Read in 2007

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  1. January
  2. [4/5] Marie-Antoinette, Simone Bertière

  3. February
  4. [4/5] The City and the Pillar, Gore Vidal
  5. [1/5] Just In Case You Think You're Normal, Murray Banks
  6. [3/5] Friendship, Francesco Alberoni
  7. [3/5] Angels and Demons, Dan Brown

  8. March
  9. [3/5] The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice
  10. [4/5] The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe
  11. [4/5] The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe
  12. [3/5] The Gold-Bug, Edgar Allan Poe
  13. [1/5] The Balloon-Hoax, Edgar Allan Poe
  14. [2/5] The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall, Edgar Allan Poe
  15. [1/5] Tintin #1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Hergé
  16. [1/5] Tintin #2: Tintin in the Congo, Hergé
  17. [1/5] Tintin #3: Tintin in America, Hergé
  18. [3/5] MS. Found in a Bottle, Edgar Allan Poe
  19. [3/5] A Descent into the Maelstrom, Edgar Allan Poe
  20. [4/5] The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, Edgar Allan Poe
  21. [1/5] Mesmeric Revelation, Edgar Allan Poe
  22. [3/5] A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, Edgar Allan Poe
  23. [2/5] Morella, Edgar Allan Poe
  24. [2/5] Ligeia, Edgar Allan Poe
  25. [4/5] Metzengerstein, Edgar Allan Poe
  26. [4/5] The Exeter Text: Jewels, Secrets, Sex, Georges Perec
  27. [2/5] (lit. To Understand Painting), Élizabeth Lièvre-Crasson

  28. April
  29. [5/5] Germinal, Émile Zola
  30. [2/5] The Imp of the Perverse, Edgar Allan Poe
  31. [4/5] The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe
  32. [5/5] William Wilson, Edgar Allan Poe
  33. [2/5] The Man of the Crowd, Edgar Allan Poe
  34. [3/5] The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
  35. [4/5] Berenice, Edgar Allan Poe
  36. [4/5] The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
  37. [4/5] The Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe
  38. [4/5] A Home at the End of the World, Michael Cunningham
  39. [5/5] The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams
  40. [2/5] Hop-Frog, Edgar Allan Poe
  41. [5/5] The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe
  42. [4/5] The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe
  43. [3/5] King Pest, Edgar Allan Poe
  44. [2/5] The Devil in the Belfry, Edgar Allan Poe
  45. [1/5] Lionizing, Edgar Allan Poe
  46. [1/5] Four Beasts in One: The Homo-Cameleopard, Edgar Allan Poe
  47. [2/5] Some Words with a Mummy, Edgar Allan Poe
  48. [1/5] The Power of Words, Edgar Allan Poe
  49. [2/5] The Colloquy of Monos and Una, Edgar Allan Poe
  50. [2/5] The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion, Edgar Allan Poe
  51. [1/5] Shadow: A Parable, Edgar Allan Poe
  52. [1/5] Silence: A Fable, Edgar Allan Poe
  53. [2/5] The Island of the Fay, Edgar Allan Poe
  54. [4/5] The Oval Portrait, Edgar Allan Poe
  55. [4/5] The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
  56. [3/5] Skinned Alive: Stories, Edmund White
  57. [2/5] (lit. Calligraphy), Véronique Sabard and Vincent Geneslay

  58. May
  59. [3/5] Side Effects, Woody Allen
  60. [2/5] High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  61. [4/5] Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Suetonius
  62. [3/5] Maurice, Edward Morgan Forster
  63. [5/5] [The Lady or the Tiger?], Frank Richard Stockton
  64. [3/5] The Salmon of Doubt, Douglas Adams
  65. [5/5] In the Penal Colony, Franz Kafka
  66. [2/5] First Sorrow, Franz Kafka
  67. [3/5] A Little Woman, Franz Kafka
  68. [5/5] A Hunger Artist, Franz Kafka
  69. [4/5] Josephine the Singer, or The Mouse Folk, Franz Kafka
  70. [5/5] The Burrow, Franz Kafka
  71. [3/5] The Village Schoolmaster, Franz Kafka
  72. [4/5] The Scapegoat, Daniel Pennac

