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Old 02-14-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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What book should I read next?

My mood: Thoughtful, creative, artistic, hungry for intellectual consumption

Selections from the Collection: Steppenwolf, The Metamorphosis, The Stranger, The Sound and The Fury, As I Lay Dying, The Bell Jar
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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-- Napoleon Dynamite.

No bad selections on that list, although, given that two of the titles are by Faulkner, I have to ask if you've read any other William Faulkner. The two novels you list are among his more difficult, and are much better if you have the background of a half-dozen other works by him, notably: Sartoris, The Unvanquished, Light in August, The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion.

Other suggests:

The Trial, Franz Kafka
Lord Jim, Nostromo or Victory, Joseph Conrad
The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abé
The Human Factor, The Ministry of Fear, Graham Greene


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Old 02-27-2012, 09:57 AM   #4
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The Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham was terrific, and sounds like it might be up your alley.
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I'm thinking Dorian Gray's Portrait by Oscar Wilde or Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
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Selections from the Collection: Steppenwolf, The Metamorphosis, The Stranger, The Sound and The Fury, As I Lay Dying, The Bell Jar
The two selections by Faulkner are undeniably great novels, but if you haven't read Faulkner before, they are not the ones you want to start with. If that condition exists, start with Sartoris, The Unvanquished, The Wild Palms, Light in August.

I can't think of a novelist for whom the progression of work is more important to a reader.

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:14 AM   #8
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In the mood for a dark thriller that has substance. Books that fit the mold in my collection are First Blood, Silence of the Lambs, Apt Pupil, Roadwork, Dolores Claiborne; Secret Window, Secret Garden;
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