East of Eden. John Steinbeck. Parallel to the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck’s philosophical musings are interesting. Vivid portrait of California farming.
Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov. Novel. Ah Ha! A dirty book. Right? The basic plot certainly seems so. Nabokov says it is actually a celebration of the American language and culture.
The Magus. John Fowles. Novel. For a while, in the early 1970s, this novel became a cult classic. Many high school and college students were reading it. No one could figure it out. But they couldn’t stop reading.
On the Road. Jack Kerouac. Novel. A portrait of America in the 1950s, the view of the ‘50s generation and the aimless desire for experience.