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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • February 09, 2006


    Favorite Reads: Russian Literature Choices

    Eclectic but thought-provoking, Russian literature affords an air of sobriety and awareness of life and death. Almost half of my favorite reads belong to this genre and these books are regulars on my reading list. I contrive to read Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, and The Master and Margarita at least once a year. Here is the exhaustive list of my Russian literature choices:

    1. The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov, Devil disguised as magician causing a havoc in Petersburg, prefer Vintage edition

    2. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky, a study of human conscience and scruple, prefer Constance Garnett's translation

    3. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, a classic love story; prefer Penguin Classics edition

    4. Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dostoevsky's final judgment of man; Vintage classics
    5. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky, culmination of his arts and skills; prefer David McDuff's translation

    6. Dead Souls: A Novel Nikolai Gogol, a hilarious social humor with dark undercurrents; Vintage classics

    7. Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev, an examination of love, family, and Russian nihilism; prefer Richard Freeborn's translation

    8. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy, an epic of Russia evoking self-sacrifice, self-indulgence, love, and perdition; prefer Contsnce Garnett's translation

    9. The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky, a good introduction to his short work, dive into his profundity of thought, Modern Library Classics

    10. The Foundation Pit Andrey Platonov, a scathing indictment of the brutal and anti-intellectual soviet apparatchiki

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