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Reading from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

30 Sep

Two vlogs in one week? Who would’ve thought? Today, I’m posting a video of me reading from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – from the poem “Song of Myself.” I have kind of a wonderful story about how I discovered Whitman that I feel is appropriate for this Banned Books Week reading.

I was first given a piece of Leaves of Grass in my 7th grade English class, and I was instantly hooked. I’d been so bored to that point with stricter forms of poetry, and this was the first time I’d read something without much regular form at all. My teacher at the time was a wonderful woman who recognized that not only was I enraptured, but that it was a flame to be fed. She gave me a copy of the complete collection, which I read over and over again until the spine finally gave way and I had to replace it in high school with the copy you see me reading from in the video. I didn’t realize at the time that my teacher was a little subversive.

Being a military brat meant that occasionally I would get plopped down in a school district and have major gaps in my education, or in this case, everything on the curriculum for her class was something I’d already been exposed to. So she gave me books to supplement what we were reading in class, and they were books that were probably well beyond grade level, but within my reading ability. I think she realized that if she didn’t give me additional literature, I was going to get bored very quickly. It wasn’t subversive or anything – I always shared what she was giving me with my parents and they encouraged reading beyond my classroom assignments.

Leaves of Grass was my first taste of what felt like “adult” reading. The themes that caused this book to be banned and challenged are not overt and I definitely didn’t recognize the homosexual language when I first read it, but as I matured and grew more aware of the world, each time I read it, I remember discovering something new – a realization where before there was nothing. I think I still do that when I flip through it, and if you’ve never had the opportunity to read the poems in their entirety, I highly suggest it. My love of Whitman blossomed into my love of the Beat poets later on, and even later, into a love for spoken word. All of which have a long history of being challenged. I hope you enjoy the reading, and I encourage all of you to record your own pieces for the Virtual Read-Out.

Also apparently I cannot pronounce the phrase “Banned Books Week.”

Reading from A Prayer for Owen Meany

29 Sep

To celebrate Banned Books Week this week, I decided to just get over my serious self-consciousness about what I look and sound like on video to take part in the Virtual Read-Out. I chose one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite books to read from, John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany.



Check out the link above for instructions on how to upload your own.

A Memorial Day Book List

30 May

I am finally back on the blog after a whirlwind week at BEA (and a few days of recovery), and I’ve got some recap posts coming soon. But as it’s Memorial Day (even though it’s very late on Memorial Day), I wanted to post in honor of the holiday. I spent the afternoon with my parents, and in case I haven’t said it before, my dad is recently retired from the military. He spent quite a lot of time in war zones over the years and, while this holiday is not as much about him – he’s not dead after all – I think it’s important to keep in mind that I easily could’ve been thinking of him on this day, rather than on Veteran’s Day in November, had a bullet or a bomb gotten him instead of someone else. (He’s got a good sense of humor about today though – as I said goodnight to him today, I said, Happy Memorial Day! Glad you’re not dead! and he replied, Glad I’m not dead too!).

That being said, my parents and I were discussing books about war in honor of my trip to BEA and the holiday and I thought I’d list a few of my favorites here. (My mom was horrified to discover that I’ve not read one of her favorite books, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, about WWI, a gap I’ll need to rectify). Obviously there are a lot of books about war in the world, but I’m including here my favorite books involving American soldiers and both nonfiction and fiction appear here.

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Mari Remarque. I count this World War I novel, written from the point of view of a young German soldier, among my top five favorites of all time; the thing that most captured me about it was that, even though it was told from the side of the “enemy,” the experiences of individual soldiers were the same no matter what side they fought for. At once graphic and emotionally powerful, I read this for the first time early in my high school career and it’s never left me.
  2. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes. I’ve reviewed this book on my blog, and I picked up a copy of Marlantes’ new nonfiction book, What It’s Like to Go to War, at BEA. Despite the weight of this Vietnam tome, it was a fast read and an honest and true account of the ironies of war.
  3. War by Sebastian Junger. This is one of those that I read last year and didn’t review (because I suck ;)). But it’s all the more poignant to include it on this list because Junger’s partner in writing this and filming the accompanying documentary, Restrepo, Tim Hetherington was killed in April covering the clashes in Libya. The book and film were strictly about documenting what life was like in Afghanistan’s deadliest war zone. They didn’t take sides and, in that way, created a microphone for the soldiers without inserting political commentary.
  4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Again I reviewed this book earlier this year, and while it may not seem like it fits in with the rest of the books on this list, I included it because the events of the novel are structured completely and entirely on the events of the Civil War. One of those classics I’m happy to have read and enjoyed so thoroughly.
  5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. One of O’Brien’s many books about the Vietnam war, this is the one that seems to be most well-known. It was originally published in bits and pieces, the chapters serving as standalone stories. The structure of the book is what I enjoy most about it: each chapter can be read as an individual story, or the collection can be taken as a novel with each narrative tying together with the rest of them to create a larger story and message.

Even though this is only a list of five, a few things strike me as I’m finishing this list. One: while there are two Vietnam books on the list, every other book is from a completely different conflict. Two: each of these books is not about the larger scale of the wars they depict; they are each about the individual people and soldiers that the war touches. No sprawling histories or breakdowns of the larger political decisions here. In my mind, the thing we should focus on most on Memorial Day is the soldiers, not the countries or the presidents or the dictators.

What books would you add to my list? Any World War II books I’m missing? How about Revolutionary War or even the Korean War? Are there even any novels about the Korean War?

1001 Books TBR

11 May

New book blogger americanbookjunkie (go check her out!) posted a complete list of all the books that have appeared in the three published editions of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. There are actually a total of 1294 books to read before you die, apparently. She got this list from 1 More Chapter and because they’ve both managed to make me feel bad about the lack of bold on my own list here, they’re on my grumbly-face list, i.e. people I may make a grumbly face at but still probably really like, because they’ve got great blogs.

Here’s a code for the list that follows: Titles in bold have been read. Dates in parentheses are book editions of the 1001 list. Information in brackets is author nationality, language, book award. Also, just for the hell of it, and because I like to torture myself, I’m going to italicize the books I own but have not read. FUN! ::sarcasm::

