19 March 2011

Must Read?

Literary Blog HopArg! This is a tough one. I am going to assume books that haven't been written can't be included right? and i can't just say "all of them?"

What one literary work must you read before you die?

Hmm. Of the books I personally already own, I'd say The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I've loved his books so far and would be disappointed if i never read another.

As for books I don't own...wow. All of Tolstoy? All of Dickens? Dostoevsky? I haven't finished all the Bronte books! I haven't read Emma! Homer! that isn't even counting the modern people i haven't read! Toni Morrison! Salman Rushdie! Sarah Waters! Margaret Atwood! Franzen! why am i on the internet right nowihavetogoread!

6 comments:

  1. Reading all the Dickens novels in order was one of the great reading experiences of my life so far-fun post-with the utmost deference

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  2. Great answer full of the existential angst of the lit Blogger, brimming with the contradictory impulses to turn the page of yet another life sparking between the hardboard covers of a book, or to follow the moral imperative to proselytize the latest greatest work like some mendicant preacher........... or go naaah I'm going on FBOOK.

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  3. Mel U- I've read A Tale of Two Cities and didn't particularly care for it. Other than that I read Oliver Twist a long time ago (don't remember much) and A Christmas Carol, which i love!

    Parrish Lantern-great name! Facebook is a terrible time suck; i sometimes think i should just clear out of it completely!

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  4. Last year I would have said 'Les Miserables' but I got up the courage and gave it a go, so have ticked that one off. One book I've had at the back of my mind is 'Moby Dick' - not sure why really - but would like to read it before I kick the bucket I guess.
    I agree about Facebook...now I've discovered Blogger and the wonders of writing randomly about my life, FB is just a bit of a bore. If you want to check out my randomness feel free;
    http://kiwiscouser.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love reading anything by Murakami. But there's still a few I need to get around to reading.

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  6. Ha ha! Funny. You and me both. And I dare say I have a lot less time than you!

    Here's my post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2011/03/book-you-must-read-before-you-die.html

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