Writing after such a long time and what better way to start than to talk about books.
My mate Annon has just put up the top 100 books list and was wondering how the number of books his friend had read.
Before I start let me make it very clear that I am a pulp fiction reader and do not consider myself a “literate” reader.
So here are the books I have read from the list (as well as some near misses and some in my todo list):
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald :
A wonderful period book. It was in m lil sis’s study set and I happened to borrow it when I had visited home. Found it beautiful and made me ache for the Jazz period.
Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger :
I absolutely love it though I can never understand why!!!
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck :
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee :
Wonderful wonderful book. The only famous book by this author but then again what a phenomenal book!!! A must read for one and all. [It seems this is Superman’s fav book too:)]
The Color Purple, Alice Walker:
Todo list – not very sure about this one.
Ulysses, James Joyce :
Kept missing this one. everytime I looked towards this book for some reason I went back to the original Odysseus:(
Beloved, Toni Morrison :
No idea. Seems interesting.
The Lord of the Flies, William Golding :
Too scared to go through the experience.
1984, George Orwell :
Once again not sure I can go through the experience.
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner :
Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov :
Uninterested, maybe because it feels dirty.
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck : No idea
Charlotte’s Web, EB White :
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce :
Hmmm … not very sure about this one!
Catch-22, Joseph Heller :
Before Hitchhikers there was Catch-22 – the new catchphrase sums it best. Funnily I have never managed to read the whole of it. Someone or the other keeps borrowing this book from me 😦
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley :
Animal Farm, George Orwell :
Never got around to read it – slightly scared in the same vein as 1984
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway :
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner :
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway :
I really liked this book – i guess it is because I like art movies too. Great writer.
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad :
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne :
Not sure if I read the original.
Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston :
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison :
Never read the book – Not to be confused with “The Invisible Man“.
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison :
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell :
Never read the book – The movie was great – my wife found the book to be quite good.
Native Son, Richard Wright :
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey :
Am I brave enough?.
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut :
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway –
Need to re-read – remember that I was impressed.
On the Road, Jack Kerouac –
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway –
The Call of the Wild, Jack London :
Read abridged version and saw it in myriad media but never read the original:(
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf :
Portrait of a Lady, Henry James :
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin :
I like the title – no idea about the book.
The World According to Garp, John Irving :
hmmmm … think i should check this one out!
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren :
Never read it – is it the same as the new movie(interestingly casting another Penn – this time Sean)?
A Room with a View , EM Forster :
The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien :
The best – brought me into a fantasy world which I have never really got out of
Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally :
never read the book. The movie was fantastic. However I do not think I can go through that experience again.
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton :
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand :
I read it after Atlas Shrugged – so i was less impressed. Nonetheless many of my ideas on how to lead lifewere based on what I took from these two books. Still, I prefer Atlas Shrugged.
Finnegans Wake, James Joyce :
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair :
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf :
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum :
Currently reading it – By God! it is such a well written tale – why did I not get it when I was younger. A must read for the young’uns. infact it is a great book to read aloud.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, DH Lawrence :
Ho-hum not interested – though i guess it must have been a scandal when it was released:)
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess :
I really want to read this or see it but again am not very sure I want to go through that experience.
The Awakening, Kate Chopin :
My Antonia, Willa Cather :
Howard’s End, EM Forster :
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote :
Franny and Zooey, JD Salinger :
Never knew about this one.
Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie :
Nope – maybe todo.
Jazz, Toni Morrison :
Sophie’s Choice, William Styron :
Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner :
Not in my immediate list
Passage to India, EM Forster :
Saw the movie – alright – interesting plot though.
Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton :
A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor :
Interesting title – no idea
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald :
Orlando, Virginia Woolf :
Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence :
Hate this book. Never read it but caused a lot of domestic turmoil for me 😉
Bonfire of the Vanities, Thomas Wolfe :
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut :
A Separate Peace, John Knowles :
Light in August, William Faulkner :
The Wings of the Dove, Henry James :
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe :
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier :
The Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams :
The top after LOTR – ’nuff said! Hi Sujith.
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs :
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh :
Women in Love, DH Lawrence :
Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe :
In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway :
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein :
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett :
saw and liked the movie – guess time to read the book.
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer :
The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys :
Man! That was one sensual movie which used to be shown on DD on Friday late nights. Never read the book though.
White Noise, Don DeLillo :
O Pioneers!, Willa Cather :
Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller :
The War of the Worlds, HG Wells :
Read it many abridged forms.
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad :
The Bostonians, Henry James :
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser :
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather :
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame :
Saw the animation – always wanted to read it.
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald :
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand :
This is the one I really like from Ayn Rand. This and “Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle” helped me through a major part of my late teens.
The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles :
Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis :
Kim, Rudyard Kipling :
Never managed to finish it … quite slow in the beginning.
The Beautiful and the Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald :
Rabbit, Run, John Updike :
Where Angels Fear to Tread, EM Forster :
Main Street, Sinclair Lewis :
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie :
Never finished it. Don’t know why?
Some other novels I really like:
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky:
Wrenched my soul completely – this was a hell of a book to go through.
The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy:
Another beautiful book that I read beacuse it was in my aunt’s study books.
Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig:
My personal Bible
Later i will write about some of my new purchases and pulp fiction books I like.
Please do add your thoughts either here or at your sites. Advice of any kind will be very welcome.
P.S: should have posted it at least 2 days ago – however putting up all the links took up some time