1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2010) [France, French]
2. The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (2010) [UK, English]
3. Invisible by Paul Auster (2010) [USA, English]
4. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (2010) [USA, English]
5. Cost: A Novel by Roxana Robinson (2010) [USA, English]
6. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2010) [India/Australia, English, Booker]
7. Home by Marilynne Robinson (2010) [USA, English, Orange]
8. Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman (2010) [UK, English]
9. The Gathering by Anne Enright (2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
10. The Blind Side Of The Heart by Julia Franck (2010) [Germany, German]
11. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2010) [USA/Dominican, English, Pulitzer]
12. Animal’s People by Indra Sinha (2008) [UK, English]
13. Falling Man by Don DeLillo (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
14. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2008) [Pakistan, English]
15. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2008, 2010) [Nigeria, English, Orange]
16. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (2008) [USA/France, French]
17. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2008, 2010) [India, English, Booker]
18. Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (2008, 2010) [USA, English]
19. Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
20. Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
21. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
22. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (2008) [UK, English]
23. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006) [Japan/UK, English]
24. Saturday – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English]
25. On Beauty – Zadie Smith (2006) [UK, English]
26. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
27. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson (2006) [UK, English]
28. The Accidental by Ali Smith (2008, 2010) [UK, English]
29. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
30. 2666 by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
31. Small Island by Andrea Levy [UK, English, Orange]
32. The Sea – John Banville (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English, Booker]
33. The Book about Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist (2008, 2010) [Sweden, Swedish]
34. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble (2006) [UK, English]
35. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth [USA, English]
36. The Master – Colm Tóibín (2006, 2008, 2010) [Ireland, English]
37. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (2008, 2010) [France, French]
38. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing (2008, 2010)
39. Vanishing Point – David Markson (2006)
40. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
41. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair (2006)
42. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010)
43. Your Face Tomorrow by Javier Marias (2008, 2010) [Spanish]
44. A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (2008, 2010)
45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
46. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle (2006)
47. The Colour – Rose Tremain (2006)
48. Thursbitch – Alan Garner (2006)
49. The Light of Day – Graham Swift (2006)
50. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt (2006, 2008, 2010)
51. Lady Number Thirteen by Jose Carlos Somoza (2008, 2010)
52. The Successor by Ismail Kadare (2008, 2010)
53. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (2008, 2010) [Booker]
54. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2008, 2010)
55. Islands – Dan Sleigh
56. Unless – Carol Shields (2006)
57. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010) [Japanese]
58. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
59. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair (2006)
60. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry (2006)
61. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters (2006)
62. The Double – José Saramago (2006) [Portuguese]
63. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer (2006, 2008, 2010)
64. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor (2006)
65. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern (2006)
66. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien (2006)
67. Shroud – John Banville (2006)
68. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006) [Pulitzer]
69. Youth – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
70. Dead Air – Iain Banks (2006)
71. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon (2006, 2008, 2010)
72. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (2008, 2010)
73. Platform – Michael Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
74. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen (2006, 2008, 2010)
75. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini (2006)
76. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo (2006)
77. Fury – Salman Rushdie (2006)
78. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill (2006)
79. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk (2006)
80. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (2006, 2008, 2010) [Booker]
81. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster (2006)
82. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi (2006)
83. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010)
84. Schooling – Heather McGowan (2006)
85. Atonement – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010)
86. Soldiers of Salamis by Javer Cercas (2008, 2010)
87. I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti (2008, 2010) [Italian]
88. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa (2006, 2008, 2010) [ Peru, Spanish, Nobel]
89. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon [US, English, Pulitzer]
90. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma (2006)
91. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010)
92. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010)
93. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
94. Under the Skin – Michel Faber (2006, 2008, 2010)
95. White Teeth – Zadie Smith (2006, 2008, 2010)
96. City of God – E.L. Doctorow (2006)
97. How the Dead Live – Will Self (2006)
98. The Human Stain – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
99. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (2006) [Canada, English, Booker]
100. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
101. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
102. Ignorance – Milan Kundera (2006)
103. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace (2006)
104. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy (2006, 2008, 2010)
105. Bartleby and Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas (2008, 2010)
106. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard (2006)
107. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (2006) [USA, English]
108. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates (2006) [USA, English]
109. Pastoralia – George Saunders (2006) [USA, English]
110. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy (2006)
111. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb (2006, 2008, 2010) [Belgium, French]
112. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Urgresic (2008, 2010)
113. In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi (2008, 2010)
114. Pavel’s Letters by Monika Maron (2008, 2010)
115. Timbuktu – Paul Auster (2006) [USA, English]
116. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra (2006)
117. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (2006) [USA, English]
118. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakulic (2006, 2008, 2010)
119. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie (2006)
120. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
121. Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (2008, 2010) [Chile, Spanish]
122. Dirty Havana Trilogy by Pedro Juan Guitierrez (2008, 2010)
123. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon (2006, 2008, 2010)
124. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami (2006) [Japan, Japanese]
125. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
126. The Heretic by Miguel Deliber (2008, 2010)
127. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi (2006)
128. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan (2006) [UK, English, Booker]
129. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks (2006) [USA, English]
130. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010)
131. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters (2006)
132. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis (2006) [USA, English]
133. Another World – Pat Barker (2006)
134. The Hours – Michael Cunningham (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English, Pulitzer]
135. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho (2006, 2008, 2010) [Brazil, Portuguese]
136. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
137. Crossfire by Miyabe Miyuki (2008, 2010)
138. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (2006) [USA, English]
139. Great Apes – Will Self (2006)
140. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
141. Underworld – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
142. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010) [Australia, English]
143. Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia (2008, 2010)
144. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010)
145. Margot and the Angels by Kristien Hemmerechts (2008, 2010)
146. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
147. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (2006, 2008, 2010)
148. American Pastoral – Philip Roth (2006)
149. The Untouchable – John Banville (2006)
150. Silk – Alessandro Baricco (2006, 2008, 2010)
151. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (2008, 2010) [Canada, English]
152. A Light Comedy by Eduardo Mendoza (2008, 2010)
153. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard (2006)
154. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker (2006, 2008, 2010)
155. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels (2006, 2008, 2010)
156. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
157. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse (2006, 2008, 2010)
158. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (2006, 2008, 2010)
159. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin (2006, 2008, 2010)
160. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
161. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
162. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
163. Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez (2008, 2010)
164. The Information – Martin Amis (2006)
165. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie (2006)
166. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth (2006)
167. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald (2006)
168. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink (2006, 2008, 2010)
169. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (2006, 2008, 2010)
170. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose (2006, 2008, 2010)
171. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis (2006, 2008, 2010)
172. The Late-Night News by Petros Markaris (2008, 2010)
173. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante (2008, 2010)
174. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster (2006)
175. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst (2006)
176. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (2006, 2008, 2010)
177. Land – Park Kyong-ni (2006, 2008, 2010)
178. Our Lady of Assassins by Fernando Vallejo (2008, 2010)
179. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
180. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami (2006, 2008, 2010)
181. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi (2006, 2008, 2010)
182. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol (2006, 2008, 2010)
183. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
184. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (2006, 2008, 2010)
185. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor (2006, 2008, 2010)
186. Deep River by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
187. Disappearance – David Dabydeen (2006, 2008, 2010)
188. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm (2006, 2008, 2010)
189. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klima (2008, 2010)
190. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx (2006, 2008, 2010)
191. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (2006)
192. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks (2006, 2008, 2010)
193. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy (2006, 2008, 2010)
194. The Twins by Tessa de Loo (2008, 2010)
195. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth (2006)
196. Complicity – Iain Banks (2006)
197. On Love – Alain de Botton (2006, 2008, 2010)
198. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe (2006, 2008, 2010)
199. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (2006, 2008, 2010)
200. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (2006, 2008, 2010)
201. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (2006, 2008, 2010)
202. The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee (2008, 2010)
203. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (2008, 2010)
204. The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis (2008, 2010)
205. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd (2006)
206. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood (2006)
207. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald (2006)
208. The Secret History – Donna Tartt (2006, 2008, 2010)
209. Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas (2008, 2010)
210. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar (2006, 2008, 2010)
211. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
212. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (2008, 2010)
213. The Triple Mirror of the Self by Zulfikar Ghose (2008, 2010)
214. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010)
215. A Heart So White – Javier Marias (2006)
216. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010)
217. Jazz – Toni Morrison (2006)
218. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje (2006, 2008, 2010)
219. Indigo – Marina Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
220. The Crow Road – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
221. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
222. The Dumas Club by Arturo Perez-Reverte (2008, 2010)
223. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg (2006, 2008, 2010)
224. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe (2006, 2008, 2010)
225. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates (2006)
226. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín (2006)
227. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (2006, 2008, 2010)
228. Memoirs of Rain by Sunetra Gupta (2008, 2010)
229. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan (2006)
230. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud (2006, 2008, 2010)
231. Arcadia – Jim Crace (2006, 2008, 2010)
232. Wild Swans – Jung Chang (2006, 2008, 2010)
233. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis (2006)
234. Mao II – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010)
235. Typical – Padgett Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
236. Regeneration – Pat Barker (2006, 2008, 2010)
237. Astradeni by Eugenia Fakinou (2008, 2010)
238. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (2008, 2010)
239. The Laws by Connie Palmen (2008, 2010)
240. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (2006, 2008, 2010)
241. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon (2006) [USA, English]
242. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald (2006, 2008, 2010)
243. Downriver – Iain Sinclair (2006)
244. The Daughter by Pavlos Matesis (2008, 2010)
245. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres (2006)
246. Wise Children – Angela Carter (2006)
247. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010)
248. Amongst Women – John McGahern (2006, 2008, 2010)
249. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge (2006, 2008, 2010)
250. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
251. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
252. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
253. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh (2008, 2010)
254. Possession – A.S. Byatt (2006)
255. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi (2006, 2008, 2010)
256. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham (2006)
257. Like Life – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010)
258. A Disaffection – James Kelman (2006)
259. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson (2006, 2008, 2010)
260. Moon Palace – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
261. London Fields – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
262. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow (2006)
263. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
264. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai (2006, 2008, 2010)
265. The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor (2008, 2010)
266. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker (2006)
267. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway (2006, 2008, 2010)
268. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010)
269. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (2006, 2008, 2010)
270. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010)
271. Inland by Gerald Murnane (2008, 2010)
272. Obabakoak by Bernando Atxaga (2008, 2010)
273. Gimmick! by Joost Zwagerman (2008, 2010)
274. The Book of Evidence – John Banville (2006)
275. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood (2006)
276. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010)
277. Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong (2008, 2010)
278. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White (2006)
279. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson (2006, 2008, 2010)
280. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
281. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst (2006, 2008, 2010)
282. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey (2006, 2008, 2010)
283. The Last World by Christopher Ransmayr (2008, 2010)
284. The First Garden by Anne Herbert (2008, 2010)
285. Libra – Don DeLillo (2006)
286. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks (2006)
287. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga (2006, 2008, 2010)
288. The Child in Time by Ian McEwan (2006)
289. Cigarettes by Harry Mathews (2006, 2008, 2010)
290. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams (2006)
291. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
292. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (2008, 2010)
293. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble (2006, 2008, 2010)
294. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010)
295. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
296. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy (2006, 2008, 2010)
297. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
298. Black Box by Amos Oz All Souls by Javier Marias (2008, 2010)
299. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (2006, 2008, 2010)
300. All Souls by Javier Marias (2008, 2010)
301. Beloved – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
302. Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende (2008, 2010)
303. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010)
304. World’s End by T.C. Boyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
305. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
306. The Ballad for Georg Henig by Viktor Paskov (2008, 2010)
307. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
308. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt (2006, 2008, 2010)
309. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore (2006, 2008, 2010)
310. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006, 2008, 2010)
311. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
312. Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano (2008, 2010)
313. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
314. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
315. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates (2006)
316. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons (2006, 2008, 2010)
317. Foe – J.M. Coetzee (2006) [South Africa/Australia, English]
318. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
319. The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman by Szczypiorski (2008, 2010)
320. Ancestral Voices by Etienne van Heerden (2008, 2010)
321. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
322. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann (2006, 2008, 2010)
323. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (2008, 2010)
324. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson (2006)
325. The Cider House Rules – John Irving (2006, 2008, 2010)
326. Simon and the Oaks by Marianne Fredriksson (2008, 2010)
327. A Maggot – John Fowles (2006)
328. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis (2006)
329. Contact – Carl Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010)
330. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (2008, 2010)
331. Perfume – Patrick Süskind (2006, 2008, 2010)
332. Queer – William Burroughs (2006)
333. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd (2006, 2008, 2010)
334. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
335. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel (2006, 2008, 2010)
336. Half of Man is Woman by Zhang Xianliang (2008, 2010)
337. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
338. White Noise – Don DeLillo (2006, 2008, 2010)
339. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (2008, 2010)
340. The Young Man by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010)
341. Legend – David Gemmell (2006, 2008, 2010)
342. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010)
343. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavic (2006, 2008, 2010)
344. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman (2006, 2008, 2010)
345. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
346. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago (2006, 2008, 2010)
347. The Lover – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
348. Democracy by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
349. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (2006, 2008, 2010)
350. Neuromancer – William Gibson (2006, 2008, 2010)
351. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter (2006, 2008, 2010)
352. Larva: Midsummer Night’s Babel by Julian Rios (2008, 2010)
353. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker (2006, 2008, 2010)
354. Professor Martens’ Departure by Jaan Kross (2008, 2010)
355. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
356. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
357. Shame – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
358. The Witness by Juan Jose Saer (2008, 2010)
359. Fado Alexandrino by Antonio Lobo Antunes (2008, 2010)
360. The Christmas Oratorio by Goran Tunstrom (2008, 2010)
361. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett (2006)
362. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor (2006)
363. La Brava – Elmore Leonard (2006, 2008, 2010)
364. Waterland – Graham Swift (2006, 2008, 2010)
365. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English, Booker]
366. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing (2006)
367. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek (2006, 2008, 2010)
368. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus (2006, 2008, 2010)
369. Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago (2008, 2010)
370. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (2008, 2010)
371. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
372. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White (2006, 2008, 2010)
373. The Color Purple – Alice Walker (2006, 2008, 2010)
374. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
375. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro (2006, 2008, 2010)
376. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally (2006, 2008, 2010)
377. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende (2006, 2008, 2010)
378. The Newton Letter – John Banville (2006)
379. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
380. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan (2006)
381. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010)
382. Couples, Passerby by Botho Strauss (2008, 2010)
383. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
384. The Names – Don DeLillo (2006)
385. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010)
386. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray (2006, 2008, 2010)
387. The War of the End of the World by Llosa (2008, 2010)
388. Leaden Wings by Zhang Jie (2008, 2010)
389. The House with the Blind Glass Windows by Wassmo (2008, 2010)
390. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin (2006, 2008, 2010)
391. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
392. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (2006, 2008, 2010)
393. Rites of Passage – William Golding (2006)
394. Broken April – Ismail Kadare (2006, 2008, 2010)
395. Smell of Sadness by Kossman (2008, 2010)
396. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom (2006, 2008, 2010)
397. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (2006, 2008, 2010)
398. Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai (2008, 2010)
399. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard (2006)
400. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (2006, 2008, 2010)
401. Southern Seas by Montalban (2008, 2010)
402. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré(2006, 2008, 2010)
403. Fool’s Gold by Douka (2008, 2010)
404. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera (2006, 2008, 2010)
405. A Dry White Season by Andre Brink (2008, 2010)
406. Shikasta – Doris Lessing (2006)
407. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
408. Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer (2006, 2008, 2010)
409. So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (2008, 2010)
410. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll (2006)
411. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
412. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (2006, 2008, 2010)
413. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan (2006, 2008, 2010)
414. Yes – Thomas Bernhard (2006)
415. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt (2006, 2008, 2010)
416. The Back Room by Gaite (2008, 2010)
417. The World According to Garp – John Irving (2006)
418. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
419. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English, Booker]
420. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
421. Requiem for a Dream by Selby (2008, 2010)
422. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (2008, 2010)
423. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter (2006)
424. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin (2006, 2008, 2010)
425. The Shining – Stephen King (2006, 2008, 2010)
426. Dispatches – Michael Herr (2006, 2008, 2010)
427. The Wars by Findley (2008, 2010)
428. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (2006)
429. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
430. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010)
431. Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
432. The Engineer of Human Souls by Skvorecky (2008, 2010)
433. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
434. Almost Transparent Blue by Rhu Murakami (2008, 2010)
435. Kiss of the Spiderwoman by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010)
436. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke (2006, 2008, 2010)
437. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo (2006)
438. The Public Burning – Robert Coover (2006)
439. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (2006, 2008, 2010)
440. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg (2006, 2008, 2010)
441. Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor (2008, 2010)
442. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme (2006)
443. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
444. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
445. W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
446. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell (2006, 2008, 2010)
447. Dead Babies – Martin Amis (2006)
448. Correction – Thomas Bernhard (2006, 2008, 2010)
449. Grimus – Salman Rushdie (2006)
450. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme(2006, 2008, 2010)
451. Fateless – Imre Kertész (2006, 2008, 2010)
452. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
453. Woman at Point Zero by El Saadawi (2008, 2010)
454. High Rise – J.G. Ballard (2006)
455. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
456. The Year of the Hare by Paasilinna (2008, 2010)
457. The Commandant by Jessica Anderson (2008, 2010)
458. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow(2006, 2008, 2010)
459. The Port by Soljan (2008, 2010)
460. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle (2006, 2008, 2010)
461. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee (2006, 2008, 2010) [South Africa/Australia, English]
462. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
463. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (2008, 2010)
464. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (2008, 2010)
465. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré (2006)
466. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006) [USA, English]
467. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong (2006, 2008, 2010)
468. A Question of Power – Bessie Head (2006, 2008, 2010)
469. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
470. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
471. Crash – J.G. Ballard (2006, 2008, 2010)
472. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
473. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
474. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
475.Sula – Toni Morrison (2006)
476. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
477. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (2008, 2010)
478. The Twilight Years by Ariyoshi (2008, 2010)
479. The Breast – Philip Roth (2006)
480. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson (2006, 2008, 2010)
481. G – John Berger (2006, 2008, 2010)
482. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
483. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010)
484. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul (2006, 2008, 2010)
485. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (2008, 2010)
486. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow (2006, 2008, 2010)
487. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (2006, 2008, 2010)
488. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
489. Cataract by Osadchyi (2008, 2010)
490.The Wild Boys – William Burroughs (2006)
491. Rabbit Redux – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010)
492. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima (2006, 2008, 2010)
493. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark (2006)
494. The Ogre – Michael Tournier (2006)
495. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (2006, 2008, 2010)
496. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke (2006)
497. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (2006, 2008, 2010)
498. A World for Julius by Echenique (2008, 2010)
499. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett (2006)
500. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
501. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson (2006, 2008, 2010)
502. Play It As it Lays by Joan Didion (2008, 2010)
503. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (2008, 2010)
504. Here’s to You, Jesusa by Poniatowska (2008, 2010)
505. Season of Migration to the North by Salih (2008, 2010)
506. Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig (2008, 2010)
507. Moscow Stations by Erofeyev (2008, 2010)
508. The Case Worker by Konrad (2008, 2010)
509. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard (2006)
510. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado (2006, 2008, 2010)
511. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover (2006, 2008, 2010)
512. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
513. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
514. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010)
515. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis (2006)
516. Jacob the Liar by Becker (2008, 2010)
517. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
518. The Godfather – Mario Puzo (2006, 2008, 2010)
519. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
520. Them – Joyce Carol Oates (2006, 2008, 2010)
521. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
522. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010)
523. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal (2006, 2008, 2010)
524. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010) [Russia, Russian]
525. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch (2006) [UK, English]
526. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen (2006, 2008, 2010)
527. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (2006, 2008, 2010)
528. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick (2006, 2008, 2010)
529. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
530. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry (2006)
531. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz (2006, 2008, 2010)
532. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan (2006, 2008, 2010)
533. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines (2006, 2008, 2010)
534. The Cathedral by Honchar (2008, 2010)
535. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
536. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
537. Day of the Dolphin by Robert Merle (2008, 2010)
538. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson (2006, 2008, 2010)
539. Chocky – John Wyndham (2006)
540. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa (2006)
541. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez (2006, 2008, 2010)
542. The Manor by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010)
543. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson (2006, 2008, 2010)
544. The Joke – Milan Kundera (2006)
545. Z by Vassilikos (2008, 2010)
546. Miramar by Mahfouz (2008, 2010)
547. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
548. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
549. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (2006, 2008, 2010)
550. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec (2006)
551. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West (2006)
552. Trawl – B.S. Johnson (2006)
553. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010)
554. The Magus – John Fowles (2006, 2008, 2010)
555. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
556. Marks of Identity by Juan Goytisolo (2008, 2010)
557. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth (2006, 2008, 2010)
558. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
559. To Each His Own by Sciascia (2008, 2010)
560. Silence by Shusaku Endo (2008, 2010)
561. Death and the Dervish by Selimovic (2008, 2010)
562. Things – Georges Perec (2006, 2008, 2010)
563. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien (2006)
564. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut (2006) [USA, English]
565. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
566. Garden, Ashes by Kis (2008, 2010)
567. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o(2006, 2008, 2010)
568. Closely Watched Trains by Hrabal (2008, 2010)
569. Back to Oegstgeest by Wolkers (2008, 2010)
570. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector (2006, 2008, 2010)
571. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010)
572. Three Trapped Tigers by Infante (2008, 2010)
573. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme (2006)
574. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson (2006)
575. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010)
576. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras (2006, 2008, 2010)
577. Herzog – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
578. V. – Thomas Pynchon (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
579. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
580. The Graduate – Charles Webb (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
581. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol (2006, 2008, 2010) [France, French]
582. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
583. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
584. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010)
585. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
586. Dog Years by Gunter Grass (2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
587. The Third Wedding by Taktsis (2008, 2010)
588. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (2006, 2008, 2010)[Russia, Russian]
589. The Time of the Hero by Llosa (2008, 2010)
590. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Fuentes (2008, 2010)
591. The Collector – John Fowles (2006)
592. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
593. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
594. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
595. Time of Silence by Luis Martin Santos (2008, 2010)
596. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard (2006)
597. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
598. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges (2006, 2008, 2010) [Argentina, Spanish]
599. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
600. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani (2006, 2008, 2010)
601. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein (2006, 2008, 2010)
602. Memoirs of a Peasant Boy by Vilos (2008, 2010)
603. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame (2006, 2008, 2010)
604. No One Writes to the Colonel by Marquez (2008, 2010)
605. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
606. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
607. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
608. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
609. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (2006, 2008, 2010)
610. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (2006, 2008, 2010)
611. The Shipyard by Onetti (2008, 2010)
612. God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene (2008, 2010)
613. Bebo’s Girl by Cassola (2008, 2010)
614. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor (2006) [USA, English]
615. How It Is – Samuel Beckett (2006)
616. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino (2006)
617. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien(2006, 2008, 2010)
618. Halftime by Martin Walser (2008, 2010)
619. The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer (2008, 2010)
620. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
621. Rabbit, Run – John Updike (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
622. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010)
623. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
624. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
625. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
626. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass (2006, 2008, 2010) [Germany, German]
627. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee (2006, 2008, 2010)
628. Down Second Avenue by Mphahlele (2008, 2010)
629. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow (2006)
630. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark (2006) [UK, English]
631. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll (2006, 2008, 2010)
632. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe (2006, 2008, 2010)
633. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote (2006, 2008, 2010)
