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Date of last rating: 2013-12-12 10:05:05 UTC | Number Ratings: 17 | Inserted entries: 14

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The Catcher in the Rye

Submitted by anna at 2013-12-12 10:04:59 UTC

Is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. The novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, recounts the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way. J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up.

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Shantaram

Submitted by anna at 2013-12-12 09:12:54 UTC

Shantaram is a novel influenced by real events in the life of the author, Australian Gregory David Roberts. In 1978, Roberts was sentenced to a 19-year imprisonment in Australia. In July 1980, he escaped from Victoria’s Pentridge Prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for the next ten years. He flees to India. The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Mumbai.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1984. ( George Orwell )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 18:04:05 UTC

It is a dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannised by the Party and its totalitarian ideology.[1] The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes.

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Norwegian Wood

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:54:38 UTC

(Haruki Murakami) When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

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1Q84 (One Q Eighty-Four). ( Haruki Murakami )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:47:46 UTC

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

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The Last of the Savages ( Jay McInerney )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:41:02 UTC

From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.

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The Godfather. ( Mario Puzo )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:31:57 UTC

A searing evocation of the Mafia underworld, this novel introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that would be passed on from father to son. The novel stands out due to its exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition

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Léon, l'Africain ( Amin Maalouf )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:26:00 UTC

Leo Africanus is a 1986 novel written in French by Amin Maalouf, depicting the life of a historical Renaissance-era traveler, Leo Africanus. Since very little is actually known about his life, the book fills in the historical episodes, placing Leo in the company of many of the key historical figures of his time, including three popes, two Ottoman emperors, with appearances by Boabdil, Askia Mohammad I of the Songhai Empire, Ferdinand of Spain...

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Fall of Giants. The Century Trilogy #1 ( Ken Follett )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 17:14:15 UTC

Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...

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The Wise Man's Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle #2. ( Patrick Rothfuss )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 16:57:52 UTC

The main character Kvothe continues the recorded narrative as commenced in The Name of the Wind. Kvothe continues his education at the university, where he is engaged in a vicious feud with fellow student and member of high nobility Ambrose, punctuated by things such as the theft or retrieval of the love interest Denna's ring,and which culminates in his indirectly orchestrated arrest by the Church for an inadvertant attack on Ambrose in the Name of the Wind.

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The Name of the Wind. The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One ( Patrick Rothfuss )

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 16:49:27 UTC

A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world. L'obra es desenvolupa en un món fantàstic (ambientat en l'edat mitjana) i narra la història de Kvothe (pronunciat "cuouz"), mag, assassí, enamorat, músic, estudiant i aventurer, i com es va convertir en un personatge llegendari.

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Samarkand (Amin Maalouf)

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 16:36:59 UTC

Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone. Thus begins the seamless blend of fact and fiction that is Samarkand. Vividly re-creating the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, Amin Maalouf spans continents and centuries with breathtaking vision: the dusky exoticism of 11th-century Persia, with its poe...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 16:26:39 UTC

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Lat...

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The Last Cato (Matilde Asensi)

Submitted by anna at 2013-03-27 16:14:47 UTC

A masterful blend of Christian scholarship and thrilling adventure, The Last Cato is a novel about the race to find the secret location of the Vera Cruz, the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, and the ancient brotherhood sworn to protect it. Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world—and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop the thieves from stealing what is left of the scattered splinters of the True Cross. Brilliant paleographer Dr. Ottavia Salina is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church to decipher the scars found on an Ethiopi...

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