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Midnight's Children
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Mel Mel said: " I have learned nothing about history in my American schooling, and this magical realist/political/earnest/funny novel tells me more about what nationalism does to the spirit than anything I can think of. Highly recommended. "

 

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The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
" I know of it because Henry Miller devoted the last pages of Plexus to it; will read. "
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
" I am reading a beautiful edition of this to Ramona! "
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Howards End by E.M. Forster
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Did I mention I love Forster? Luminous exploration of not only class interactions, but the limitations that lower-class birth place upon the spiritual development of even the brightest of the poor. Magical (realist) fiction.
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Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
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If you love great detective fiction and are interested in exploring the work of the first great Black detective novelist, you want to read this book: it's almost Joycean in its language play, ingenious in its plot, and truly voiced in a manner that C ...more
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A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
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I love me some Forster, especially when he's subtly exploding cultural misunderstandings and our common inability to navigate as genuine people when restricted by the distortions that imperialism imposes upon us. Would that he were writing today abou ...more
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Flight by Sherman Alexie
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Man, what a weird and charming read. Multi-culti magical realism narrated by a would-be pimply mass murderer. Hooray, Alexie!
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
" Haven't seen the movie, but the book is criminally clever--I agree with your assessment! "
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Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
" Oh, man--read it! This was such a formative book for me as a writer--Hemingway's brevity and Rilke's poetry--you might love it! "
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