634. Deep Rivers by Arguedas (2008, 2010)
635. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (2006, 2008, 2010)
636. The Guide by Narayan (2008, 2010)
637. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon (2006, 2008, 2010)
638. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (2006, 2008, 2010)
639. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe (2006, 2008, 2010)
640. Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon by Jorge Amada (2008, 2010)
641. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico (2006)
642. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan (2006, 2008, 2010)
643. The Bell – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
644. The End of the Road – John Barth (2006)
645. The Once and Future King – T.H. White (2006, 2008, 2010)
646. The Birds by Vesaas (2008, 2010)
647. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet (2006, 2008, 2010)
648. Voss – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010)
649. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
650. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
651. Homo Faber – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
652. The Deadbeats by Ruyslinck (2008, 2010)
653. The Manila Rope by Meri (2008, 2010)
654. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (2006, 2008, 2010) [USA, English]
655. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
656. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak (2006, 2008, 2010)
657. The Glass Bees by Junger (2008, 2010)
658. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber (2006)
659. Justine – Lawrence Durrell (2006, 2008, 2010)
660. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
661. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow (2006)
662. The Floating Opera – John Barth(2006, 2008, 2010)
663. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary (2006, 2008, 2010)
664. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon (2006, 2008, 2010)
665. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
666. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
667. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (2006, 2008, 2010)
668. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Rosa (2008, 2010)
669. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis (2006, 2008, 2010)
670. The Tree of Man by Patrick White (2008, 2010)
671. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
672. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett (2006, 2008, 2010)
673. The Quiet American – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
674. The Burning Plain by Rulfo (2008, 2010)
675. The Recognitions – William Gaddis (2006, 2008, 2010)
676. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini (2006, 2008, 2010)
677. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch (2006, 2008, 2010)
678. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
679. The Unknown Soldier by Linna (2008, 2010)
680. The Sound of Waves by Mishima (2008, 2010)
681. Death in Rome by Koeppen (2008, 2010)
682. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan (2006, 2008, 2010)
683. The Mandarins by de Beauvoir (2008, 2010)
684. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (2006, 2008, 2010)
685. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
686. The Story of O – Pauline Réage (2006, 2008, 2010)
687. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
688. A Day in Spring by Kosmac (2008, 2010)
689. The Dark Child by Laye (2008, 2010)
690. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley (2006, 2008, 2010)
691. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
692. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett (2006)
693. Watt – Samuel Beckett (2006)
694. The Hothouse by Koeppen (2008, 2010)
695. The Lost Steps by Carpentier (2008, 2010)
696. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis (2006, 2008, 2010)
697. Junkie – William Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
698. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming (2006, 2008, 2010)
699. *The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow (2006)
700. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin (2006, 2008, 2010)
701. A Thousand Cranes by Kawabata (2008, 2010)
702. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (2008, 2010)
703. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt (2006, 2008, 2010)
704. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (2006, 2008, 2010)
705. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
706. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (2006, 2008, 2010)
707. The Hive by Cela (2008, 2010)
708. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson (2006)
709. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar (2006, 2008, 2010)
710. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham (2006, 2008, 2010)
711. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
712. Foundation – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
713. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq (2006, 2008, 2010)
714. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (2006, 2008, 2010)
715. The Rebel – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
716. Molloy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
717. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
718. Barabbas by Lagerkvist (2008, 2010)
719. The Guiltless by Broch (2008, 2010)
720. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
721. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz (2006, 2008, 2010)
722. The Third Man – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
723. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber (2006, 2008, 2010)
724. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
725. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese (2006, 2008, 2010)
726. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute (2006, 2008, 2010)
727. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing (2006, 2008, 2010)
728. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (2006, 2008, 2010)
729. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk (2006, 2008, 2010)
730. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge (2006, 2008, 2010)
731. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford (2006, 2008, 2010)
732. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
733. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier (2006, 2008, 2010)
734. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren (2006, 2008, 2010)
735. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
736. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot (2006, 2008, 2010)
737. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Borowski (2008, 2010)
738. In the Heart of the Seas by Agnon (2008, 2010)
739. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
740. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (2006, 2008, 2010)
741. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani (2006, 2008, 2010)
742. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
743. Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzejewski (2008, 2010)
744. Journey to the Alcarria by Cela (2008, 2010)
745. Froth on the Daydream by Vian (2008, 2010)
746. Midaq Alley by Mahfouz (2008, 2010)
747. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
748. The Plague – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
749. The Victim – Saul Bellow (2006)
750. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau (2006, 2008, 2010)
751. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
752. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry (2006, 2008, 2010)
753. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino (2006, 2008, 2010)
754. House in the Uplands by Caldwell (2008, 2010)
755. Back – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
756. Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis (2008, 2010)
757. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake (2006, 2008, 2010)
758. The Death of Virgil by Broch (2008, 2010)
759. Andrea by Laforet (2008, 2010)
760. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (2008, 2010)
761. Bosnian Chronicle by Andric (2008, 2010)
762. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
763. Arcanum 17 – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010)
764. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi (2006, 2008, 2010)
765. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri? (2006, 2008, 2010)
766. Animal Farm – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
767. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck (2006)
768. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford (2006)
769. Loving – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
770. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (2008, 2010)
771. Transit – Anna Seghers (2006, 2008, 2010)
772. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
773. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges (2006)
774. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow (2006, 2008, 2010)
775. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2006, 2008, 2010)
776. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann (2008, 2010)
777. Caught – Henry Green (2006)
778. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
779. Chess Story by Zweig (2008, 2010)
780. Embers – Sandor Marai (2006, 2008, 2010)
781. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner (2006)
782. The Outsider – Albert Camus (2006, 2008, 2010)
783. Conversations in Sicily – Elio Vittorini (2006, 2008, 2010)
784. The Harvesters by Parvese (2008, 2010)
785. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien (2006)
786. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White (2006, 2008, 2010)
787. Broad and Alien Is the World by Alegria (2008, 2010)
788. The Man Who Loved Children by Stead (2008, 2010)
789. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton (2006)
790. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf (2006)
791. The Hamlet – William Faulkner (2006)
792. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler (2006)
793. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
794. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
795. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati (2006, 2008, 2010)
796. Native Son – Richard Wright (2006, 2008, 2010)
797. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
798. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien (2006, 2008, 2010)
799. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller (2006)
800. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys (2006, 2008, 2010)
801. Party Going – Henry Green (2006)
802. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010)
803. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell (2006)
804. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
805. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (2006, 2008, 2010)
806. One the Edge of Reason by Krleza (2008, 2010)
807. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner (2006)
808. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson (2006, 2008, 2010)
809. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre (2006, 2008, 2010)
810. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (2006, 2008, 2010)
811. Alamut by Bartol (2008, 2010)
812. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler (2006, 2008, 2010)
813. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene (2006, 2008, 2010) [UK, English]
814. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos (2006, 2008, 2010)
815. Murphy – Samuel Beckett (2006, 2008, 2010)
816. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (2006, 2008, 2010)
817. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (2006, 2008, 2010)
818. The Years – Virginia Woolf (2006)
819. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (2006, 2008, 2010)
820. The Blind Owl by Hedayat (2008, 2010)
821. Ferdydurke by Grombowicz (2008, 2010)
822. In Parenthesis – David Jones (2006, 2008, 2010)
823. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
824. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) (2006, 2008, 2010)
825. Rickshaw Boy by Lao She (2008, 2010)
826. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway (2006)
827. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner (2006, 2008, 2010)
828. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
829. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
830. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (2006, 2008, 2010)
831. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell (2006, 2008, 2010)
832. War with the Newts by Capek (2008, 2010)
833. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson (2006)
834. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner (2006, 2008, 2010)
835. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft (2006, 2008, 2010)
836. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes (2006, 2008, 2010)
837. Independent People – Halldór Laxness (2006, 2008, 2010)
838. Untouchable by Anand (2008, 2010)
839. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood (2006, 2008, 2010)
840. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy (2006, 2008, 2010)
841. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti (2006, 2008, 2010)
842. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
843. England Made Me – Graham Greene (2006) [UK, English]
844. Burmese Days – George Orwell (2006)
845. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
846. The Bells of Basel by Aragon (2008, 2010)
847. On the Heights of Despair by Cioran (2008, 2010)
848. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht (2006)
849. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev (2006)
850. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain (2006, 2008, 2010)
851. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (2006, 2008, 2010)
852. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
853. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010)
854. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (2006, 2008, 2010)
855. The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz (2008, 2010)
856. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
857. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West (2006, 2008, 2010)
858. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers (2006, 2008, 2010)
859. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010)
860. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain (2006, 2008, 2010)
861. A Day Off – Storm Jameson (2006, 2008, 2010)
862. Man’s Fate by Malraux (2008, 2010)
863. Cheese by Elsschot (2008, 2010)
864. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010)
865. Vipers’ Tangle by Mauriac (2008, 2010)
866. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
867. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons(2006, 2008, 2010)
868. The Forbidden Realm by Slauerhoff (2008, 2010)
869. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth (2006, 2008, 2010)
870. The Return of Philip Latinowicz by Krleza (2008, 2010)
871. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon (2006)
872. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline (2006, 2008, 2010)
873. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010)
874. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen (2006, 2008, 2010)
875. The Waves – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
876. Insatiability by Witkiwicz (2008, 2010)
877. Monica by Saunders Lewis (2008, 2010)
878. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett (2006)
879. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham (2006)
880. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
881. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning (2006, 2008, 2010)
882. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh (2006)
883. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett (2006, 2008, 2010)
884. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
885. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico (2006)
886. Passing – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
887. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
888. I Thought of Daisy by Edmund Wilson (2008, 2010)
889. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett (2006)
890. Living – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
891. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia (2006, 2008, 2010)
892. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
893. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin (2006, 2008, 2010)
894. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
895. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West (2006)
896. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner (2006)
897. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau (2006, 2008, 2010)
898. Retreat without Song by Shahnour (2008, 2010)
899. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille (2006, 2008, 2010)
900. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
901. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
902. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall (2006, 2008, 2010)
903. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
904. Some Prefer Nettles by Tanizaki (2008, 2010)
905. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis (2006)
906. Quartet – Jean Rhys (2006)
907. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh (2006, 2008, 2010)
908. Quicksand – Nella Larsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
909. Nadja – André Breton (2006, 2008, 2010)
910. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
911. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust(2006, 2008, 2010)
912. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
913. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson (2006, 2008, 2010)
914. The Case of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig (2008, 2010)
915. Amerika – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
916. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (2006, 2008, 2010)
917. Blindness – Henry Green (2006, 2008, 2010)
918. The Castle – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
919. Alberta and Jacob by Sandel (2008, 2010)
920. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek (2006, 2008, 2010)
921. Under Satan’s Sun by Bernanos (2008, 2010)
922. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
923. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello (2006, 2008, 2010)
924. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (2006, 2008, 2010)
925. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein (2006, 2008, 2010)
926. Chaka the Zulu by Mofolo (2008, 2010)
927. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos (2006)
928. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (2006, 2008, 2010)
929. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (2006, 2008, 2010)
930. The Counterfeiters – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
931. The Trial – Franz Kafka (2006, 2008, 2010)
932. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010)
933. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather (2006, 2008, 2010)
934. The New World by Welde Selasse (2008, 2010)
935. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville (2006)
936. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen (2006, 2008, 2010)
937. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
938. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin (2006, 2008, 2010)
939. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
940. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet (2006, 2008, 2010)
941. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo (2006, 2008, 2010)
942. Cane – Jean Toomer (2006)
943. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley (2006)
944. Amok – Stefan Zweig (2006, 2008, 2010)
945. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (2008, 2010)
946. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield (2006)
947. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings (2006, 2008, 2010)
948. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf (2006)
949. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (2006, 2008, 2010)
950. The Forest of the Hanged by Rebreanu (2008, 2010)
951. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton (2006)
952. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
953. Claudine’s House by Colette (2008, 2010)
954. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus (2006)
955. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
956. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
957. Ulysses – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
958. Life of Christ by Papini (2008, 2010)
959. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence (2006)
960. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley (2006, 2008, 2010)
961. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
962. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
963. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
964. The Storm of Steel by Junger (2008, 2010)
965. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf (2006)
966. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis (2006, 2008, 2010)
967. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West (2006, 2008, 2010)
968. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad (2006)
969. Summer – Edith Wharton (2006)
970. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen (2006, 2008, 2010)
971. The Home and the World by Tagore (2008, 2010)
972. Pallieter by Timmermans (2008, 2010)
973. The Underdogs by Azuela (2008, 2010)
974. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton (2006)
975. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (2006, 2008, 2010)
976. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010)
977. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke (2006, 2008, 2010)
978. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford (2006, 2008, 2010)
979. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf (2006)
980. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham (2006, 2008, 2010)
981. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
982. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan (2006, 2008, 2010)
983. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki (2006, 2008, 2010)
984. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010)
985. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse (2006)
986. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs (2006, 2008, 2010)
987. Platero and I by Jimenez (2008, 2010)
988. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell (2006, 2008, 2010)
989. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence (2006, 2008, 2010)
990. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
991. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens (2006, 2008, 2010)
992. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
993. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (2006, 2008, 2010)
994. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel (2006, 2008, 2010)
995. Howards End – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
996. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke (2008, 2010)
997. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein (2006)
998. Martin Eden – Jack London (2006)
999. Strait is the Gate – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1000. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster (2006, 2008, 2010)
1001. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells (2006)
1002. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse (2006, 2008, 2010)
1003. The Iron Heel – Jack London (2006)
1004. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett (2006, 2008, 2010)
1005. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson (2006, 2008, 2010)
1006. Mother – Maxim Gorky (2006, 2008, 2010)
1007. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1008. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair (2006, 2008, 2010)
1009. The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1010. Young Törless – Robert Musil (2006, 2008, 2010)
1011. Solitude by Catala (2008, 2010)
1012. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
1013. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton (2006, 2008, 2010)
1014. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster (2006)
1015. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1016. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe (2006, 2008, 2010)
1017. The Way of All Flesh by Butler (2008, 2010)
1018. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Schreber (2008, 2010)
1019. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (2008, 2010)
1020. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers (2006, 2008, 2010)
1021. The Golden Bowl – Henry James (2006)
1022. The Ambassadors – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1023. The Immoralist – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1024. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1025. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (2006, 2008, 2010)
1026. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
1027. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann (2006, 2008, 2010)
1028. Kim – Rudyard Kipling (2006, 2008, 2010)
1029. None but the Brave by Schnitzler (2008, 2010)
1030. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad (2006)
1031. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser (2006, 2008, 2010)
1032. Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem by Salgari (2008, 2010)
1033. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross (2006, 2008, 2010)
1034. Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Gardonyi (2008, 2010)
1035. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010)
1036. The Awakening – Kate Chopin (2006, 2008, 2010)
1037. Dom Casmurro by de Assis (2008, 2010)
1038. As a Man Grows Older by Svevo (2008, 2010)
1039. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (2006)
1040. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1041. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide (2006, 2008, 2010)
1042. Pharoah by Prus (2008, 2010)
1043. Compassion by Perez Galdos (2008, 2010)
1044. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells (2006)
1045. What Maisie Knew – Henry James (2006, 2008, 2010)
1046. Dracula – Bram Stoker (2006, 2008, 2010)
1047. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz (2006, 2008, 2010)
1048. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1049. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (2006, 2008, 2010)
1050. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane (2006, 2008, 2010)
1051. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1052. The Viceroys by De Roberto (2008, 2010)
1053. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross (2006)
1054. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (2006)
1055. Born in Exile – George Gissing (2006)
1056. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith (2006, 2008, 2010)
1057. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2006, 2008, 2010)
1058. News from Nowhere – William Morris (2006, 2008, 2010)
1059. New Grub Street – George Gissing(2006, 2008, 2010)
1060. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf (2006, 2008, 2010)
1061. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1062. Down There by Huysmans (2008, 2010)
1063. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (2006, 2008, 2010)
1064. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy (2006, 2008, 2010)
1065. Thais by Anatole France (2008, 2010)
1066. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010)
1067. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg (2006, 2008, 2010)
1068. Hunger – Knut Hamsun (2006, 2008, 2010)
1069. Eline Vere by Couperus (2008, 2010)
1070. The Child of Pleasure by D’Annunzio (2008, 2010)
1071. Under the Yoke by Vazov (2008, 2010)
1072. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
1073. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant (2006, 2008, 2010)
1074. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés (2006)
1075. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg (2006, 2008, 2010)
1076. The Manors of Ulloa by Bazan (2008, 2010)
1077. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1078. She – H. Rider Haggard (2006)
1079. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006, 2008, 2010)
1080. The Quest by van Eeden (2008, 2010)
1081. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1082. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson (2006)
1083. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard (2006, 2008, 2010)
1084. Germinal – Émile Zola (2006, 2008, 2010)
1085. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
1086. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
1087. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
1088. The Regent’s Wife by Alas (2008, 2010)
1089. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
1090. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
1091. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
1092. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
1093. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
1094. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by de Assis (2008, 2010)
1095. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
1096. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
1097. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
1098. Nana – Émile Zola
1099. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006)
1100. The Red Room – August Strindberg
1101. Martin Fierro by Hernandez (2008, 2010)
1102. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1103. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
1104. Drunkard – Émile Zola
1105. The Crime of Father Amaro by de Queiros (2008, 2010)
1106. Pepita Jimenez by Valera (2008, 2010)
1107. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev (2006)
1108. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot (2006)
1109. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy (2006)
1110. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert (2006)
1111. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
1112. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
1113. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
1114. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
1115. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1116. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
1117. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
1118. Middlemarch – George Eliot
1119. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
1120. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
1121. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope (2006)
1122. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
1123. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
1124. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
1125. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
1126. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1127. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
1128. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
1129. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
1130. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
1131. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
1132. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1133. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
1134. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (2006)
1135. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
1136. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
1137. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
1138. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
1139. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
1140. Silas Marner – George Eliot
1141. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
1142. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006)
1143. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
1144. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev (2006)
1145. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope (2006)
1146. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
1147. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
1148. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (2006)
1149. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
1150. Adam Bede – George Eliot
1151. Indian Summer by Stifter (2008, 2010)
1152. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
1153. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
1154. Green Henry by Keller (2008, 2010)
1155. Hard Times – Charles Dickens (2006)
1156. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
1157. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
1158. Villette – Charlotte Brontë (2006)
1159. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
1160. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
1161. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne (2006)
1162. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
1163. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
1164. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
1165. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
1166. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë (2006)
1167. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell (2006)
1168. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
1169. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
1170. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë (2006)
1171. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
1172. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
1173. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
1174. The Devil’s Fool by George Sand (2008, 2010)
1175. Facundo by Sarmiento (2008, 2010)
1176. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas (2006)
1177. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
1178. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe (2006)
1179. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens (2006)
1180. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
1181. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
1182. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (2006)
1183. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
1184. A Hero for our Times by Lermontov (2008, 2010)
1185. Camera Obscura by Hildebrand (2008, 2010)
1186. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
1187. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
1188. The Lion of Flanders by Hendrik Conscience (2008, 2010)
1189. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens (2006)
1190. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
1191. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
1192. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
1193. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
1194. Eugene Onegin by Pushkin (2008, 2010)
1195. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
1196. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
1197. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
1198. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
1199. The L ife of a Good-for-Nothing by von Eichendorff (2008, 2010)
1200. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
1201. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by Hoffman (2008, 2010)
1202. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin (2006)
1203. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
1204. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott (2006)
1205. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
1206. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
1207. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (2006)
1208. Persuasion – Jane Austen (2006)
1209. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
1210. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
1211. Emma – Jane Austen
1212. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
1213. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
1214. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
1215. Michael Kohlhaas by von Kleist (2008, 2010)
1216. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth (2006)
1217. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1218. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
1219. Henry of Ofterdingen by Novalis (2008, 2010)
1220. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
1221. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
1222. The Nun – Denis Diderot
1223. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
1224. Camilla – Fanny Burney
1225. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
1226. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1227. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
1228. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
1229. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
1230. A Dream of Red Mansions by Xueqin (2008, 2010)
1231. Justine – Marquis de Sade
1232. Vathek – William Beckford
1233. Anton Reiser by Moritz (2008, 2010)
1234. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
1235. Cecilia – Fanny Burney (2006)
1236. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1237. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
1238. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1239. Evelina – Fanny Burney
1240. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1241. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
1242. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
1243. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
1244. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
1245. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
1246. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
1247. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1248. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1249. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
1250. Candide – Voltaire
1251. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
1252. Amelia – Henry Fielding (2006)
1253. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
1254. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
1255. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
1256. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett (2006)
1257. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
1258. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
1259. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
1260. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
1261. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
1262. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
1263. Roxana – Daniel Defoe (2006)
1264. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
1265. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
1266. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
1267. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift (2006)
1268. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
1269. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
1270. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan (2006)
1271. The Adventurous Simplicissimus by von Grimmelshausen (2008, 2010)
1272. The Conquest of New Spain by Diaz del Castillo (2008, 2010)
1273. The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (2008, 2010)
1274. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
1275. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
1276. Thomas of Reading by Deloney (2008, 2010)
1277. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
1278. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly (2006)
1279. Monkey: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en (2008, 2010)
1280. The Lusiad by Vaz de Camoes (2008, 2010)
1281. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
1282. The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (2008, 2010)
1283. Amadis of Gaul by de Montalvo (2008, 2010)
1284. La Celestina by de Rojas (2008, 2010)
1285. Tirant lo Blanc by Martorell (2008, 2010)
1286. The Water Margin by Nai’an (2008, 2010)
1287. Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong (2008, 2010)
1288. The Tale of Gengi (2008, 2010)
1289. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (2008, 2010)
1290. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
1291. Aithiopika – Heliodorus (2006)
1292. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton (2006)
1293. Metamorphoses – Ovid (2006)
1294. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus (2006)

