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  1. Maybe Mrs Dalloway isn't the book for you. I have...

    Maybe Mrs Dalloway isn't the book for you. I have a mixed relationship with Dalloway, I want to like it more than I do but I don't enjoy it that much. Yet it is quite an extraordinary book. I didn't...
  2. What about Unto This Last by John Ruskin or On...

    What about Unto This Last by John Ruskin or On Liberty by John Stuart Mill or Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands by Queen Victoria?
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    I suspect it depends upon how you define...

    I suspect it depends upon how you define ‘travel’. For many people this is all about destination, about seeing a different culture or visiting or experiencing another country or city. Most people, in...
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    It's likely people are posting in the other...

    It's likely people are posting in the other thread....http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?2706-What-are-u-reading-right-now/page591
  5. Surely you're not afraid of Virginia Woolf ;) I...

    Surely you're not afraid of Virginia Woolf ;) I didn't like Woolf much the first time I read her either, but then I think I started with Mrs. Dalloway and it's a great book but I don't enjoy it. To...
  6. Classics I've read recently which have been...

    Classics I've read recently which have been really good include:
    - The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    - To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    But I guess it...
  7. I tried to read In Search of Lost Time a couple...

    I tried to read In Search of Lost Time a couple of years back and managed to get to the end of Swann's Way/The Way by Swann's before giving in. You have my admiration to have made it as far as...
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    That sounds an awful lot like bread & butter...

    That sounds an awful lot like bread & butter pudding but using apples rather than sultanas. It is considered a 'cheap' dish because it uses stale, leftover bread. It is also delicious and very...
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    The Wall (Die Wand) by Marlen Haushofer would be...

    The Wall (Die Wand) by Marlen Haushofer would be perfect for your course. A book which is a lot less well known than it should be.
  10. Underworld is good. If you're looking for large...

    Underworld is good. If you're looking for large novels, you can't go far wrong with Middlemarch or The Tale of Genji or Kristen Lavransdatter. All great reads.
  11. Canongate have released a whole series of books...

    Canongate have released a whole series of books which are re-telling of mythologies: http://www.canongate.tv/canongate-myths
    The Winterson, Smith, Kirino and Byatt are very good.
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    Louise Glück is very good, also Mark Strand. If you're searching for something, a good collection like Being Alive...
  13. Austria: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer Zimbabwe:...

    Austria: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
    Zimbabwe: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulaweyo
    Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
    China: I am China by Xiaolu Guo
    Denmark: So Much for that Winter by...
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    I have a mixed relationship with short stories; I...

    I have a mixed relationship with short stories; I think I don't like them, then I remember all the amazing collections I've read (Leaf Storm included, anything by Tove Jansson, a particular fondness...
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    Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan Leaf...

    Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan
    Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Foxes Come at Night by Cees Nooteboom

    all short story collections.
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    Mao II is excellent and I agree, Red Terror, one...

    Mao II is excellent and I agree, Red Terror, one of DeLillo's easier reads. I recommend The Names too, a brilliant book about language and conspiracy.
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    Also if you particularly like short stories there...

    Also if you particularly like short stories there is:
    - Cosmicomics / Numbers in the Dark / Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino
    - Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
    - Self Help by Lorrie Moore
    - The...
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    It's a very wide field you're asking for. Some...

    It's a very wide field you're asking for. Some suggestions:
    - Lightning Rods or The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
    - White Noise by Don DeLillo
    - The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
    - All the...
  19. Elena Ferrante for Italy. You'll love her...

    Elena Ferrante for Italy. You'll love her Neapolitan series (My Brilliant Friend, Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Story of the Lost Child). It sounds a lot but honestly...
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    Both The Driver's Seat and Crash are great books....

    Both The Driver's Seat and Crash are great books. Crash I think is pretty polarising - it could be perceived as brilliant or cheap dodgy porn. Personally I found the obsession quality quite...
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    There are hundreds, thousands probably. Any book...

    There are hundreds, thousands probably. Any book by Virginia Woolf, Don DeLillo, Nicholson Baker, Ali Smith, Tove Jansson, Cees Nooteboom. To the Lighthouse; If on a winter's night, a traveller;...
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    There are plenty of stories without villains.

    There are plenty of stories without villains.
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    Well I do read a lot of books, and 2015 was an...

    Well I do read a lot of books, and 2015 was an excellent reading year so it is very hard to choose. On the fiction front it would be a tie between The Names and the Neapolitan series (which,...
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    Books to look forward to in 2016?

    Which books are you anxiously awaiting in 2016? Personally very excited for:
    - Zero K by Don DeLillo: http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Don-DeLillo/Zero-K/18614317
    - The Lonely City: Adventures in the...
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    Forgot to mention The Trip to Echo Spring by...

    Forgot to mention The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing and Tracks by Robyn Davidson. Both great books.
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