Books I want to read in 2006

  • Macbeth (William Shakespeare) [Genuine.]
  • Death in Venice (Thomas Mann)
  • On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
  • The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
  • The Stand (Stephen King)
  • Naked Lunch (W.S. Burroughs)
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) [recommended by professor]
  • Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy) [recommended by professor]
  • Fateless (Imre Kertesz) [recommended by Slothrop33]
  • The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster) [suggested by Slothrop33]
  • William Shakespare (open for suggestions)
  • Salman Rushdie (open for suggestions)
  • Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
Author Comments: 

no part. order
Any comments to these books?
Any recommendations?

Da Vinci code was way overrated. Naked Lunch was too odd to finish... (how many times can you read about rimming?) and the Stand was horribly long but worthwhile.

The reason why I want to read these books is maybe because it is so much talked about them. As for The Stand, I started reading it back in 2004, but it was *too* long, so I gave it up. But I remember liking the apocalyptic atmosphere.

BTW, do you know any decent books?

I have read 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' (Gabriel García Márquez) and I found it rather dreary so I cannot recomment it.

Honestly the title already suggests something dreary. :)

But still I feel that I need to read one of Márquez' works. If you know a better one, tell me.

I'll have to disagree -- I find nothing dreary about "One Hundred Years" or, indeed, about any Marquez I've read. There's a fanciful touch to his prose that makes me ecstatic to read it.

Oh cool, some disagreement here. This motivates me even more to read it...

One of my favorite majical realism novels is "The Tin Drum" by Grass. It is amazing and much more appealing to me than the Latin American magical realists. The movie by Volker Schlorndof is also quite amazing.

Interesting point. The Tin Drum was last year on my to-read list, but I dropped it off this year. No idea why. Maybe next year. Thanks anyway, and I agree with you on the film.

If you want to read Paul Auster, you should start with "The New York Trilogy." If you want some later Auster, "The Book of Illusions" is quite good.

Thanks. So far, I have only read Moon Palace which I really liked.

The Da Vinci Code is great, definitely worth reading.

Yes, hopefully I'll find the time to read it very soon. Friends and family recommended it numerous times.

I've just finished 'Far From The Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy, and it is even better (slightly) than
'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.

I'll buy this as a recommendation. Thanks, professor.

BTW, how did you go with East of Eden?

East of Eden was truly excellent, mostly better even than The Grapes of Wrath, although I thought the ending didn't work quite as well. I'll put my full review up on my list of reads for 2006 when I get some time.

Glad you liked it. I can't wait to read your extended thoughts.