Thursday, 30 June 2005

Books to read after Finals

Okay, so my Finals finished in May 2004, but I doubt I'll ever get to the end of this list as I keep adding to it. Here's its current state of play. Many of these items already appear on my Amazon Wishlist, if I haven't bought them already in waiting. Instead of deleting items I've read, from now on I'll cross them out and add them to my list of books I've read:
  1. Ian Halperin, Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story (biography)
  2. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  3. Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
  4. Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief
  5. A. M. Homes (American writer compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  6. Ernest Hemingway
  7. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children; The Moor's Last Sigh
  8. Joseph Heller, Catch-22
  9. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
  10. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
  11. Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea
  12. Tim Woods, Beginning Postmodernism
  13. John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939
  14. Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
  15. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials trilogy
  16. Michael Moore, Stupid White Men; Dude, Where's My Country?
  17. Judith Guest, Ordinary People
  18. Colin Ward, The Child in the City
  19. R. D. Laing, Conversations with Children
  20. David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day (recommended by April DeGideo)
  21. Faulkner
  22. Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism
  23. Deirdre Wilson, Slave of the Passions (Theodore Zeldin's wife)
  24. W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz (Roman's recommendation)
  25. Breece D. J. Pancake
  26. Mark Rothko (Tate Gallery)
  27. W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage; The Moon and Sixpence; The Razor's Edge (recommended by Alice Taylor)
  28. Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (recommended by Roman)
  29. John McMurtry, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism (recommended by Roman)
  30. John Berger, Ways of Seeing (recommended by Roman)
  31. Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; You Shall Know Our Velocity (recommended by Kristyn Westphal)
  32. Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness (Alice read him just before All Souls and Roman recommends him highly; Barry Smith (R4) recommends title)
  33. Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus (graphic novel about holocaust)
  34. Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States (recommended by Roman)
  35. Emma Richler, Feed My Dear Dogs (recommended by Jonathon Coe in the Guardian Review: "how to write about a childhood that is almost idyllically stable and loving")
  36. Joseph Mitchell, Up in the Old Hotel (recommended by Robert Crumb in the Guardian Review: "a wonderful collection of profiles from the New Yorker from 1937-64 by the great columnist Joseph Mitchell, which chronicle New York from the 1920s; it really puts you there")
  37. James Shapiro, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (recommended by Nicholas Hytner and Tom Paulin in the Guardian Review)
  38. Bernard Hare, Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew

1 comment:

  1. Ordinary People is excellent, and the movie is very good too.
    Yes, you can cross them out...just as you would use the html code "b" or "i" to make something bold or italic, you can use the html code "s" to strike something out...

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