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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon Uninterrupted badassery. Only demerits are extreme brevity and a single rhetorical default--really just a pet peeve of mine--wherein one Duke of Ercole is described as "[s]urrounded by treachery on all sides"--grrrrrr.

Includes obligatory play-within-play and numerous metatextualist's references.

Cast of two-off characters is inferior to none, including a fellow who is part of a rightwing group that considers the Birchers to be leftwing, a nazi war criminal hiding in the US, a Mexican revolutionary suffering from an unconventional belief in odd miracles, and various bizarro purported members of an alleged suicide-swinger cult, inter alia.

Suffice it to say that only a master can make a narrative about the postal service intriguing. Very highly recommended.