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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Novel: Either Walker Percy's-Love In The Ruins or C.S. Lewis'-That Hideous Strength.

Just any book, maybe Shelby Foote's-The Civil War or William Alexander Percy's-Lanterns On The Levee.

There's just so many good well written books out there it's hard to do more than just express favorites.


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Roaad
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
The Stand


Cregg
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Mystic River


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DMagic
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Sometimes a Great Notion


Paedin
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Fahrenheit 451

Was the book that really made me love reading.


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Peepdip
Member since Aug 2016
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
I'll do a top 4 in no order

Ada or Ardor, and Lolita- Nabokov

Suttree- Cormac McCarthy (That's just my personal favorite, though I love and have read all of his novels)

The Unlimited dream company- JG Ballard



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MeridianDog
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
So many great gooks have been mentioned and I would love to list them also. A few I loved, in no order.

Lonesome Dove
Texasville
The Last Picture Show
The Evening Star
The Stand
The Green Mile
Christine
11/22/63
The old man and the sea
The Godfather
Pillars of the Earth
Eye of the Needle
The first 4-5 Ludlum Books
The first 4-5 Clive Cussler books
Hunt for Red October
For Whom the Bell Tolls
All of the "Spencer" novels (For Boston experience and dialogue)

So many others


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biglego
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
My opinion got downvoted. Tough crowd


lammo
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Crime and Punishment

Loon Lake by E.L.Doctorow


Any Jim Harrison's novels, Julip is a favorite


td1
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Atlas Shrugged.


Deplorable Duke
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Grendel may not be the best book, but it’s my favourite. It’s much better than the Beowulf epic.


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DLSWVA
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Have you listened to the audiobook version of Infinite Jest? It's fantastic.


lsu480
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
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For me it’s probably East of Eden


I would have to agree


Dandy Lion
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Foucault's Pendulum


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Ace Midnight
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Hip shoot for a working Top 5:

The Great Gatsby

The Killer Angels

To Kill a Mockingbird

Brave New World

Catch-22

(ETA: I answered Killer Angels earlier in the thread, )
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Muthsera
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
I've read Catcher in the Rye 5 or 6 times over the last 10 years, absolutely love it.

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster is a group of three unrelated novellas, usually packaged as one novel, that I would recommend to everyone. Kinda trippy noir, very well written.

I really enjoyed The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Goldfinch among relatively recent award winners. Swamplandia! was a tough read but very memorable - kinda like a literary Stephen King novel.

For older stuff, Libra by DeLillo (I'm currently reading Underworld), For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway. My favorite classic is Candide by Voltaire.
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81Tiger
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
The Count of Monte Cristo


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GulfCoastPoke
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
Hard to tell where you are but It gets pretty interesting as the plot comes together, although it certainly is a laborious read. Looking back I appreciate it more now than when I was reading it. I always liked how F.D. characterizes humanity and also the insights into Russian culture. I’m looking start another if his books.

I read the same translation you did - Stick with it you won’t be sad you did!


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Tigris
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
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Libra by DeLillo (I'm currently reading Underworld)


I read Underworld last year and enjoyed it more than anything in many years. After that I did White Noise on audiobook and liked it but not as much as Underworld. Libra is on my to do list for sure.


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Tigris
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re: What’s the best novel/book you’ve ever read?
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Have you listened to the audiobook version of Infinite Jest? It's fantastic.


Yeah, I've got it and have listened on long drives and flights. It's a good way to get back into it, and I like it, but sometimes it really needs the footnotes. Some things in there are pretty important to the story.


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