1980s Books

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The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1) The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
by (shelved 187 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,561,619 ratings — published 1985
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Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)
by (shelved 98 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.03 — 917,966 ratings — published 2012
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Beloved Beloved (Paperback)
by (shelved 92 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.88 — 343,499 ratings — published 1987
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The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day (Paperback)
by (shelved 88 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.13 — 214,081 ratings — published 1989
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Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
by (shelved 88 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.30 — 1,179,857 ratings — published 1985
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Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
by (shelved 87 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.90 — 272,961 ratings — published 1984
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The Color Purple The Color Purple (Paperback)
by (shelved 85 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.23 — 548,139 ratings — published 1982
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It It (Paperback)
by (shelved 82 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.24 — 850,897 ratings — published 1986
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Watchmen Watchmen (Paperback)
by (shelved 82 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.37 — 499,846 ratings — published 1987
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The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1) The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)
by (shelved 78 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.98 — 332,054 ratings — published 1983
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Paperback)
by (shelved 78 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.10 — 362,165 ratings — published 1984
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The Name of the Rose The Name of the Rose (Paperback)
by (shelved 75 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.13 — 314,060 ratings — published 1980
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Matilda Matilda (Paperback)
by (shelved 73 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.31 — 702,926 ratings — published 1988
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The Alchemist The Alchemist (Paperback)
by (shelved 69 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.88 — 2,249,968 ratings — published 1988
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Paperback)
by (shelved 68 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.02 — 356,601 ratings — published 1985
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Love in the Time of Cholera Love in the Time of Cholera (Paperback)
by (shelved 66 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.92 — 431,498 ratings — published 1985
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Norwegian Wood Norwegian Wood (Paperback)
by (shelved 65 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.03 — 380,763 ratings — published 1987
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White Noise White Noise (Paperback)
by (shelved 64 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.87 — 89,672 ratings — published 1985
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Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
by (shelved 60 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.25 — 929,991 ratings — published 2011
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The Witches The Witches (Paperback)
by (shelved 57 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.15 — 338,140 ratings — published 1983
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Midnight's Children Midnight's Children (Paperback)
by (shelved 55 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.98 — 107,680 ratings — published 1981
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The BFG The BFG (Paperback)
by (shelved 55 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.21 — 400,332 ratings — published 1982
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Misery Misery (Paperback)
by (shelved 52 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.18 — 528,811 ratings — published 1987
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Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1) Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
by (shelved 51 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.21 — 208,710 ratings — published 1987
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Pet Sematary Pet Sematary (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 50 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.01 — 449,270 ratings — published 1983
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Less Than Zero Less Than Zero (Paperback)
by (shelved 49 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.57 — 76,697 ratings — published 1985
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A Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces (Paperback)
by (shelved 48 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.88 — 240,168 ratings — published 1980
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The Bonfire of the Vanities The Bonfire of the Vanities (Paperback)
by (shelved 48 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.86 — 74,564 ratings — published 1987
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The House of the Spirits The House of the Spirits (Paperback)
by (shelved 47 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.24 — 201,682 ratings — published 1982
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Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches, #1) Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches, #1)
by (shelved 45 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.01 — 154,535 ratings — published 1987
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The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2) The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
by (shelved 44 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.96 — 132,003 ratings — published 1986
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Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1) Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
by (shelved 43 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.74 — 325,398 ratings — published 1987
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The Gunslinger The Gunslinger (Paperback)
by (shelved 42 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.94 — 534,478 ratings — published 1982
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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2) Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
by (shelved 42 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.12 — 99,896 ratings — published 1988
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Paperback)
by (shelved 42 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.73 — 63,594 ratings — published 1985
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Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1)
by (shelved 41 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.29 — 176,520 ratings — published 1989
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The Joy Luck Club The Joy Luck Club (Paperback)
by (shelved 41 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.94 — 612,050 ratings — published 1989
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The Satanic Verses The Satanic Verses (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.70 — 58,462 ratings — published 1988
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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
by (shelved 39 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.11 — 197,833 ratings — published 1982
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The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street (Paperback)
by (shelved 39 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.67 — 135,706 ratings — published 1984
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Cat's Eye Cat's Eye (Paperback)
by (shelved 39 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.92 — 62,626 ratings — published 1988
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The Lover The Lover (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.74 — 38,826 ratings — published 1984
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Chronicle of a Death Foretold Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.97 — 137,680 ratings — published 1981
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The New York Trilogy The New York Trilogy (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as 1980s)
avg rating 3.87 — 65,715 ratings — published 1987
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Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #1) Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #1)
by (shelved 37 times as 1980s)
avg rating 4.48 — 157,696 ratings — published 1985
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John Kenneth Muir
“A former Hollywood actor and a senior citizen when he first took the oath of office, Reagan was a revolutionary in many significant ways, but not necessarily in the fashion one might expect. His two terms, and the term of his successor as well, might well be described as the greatest chasm between image and reality that this country has ever witnessed.”
John Kenneth Muir, Horror Films of the 1980s

Christopher Hitchens
“Very often the test of one's allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument just one more time, or of going one more round with a hostile or (much worse) indifferent audience. I first became involved with the Czech opposition in 1968 when it was an intoxicating and celebrated cause. Then, during the depressing 1970s and 1980s I was a member of a routine committee that tried with limited success to help the reduced forces of Czech dissent to stay nourished (and published). The most pregnant moment of that commitment was one that I managed to miss at the time: I passed an afternoon with Zdenek Mlynar, exiled former secretary of the Czech Communist Party, who in the bleak early 1950s in Moscow had formed a friendship with a young Russian militant with an evident sense of irony named Mikhail Sergeyevitch Gorbachev. In 1988 I was arrested in Prague for attending a meeting of one of Vaclav Havel's 'Charter 77' committees. That outwardly exciting experience was interesting precisely because of its almost Zen-like tedium. I had gone to Prague determined to be the first visiting writer not to make use of the name Franz Kafka, but the numbing bureaucracy got the better of me. When I asked why I was being detained, I was told that I had no need to know the reason! Totalitarianism is itself a cliché (as well as a tundra of pulverizing boredom) and it forced the cliché upon me in turn. I did have to mention Kafka in my eventual story. The regime fell not very much later, as I had slightly foreseen in that same piece that it would. (I had happened to notice that the young Czechs arrested with us were not at all frightened by the police, as their older mentors had been and still were, and also that the police themselves were almost fatigued by their job. This was totalitarianism practically yawning itself to death.) A couple of years after that I was overcome to be invited to an official reception in Prague, to thank those who had been consistent friends through the stultifying years of what 'The Party' had so perfectly termed 'normalization.' As with my tiny moment with Nelson Mandela, a whole historic stretch of nothingness and depression, combined with the long and deep insult of having to be pushed around by boring and mediocre people, could be at least partially canceled and annealed by one flash of humor and charm and generosity.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

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