Friday, March 30, 2007

Gail's list of (so called) Great Books

I'm not arguing with the list (mostly), but with the title "Great Books." Most of these are more of the "Giants" of literature.
There are a lot more that are "great."

Here's the list, with the same rules as before - bold means I've read it, italicized means I intend to read:

The Iliad (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)

The Republic (Plato)
The Aeneid (Vergil)
The Satyricon (Petronius)
Confessions (St. Augustine)
Beowulf (Anon)
The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anon)
The Faerie Queen (Spenser)
The Inferno (Dante)
Paradise Lost (Milton)

Tom Jones (Fielding)
Tristram Shandy (Sterne)
Gulliver's Travels (Swift)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
Emma (Austen)
Persuasion (Austen)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
Moby Dick (Melville)

Pere Goriot (Balzac)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Laclos)
Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
Middlemarch (Eliot)--- I'm currently reading this.
Great Expectations (Dickens)
David Copperfield (Dickens)
Bleak House (Dickens) Gail has mention this one enough ...
Our Mutual Friend (Dickens)
Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
Portrait of a Lady (James)

A Passage to India (Forster)
The Heart of Darkness (Conrad)
To the Lighthouse (Woolf)
Ulysses (Joyce)--- OMG, I considered reading this a few months back, but perusing the first few page- I was reminded that life is too short.
The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner)
The Invisible Man (Ellison)

Lucky Jim (Amis)
The Gulag Archipelago (Solzhenitsyn)
Cancer Ward (Solzhenitsyn)
Actually, I intend to read ONE of his books, and we'll see if I read another.