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Which are the books that a person has to read in his life?

I know depends on the tastes , but are famous books , written by authors from all over the world. So i would appreciate a list .

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The great classics! I only have a list of (mostly) English/American authors... but here ya go.

    1. ULYSSES by James Joyce

    2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

    4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

    5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

    6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

    7. CATCH-22

    8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler

    9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence

    10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

    12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler

    13. 1984 by George Orwell

    14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

    15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

    16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser

    17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

    18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

    19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

    20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

    21. HENDERSON THE RAIN KING by Saul Bellow

    22. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O'Hara

    23. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos

    24. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson

    25. A PASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M. Forster

    26. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE by Henry James

    27. THE AMBASSADORS by Henry James

    28. TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    29. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGY by James T. Farrell

    30. THE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

    31. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

    32. THE GOLDEN BOWL by Henry James

    33. SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser

    34. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Evelyn Waugh

    35. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

    36. ALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

    37. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder

    38. HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster

    39. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

    40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

    41. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

    42. DELIVERANCE by James Dickey

    43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) by Anthony Powell

    44. POINT COUNTER POINT by Aldous Huxley

    45. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

    46. THE SECRET AGENT by Joseph Conrad

    47. NOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

    48. THE RAINBOW by D.H. Lawrence

    49. WOMEN IN LOVE by D.H. Lawrence

    50. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

    51. THE NAKED AND THE DEAD by Norman Mailer

    52. PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT by Philip Roth

    53. PALE FIRE by Vladimir Nabokov

    54. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

    55. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

    56. THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

    57. PARADE'S END by Ford Madox Ford

    58. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton

    59. ZULEIKA DOBSON by Max Beerbohm

    60. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

    61. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather

    62. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones

    63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES by John Cheever

    64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

    65. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

    66. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

    67. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

    68. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis

    69. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton

    70. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET by Lawrence Durell

    71. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes

    72. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul

    73. THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West

    74. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

    75. SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh

    76. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE by Muriel Spark

    77. FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce

    78. KIM by Rudyard Kipling

    79. A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E.M. Forster

    80. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

    81. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow

    82. ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner

    83. A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul

    84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen

    85. LORD JIM by Joseph Conrad

    86. RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow

    87. THE OLD WIVES' TALE by Arnold Bennett

    88. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

    89. LOVING by Henry Green

    90. MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

    91. TOBACCO ROAD by Erskine Caldwell

    92. IRONWEED by William Kennedy

    93. THE MAGUS by John Fowles

    94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys

    95. UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch

    96. SOPHIE'S CHOICE by William Styron

    97. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

    98. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain

    99. THE GINGER MAN by J.P. Donleavy

    100. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington

    1. ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

    2. THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

    3. BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

    4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

    5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

    6. 1984 by George Orwell

    7. ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

    8. WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand

    9. MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

    10. FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard

    11. ULYSSES by James Joyce

    12. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

    13. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    14. DUNE by Frank Herbert

    15. THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein

    16. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein

    17. A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute

    18. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

    19. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

    20. ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

    21. GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon

    22. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    23. SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

    24. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

    25. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

    26. SHANE by Jack Schaefer

    27. TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute

    28. A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving

    29. THE STAND by Stephen King

    30. THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles

    31. BELOVED by Toni Morrison

    32. THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison

    33. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

    34. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

    35. MOONHEART by Charles de Lint

    36. ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

    37. OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

    38. WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor

    39. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

    40. FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies

    41. SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint

    42. ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

    43. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

    44. YARROW by Charles de Lint

    45. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft

    46. ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane

    47. MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint

    48. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

    49. THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

    50. TRADER by Charles de Lint

    51. THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

    52. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

    53. THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood

    54. BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy

    55. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

    56. ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute

    57. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

    58. GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint

    59. ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

    60. THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint

    61. THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis

    62. STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein

    63. THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

    64. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving

    65. SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

    66. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

    67. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

    68. TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

    69. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

    70. THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling

    71. THE MAGUS by John Fowles

    72. THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein

    73. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig

    74. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

    75. THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

    76. AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O'Brien

    77. FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

    78. ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis

    79. WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

    80. NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs

    81. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy

    82. GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton

    83. THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein

    84. IT by Stephen King

    85. V. by Thomas Pynchon

    86. DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein

    87. CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein

    88. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

    89. LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

    90. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey

    91. A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

    92. THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

    93. SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey

    94. MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

    95. MULENGRO by Charles de Lint

    96. SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy

    97. MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock

    98. ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach

    99. THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies

    100. THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

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  • 1 decade ago

    No two lists should be exactly alike due, as you point out, to different tastes. And that means that there are no books in particular, despite what the educational system would lead one to believe, that are an absolute must for everyone to read. Yes, the educational system forces us to read certain books, but that list is one that a handful of people (a handful could be ten, could be around a thousand or more depending the on the size of the population you're dealing with) decide on. And it is most likely it's largely stuff they were forced to read when they were attending school.

    Ok, rant done. I'll provide you with a short list I suggest people consider.

    "The Sketchbook by Geoffrey Crayon" and A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty" (aka "The Knickerbocker Tales") both by Washington Irving

    The Complete works of Edgar Allen Poe

    "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum

    "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

    "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara

    "Gods and Generals," "The Last Full Measure," "Gone for Soldiers," "The Glorious Cause," "Rise to Rebellion," and "To the Last Man" all by Jeff Shaara (I'd add "The Rising Tide" but I haven't read it yet, still think about it)

    "The Odyssey" by Homer

    "Le Morte de Arthur" by Sir Thomas Mallory

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  • 1 decade ago

    One Hundred Years of Solitude : Garcia-Marquez

    Wind Up Bird Chronicles: Murakawi

    Sound and the Fury: Faulkner

    Look Homeward, Angel: Wolfe

    East of Eden: Steinbeck

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Art of War By Sun Tzu and The Book of Five Rings by Musashi. Both deal with war and combat, but 99% can also be related to modern life (and especially buisness).

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  • 1 decade ago

    "The Smoke Jumper" by Nicholas Evans. It's grounded in reality in modern times, so you can really relate to it. It's about how a problematic teenager's death completely changed the lives of 3 adults. It's an amazing book that shows you the struggles of life.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Art of War, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Julius Caesar by Shakespeare(tells u a lot about human character). and if Ur religious i guess the Holy Quran or the Bible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the most important book i ever read in my life was The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton because that book gave me the hunger to read every book I've read since then. you don't have to read certain books, the important thing is the reading.

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  • 1 decade ago

    All the Harry Potter books

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  • 1 decade ago

    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

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  • LodiTX
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    1 decade ago

    You should read every book you can get your hands on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    HOW THE WEST WAS LOST

    By George E. Albitz

    Source(s): Big Book of Books
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