So that’s 68 books read. I didn’t even want to count the number of books I own but haven’t read. If someone wants to do that for me, that’d be great, thanks. ;). But! NO SHAME! There are some books on this list that are also on my Classics list, and there are some that aren’t, that probably should be. I’m not going to update my Classics list, but I am going to make this list into a separate page under the Challenges tab so I can keep an eye on it and gain a little bit of satisfaction from crossing things off TWO lists instead of one.

Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
— Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey)

Review: Gone With The Wind

17 Jan

I’ve been languishing in the aftermath of Margaret Mitchell’s epic Civil War novel, Gone with the Wind, for a little less than a week now. Rarely does a book affect my reading habits for more than a day, but after finishing GWTW, I’ve been unable to really get into another book – and I’m currently trying to read Just Kids, the National Book Award winner by Patti Smith. If Mitchell can keep me from reading a stellar book like that one, you know I’ve got a lot of thoughts about it. I won’t even bother with a synopsis because I think GWTW is one of those American classics we all vaguely know the story of, and even if you’ve never read the book, you’re probably familiar with the movie version and it’s indelible final line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

I too was familiar enough with the story, but having gone probably 10 years since I’d last seen the movie, and never having read the book, I wanted to read this book with fresh eyes, with a sense of curiosity about the plot and the characters that I’d never really had before. I wanted to get to know Scarlett and her life the way Margaret Mitchell intended, not the cinematic version, which I’ve been told differed greatly. I will warn you now though, that there are SPOILERS in this review.

