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"The War of the End of the World", by Mario Vargas Llosa.
This novel is based on events that took place in Brazil at the turn of the 20th
century. It is an embellished History to be sure but most characters were based
on actual people and events. Llosa gives a voice to the class of people most
often neglected in History: the lower classes. With this often neglected voice
Llosa crafts an entertaining and informative novel. I couldn't put it down!
"Catch 22", by Joseph Heller.
This book has no organization, no real plot, just a plethora of strange and
demented people. I just loved it! This one is a keeper. It gets funnier every
time you read it. I've read it at least four times, and can't get tired of it.
Keep in mind, in Chapter 39, the definition of Catch 22 is "They have the right to
do whatever we can't stop them from doing." Here's an example:
- Yossarian says, "You're talking about winning the war, and I am talking
about winning the war and keeping alive."
- "Exactly," Clevinger snapped smugly. "And which do you think is more important?"
- "To whom?" Yossarian shot back. "It doesn't make a damn bit
of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead."
- "I can't think of another attitude that could be depended upon to give greater comfort to
- "The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted
precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side
"The Lord of the Rings", by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Just like most people Tolkien got me hooked on fantasy in years to come.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed!
"Night", by Elie Wiesel.
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy
into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his
innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as
The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil
at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror
must never be allowed to happen again.
"Tales of Mistery and Imagination", by Edgar Allan Poe.
Locked doors, bricked-up alcoves and premature burial close in on Poe's
narrators as they, like their victims, are cut off from light, air and human
society. The "disordered chambers" of the author's mind resonate with
archetypal, if extreme, psychological states; these 46 tales also present the
incurable hoaxer and teller of excessively tall tales, a master of this
"My name is Asher Lev", by Chaim Potok.
My Name Is Asher Lev is an amazing account of a Jewish boy's development into an
artist, much to the displeasure of his religious family. Twenty years have passed for Asher Lev. He is a world-renowned artist living in
France, still uncertain of his artistic direction. When his beloved uncle dies
suddenly, Asher and his family rush back to Brooklyn--and into a world that
Asher thought he had left behind forever....
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