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Added by Darth Brutus on 29 Dec 2020 03:21
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 0
My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
An Ottoman sultan wants to give a prince of Venice a beautiful book full of miniature paintings, but since Islam forbids painting people or animals a group of master painters work tirelessly in secrecy, not even knowing the real identities of each other. The story begins when one of the painters murders another and throws his body into a dried well.

One of the deepest novels I have ever read. It's like a mix of Dostoyevsky and some spiritual eastern film like Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring. Not only is it philosophical, but it also has religious mysticism, history and even a message about the position of modern Turkey as a mediator between the East and the West.

It's just beautiful.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
This obscure fantasy novel is actually a clever satire of Soviet-era paranoia and dysfunctional thinking. You know, back in the days all kinds of weird and mysterious things like sudden mass disappearances, heads rolling down the streets, weird noises and lights happened all around the country and the government officials and the head of the state were "officially" just as baffled as the common folk.

The only rational explanation for these weird and mysterious events was magic, as if the devil himself had appeared and did all kinds of tricks to the poor Soviet citizens. Soviet Union was an atheist state and officially denounced such explanations, quite ironically. The absurdity of the situation was so fruitful for satire that Bulgakov's masterpiece basically wrote itself.
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People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (144 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
My favourite Shakespearean play. The most ironic thing here is that the Macbeth we know today isn't the original, but one variation that utilizes parts from some other sources, mainly the witches. The overall story works so well that nobody has cared about the thing for centuries and probably never will.
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People who added this item 466 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The story of modern Latin America compiled into one single village and family. The tempo of the story is crazy and information gets shot at you machine gun -style, but the reading feels so satisfying you won't even care. It's just so good.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 0
The Egyptian - Mika Waltari
The mother and father of all historical epics. It's about Egyptian times, but the grand themes are as universal and timeless as they get. I think Mika Waltari is closest to Kenji Mizoguchi as a storyteller.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
The finest piece of Afro-American literature ever written. The story is full of existentialism and deep thought about the place and identity of black people and their relationship to revolutionary ideologies like socialism and liberalism. The grand themes are as universal as they come.
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People who added this item 156 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The grand epic of human drama, psychological realism and ethical thinking. Everything that is good about Dostoyevsky is present here crystallized to the absolute max.
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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
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People who added this item 798 Average listal rating (842 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Animal Farm (1945) - George Orwell
Meant as a striking allegory of the rise and degeneration Stalin-era Soviet Union, Animal Farm is still one of the most powerful and depressing novels ever written.
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The single best book I have ever read about music theory. Twentieth-Century Harmony is like the theory of relativity of modern music, but very easy to read and apply with even very basic understanding of the stuff. If you're like me and you're interested in musical composition and more technical side of things, then this is THE book to own.
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Some say this novel is too rushed and ends too quickly, but I loved it. I think it ties all the loose ends perfectly, feels like a fully realized adventure and at least third of the novel is just the masterful epilogue that not only feels epic and adds so much to the lore itself, but also leaves room for continuation, which in this case happens to be at least six more novels. None of them surpassed this, the third one of the nine-book long series.
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Lord of Flies is similar to Animal Farm in spirit, but in this case the author wants to tell a story about human spirit and loss of ideals. While many people tend to see third world folk as savages, our very own culture is just a mask to hide our own similar savagery and brutishness. The title refers to Satan.
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People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
This novel has one of the most beautiful and surprising endings I have ever read. That alone makes it worth to be mentioned here.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
This is essentially a magical realist story about a rich family, the class conflict of Chile and the failed revolution that gave rise to the fascist regime and the age of terror.
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Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
An allegorical story about reason and sentimentality.
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Easily the best thing John Steinbeck ever wrote. East of Eden is kind of allegorical biblical story about one sleepy rural village and the sin that lured itself in.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
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People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
King Lear - William Shakespeare
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
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Richard III - William Shakespeare
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People who added this item 1043 Average listal rating (954 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
1984 - George Orwell
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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
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People who added this item 519 Average listal rating (281 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Watership Down - Richard Adams_VI
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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene
They call this book "guitarist's bible" for a reason. Ted Greene was a genius and his ideas regarding harmony and chord relations are cutting edge material and must-have even to this day. One of the best in-depth guitar-related books, must own.
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The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
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The Jazz Theory Book - Mark Levine
Another great theory book. What makes this so good is not just the theory part, but the author has wisely understood that this will be obligatory read for many students, so he put in lots of clever ideas on how to practice and educate the stuff efficiently. Very few books have inspired me this much to learn the ways of jazz.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
The Feast of the Goat: A Novel - Mario Vargas Llosa,Edith Grossman
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Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
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No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai
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Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick
The very first truly killer novel Philip K wrote, at least in my opinion. This was also the first one I read back in the day. I can't spoil the story, but Truman Show movie is loosely based on it.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
Man gets sucked into a world where the time runs backwards. There's clearly few major narrative mistakes and the ending twist is just criminally insane, but that's what's so lovable with these Phil K's novels.
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Blood Music - Greg Bear
This book I just ate up. It's so damn good and for a scifi novel also very surprising and even poetic.
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Valis - Philip K. Dick
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