Fave literature

  • Novels/Novellas
  • Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky (10/10)
  • 1984 - George Orwell (9/10)
  • The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (9/10)
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell (9/10)
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke (8.5/10)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll (8.5/10)
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (8.5/10)
  • The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (8/10)
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - R.L. Stevenson (7.5/10)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne (7.5/10)
  • The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin (7.5/10)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Jester (7.5/10)
  • Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren (7.5/10)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle (7.5/10)
  • The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (7.5/10)
  • Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (7.5/10)
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury (7.5/10)
  • Plays
  • Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
  • Poetry
  • "The Raven" - Edgar Allan Poe
  • "Ozymandias" - Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • "The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock" - T.S. Eliot
  • "The Road Not Taken" - Robert Frost
  • Picture Books
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr Seuss
  • Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
  • Owl Moon - Jane Yolen
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
  • Nonfiction
  • "Urdu" (from Hidayat-Nama Tulba/Advice for Students)
  • The Movies 100 Years From Now - D.W. Griffith
  • Short stories/short story collections
  • "The Yellow Wallpaper" - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "The Tell-Tale Heart" - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Comics
  • Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Waterson

Short story suggestion:
House of Asterion by Borges. House of Asterion by Borges. House of Asterion by Borges. House of Asterion by Borges. House of Asterion by Borges.

In complete honesty, it's nice seeing Winnie the Pooh. I loved the books as a child and today I can see how eloquent and profound Milne was. It's a shame that one often sees his quotes--like Shakespeare, Pope and Emerson--wrenched from their context and aphorized, though there is undeniable wisdom and power even in his smaller phrases and passages. That said, I really don't like Catcher in the Rye. I read it a few years back and found Caulfield unbearable.

I was at the bookstore the other day and was tempted to pick up Notes from the Underground but put it down; one of these days I will get to it! Since Dostoevsky is at the top of your list: have you explored the other great Russians? Tolstoy and Chekhov of course, but also the harrowing Isaac Babel, and the deeply moving and intelligent Turgenev.

Completely agree with what you said about Winnie the Pooh: it's amazing how simple the style is, and yet it doesn't feel empty at all. It's the most unpretentious thing ever.

Re Catcher in the Rye: Hard to explain what's so great about it. I didn't mind Caulfield being unbearable...can't think of anything else to say right now. Maybe I'll be able to explain better after a re-read.

Re Notes from Underground: That's a pity :P Hope you'll get it soon. As for other Russians, I have neglected them to a shameful degree. I might have read Tolstoy's novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich (not sure about the spelling) long ago, but I don't remember much about it now!

I'm reading Frankenstein these days, planning to read the short story House of Asterion (recommended to me by Zacharyyy above) soon, along with several novels: In the Lighthouse, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Fathers and Sons, etc. Need to revisit Shakespeare's plays as well: I read a few when I was quite young, and I'm sure I didn't get them all that well!

Henry James Sr is reported to have said--half-exasperatingly, half-admiringly--to his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson, "O you man without a handle!" I think this description could be profitably applied to Shakespeare. Every time I return to his texts there is almost a feeling of unfamiliarity: I notice something new, and feel like I understand less. In the Lighthouse is yet another text I've neglected!... I like A Portrait but prefer Ulysses and sections I've read of Dubliners. Fathers and Sons is a full blown masterpiece.

It's nice seeing a list about literature around here!

You're making me even more excited to get started with Shakespeare :D

I've been thinking about making a list similar to AfterHours' "albums and their movie equivalents" list, but with novels and their album equivalents (or vice versa?) Perhaps I should save it for when I've explored literature and music much more than now. Meanwhile, suggestions are welcome of course :)