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The Last Picture Show (Mass Market)
Larry McMurtry
Dracula
Bram Stoker, Ruben Toledo
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
Ray Monk
The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James, Patricia Crick
Maigret et le marchand de vin
Georges Simenon
Le Rouge et le Noir
Stendhal
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad This book is amazing. I haven't had a chance to read any Conrad before this despite the fact that he's been on my list for a while. I liked "Apocalypse Now" but actually prefered "The Deer Hunter" whether or not that judgment would bear up to critical examination or not. So basically I expected good stuff but was none the less blown away.

The immediate comparison for me is with Kipling since I have recently been reading a fair amount of him, from short stories, to Kim, and even a couple of his poems. Conrad, at least in this book, is much better. In fact I am tempted to say that this single book is worth more than all of Kipling, includes in fact all of Kipling in it as a moment (sorry, as you can see I have also been reading Hegel). You could also chuck in Golding's "Lord of the Flies."

Anyway, this is definitely a book I plan on reading again with the expectation of even fuller satisfaction.