  73. June
  74. [5/5] The Fairy Gunmother, Daniel Pennac
  75. [3/5] Write to Kill, Daniel Pennac
  76. [5/5] Possession, Antonia Susan Byatt
  77. [2/5] Matilda, Roald Dahl
  78. [5/5] Monsieur Malaussene, Daniel Pennac

  79. July
  80. [2/5] (lit. Christians and Moors), Daniel Pennac
  81. [2/5] Passion Fruit, Daniel Pennac
  82. [4/5] Confusion, Stefan Zweig
  83. [5/5] The Nightingale and the Rose, Oscar Wilde
  84. [3/5] The Diary Of A Mad Man, Guy de Maupassant
  85. [5/5] The Horla, Guy de Maupassant
  86. [4/5] The Flayed Hand, Guy de Maupassant
  87. [3/5] Doctor Heraclius Gloss, Guy de Maupassant
  88. [4/5] On The River, Guy de Maupassant
  89. [1/5] Coco, Guy de Maupassant
  90. [2/5] Suicides, Guy de Maupassant
  91. [1/5] Magnetism, Guy de Maupassant
  92. [1/5] Dreams, Guy de Maupassant
  93. [2/5] The Wolf, Guy de Maupassant
  94. [1/5] (lit. A Christmas Story), Guy de Maupassant
  95. [2/5] Beside Schopenhauer's Corpse, Guy de Maupassant
  96. [4/5] The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger
  97. [4/5] The Lesson, Eugène Ionesco
  98. [3/5] The Object of my Affection, Stephen McCauley
  99. [3/5] Sulphuric Acid, Amélie Nothomb
  100. [4/5] The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  101. [3/5] A Boy's Own Story, Edmund White
  102. [2/5] Description of a Struggle, Franz Kafka
  103. [1/5] An Ancient Sword, Franz Kafka
  104. [3/5] Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor, Franz Kafka
  105. [1/5] (lit. The Return), Franz Kafka
  106. [2/5] The Bridge, Franz Kafka
  107. [2/5] The Hunter Gracchus, Franz Kafka
  108. [3/5] The Proclamation, Franz Kafka
  109. [5/5] The Great Wall of China, Franz Kafka
  110. [3/5] The Knock at the Manor Gate, Franz Kafka
  111. [1/5] My Neighbor, Franz Kafka
  112. [5/5] A Crossbreed, Franz Kafka
  113. [1/5] New Lamps, Franz Kafka
  114. [4/5] A Common Confusion, Franz Kafka
  115. [1/5] The Truth about Sancho Panza, Franz Kafka
  116. [2/5] The Silence of the Sirens, Franz Kafka
  117. [4/5] Prometheus, Franz Kafka
  118. [5/5] The City Coat of Arms, Franz Kafka
  119. [2/5] Poseidon, Franz Kafka
  120. [3/5] Fellowship, Franz Kafka
  121. [1/5] At Night, Franz Kafka
  122. [1/5] The Test, Franz Kafka
  123. [5/5] The Vulture, Franz Kafka
  124. [1/5] The Helmsman, Franz Kafka
  125. [1/5] The Top, Franz Kafka
  126. [1/5] The Departure, Franz Kafka
  127. [4/5] A Little Fable, Franz Kafka
  128. [1/5] Advocates, Franz Kafka
  129. [2/5] The Animal in the Synagogue, Franz Kafka
  130. [1/5] (lit. The Burning Bush), Franz Kafka
  131. [1/5] The Refusal, Franz Kafka
  132. [1/5] The Married Couple, Franz Kafka
  133. [3/5] Investigations of a Dog, Franz Kafka
  134. [1/5] On Parables, Franz Kafka
  135. [2/5] Contemplation, Franz Kafka
  136. [1/5] Great Noise, Franz Kafka
  137. [5/5] The Judgment, Franz Kafka
  138. [5/5] The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  139. [1/5] The Stoker, Franz Kafka

