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A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
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A good narrow selection of his work. Some of his best essays ranging from literary criticism to memoir to exposé.
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Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
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Not an amazing accomplishment as memoir, but an amazing life and catalog of experiences very well told. By turns funny and heartwrenching, insightful and enraging, it is an entertaining read, and an excellent book for gaining a wide perspective on th ...more
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Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
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This book crushed me. Perhaps I just wasn't equal to it, but the darkness in it was so well captured as to be palpable long after I closed its pages. Also, Amis executes the chronological narrative device very well.
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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
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Despite his foibles and bugaboos, William Strunk, Jr., accomplished a worthy feat in Elements. He gave us a style and usage guide that is not only helpful, but slender. Read it. Use it. Carry it around. Just remember to take certain passages with a s ...more
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Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
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It deserves five stars for sheer originality given the historical context, but it's just not as funny as Don Quixote. And although countless episodes are entertaining, it could use some heavy editing. I might prefer an abridged version, cut it in hal ...more
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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