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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
  • August 16, 2006

     

    On a Dante Binge

    Taking up another recommendation from Bookpuddle, I'm reading The Dante Club, a novel about a mysterious murderer has turned entrails of Dante's punishment in The Inferno (which I'm also reading)into model of murders. The scholars of a Bostonian Dante Club thrive to remain silent and protect literary existence of the Italian poet. Off to vacation until next week.

    8 Comments:

    Blogger Greg said...

    Interesting vacation reading material.... Enjoy your time off!

    8/16/2006 8:55 AM  
    Anonymous Danielle said...

    You'll have to post about The Dante Club--I keep picking it up and then putting it down. Can't decide. Have a nice vacation!!

    8/17/2006 6:16 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    Enjoy your vacation! Can't wait to see all the gorgeous pictures I'm sure you'll be taking.

    8/17/2006 7:53 AM  
    Blogger Carl V. said...

    I have this but have never read it...beautiful hardback book but I just haven't gotten to it. Am curious as to what you think of it.

    I see he has a new book out about Edgar Allan Poe who I love that I may end up picking up.

    8/18/2006 12:55 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Hope you're having fun and then entrails never enter the picture other than in fiction!

    8/18/2006 4:17 PM  
    Blogger cipriano said...

    Is it good? Is it good? Is it good?
    Isn't it good? Isn't it good?
    I LOVED that book!
    Hope you do, too.
    -- Cip

    8/21/2006 6:35 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Thank you everyone. I had a great time relaxing--it was a truly quiet getaway although it was merely a couple hours away.

    I enjoyed Dante Club alot--almost coming to an end and I have already missed the process of reading it!

    Danielle, if you're still plowing through W&P you might want to wait.

    Carl V., you won't be disappointed with this one. Also I have to check out your blog, it looks very well-done.

    I'm indebted to Dave (Cipriano) who recommended the book to me. Yes yes yes, it's good. It's very good. Beguiling, intriguing, and suspenseful.

    Matty, it was good seeing you outside SI today. I've got pictures on the right hand side link. Check them out!

    8/21/2006 8:02 PM  
    Blogger Carl V. said...

    Thanks, you are welcome anytime.

    8/22/2006 11:21 AM  

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