  140. August
  141. [4/5] Prometheus, Franz Kafka *
  142. [5/5] Perfume, Patrick Süskind
  143. [3/5] The Holy Terrors, Jean Cocteau
  144. [2/5] (lit. Swallow's Diary), Amélie Nothomb
  145. [4/5] Young Törless, Robert Musil
  146. [3/5] The Devil and Daniel Silverman, Theodore Roszak
  147. [3/5] The Big Green Book, Robert Graves
  148. [3/5] Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
  149. [2/5] [Sex], Madonna Louise Ciccone
  150. [5/5] To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  151. [2/5] The Mint, Thomas Edward Lawrence
  152. [1/5] (lit. Mixed Tales), Philippe Dumas and Boris Moissard
  153. [5/5] Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll *
  154. [5/5] Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
  155. [3/5] Tintin #4: Cigars of the Pharaoh, Hergé
  156. [5/5] Tintin #5: The Blue Lotus, Hergé
  157. [4/5] Tintin #6: The Broken Ear, Hergé
  158. [3/5] Tintin #7: The Black Island, Hergé
  159. [5/5] Tintin #8: King Ottokar's Sceptre, Hergé
  160. [2/5] Tintin #9: The Crab with the Golden Claws, Hergé
  161. [2/5] Tintin #10: The Shooting Star, Hergé
  162. [3/5] Tintin #11: The Secret of the Unicorn, Hergé
  163. [3/5] Tintin #12: Red Rackham's Treasure, Hergé
  164. [3/5] Tintin #13: The Seven Crystal Balls, Hergé
  165. [3/5] Tintin #14: Prisoners of the Sun, Hergé
  166. [1/5] Tintin #15: Land of Black Gold, Hergé
  167. [5/5] Tintin #16: Destination Moon, Hergé
  168. [5/5] Tintin #17: Explorers on the Moon, Hergé
  169. [5/5] Tintin #18: The Calculus Affair, Hergé
  170. [1/5] Tintin #19: The Red Sea Sharks, Hergé
  171. [2/5] Tintin #20: Tintin in Tibet, Hergé
  172. [4/5] Tintin #21: The Castafiore Emerald, Hergé
  173. [1/5] Tintin #22: Flight 714, Hergé
  174. [3/5] Tintin #23: Tintin and the Picaros, Hergé
  175. [1/5] Tintin #24: Tintin and Alph-Art, Hergé
  176. [4/5] The Married Man, Edmund White
  177. [5/5] The Vulture, Franz Kafka *
  178. [4/5] She, Henry Rider Haggard

  179. September
  180. [4/5] Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
  181. [3/5] The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  182. [3/5] (lit. Write or Crawl), Diane de Margerie
  183. [5/5] Selected Tales, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
  184. [5/5] Othello, William Shakespeare
  185. [3/5] The Immoralist, André Gide
  186. [4/5] Prometheus, Franz Kafka *
  187. [4/5] The Master of Go, Yasunari Kawabata
  188. [3/5] The Shape of a Girl, Joan MacLeod
  189. [3/5] The Paper House, Carlos María Domínguez
  190. [2/5] The Book of Disquietude, Fernando Pessoa (Bernardo Soares)
  191. [3/5] Frisk, Dennis Cooper
  192. [3/5] (lit. Sailor Moon #16: The Starlights), Naoko Takeuchi
  193. [3/5] (lit. Sailor Moon #17: Sailor Galaxia), Naoko Takeuchi
  194. [3/5] Hugh Pine and the Good Place, Janwillem van de Wetering
  195. [3/5] The Mystery of Marie Roget, Edgar Allan Poe
  196. [3/5] Maelzel's Chess Player, Edgar Allan Poe
  197. [2/5] Eleonora, Edgar Allan Poe
  198. [1/5] A Tale of Jerusalem, Edgar Allan Poe
  199. [1/5] The Angel of the Odd, Edgar Allan Poe
  200. [2/5] The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, Edgar Allan Poe
  201. [1/5] The Domain of Arnheim, Edgar Allan Poe
  202. [1/5] Landor's Cottage, Edgar Allan Poe
  203. [3/5] The Philosophy of Furniture, Edgar Allan Poe
  204. [3/5] The Philosophy of Composition, Edgar Allan Poe
  205. [2/5] Little Children, Tom Perrotta
  206. [4/5] Mr. Peabody's Apples, Madonna Louise Ciccone and Loren Long
  207. [1/5] Yakov and the Seven Thieves, Madonna Louise Ciccone and Gennady Spirin
  208. [2/5] The Adventures of Abdi, Madonna Louise Ciccone, Olga Dugina and Andrej Dugin
  209. [3/5] Lotsa De Casha, Madonna Louise Ciccone and Rui Paes
  210. [3/5] The Dragon With Red Eyes, Astrid Lindgren
  211. [4/5] The Fall, Albert Camus
  212. [2/5] Boyhood, John Maxwell Coetzee

