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50 Amazing and Essential Novels to Enrich Your Library

"I decided to compile my own (somewhat eclectic) list of novels I think are amazing and essential to every library......It's one man's reading list — a writer, a book lover, a lover and a dad, but one man nonetheless." (Recommended)
"OK, this isn't exactly a novel" says the list author about "Me Talk Pretty One Day". No equivalent comment about items 1 & 2!
(The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings pair was subsumed into one item on the list.)
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King Lear (William Shakespeare)
King Lear (William Shakespeare)
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Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
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Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
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Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
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All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties
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Pattern Recognition (William Gibson)
Pattern Recognition (William Gibson)
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Slow Man (J. M. Coetzee)
Slow Man (J. M. Coetzee)
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13
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
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Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem)
Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem)
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Gun,With Occasional Music (Jonathan Lethem)
Gun,With Occasional Music (Jonathan Lethem)
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Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)
When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
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Bel Canto (Ann Pratchett)
Bel Canto (Ann Pratchett)
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Run (Anne Patchett)
Run (Anne Patchett)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Series) (Douglas Adams)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Series) (Douglas Adams)
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Discworld Series
Discworld Series
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The Stand (Stephen King)
The Stand (Stephen King)
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Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
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25
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien)
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High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
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About a Boy (Nick Hornby)
About a Boy (Nick Hornby)
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Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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The Broker (John Grisham)
The Broker (John Grisham)
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The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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Aztec
Aztec
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Creation (Gore Vidal)
Creation (Gore Vidal)
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37
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Shibumi (Trevanian)
Shibumi (Trevanian)
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Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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