A REAL MAN appreciates a good Icelandic saga.
As I’m bored and am not really into blogging about work right now (synopsis: I’m working retail at Christmas — enough said!), I thought I’d copy Nikkiana and write about what I’ve read off of this list:
Gilgamesh (epic)| Bible — Old Testament (Word of God) | Odyssey (Homer) | Illiad (Homer) | Sappho’s poems (sang some of them) | Bible — New Testament (to Logou ha Theou) | Beowulf (epic) | The Poem of the Cid (epic) | The Saga of Burnt Njal (Icelandic saga) | The Divine Comedy** (Dante Aligheri) | Song of Roland (anon) | Canterbury Tales (Chaucer) | Le Morte D’Arthur (Malory) | Sonnets (Shakespeare) | The Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan) | Poems…** (Burns) | Poems** (Woodsworth) | Poems** (Poe) | Leave of Grass (Whitman) | Poems (Dickinson) | Poems (Yeats) | Prufrock and Other Poems (Eliot) | Poems (Hopkins) | Selected Poems** (Auden)
The Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a “Arabian Nights”) | Candide** (Voltaire) | Heptamï??ron** (Marguerite de Navarre) | Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Grimm Brothers) | Tales of the Grotesque and Macabre** (Poe) | Dubliners** (Joyce) | Farenheit 451 (Bradbury) | All Creatures Great and Small** (Herriot)
Antigone (Sophocles) | Medea (Euripides) | Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) | Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) | Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) | Hamlet (Shakespeare) | Othello (Shakespeare) | Macbeth (Shakespeare) | A Doll’s House (Ibsen) | Cyrano de Bergerac*** (Rostand) | Murder in the Cathedral* (Eliot) | Our Town (Wilder) | Antigone* (Anouilh) | A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams) | Death of a Salesman (Miller) | Waiting for Godot (Beckett)
Novels before 1899
Pantagruel** (Rabelais) | Gulliver’s Travels** (Swift) | Frankenstein (Shelley) | Ivanhoe (Scott) | The Last of the Mohicans** (Cooper) | Oliver Twist (Dickens) | A Christmas Carol (Dickens) | The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne) | Moby Dick*** (Melville) | Madame Bovary (Flaubert) | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland** (Carroll) | Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky) | Little Women (Alcott) | Middlemarch** (Eliot) | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain) | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain) | A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Twain)
Heart of Darkness (Conrad) | The Call of the Wild (London) | Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery) | Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce) | My Antonia (Cather) | Babbitt (Lewis) | Billy Budd (Melville) | The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) | Call It Sleep (Roth) | Finnegan’s Wake (Joyce) | Native Son (Wright) | The Outsider (Camus)
Novels 1950 and after
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Lewis) | The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) | The Invisible Man (Ellison) | East of Eden (Steinbeck) | Lord of the Flies (Golding) | The Leopard (de Lampedusa) | To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee) | One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | The Joy Luck Club (Tan)
*=”I’ve seen it performed at the seminary.”
**=”I’ve read selected poems or large excerpts of the book”
***=”I’ve studied the piece but haven’t read the whole book.” (For some of these, we watched the movie and read parts of the book that weren’t part of the movie in some of my classes in high school.)
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leenielikescake: in other news, i’ve been emailing back and forth with the richard you linked in a recent entry!
gracefulfemina: i think his wife is wondering about the 20 year old women that he’s talking to these days!***
leenielikescake: i also sent brianna’s friend jeff an email last night… he has some very good thoughts about christianity, i think.
gracefulfemina: canadians seem to have a better grip on christianity than we do for some reason.
leenielikescake: well. maybe not more than we (eileen and jen) do. let’s move to canada!
gracefulfemina: jon and i have been talking about that since our honeymoon.
***(Richard: we are hoping Shannon is OK with us talking to you.)
Copying Julia here…
Of the board list, I’ve read…
#2: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#3: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
#19: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#20: Native Son by Richard Wright
#41: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#64: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
#67: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
#77: Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
#88: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Of the author list I have read:
#5: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#13: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#19: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
#25: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#43: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
#57: A Portrait of the Artist as a Yong Man by James Joyce
#69: Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison
#75: Call of the Wild by Jack London
#77: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#90: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
#94: My Antonia by Willa Cather
That’s 13 distinct books out of the Modern Library | 100 Best Novels. I’m not into modern lit at all (evidenced by the fact that these were all read for school purposes) so if there was a 100 best of all time, I’d probably be in the 20-30% range on that.