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BOOKS from the 80s LIST

The Eighties, saw great social, economic, and general change as wealth and production migrated to newly industrializing economies. More football games followed by the introduction of personal computers somewhat with, graphical user interfaces. The 80s also introduced us to the Rubik’s cube and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses.

Here is a list of books from the 80s:


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 1980

“The Name of the Rose” is a philosophical mystery set in an Italian monastery in 1327. The abbey contains the greatest library in Christendom, but its treasured books are locked up within its labyrinth of a library. Why do the monks hide the same books that they preserve?

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, 1981

One of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent. This is a family saga set against the background of the India of the 20th century.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction.

Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Cortzee, 1983

Life and Times of Michael K goes to the center of human experience – the need for an interior, spiritual life, for some connections to the world in which we live, and for purity of vision.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, 1984

A major achievement from one of the world’s truly great writers, this magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985

The Handmaid’s Tale an almost physical experience. Consider Margaret Atwood a fearless deliverer of unpleasant news – a messenger unafraid of dishing out the bone-chilling, cruel, unaltered truth and nothing but the truth.

The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum, 1986

This book is packed with political masterminds, psychotic killers, zealots, and other creatures that populate the dark recesses of the human mind. 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 1987

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, this book takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 1988

Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story is dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989

Ishiguro’s dazzling novel is a sad and humorous love story, a meditation on the condition of modern man, and an elegy for England at a time of acute change.

What are your favorite book(s) from the Eighties?

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