I found it compelling: rich and complex and true. Lovely.
A classic comic novel
A classic of diplomacy theory
Two classics for me will always be...
In the line of the recent zombie trend, I could also recommend...
Mishima Yukio's tetralogy: The Sea of Fertility If you do not want to do the four books, the first one Spring Snow is beautiful, and probably most successful and provocative --- would stand its own. Although the four reincarnations of the main character depicted through the tetralogy is interesting to go through because you follow the era and social construct between 1912 and 1975, the characters are diverse as aristocrat to extremist nationalist to Thai princess to orphan. Each titles of the tetralogy is:
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Top favorite book I have read in this past year
and one of my other recent favorites
So the only new and wonderful thing that I've read recently is a book that I've read several times before. And I adore it. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco This is just a deep, rich, beautiful, and erudite book about the library. Plus, it's set in the fourteenth century. How can you lose?
I recommend The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies: