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There is a dent in my head where a book has made an impression as a gently doze off. It has always been like this for me, 3-5 pages and I'm gone.
Still I do manage to finish reading some books each year.
The ones that have stuck in my mind are:
"The Old Man and the Sea" - Ernst Hemmingway. Probably because it was the first one I read as an 8 year old.
"Moonfleet" - John Meade Falkner. Because it was exciting and rooted in the seafaring, smuggling tradition of the country into which I was born.
"The Singer not the Song" - Audrey Erskine-Lindop. This solidified my Atheist view on life.
"A Clockwork Orange" - Anthony Burgess. I saw the film first and loved it, especially the language and the music - I mean who can't appreciate The Glorious Ninth?
"Day of the Triffids" - John Wyndham. This one was consumed under-the-covers and kicked off a lot of Science Fiction reads.
"Catch 22" - Joseph Heller. Simply great writing about how obviously stupid it all is.
"Much Depends on Dinner" - Margaret Visser. Because it combined good writing with in-depth research.
"Middlesex" - Jeffrey Eugenides. Simply enjoyable.
"Overstory" - Richard Powers. A modern novel which begins like a greyhound out of the trap. All about trees, which we humans typically simply ignore.
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