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Markd9528's Reads That Were Pleasant Surprises - Page 2

These are books that I enjoyed much more than I anticipated. Needless to say I recommend them.
Below are some of the reasons (with examples):
I didn't know what to expect (Age of Innocence, The Grammarians, Washington Square)
I had been forewarned that the book was heavy going, when it didn't turn out to be so (Moby-Dick, The Tin Drum, The Scarlet Letter)
A previous book by the same author was disappointing (Breakfast of Champions, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos after Slaughterhouse Five)
Not run-of -the-mill for that genre (Shel Silverstein's works, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Phantom Tollbooth)
Far more humorous than anticipated, probably the most common reason (Lolita, Northanger Abbey, Candide)
Moving and insightful (Silas Marner, Old Man Goriot, Cloudstreet)
Gave insight into other parts of the world and/or historical periods (1914, Things Fall Apart, Every Day is For the Thief, A Fine Balance)
A savage parody of academic life and intellectuals (Stoner, Pnin, Clouds).
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Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
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Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
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Old Man Goriot (Honoré De Balzacm Trans. Olivia McCannon)
Old Man Goriot (Honoré De Balzacm Trans. Olivia McCannon)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
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The Passion (Jeanette Winterson)
The Passion (Jeanette Winterson)
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The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
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Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
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The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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Scoop (Evelyn Waugh)
Scoop (Evelyn Waugh)
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The Secret River
The Secret River
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A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
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The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
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Silas Marner
Silas Marner
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Stoner (John Williams)
Stoner (John Williams)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)
The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)
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The Uncommon Reader (Alan Bennett)
The Uncommon Reader (Alan Bennett)
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Washington Square (Henry James)
Washington Square (Henry James)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
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World's Fair (E.L. Doctorow)
World's Fair (E.L. Doctorow)
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Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
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