  213. October
  214. [4/5] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Joanne K. Rowling *
  215. [4/5] Quidditch Through the Ages, Joanne K. Rowling (Kennilworthy Whisp) *
  216. [4/5] Story #2, Eugène Ionesco and Etienne Delessert
  217. [2/5] Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe and Gilles Tibo
  218. [4/5] Selected Poems, Edgar Allan Poe
  219. [3/5] Selected Poems, Paul Claudel
  220. [2/5] Selected Poems, Olivier Cahuzac
  221. [3/5] Selected Poems, John Keats
  222. [3/5] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Joanne K. Rowling *
  223. [3/5] The Lolitas, Humbert K. *
  224. [4/5] Selected Poems, Stéphane Mallarmé
  225. [2/5] Berthe, Guy de Maupassant *
  226. [2/5] The Pearl, John Steinbeck
  227. [2/5] The Pigeon, Patrick Süskind
  228. [3/5] The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
  229. [3/5] Taste, Roald Dahl *
  230. [2/5] Lamb to the Slaughter, Roald Dahl
  231. [3/5] Man from the South, Roald Dahl
  232. [1/5] The Soldier, Roald Dahl
  233. [3/5] My Lady Love, My Dove, Roald Dahl
  234. [4/5] Dip in the Pool, Roald Dahl
  235. [1/5] Galloping Foxley, Roald Dahl
  236. [4/5] Skin, Roald Dahl
  237. [5/5] Poison, Roald Dahl
  238. [1/5] The Wish, Roald Dahl
  239. [4/5] Neck, Roald Dahl
  240. [4/5] The Sound Machine, Roald Dahl
  241. [3/5] Nunc Dimittis, Roald Dahl
  242. [3/5] The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Roald Dahl
  243. [1/5] The Ratcatcher, Roald Dahl
  244. [1/5] Rummins, Roald Dahl
  245. [1/5] Mr. Hoddy, Roald Dahl
  246. [1/5] Mr. Feasey, Roald Dahl
  247. [3/5] (lit. I Am The Strongest), Mario Ramos
  248. [2/5] A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound, John Irving
  249. [5/5] The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco
  250. [2/5] Early Sorrows, Danilo Kis
  251. [3/5] Siegfried the Mighty Warrior, Maria Luisa Gefaell de Vivanco
  252. [5/5] Exit the King, Eugène Ionesco
  253. [3/5] The Spectacles, Edgar Allan Poe
  254. [2/5] Selected Poems, Olivier Cahuzac
  255. [1/5] The Finishing School, Muriel Spark
  256. [1/5] Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
  257. [3/5] Respected Sir, Naguib Mahfouz
  258. [5/5] Ball of Fat, Guy de Maupassant *
  259. [5/5] The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant *
  260. [1/5] Mr. Jocasta, Guy de Maupassant *
  261. [4/5] The Hair, Guy de Maupassant *
  262. [3/5] Little Black Book of Stories, Antonia Susan Byatt
  263. [4/5] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Joanne K. Rowling
  264. [4/5] Story #1, Eugène Ionesco and Etienne Delessert
  265. [1/5] More Perfect than the Moon, Patricia MacLachlan
  266. [3/5] The Happy Prince, Oscar Wilde
  267. [1/5] The Selfish Giant, Oscar Wilde

