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1 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 98,655 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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2 The Diary of a Young Girl
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,505,942 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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3 Lolita
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 420,153 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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4 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 701,920 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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5 The Bell Jar
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 343,608 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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6 A Confederacy of Dunces
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 148,677 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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7 In Cold Blood
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 337,685 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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8 The Sound and the Fury
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 109,022 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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9 Lord of the Flies
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,295,567 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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10 Sophie's Choice
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 58,976 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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11 Waiting for Godot
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 84,638 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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12 A Clockwork Orange
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 364,685 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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13 The Metamorphosis
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 284,398 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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14 The Things They Carried
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 128,998 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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15 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 344,265 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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16 Blood Meridian, or the Even...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 58,568 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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17 The House of Mirth
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 55,355 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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18 As I Lay Dying
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 86,349 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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19 Breakfast of Champions
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 153,470 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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20 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 87,275 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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21 The Once and Future King (T...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 71,666 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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22 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 88,864 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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24 Cannery Row
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 66,222 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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25 The Bone People
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 13,256 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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26 The Tin Drum
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 23,922 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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27 The Alexandria Quartet  (Th...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 7,977 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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28 Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstro...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 33,527 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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29 All the Pretty Horses (The ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 56,426 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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30 Housekeeping
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22,481 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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31 Down and Out in Paris and L...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 28,930 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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32 West with the Night
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 14,445 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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33 Out of Africa
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 17,647 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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34 Stones from the River
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 67,088 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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35 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 53,949 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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36 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 13,194 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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37 The Third Policeman
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 9,184 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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39 The Painted Bird
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 12,312 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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40 Neverwhere
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 212,509 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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41 Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 35,236 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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42 Babbitt
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 13,219 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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43 The Forsyte Saga (The Forsy...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 12,224 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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44 Independent People
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 4,194 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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45 Johnny Got His Gun
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 20,430 ratings Ruth rated it 4 stars
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46 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 577,617 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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47 Waiting for the Barbarians
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 13,563 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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48 The Stories of John Cheever
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 9,889 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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49 At Swim-Two-Birds
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,399 ratings Ruth added it to dof-didnotfinish
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50 Play It as It Lays
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 12,988 ratings
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51 Berlin Alexanderplatz
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,176 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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52 Zorba the Greek
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 15,092 ratings Ruth rated it 5 stars
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