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Book recommendations (Dec 2021)

John Nicholas
John Nicholas
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Book recommendations (Dec 2021)
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Fiction:

  1. Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky. 19th century Russia. Big book. Big themes. Religion, morality, free will.
  2. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy. India, caste system, forbidden love.
  3. War and Peace – Tolstoy. Russia, early 19th century.
  4. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro. England, pre WW2. Favourite contemporary author.
  5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien. China, communism.
  6. A Farewell to Arms – Hemingway. Italy, WW2.
  7. The Famished Road – Ben Okri. Nigeria, colonization.
  8. The Tartar Steppe - Dino Buzatti. Italy, pre WW2. One big metaphor for life.
  9. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy. Western.
  10. The Narrow Road to The Deep North - Richard Flanagan. Australian POWs, WW2.

Non-fiction:

  1. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance - Robert M Pirsig. Philosophy.
  2. Hackers & Painters - Paul Graham. Tech, philosophy, business.
  3. The Lessons of History - Will & Ariel Durant. Comprehensive history lesson.
  4. How To Make Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie. Wish I read this when I was younger.
  5. Zero to One – Peter Thiel. Business meets philosophy.
  6. Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond. Explains the rise of civilization. Similar themes to Sapiens (Harari).
  7. The Ascent of Money – Niall Ferguson. Understand the world better.
  8. Endurance (Shackleton’s incredible voyage) - Alfred Lansing. A testimony to the human spirit.
  9. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer. Everest 1995/1996. Also wrote Into The Wild.
  10. The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Soviet concentration camps.
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