Monday, November 28, 2005


Some classics that every booklover will want to own and treasure

The House of the Spirits / Isabel Allende
Winesburg, Ohio / Sherwood Anderson

Empire of the Sun / J.G. Ballard
Jigsaw / Sybille Bedford
The Legacy / Sybille Bedford
The Adventures of Augie March / Saul Bellow
The Last September / Elizabeth Bowen
The House in Paris / Elizabeth Bowen
The Sheltering Sky / Paul Bowles
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
Earthly Powers / Anthony Burgess
Possession / A.S. Byatt

God’s Little Acre / Erskine Caldwell
Tobacco Road / Erskine Caldwell
Breakfast at Tiffanys / Truman Capote
Don Quixote / Miguel de Cervantes
Farewell, My Lovely / Raymond Chandler
The Moonstone / Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White / Wilkie Collins
Mrs Smith / Evan S. Connell
Nostromo / Joseph Conrad
The Prince of Tides / Pat Conroy
Pricksongs and Descants / Robert Coover

David Copperfield / Charles Dickens
Great Expectations / Charles Dickens

Middlemarch / George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss / George Eliot
The Waste Land / T.S. Eliot
Invinsible Man / Ralph Ellison

Absalom, Absalom! / William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying / William Faulkner
Light in August / William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury / William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Blue Flower / Penelope Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert
A Passage to India / E.M. Forster

New Grub Street / George Gissing
Lord of the Flies / William Golding
The House on Coliseum Street / Shirley Ann Grau
The Keepers of the House / Shirley Ann Grau
The Power and the Glory / Graham Greene
The Heart of the Matter / Graham Greene
The End of the Affair / Graham Greene

A Moveable Feast / Ernest Hemingway
The Diamonds at the Bottom of the Sea / Desmond Hogan
Tess of the D’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge / Thomas Hardy
The Transit of Venus / Shirley Hazzard
A High Wind in Jamaica / Richard Hughes
Birthday Letters / Ted Hughes

A Strong Prayer for Owen Meany / John Irving
The World According to Garp / John Irving
The Remains of the Day / Kazuo Ishiguro

The Golden Bowl / Henry James
The Portrait of a Lady / Henry James
The Turn of the Screw / Henry James
What Maisie Knew / Henry James
Three Men in a Boat / Jerome K. Jerome

The Unbearable Lightness of Being / Milan Kundera

Of Human Bondage / W. Somerset Maugham
The Razor’s Edge / W. Somerset Maugham
Rebecca / Daphne du Maurier
The Thorn Birds / Colleen McCullough
Amongst Women / John McGahern
A Fine Balance / Rohinton Mistry
The Stones of Summer / Dow Mossman
The Black Prince / Iris Murdoch
The Sea, the Sea / Iris Murdoch
A Severed Head / Iris Murdoch

Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov
A Bend in the River / V.S. Naipaul
A House for Mr Biswas / V.S. Naipaul

The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute / Grace Paley
My Name is Red / Orhan Pamuk
The Bell Jar / Sylvia Plath
A Dance to the Music of Time / Anthony Powell
Remembrance of Things Past / In Search of Lost Time / Marcel Proust

Gilead / Marilynne Robinson
Housekeeping / Marilynne Robinson
Call It Sleep / Henry Roth
American Pastoral / Philip Roth
Midnight’s Children / Salman Rushdie

Light Years / James Salter
The Tale of Genji / Murasaki Shikibu
Angle of Repose / Wallace Stegner
The Grapes of Wrath / John Steinbeck

The Secret History / Donna Tartt
Walden / Henry David Thoreau
The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy
Music and Silence / Rose Tremain
First Love / Ivan Turgenev
Torrents of Spring / Ivan Turgenev
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain

The Color Purple / Alice Walker
All the King’s Men / Robert Penn Warren
Scoop / Evelyn Waugh
The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth / Edith Wharton
The Tree of Man / Patrick White
Cloudstreet / Tim Winton
Dirt Music / Tim Winton
Look Homeward, Angel / Thomas Wolfe
You Can’t Go Home Again / Thomas Wolfe
The Bonfire of the Vanities / Tom Wolfe
Mrs Dalloway / Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse / Virginia Woolf

Revolutionary Road / Richard Yates
The Easter Parade / Richard Yates


Blogger Guy said...

War and Peace I found to be quite good. I still can't get over how young Henry Fonda looked back then! He nearly fifty at the time, but looked 25. Amazing!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, War and Peace (though long and wieldy) is a great movie, though a box-office failure at that time. (I believe the movie was released in 1956.) However, it was a commendable effort at compacting Tolstoy's stupendous classic into a three-hour-plus movie. Audrey Hepburn was perfect as Natasha, though Henry Fonda is a tad too American as Pierre. Yes, Henry Fonda is amazing!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 8:32:00 PM  
Blogger nothing in life is certian said...

I agree with many of the books posted on your list of books but I would like to recomend two of my favorite books. The first being Muntiny on the bounty the first in a trilogy about a ships voyage in 1788 a real adventure and a book that you will find hard to put down. The second would beDashiell Hammett's Nightmare Town a book of short stories all are a sort of mix between mystery and scarey stories that you will also find hard to stop reading.I have read both many times and will again in my future well into my adult life.

Saturday, November 20, 2004 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger bibliobibuli said...

i love lists of books and there are loads of shoulda reads for me here and other things i haven't heard of and will look out for

love your enthusiam for books!

Sunday, November 27, 2005 8:52:00 PM  

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