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Monday, 10 December 2007


Dark Puss has now borrowed "Gravity's Rainbow", I hope the 700 pages are worth it!

I have read 15 books from this list but I wouldn't recommend some of them. Reading lists have no real significance to me because everybody has his own tastes and priorities.
I'll pick up 'Dubliners' because I also want to re-read 'Ulysses' in the forthcoming weeks. So I have now my own specific Booksdofurnisharoom reading list which includes:
- 'Pride and prejudice' (Jane Austen personal challenge)
- 'Afternoon men' by A Powwell
- 'Dubliners' by J Joyce

NB: To kill a mockingbird is probably not allowed on this blog but to fly over a cuckoo's nest and a (h)owl are fine, as is the Lord of the flies :-)

Dark Puss has read 22 of them and won't be taking up the challenge to read all the remaining ones. However I will attempt to take up Lindsay's challenge and read one of the unread ones and report back. PS I can spell canon now too!

You might already know, but the Camus book is known as 'The Outsider' this side of the pond.

I own up to having read 40 from the list and have some of the others lined up for travel over the coming weeks. Being a big fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I was very pleased to see that he appeared on the list!

For me, the list brought back some memories. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was one of my set books at O level and still a favourite and 'Lord of the Flies' took me back to around age 14!

Hope anyone reading this gets the same enjoyment out of it as I have - rather an unusual list and one which makes you read books you might otherwise not have.

Interesting list, though as you say it has a strong N American bias certainly. I haven't read them all by any means and will take up the challenge -- why not? I think I'll go for the Faulkner -- I had a friend who was doing a PhD on him and I always felt bad for not reading him.

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