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Arvi Krishnaswamy

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Take a quick look at the list below. If the list for your gender seems to reflect your personal tastes, you might want to read this Guardian article "A tale of two genders: men choose novels of alienation, while women go for passion", about how men and women display patterns in their choices milestone books which have changed their lives.

Men's list

1 Albert Camus The Outsider

2 JD Salinger Catcher in the Rye

3 Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five

4 Gabriel Garcia Marquez A Hundred Years of Solitude

5 JRR Tolkien The Hobbit

6 Joseph Heller Catch-22

7 George Orwell 1984

8 F Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

9 Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

10 Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

11 Vlamidir Nabokov Lolita

12 JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

and Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment

14 Graham Greene Brighton Rock

15 Nick Hornby High Fidelity

16 James Joyce Ulysses

17 Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

18 Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness

19 Franz Kafka Metamorphosis

20 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath

Women's list

1 Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre

2 Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights

3 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale

4 George Eliot Middlemarch

5 Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

6 Toni Morrison Beloved

7 Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook

8 Joseph Heller Catch-22

9 Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past

10 Jane Austen Persuasion

11 Mary Shelley Frankenstein

12 Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

13 Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude

14 George Eliot The Mill on the Floss

15 Louisa May Alcott Little Women

16 Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary

17 CS Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

18 Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind

19 Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness

20 Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird