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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

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Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
James Joyce
The Calling of Kindred: Poems from the English Speaking World - Adrian Barlow I went to an international high school and one thing that was great about it was that our teachers encouraged us to read poetry and literature from a variety of cultures and countries to broaden our horizons. This was my Year 5 (Grade 10) poetry book and I really enjoyed it. The countries represented in this anthology include Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Nigeria and India. A lot of great poems, my favourite probably being W.H. Auden's "In Memory of W.B. Yeats". Here are my favourite stanzas from the poem:

Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face,
And the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye. -

In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountain start.
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.