Sunday, April 5, 2009

Nom de Gare's List

Thanks, Emily and Moonrat and all, for the excellent, irresistible idea. The thought of a five-year plan is thrilling and inspiring and daunting all at once. Very much looking forward to it, and am loving reading others' lists! (I've blogged about it here, too.)

Here's my list...

1. Amis, Kingsley – Lucky Jim
2. Anderson, Jessica – Tirra Lirra By the River
3. Astley, Thea – Drylands
4. Atkinson, Kate – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
5. Atwood, Margaret – The Blind Assassin
6. Auster, Paul – The New York Trilogy
7. Bainbridge, Beryl – Every Man for Himself
8. Banville, John – The Sea
9. Barker, Pat – Regeneration
10. Barnes, Djuna – Nightwood
11. Beckett, Samuel – Malone Dies
12. Borges, Jorge Luis – Collected Stories
13. Bulgakov, Mikhail – The Master and Margarita
14. Burgess, Anthony – Earthly Powers
15. Burton, Robert – The Anatomy of Melancholy
16. Byatt, A.S. -- Possession
17. Camus, Albert – The Stranger
18. Capote, Truman – In Cold Blood
19. Carey, Peter – Illywhacker
20. Casanova, Giacomo – The Story of My Life[27 July 2009]
21. Cather, Willa – Death Comes for the Archbishop
22. Chatwin, Bruce – The Songlines
23. Coetzee, J.M. -- Disgrace [7 June 2009]
24. Conrad, Joseph – Lord Jim
25. Cummings, E.E. – The Enormous Room
26. Dante – The Inferno
27. De Lillo, Don – White Noise
28. Diaz, Junot – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
29. Dickens, Charles – Bleak House
30. Dostoevsky, Fyodor –The Brothers Karamazov
31. Ellison, Ralph – The Invisible Man
32. Faulkner, William -- The Sound and the Fury
33. Fitzgerald, Penelope – The Blue Flower
34. Flanagan, Richard – The Sound of One Hand Clapping
35. Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary
36. Forster, E.M. – Passage to India
37. Fowles, John – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
38. Gaita, Raimond – Romulus My Father
39. Garner, Helen – Monkey Grip
40. Gogol, Nikolai – Diary of a Madman
41. Grass, Gunter – The Tin Drum
42. Greene, Graham – The Power and the Glory
43. Hardy, Thomas – Far from the Madding Crowd
44. Hartnett, Sonya – Of a Boy
45. Hazzard, Shirley – The Transit of Venus
46. Herbert, Xavier – Poor Fellow My Country
47. Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables
48. Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
49. James, Henry – The Wings of the Dove
50. Jennings, Kate – Moral Hazard [5 Nov 2009]
51. Jerome, Jerome K. – Three Men in a Boat
52. Kafka, Franz – The Trial
53. Kerouac, Jack – On the Road
54. Kundera, Milan –The Unbearable Lightness of Being
55. Langley, Eve – The Pea-Pickers
56. Lawrence, D.H. – Kangaroo
57. Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers [20 May 2009]
58. Le Fanu, Sheridan – In a Glass Darkly
59. Lessing, Doris – The Golden Notebook
60. Lohrey, Amanda – The Morality of Gentlemen
61. Lowry, Malcolm – Under the Volcano
62. Malouf, David – The Complete Stories
63. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia – Love in the Time of Cholera
64. Martell, Yann – The Life of Pi [14 Apr 2009]
65. Maugham, W. Somerset – Of Human Bondage [Aug 2009]
66. McCarthy, Cormac – The Road [October 2009]
67. Melville, Herman – Moby Dick
68. Mistry, Rohinton – A Fine Balance
69. Morrison, Toni – Beloved
70. Murnane, Gerald – The Plains
71. Murray, Les – Fredy Neptune
72. Naipaul, V.S. – A Bend in the River
73. O’Brien, Flann – The Third Policeman
74. Ondaatje, Michael – The English Patient
75. Orwell, George – Down and Out in Paris and London
76. Patchett, Ann – Bel Canto
77. Plath, Sylvia – The Bell Jar
78. Proust, Marcel – Swann’s Way
79. Rhys, Jean – Wide Sargasso Sea
80. Roberts, Gregory – Shantaram
81. Roth, Phillip – American Pastoral
82. Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children
83. Saramago, Jose – Blindness
84. Schlink, Bernard – The Reader
85. Singer, Isaac Bashevis – short stories
86. Smith, Stevie – Novel on Yellow Paper
87. St Augustine – The Confessions
88. Stead, Christina – The Man Who Loved Children
89. Steinbeck, John – Cannery Row
90. The Bible (King James Version – or at least some of the many key bits I’ve never read)
91. Tolkein, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings
92. Tolstoy, Leo – The Death of Ivan Ilyich
93. Vonnegut, Kurt – Slaughterhouse 5
94. Wallace, David Foster – Infinite Jest
95. West, Rebecca – The Fountain Overflows
96. White, Patrick – Riders in the Chariot
97. White, Patrick – The Tree of Man
98. Winterson, Janette – Sexing the Cherry
99. Wright, Richard – Native Son
100. Zola, Emile – Germinal

6 comments:

Amanda said...

Possession is my favorite book of all time. :)

J.C. Montgomery said...

I like your list. We have similar works listed. I had to read In Cold Blood & The Bell Jar in college and I was so happy they both turned out to be great reads. Hope you like them too.

Welcome to the fun!

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

Another great list!

I love E.M.Forster and hope you enjoy Passage to India.

Our books in common include Lucky Jim, Midnight's Children, Bleak House, French Lt's Women, Slaughterhouse 5, and more -- fun fun!

Mya Barrett said...

It's so interesting to see that your list, and many others, have similar titles to my own. Some of yours I haven't thought about for years, and look like they'll make great reads. You really put some thought into this list.

iasa said...

You have lots of great books on your list. I'm sure you will enjoy reading them.

brionywilliamson said...

Great list! I read The Sound of One Hand Clapping last year and I absolutely loved it, so I wait to see what you think of it.

Good luck!