What are the best must-read books from The Essential Man’s Library?

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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you're a guy, then you must read this! Well anyone and everyone should read this really, its like a instant classic and everyone can learn from it."
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    #2Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Christina Rodriguez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Animal Farm reinforces the idea that it is not power that corrupts but the love of power. Orwell uses the analogy of an animal farm to reveal a story of today, but instead of the old Soviet Block of the 1940s it is perhaps Bilderberg or the infamous Global Elite that are the forces behind the corruption. "
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    #3To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Scott Arpajian
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favorite books of all-time. I usually re-read it at least once every 3-4 years. It's such an important story and a timeless tale of morality, good and evil. The movie adaptation, starring Gregory Peck, is equally enjoyable."
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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Marie Cooper
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My boyfriend loves to read, especially Shakespeare. I picked this up as a Christmas present and, of course, he loves it. Must have for a mens book collection! "
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    #5The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Scott Arpajian
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Ah, The Hobbit. It's a classic for all ages. I think I have now read it at least 20 times from cover-to-cover, including most recently aloud to my children. It's an epic tale, recently overshadowed a bit by the 3-part movie version, but it's well-worth reading the original book to get a full sense of the story that Tolkien was trying to tell."
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    Damned is a young adult novel written by Chuck Palahniuk. The story is regarded as the modern-day Dante's Inferno since it is focused on Madison, an 11-year-old girl who went to hell after dying of marijuana overdose.


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    Joseph Stewart
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "What's could be better than a story about a young girl in Hell? A story with a young girl in Hell with attitude to spare and a subversive band of misfits and miscreants on a mission to show Satan who's really in charge. I laughed and then I laughed some more."
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    #7Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Randy Cook
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued."
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    #8Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Gary Fisher
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Such a classic here. I read this when I was a teenager and have read it again several times since. I have let people borrow it over time because I feel that everybody should read this at least once."
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    #9All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

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    Tyler McDonald
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Great book! Just heard it was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, which is understandable. Great take on World War 1. "
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    #10The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Gregory Campbell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is amazing and should be on everyone read list. It deals with complex issues with growing up, death, authenticity, mental illness and eventually acceptance. A sleeper hit that was ignored during it's initial print, it is by far one of the best drama stories of the last century."
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    #11The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey

    The Iliad and the Odyssey are poems written by ancient historian Homer about notable moments in Greek history. The Iliad is about Achilles and the Trojan War, while the Odyssey is a tale involving the gods. Shandonpress printed this book.


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    Tammy Dean
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Iliad and the Odyssey is the best must-read books from The Essential Man’s Library"
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    #12The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Angélica Castillo
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I want to get more educated in literature, and my old professor recommended this book. I wish I could say that I'm a fan, but it just wasn't for me. However, I'm glad I read it for the experience."
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    #13The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Lauren Edwards
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was looking for the best must-read books from The Essential Man's Library. I found The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is an amazing book that I remember reading in school, but forgot all about. It was published in 1884 and tells the tale of a boy in the Mississippi Valley and his adventures. It's incredibly interesting and really lives up to the hype. Definitely check it out!"
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    #14The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel. It tells the story of four brothers―Dmtiri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky writes about 19th-century Russian life and talks about religion, ethics, and morality.


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    Brian Carter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Great book that every man should read at some point in his life. "
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    #15Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    Consuelo Nájera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I don't know if I would put this in the Essential Man's Library. It is a classic though. I think men would want something else though for their "man cave", just sayin'"
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    #16The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    Louis Arnold
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I've loved this classic since 8th grade when I first read it. It's so sinister and intriguing. Wilde is a stellar, as he is in all his writing. An excellent cautionary tale for men of any time period! I bought a copy of this edition for my son who has always loved Wilde as well."
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    #17The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 


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    Aarav Kapoor
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This series reprints traditional "manly" classics that typically feature tales of adventure, hunting, sport, and the like. This one is pretty familiar if you were assigned Jack London in high school or jr. high. And there's a good reason it gets assigned. Great little book and well worth going back to as an adult when you can really appreciate the nuances of the writing."
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    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.

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    Andrea Pierce
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I just finished reading Steppenwolf and I really enjoyed the book. It is thought-provoking, philosophical and touching all at the same time. I found the book very interesting and it kept me entertained the whole way through. "
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    #19The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Jerry Cooper
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This novel is related about a crime. "


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11984Books 46 Paid
2Animal FarmBooks 43 Paid
3To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 40 Paid
4HamletBooks 37 Paid
5The HobbitBooks 37 Paid
6DamnedBooks 35 Paid
7Lord of the FliesBooks 32 Paid
8Little WomenBooks 32 Paid
9All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 28 Paid
10The Catcher in the RyeBooks 26 Paid

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