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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 02, 2006

     

    Ubiquitous Books

    Danielle posted about a couple of books that seem to be ubiquitous--you've heard people talking about them, you've seen people reading them, and the books keep waving at you on the table at the bookstore. I've had a similar encounter recently. I have been going through the 100 best holiday reads by The Time (London)and the very top of the list is Suite Francaise, which John (an English teacher whom I met at Cafe Flore), is currently reading. Second-world-war France gets the War and Peace (how appropriate and what a coincidence!) treatment in two superb, newly discovered novellas, written by a woman who died in Auschwitz. I'm definitely looking into this one. Cipriano is reading On Beauty by Zadie Smith, which is the second title on the list. I've seen this book at the bookstore at various occasions and it seems to have my name written on it,althoughh I have even yet to read her debut, White Teeth, her debut which ambitiously takes on race, sex, class, history, and the minefield of gender politics. It looks like I've got half of my fall reading list in place now. I scoured Borders yesterday on the way home and picked up The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, another ubiquitous novel that had spattered much attention.

    6 Comments:

    Anonymous iliana said...

    It is funny how that happens right. I keep seeing Suite Francais everywhere too. Sounds interesting just not sure I'm in the mood for it.

    Do you usually stick with your reading list?

    8/02/2006 10:15 AM  
    Anonymous Danielle said...

    It is weird how certain books are always popping up. I definitely want to read Suite Francaise. I am waiting for my library to finally get their copy!

    8/04/2006 10:35 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    iliana and danielle,
    omg i just came from borders and they only had *1* copy of suite francaise left and i took it, although i probably won't touch it until later. just have to stock up on books i like.

    you know iliana it's been very challenging to stick with reading list since i always find something intriguing as i go along. there are what i call "staples" - books or authors i always find time to read and will jump ahead at the expense of other list. :)

    8/04/2006 4:50 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    I read about the book written by the woman who died in the concentration camp. It sounded very remarkable, but alas, when you own a bookstore, you don't have much time to read.

    8/05/2006 8:47 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Jef,
    I thought you'd be able to get your hand on anything that is new and noteworthy, no? :)

    8/05/2006 6:54 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    It's not an availability issue; it's a time issue. I schedule time in my day for writing, my full-time job, working at the bookstore, errands, eating, sleeping, exercise, and there isn't much time left. Hopefully, it won't be that way forever, and then I'll cach up.

    8/08/2006 9:32 PM  

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