isolation. The Heart is a lonely hunter comes to mind...
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    I also thought of The Sin Also Rises and, tho not...

    I also thought of The Sin Also Rises and, tho not explicit, Hunger.
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    Sexually frustrated characters in novels

    What novels have sexually frustrated folks in them, or people who are tortured by lust ? Lolita, I know. What else ?
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