  268. November
  269. [4/5] The Devoted Friend, Oscar Wilde
  270. [3/5] The Remarkable Rocket, Oscar Wilde
  271. [4/5] Selected Poems, John Godfrey Saxe
  272. [5/5] The Birds, Daphne du Maurier
  273. [4/5] The Apple Tree, Daphne du Maurier
  274. [1/5] A Mistake, Guy de Maupassant
  275. [1/5] The Father, Guy de Maupassant
  276. [1/5] Confessing, Guy de Maupassant
  277. [1/5] Happiness, Guy de Maupassant
  278. [1/5] The Moribund, Guy de Maupassant
  279. [3/5] Coward, Guy de Maupassant
  280. [1/5] The Drunkard, Guy de Maupassant
  281. [2/5] A Vendetta, Guy de Maupassant
  282. [1/5] The Beggar, Guy de Maupassant
  283. [1/5] A Parricide, Guy de Maupassant
  284. [1/5] The Child, Guy de Maupassant
  285. [1/5] The Penguins' Rock, Guy de Maupassant
  286. [1/5] Timbuctoo, Guy de Maupassant
  287. [1/5] An Unreasonable Woman, Guy de Maupassant
  288. [1/5] Farewell, Guy de Maupassant
  289. [1/5] A Recollection, Guy de Maupassant
  290. [1/5] The Confession, Guy de Maupassant
  291. [3/5] Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  292. [2/5] Hundred Thousand Billion Poems, Raymond Queneau
  293. [2/5] (lit. Thank You), Daniel Pennac
  294. [2/5] Macbett, Eugène Ionesco
  295. [3/5] Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  296. [3/5] Britannicus, Jean Racine
  297. [2/5] The Star-Apple Kingdom: Poems, Derek Walcott
  298. [1/5] (lit. The Prompters), Cécile Ladjali
  299. [4/5] Selected Poems, John Godfrey Saxe
  300. [3/5] Seven Blind Mice, Ed Young
  301. [2/5] Kamo and I, Daniel Pennac
  302. [2/5] (lit. Messrs. The Children), Daniel Pennac
  303. [2/5] (lit. Kamo, The Idea of the Century), Daniel Pennac
  304. [2/5] Kamo's Escape, Daniel Pennac
  305. [1/5] Eye of the Wolf, Daniel Pennac
  306. [2/5] (lit. Kamo, Babel Agency), Daniel Pennac
  307. [1/5] (lit. At Peak), Frank Secka
  308. [3/5] (lit. All Boys and Girls), Jérôme Lambert
  309. [3/5] The Man of the House, Stephen McCauley
  310. [5/5] The Bee-Man of Orn, Frank Richard Stockton
  311. [4/5] The Griffin and the Minor Canon, Frank Richard Stockton
  312. [4/5] Tales of Mother Goose, Charles Perrault
  313. [1/5] Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary

  314. December
  315. [3/5] My Shadow, Ted Rand
  316. [3/5] Aurora Montrealis: Stories, Monique Proulx
  317. [4/5] (lit. A Page of History), Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
  318. [4/5] Story #1, Eugène Ionesco and Etienne Delessert *
  319. [4/5] An Elderly Mistress, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
  320. [2/5] Story #3, Eugène Ionesco and Philippe Corentin
  321. [1/5] Story #4, Eugène Ionesco and Nicole Claveloux
  322. [3/5] (lit. The Perronisms), Michel Morin and Yvon Landry
  323. [1/5] (lit. Sleeping Ugly), Grégoire Solotareff
  324. [2/5] (lit. Thinking, It's To Die A Little, volume 1), Ghislain Taschereau
  325. [2/5] (lit. Thinking, It's To Die A Little, volume 2), Ghislain Taschereau
  326. [3/5] I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews: 1962-1987, Kenneth Goldsmith
  327. [4/5] SCUM Manifesto, Valerie Solanas
  328. [4/5] The Lottery: Stories, Shirley Jackson

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Read in 2007. I've read all of these in french language, but I wrote the titles in engligh for a better understanding.
I hope I didn't forget anything.
(lit.) means literally.
[] are read in english language.
*re-read.

Favorite new readings 2007:
Documentary: Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Suetonius
Novel: Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
Short story: The Lady or the Tiger?, Frank Richard Stockton
Poem or Poetic Work: Selected Poems, Edgar Allan Poe
Play: Exit the King, Eugène Ionesco
Comic or Graphic novel: Tintin #18: The Calculus Affair, Hergé
Album: The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco

I love Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I've only read the first four, but it's great.

