A lot to read before I die: Part 2 — 20th century on

15 Jul

OK, continuing, and you will note I could only have done these posts in Live Writer! These are ones I have read, remember…

Forster Where Angels Fear to Tread
Galsworthy The Forsyte Saga
Conrad The Secret Agent
Forster A Room with a View
Forster Howard’s End  (We can hope! 🙂 )
Mann Death in Venice
Lawrence Sons and Lovers
Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes
Buchan The Thirty-Nine Steps
Lawrence The Rainbow
Ford The Good Soldier
Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Conrad The Shadow Line
Lawrence Women in Love
Lawrence The Fox
Joyce Ulysses (Yes: really!)
Lawrence Aaron’s Rod
Hesse Siddhartha
Forster A Passage to India
Melville Billy Budd This was first published 1924!
Kafka The Trial
Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Woolf To the Lighthouse
Lawrence Lady Chatterly’s Lover
Woolf Orlando
Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front
Hemingway A Farewell to Arms
Hammett The Maltese Falcon
Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm
Huxley Brave New World
Wodehouse Thank You, Jeeves!
Miller Tropic of Cancer
Tolkien The Hobbit
Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
Beckett Murphy
Greene Brighton Rock
du Maurier Rebecca
Chandler The Big Sleep
Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
Greene The Power and the Glory
Chandler Farewell My Lovely
Orwell Animal Farm
Waugh Brideshead Revisited
Camus The Plague
Levi If This Is a Man
Paton Cry, the Beloved Country
Greene The Heart of the Matter
Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
Greene The Third Man
Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
Wyndham The Day of the Triffids
Yourcenar Memoirs of Hadrian
Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain
Chandler The Long Good-Bye
Golding Lord of the Flies
Greene The Quiet American
Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
Baldwin Giovanni’s Room
Wyndham The Midwich Cuckoos
P White Voss
T H White The Once and Future King
Achebe Things Fall Apart
Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
Heller Catch-22
Borges Labyrinths
Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Fowles The Collector
Plath The Bell Jar
Le Carre The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Vonnegut Cat’s Cradle
Achebe Arrow of God
Vonnegut God Bless You, Mr Rosewater
Fowles The Magus
Kundera The Joke
Wolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Wyndham Chocky
Hines A Kestrel for a Knave
Brautigan In Watermelon Sugar
Roth Portnoy’s Complaint
Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five
Mishima The Sea of Fertility
Jong Fear of Flying
Vonnegut Breakfast of Champions
Rice Interview with the Vampire
Coetzee In the Heart of the Country
Naipaul A Bend in the River
Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Eco The Name of the Rose
Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians
Allende The House of Spirits
E White A Boy’s Own Story
Coetzee The Life and Times of Michael K
Barnes Flaubert’s Parrot
Acker Blood and Guts in High School
Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Ballard Empire of the Sun
Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera
Leavitt The Lost Language of Cranes
Naipaul The Enigma of Arrival
Ellroy The Black Dahlia
Carey Oscar and Lucinda
Hollinghurst The Swimming-Pool Library
Rushdie The Satanic Verses – until it put me to sleep…
E White The Beautiful Room is Empty
Kureishi The Buddha of Suburbia
Byatt Possession
Barker Regeneration
Chang Wild Swans
Ondaatje The English Patient
Seth A Suitable Boy
Hollinghurst The Folding Star
Mistry A Fine Balance
Barker The Ghost Road
Carey Jack Maggs
Roy The God of Small Things
Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible
Kureishi Intimacy
Coetzee Disgrace
Mishra The Romantics
Kundera Ignorance
Smith White Teeth
Vargas Llosa The Feast of the Goat
Coetzee Youth
Coetzee Elizabeth Costello
Toibin The Master
Smith On Beauty

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2 responses to “A lot to read before I die: Part 2 — 20th century on

  1. Mitchell

    July 15, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Of these I have read: The Good Soldier (memorable); A Passage to India (overdone I thought); The Great Gatsby (overrated I tend to think); Brave New World; Animal Farm (a favourite); Nineteen eighty-four; Voss (I found something to like about a PW, and like a lot); Cat’s Cradle; Waiting for the Barbarians (good, but not as good as…); The Life and Times of Michael K. (just about my favourite novel); The Enigma of Arrival (well, partially… dreadfully slow going); Wild Swans (monumental); The God of Small Things (not sure how this won a prize); Disgrace; White Teeth (for a uni course); Youth; Gulliver’s Travels; Robinson Crusoe (great fun the last two); The Scarlet Letter (tough going but worthwhile: one of the first such things I read); Great Expectations (in part at the age of ten, but only to impress my teacher Mrs. Eggins. Not sure what I understood of it); Silas Marner; Daniel Deronda, The Mill on the Floss (wrote an essay on the previous two); Huck Finn; Heart of Darkness; The Portrait of a Lady.

    Not a bad list but what’s that? About one in every fifty books I need to read before death… by which time they will have written more…

  2. ninglun

    July 15, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    But remember I have almost forty years more reading time under my belt, so to speak… Also, I think we both have a way to go. I haven’t counted my list, but I am sure there are quite a few left out of 1001!* I must borrow those Russians I really should have read… Crime and Punishment, for example.

    Mind you, there are quite a few others where I have seen the movie or miniseries…

    * I have counted now, and it seems I have read 21.5% of the 1001!

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