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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Pynchon’s books always reveal their title in the last few pages. Here he leaves it to the very last words of what is an excitable book. The book involves the bizarre background of a clandestine postal service across the USA after the losing the postal battle on mainland Europe in the 1700s. There are passages, particularly related to the affects of alcohol or drugs on the characters which is outrageously hilarious.

The Human Stain by Phillip Roth

I am seriously saying this. This book at times leaves you astounded with its depth, verve and veracity. It’s brilliant.

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