To read: Books I want to read in 2005

  • It (Stephen King)
  • Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front) (Erich Maria Remarque)
  • Homo faber (Max Frisch)
  • Die Blechtrommel(The Tin Drum) (Günter Grass)
  • The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
  • War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy) (even though I have serious doubts about that)
  • The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
  • On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
  • The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • 1984 (George Orwell) (2nd attempt)
  • The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) (recommended by professor)
  • The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
  • Der gute Mensch von Sezuan (Bertolt Brecht)
  • The Deptford Trilogy (Robertson Davies) (recommended by Nathaniel)
  • The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell) (recommended by lukeprog)
  • La colmena (Camilo José Cela)
  • Naked Lunch (W.S. Burroughs)
  • The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
  • to be continued...
Author Comments: 

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

It's hard to say without knowing how you feel about other books, but I don't think that The Tin Drum or The Name of the Rose are particularly worth reading.

Grass's novel is historically interesting but his themes and subject are kind of old hat, or seemed so to me. Eco's book is just unwieldy and much too pleased with itself to be any good.

First of all, thanks for you contribution, Nathaniel.
The problem with The Name of the Rose is that I have already bought it. And as I don't want to have another unread book on my to-read-shelf, I think I'll read it (and let you know my thoughts about it).
For The Tin Drum: As a fan of German literature and after having seen (and enjoyed) the film, I really want to read the novel. You are actually the first one who would not recommend me the novel. Hmm... I'll see how I'll do it. Thanks nevertheless.
P.S.: Is there any other novel you'd particularly recommend me?

Well, I can strongly recommend you don't read Dan Brown, but I'm not sure I can recommend any books to you without knowing what you like.

That said, Robertson Davies is a good read. You can't go wrong with the Deptford trilogy.

Thanks very much for your recommendation. What is this trilogy about?
For Dan Brown: I have got The Da Vinci Code since months at home, and I don't think I'll have time to read it.

I cannot recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude on any level. It totally bypasses all of the things I love about good literature:
(i) the story/plot - it is a plotless narrative describing a family's history over one hundred years in an isolated village,
(ii) great characters/characterisations - there are none, due to it decribing such a long time period the characters are only superficially characterised,
(iii) great writing/wordplay/dialogue - absent, although I accept that the writing might have been affected by the translation.

You may like to follow up the book The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) with &nbsp the fabulous movie (see my comments at the end).

I think I have to disagree with the above sentiment on every single count. Esepcially on point three -- even translated, Marquez's prose makes me unreasonably happy.

OK, thanks to both of you.
Now 1:1. Well, I'll see whether I'll read it or not. The translation point is surely interesting, even though I have got serious doubts if I manage to read it in Spanish.

Hey Cosgrove!
It's great to hear different people's views.
What did you think of the plot and the characterisations (did I miss the plot) ?

The only other Spanish book (translation) that I have read (I think) is Don Quixote, and I didn't enjoy that either. I seem never to enjoy satirical literature very much (Catch-22, Flann O'Brien, Stephen Fry) - absolutely nothing against the Spanish people or language of course.

On the road is my favorite book, you should love it.

Oh yes, I'll start reading it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.