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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
Ben-Hur - Lew Wallace Ben Hur is not a book for lazy readers. If you think you can worm your way out of a book report by watching the movie, for example, you'll likely fail; the book is vastly different than the film version.

While the film is condensed and jumpy, the novel prefers to let the action take a back seat to character development and examination of cultural and social customs. In fact, it's amazing just how much they cut from the book. It's sad, really. There were some interesting devices at work, including a love triangle the movie completely ignores (which, had it been implemented, would have completed Messalah's character arc quite neatly) and a great deal of religious detail that serves as a nice literary framing device.

If you enjoyed the movie, you might appreciate reading Ben Hur, but be warned: it's quite lengthy and probably not exactly what you were expecting.