After The Vampire Lestat, the next in the series, Queen of the Damned is nowhere near as good as the first two but still very good. However, the fourth one, The Body Thief, is the best so far. Simply fantastic stuff.

It's in the plan to read them all. I have almost all the books from Anne Rice. I have problems to read her series all in one shot. I will probably read Queen of the Damned and The Body Thief this year.

The Lady or the Tiger? is a gem. I recommand it for anyone.

Kafka is great! I would highly suggest this really fun comic type of book done by Robert Crumb detailing Kafka's life and dramatizes his fiction. It really brings out the black humor found in Kafka.

I found too! In the Penal Colony, A Hunger Artist and The Burrow were amazing. I'm not sure about the others, maybe I didn't begin with the most known stories. I will probably read the rest of his work during the year. Do you have a personnal favorite?

I will try to put my hand on Robert Crumb's Kafka, but maybe I should read more Kafka to really appreciate it...

I am glad you like! "Blumfeld the Elderly Batchelor" is completely insane and I love it. The Judegement is also another favorite of mine. Amerika is his weakest novel, but has some really funny parts. The Trial and The Castle are truly amazing and very funny as well.

I've just read Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor. I understand what you mean! It was crazy!!! I especially appreciate the two balls part and the repetition.
Lastly, I've read around thirty short stories of him, I will take a little break (sometime I feel I didn't catch everything...) and I will continue (I like the guy). The Judgment is in my other book of collection of short stories of him.

You're right about The Judgment. I like it too!

The Holy Terrors, wasn't that totally over rated? I really did not enjoy that book at all. I read The Impostor a long time ago and remember liking it a little more. Did you read it in French? I read a translation and worry that is wasn't translated well.

Yes, I read the the book in french (Les Enfants Terribles). I cannot tell that I hate it or enjoy. Maybe because I have hurt my feet and I must remain in the bed, I can connect "vaguely" with Paul. Well, this is not enough. This is sad because I was waiting for a classic.
Maybe the story is better to the theater or into movie.

Beside Les Enfants Terribles, I have just read Orphée which I found soso either, but the movie is one of my favorite. Maybe Cocteau writing is just not my style, I will try something else from him later.

I hope my next read will be better. My next read are "probably" (I never know for sure in advance):
The Mint, T.E. Lawrence (more than 5y that I'd search for the french version, I have high hope on this)
Young Törless, Robert Musil
Journal d'Hirondelle, Amélie Nothomb
She/She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, Henry Rider Haggard
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carré
The Devil and Daniel Silverman, Theodore Roszak

I think Cocteau might be the jack of all trades but the master of none.
I would suggest Young Torless; it is a great novel, very dark.

I borrowed Young Törless from the library, so this is my next read. I'm supposed to read The Man Without Qualities from Musil too, but I feel a bit depressed by the length (~2000 pages). One day...

I’ve finished it. I don’t know how to judge this in my top 200 favourite books! The book is strong, but definitely not something I COULD read again. It was very harsh to continue until the end. I hate the passivity of Törless and I hate him (but less than the two other losers!!!)!

I need to read something not depressive now, I mean I’ve read lastly The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and this. I feel blue right now...

Lol, I can't remember the last time I read a happy book!

I know what you mean! Mostly I search for something funny or smooth, not necessary happy, before read something dramatic again. I'm not in the mood to read an adventure or fantastic novel... I've just finished The Devil and Daniel Silverman and it has some humor, but the story was frustrating too, like The Stepford Wives. Today, I will probably read a children book by Robert Graves (I like this author for The Greek Myths) and Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare... I have to give him another chance). My cue is now (always changing depending on the mood):

The Big Green Book, Robert Graves
Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Mint, Thomas Edward Lawrence
Coriolanus, William Shakespeare
The Married Man, Edmund White
She, Henry Rider Haggard
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

See my "appreciation" of Antony and Cleopatra.
I prefer read something depressive... (^_~)

I see that :) I started reading The Stranger again. Once he is able to reflect he achieves some sort of happiness... of course he is executed then.