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What would you say are the must-reads of literature? posted 27 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by FuraxVZ, Candidate

Darnit, I've lost my list of 'The Ten Books You Have to Read' I made a while back. It was actually a struggle to limit myself to ten and still sample a little of everything.

Here's a few off the top of my head (and in no order):

Proust's In Search of Lost Time (and I'll cheat and call all books just one)

Tolstoy's War and Peace or Anna Karenina (you get to pick whether you like war or romance)

Orwell's 1984 (though I like Animal Farm better)

Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (not a novel, but great commentary on history. . . beyond just the Romans too.)

Then I start thinking of naming lots of Asian masterpieces that no one reads like The Tale of Genji and The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, etc. As I said, very difficult to pick what MUST be read; there's so much! view post


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