In pretty much every list you can think of for the Greatest Movie Characters ever, Scarlett O’Hara is not only on the list, but usually in the top five. NPR lists Scarlett at number 23 in its list of 100 Best Fictional Characters Since 1900. Scarlett O’Hara is certainly one of the most complicated and complex characters I’ve ever read, and in my mind, certainly deserves those rankings. But as much as I admire her techinical characterization – in the literary creative process – I haven’t totally decided how I feel about her as a person. Just as she is a conflicted character, I too am conflicted as to whether I actually like her. The trap of course as a reviewer is to decide that I don’t agree with her methods – marrying for revenge, for money,  and for spite, as an example – and conclude that I don’t like the book. But that’s a cop-out, so I won’t go there. Because I did love the book, when it was all said and done.

That’s not to say there weren’t moments when I was so angry at Scarlett, Ashley, Rhett and Melanie that I wanted to throw in the towel. And as many times as I blustered about each of them being idiots or blind or foolish or headstrong, I could not stop reading. I had to know if they would ever learn from their mistakes, or if they would wise up to the world as it was changing around them. To me, that’s what makes strong characters; if I’m invested in them (and I was invested in ALL of them) and want to see where they end up and how they change, despite not liking them for a large chunk of the book, that is a successful story. My copy of the book was 733 pages, and Scarlett becomes increasingly self-absorbed and selfish until nearly the very end (and even then, I’m not entirely convinced she’s changed- and nor are most of the people around her), and I was still utterly compelled to keep reading. Scarlett is not a likeable character; she is spoiled, greedy and narcisstic but I was rooting for her (almost) every step of the way. And even when she was at her most despicable, my heart still hurt for her, because she was more often than not driven to it by the world around her. She was ambitious, and in a time when being smart was unwomanly, being ambitious was downright scandalous. You could be wealthy, but you couldn’t give up honor and good manners to seek it out.

Often I laughed about the antiquated way in which women were treated and spoken about – at one point, India Wilkes, Ashley’s sister, is cast off as being past the marriable age because she is “twenty-five and looks it.” To be a woman at that time in that place was to be coddled and then largely ignored when it came to actual issues; the fact that Scarlett refused to give into that expectation and took her destiny into her own hands made me admire her. And admiration is difficult to admit to when she clearly was so outrightly ambitious as to lose all sense of propriety and manners. Her natual inclination to be stubborn and selfish is only exacerbated by the refusal to be poor and hungry when she doesn’t have to be. I hate to use the phrase, the ends justifies the means, because in this case, she did become hardened beyond the point of no return. But her methods are outweighed to a certain extent by her motivations. The feminist in me wants to cheer her for not letting the male-dominated society keep her down and for making a living in the face of poverty and destitution.

That being said, she was a fool about so many things: selfish to a fault about Ashley Wilkes (who is possibly now, my most hated fictional character ever) and in denial of her own goodness, for fear that it made her weak. In these things, my real critique of the book comes into play, because as much as I can discuss my love and hate of Scarlett O’Hara, the actual writing of her as a character was part of the reason my feelings about her are disjointed.

There are things about Scarlett that are contradictory – so contradictory, that I wonder about Mitchell’s motivation for writing her the way she does. In several cases, Scarlett is bright and logical and in the next moment, just as ignorant as she’s expected to be. For example, when husband #2, Frank Kennedy and Ashley Wilkes take off with the Ku Klux Klan to clean out the shantytown where Scarlett was attacked, and Rhett brings Ashley back acting drunk to cover a wound from the Yankee soldiers, the amount of time it takes for Scarlett to catch on is completely frustrating. Part of me read a scene like that and wondered if she was too self-absorbed to think about anyone else being hurt besides herself, since she’d been focused entirely on her previous attack, or if she is just that clueless or headstrong  about the realities of the violent world of post-Civil War Atlanta, which is what led to her attack in the first place. It’s not clear, and while I would have liked to have been more sure of Mitchell’s motivations for Scarlett’s behavior in places like that, I don’t know if I would have ended the book feeling as I did about Scarlett.

Another aspect of Scarlett also bothered me while I was reading because it seemed entirely contradictory to her true spirit. Her habit of saying, “I’ll think about it tomorrow when I can bear it,” about nearly everything that was a hardship seemed at odds with her characterization of being headstrong and unwilling to let things get the best of her. But in analyzing her after finishing the book, I understand now, that by putting off any emotional reaction, she is actually staying true to Mitchell’s characterization. She’s unemotional by nature, and rarely bothers with sentimentality or morality so why would she give herself over to something silly like emotion?

The end of the book is, on the surface, unsatisfying – as is the end of the movie. There is no happy ending for Scarlett, which as a reader is disappointing, but as a critical reader, it is just as it should be. Throughout the book I was conflicted: about Scarlett, about Atlanta and Tara, about Rhett, about Ashley, about Melanie, about almost every aspect. I was compelled, but conflicted. For the book to end with a neat bow – as gratifying as it would have been at first – would have been entirely contradictory to the rest of the novel. And ultimately would have been even more unstatisfying.

It’s an interesting position to be in as a reader – to want to recommend that everyone read the book but to also not be completely decided how I feel about the characters. It doesn’t feel like it should be okay, but it absolutely is. In fact, I’m reminded of a piece of advice my grandfather once gave me about thinking about pieces of narrative art critically (we were discussing theater, and at the time I was probably 11 or 12). He said that we can call a story a success if the characters adapt and change over the course of the piece. You don’t have to like them at the end, but if they change, the story is a success. Otherwise, what was the point of telling the story in the first place?

In this way I can conceptualize Gone with the Wind as a successful story. I’m still haunted by it, I’m still wondering what happened to Scarlett and Rhett. It’s affected me well beyond the conclusion of the book.

[As a sort of epilogue to this review and to this reading, I watched the film version over the weekend, and I have to say that I love the book so much more. I know that’s not all that revolutionary to say, but even over the course of a four-hour film, so much of the book was discarded. And in the aftermath, I realized that I was much more content with being conflicted about Scarlett from the novel. Because I absolutely hated Scarlett from the film. Where Mitchell’s Scarlett is multi-dimensional, in contrast the film version of Scarlett is incredibly one-dimensional. She is just spoiled – there is no internal clash within the character.

Also, I ordered Alexandra Ripley’s follow-up to Mitchell’s story, Scarlett, from PaperbackSwap.com. I’m not entirely convinced that I’m going to read it though, because as much as I would like more of a conclusion to Scarlett and Rhett’s story and to know how Scarlett ended up, the fact that Margaret Mitchell didn’t write it makes me wary. Is it going to be some other writer’s fantasy of the story, instead of staying faithful to the character? Has anyone read it and can tell me whether it’s worth reading?]

2011 Challenges?

10 Jan

You would think that with this whole “Year of Reading Deliberately” I would stay away from Challenges. And you’re right, I’m going to, for the most part. For example, in December, I started to do the Winter Seasonal Challenge on Goodreads, but I realized that I was too engrossed in my Chunksters (which, granted, were part of the challenge) to care about point totals and pages read. I didn’t really plan on taking on challenges beyond my personal Classics challenge, and I still won’t, but I thought it would be interesting to track the books I read in 2011 in ways more meaningful than just title and author.

I’m still going to note them in a tab here on the blog, but I’m also going to track them in a Google Doc so I can keep track of publication date, page numbers, and genre, among other things. I also stumbled upon the Where Are You Reading Challenge by Sheila at BookJourney and I really like the idea of tracking the geography of the books I’m reading, especially since I’ll be making an effort to read more non-fiction. That being said, I’m not going to purposely read books to fit the challenge (i.e. I won’t skip a book I really want to read because I haven’t read a book set in Delaware). But it seems like a good column to add to my spreadsheet. So I’m not going to actually sign up on Sheila’s blog, since I’m not reading to accomplish the challenge.

