Saturday 17 August 2002

The Rorschach reading test

Burningbird asked for some reading recommendations. Here are some of my favorites (not necessarily in order of preference):

  • Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters
  • Richard Ford, The Sportswriter
  • Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
  • Saiichi Maruya, A Mature Woman
  • Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Alberto Moravia, Boredom
  • Fumiko Enchi, The Waiting Years
  • Soseki Natsume, Kokoro
  • Naoya Shiga, A Dark Night’s Passing
  • W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn
  • Ivan Morris, The Nobility of Failure
  • Allison Fell, The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro
  • James Salter, Burning the Days
  • Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
  • Eudora Welty, Collected Stories
  • Dorothea Brande, Becoming a Writer
  • Joseph Mitchell, Up in the Old Hotel
  • Taeko Kono, Toddler Hunting
  • Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch
  • Akira Yoshimura, On Parole

I tried to keep the list to ten but couldn’t manage it.

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Well, whadayaknow. I didn't think anybody but me had read _Rayuela_ (_Hopscotch_).

How did you manage to get through _Tom Jones_? I couldn't. I didn't give enough of a hoot about him or his doings or anyone he did them with.

Posted by Dorothea Salo on 17 August 2002 (Comment Permalink)

I'm in luck in that most of these are at my local library--only a few missing.

Jonathon, thanks so much for this terrific list!

Posted by Burningbird on 17 August 2002 (Comment Permalink)

Except I have read one of these books...

Posted by Burningbird on 17 August 2002 (Comment Permalink)

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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