But with that in mind, I’ve already got Georgia covered: I finished Gone With The Wind this weekend. (Crossing off my Classics list now!)

My review is forthcoming, but let me just say, I’m still in a daze from it and I don’t want to start anything new yet, because I want to savor the story and wallow in the ending.

The Year of…?

5 Jan

Last January, I didn’t really set any reading goals. I was immersed in my Children’s Literature certificate program, trying to get this little blog off the ground and prepping for BEA in May, which introduced me to the great wide world of publisher-provided ARCs. I had too many built-in goals to think about where I wanted to steer my personal reading, and I also had never counted the number of books I’d read in a year either. So 2010 in a lot of ways provided a base-line as well as allowed me to focus on other non-book specific goals.

However, this year I have none of that to get in the way. No school, a better sense of what the focus of this blog is, and an understanding of the book blogging community as well as the relationships that exist between bloggers, authors, agents and publishers. It feels like a year for goal-setting.

I rarely make hard and fast New Year’s resolutions – to me, saying that something is a “resolution” is tantamount to saying it will never happen. I set goals, not resolutions (semantics, maybe, but it works for me). This year though, I made some personal resolutions (learn to knit, register to be a bone marrow donor, run a half-marathon, make a serious effort toward finding a new job, and write a book) – some more feasible than others – and I realized as I was making them that I had some reading resolutions as well. And they all seemed to coalesce under the header of “reading deliberately.”

Reading Deliberately is an idea that sprung up, like so many others, from a conversation on Twitter that I never witnessed nor was a part of. But several well-regarded book bloggers decided that they were overwhelmed with the way the commitments to blogging had “swept over” their personal reading goals. Too much of saying yes to review copies and too much ignoring backlist or specialty books in favor of new releases. While I had less of the former, I certainly struggled with the latter. I regularly felt stressed by release dates and new books that I felt were time sensitive to read and review. And what happened? I ended up not reviewing many of the ARCs I did receive and failed to keep up with the Jones’ so to speak. It’s just not possible to read every new release, and there are going to be books that I miss because I’m not a full-time read freak. I wish I were, that my full-time job could involve snuggly socks, a mug of coffee, and a stack of books, but sadly, I have to pay the bills and my job isn’t really the snuggly socks type.

I decided to set some goals of my own, not so much in the Challenge vein, but more in the “these are the kinds of books I’d like to focus on” vein. I’m also setting some blogging goals, which in my mind as a book blogger, are part and parcel.

  1. Chunksters – I ended 2010 with several books over 500 pages, and I felt incredibly productive in finishing each of them. I’m half-way through another (Gone With the Wind) and I’d like to keep the trend going. It’s too bad how often I skip big books because I fear I’ll spend too much time on them and not get to other things quickly enough. That’s going to change.
  2. Classics – It is woeful to me how little of a dent I put into my Must Read: Classics list in 2010 and I’m going to make a concerted effort to work through more of those books.
  3. TBR List – I own literally over 1,000 books. I haven’t read the majority of them. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent on books over the years. I’m going to actually try to read books I already own this year. I could say I want to read ONLY books I own, but we all know that’s unlikely. On a related note, I spent the first weekend of the year buying books (at one of my favorites, Brookline Booksmith!) and I highly doubt that I’ll be able to not spend any money on books for a full year. But I cross my heart that I will make a concerted effort to limit buying and to focus on those books already on my shelves (shelves, aplenty they are).
  4. Non-fiction:
    1. History/traditional biography – I have a lot of history books because I’m one of those people who learns best by reading (shocker), and I’ve always been fascinated by history. But these books take a serious commitment; they’re often also chunksters and they tend to be slower to read.
    2. Memoir – I used to be an avid memoir reader, and I still actually am, but when I started book blogging, I got a little timid about reading and reviewing memoirs. I’m not entirely sure why – maybe it’s the idea of reviewing what is essentially someone’s life, but I have to get comfortable with commenting on the writing (which is what I do primarily anyway) and not make judgement about the content.
    3. Current events/medical non-fiction/narrative non-fiction – This is more of a catch-all category for the kinds of non-fiction I enjoy and own but don’t read often. This category is along the same lines as the history books; I own a lot but rarely feel like I can commit to them. What else could be more timely over current event non-fiction? Silly that I make the excuse that other things take priority but I do.
  5. Blog more – Review books within a week of reading them. This is straight forward, and it might seem to be out of place on a reading resolution list (after all “reading deliberately” is about reading for yourself, right? And I blog for other people, as well as myself) but actually it makes a lot of sense. I’ll explain: many of the details of books I read in 2010 that I didn’t review are fuzzy. I have to really squint to remember plots and characters of a lot of the non-reviewed books I read. But those books I reviewed? Everything is so much clearer because I had to process and recount and explain and argue and defend and think critically about each of them. The details are much closer to my recollection and it’s made a big difference in my reading comprehension and my level of enjoyment with what I’m reading. See? It all works together!

Some of the other participants of The Year of Reading Deliberately noted particular authors they wanted to read, like Tolkien, Dickens and Austen among others, but I think that I will cover a lot of those authors that I would add to the list under categories already listed, like Classics and Chunksters.

This is also just a note to say I won’t be too restrictive when it comes to the review copies I’m sent, mostly because I’m not being inundated like some of my colleagues who took up this goal. I will still be selective about what I accept but no more than normal. And I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to BEA again in the Spring, which could have an impact though I’m not sure what it will be yet.

Reading is and should always be about learning and growing. Reading is – at least for me – what I do to relax and to escape things like my job where snuggly socks are frowned upon. Being mindful of what I’m reading and how I’m choosing my books is only going to enhance my reading life. I’d rather approach my bookshelves with anticipation and eagerness instead of with guilt and stress. I also think that by reading deliberately, I’ll be forced to push beyond my own boundaries and explore genres and authors I otherwise might not have picked up. It will extend my comfort level and shouldn’t this also be a goal of a successful and productive reading life?

I’ll be keeping track of what I’m reading in 2011 once more with a tab at the top of this blog.

Happy Reading!

Holiday Traditions: Book Gifts and A Christmas Carol

29 Dec

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend and that you’re enjoying the (traditionally) quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s. I certainly am! Work was so crazy – even more than usual – in the weeks before Christmas, that I’m savoring the fact that I’m actually bored at the office this week. I keep feeling guilty that I’m not blogging during the day while I’ve got some time to do so. But it’s amazing how nice it is to have nothing to do sometimes!

I also managed in the week before Christmas to come up with some books to add to my wishlist, so as much as I worried about having few books on my list originally, I still welcomed some new titles to my bookshelves:

Those are the books I asked for, and I don’t know about you guys, but my parent’s rarely buy me books that I haven’t asked for, mostly because they have no idea what I already own. But this year, my mom took a risk and got me the memoir, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray

I’d never heard of it before, but it absolutely looks like something I’d pick up. I love these kind of memoirs, and I actually hadn’t seen any reviews of this either, so it was a nice surprise to get something I wasn’t expecting. Speaking of excellent gifts, I’m also writing this blog on my brand new MacBook Air :-D. I’m so in love with it that I might actually make time in the evenings to blog instead of read :).

Also because I was so busy at work in the time leading up to Christmas, my shopping time was seriously in jeopardy and I ended up going out to finish it up on Christmas Eve (which I’ve never, ever done before and I’m slightly ashamed of!). But I discovered what I think will become an annual tradition – for me at least, if not my family: listening to the audio version of A Christmas Carol. The book was on my Must Read: Classics list and I’d really wanted to get to it over the weekend, but things were looking so hectic that I doubted I’d be able to find the  time to sit down and read it. So I did the next best (and in this case, much more entertaining) thing and downloaded the audio version to my iPod and listened to it while I was in the car, running errands, and then plugged in the headphones and brought it with me while I shopped. It worked out fantastically and I really got in the holiday spirit, way more than I think I would’ve just listening to Christmas carols on the radio. You can only listen to “Carol of the Bells” so many times (and that’s my favorite Christmas song!) The version I listened to was free, through the excellent Lit2Go series from the University of South Florida on iTunes U, but there are also some other great audio versions that are downloadable from iTunes including one narrated by Patrick Stewart. Even if its not this version, I will certainly make listening to Dickens’ classic Christmas story an annual event in the days leading up to the big day. I also listened to part of the story while wrapping gifts, and I can absolutely see doing this again. It totally made my Christmas Eve to immerse myself in this tale. Since I live in DC, for several years, my parents and I have gone to see Ford Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol which never disappoints. This year we couldn’t find the opportunity to go but I liked keeping the story as part of my holiday tradition. Plus I finally get to cross this off my Classics list!

Do you have any literary holiday traditions? Is A Christmas Carol a part of them?