Sunday, December 11, 2005

2005 (so far)

List 2005

1) Civil war Narrative Volume 1 by Shelby Foote

2) Plot Against America by Philip Roth

3) The Newton Letter by John Banville

4) Cubano Be, Cubano Bop by Leonardo Acosta

5) Men At Arms by Evelyn Waugh

6) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

7) Shiloh by Shelby Foote

8) Wild Berries by Yevgeny Yevtuschenko

9) Conversations With Shelby Foote

10) Kafka on The Shore by Haruki Murikami

11) Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

12) Incredibly Loud and Terribly Close by Jonathan Safren Foer

13) Chechnya by Andrew Meier

14) The Collected Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy

15) In The Rose Garden of The Martyrs by Christopher de Bellaigue

16) Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

17) The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

18) Mr. Lincoln's Army by Bruce Catton

19) Inez by Carlos Fuentes

20) Seven Types of Ambiguity by Eliot Perlman

21) The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

22) Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

23) Provinces of Night by William Gay

24) Father and Son by Larry Brown

25) Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

26) Why Orwell matters by Christopher Hitchens

27) 1984 by George Orwell

28) Mysterious Flame of Queen Leonna by Umberto Eco

29) Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

30) The Certificate by Isaac Singer

31) Collapse by Jared Diamond

32) Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

33) Letters To A Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

34) Malice Towards None by Stephen Oates

35) Rubicon by Tom Holland

36) Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote

37) Yellow Dog by Martin Amis

38) The Children At The Gate by Edward Wallant

39) No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

40) Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

41) Nowhere Man by Aleksandr Hemon

42) Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

43) Natural History of Disaster by W.G. Sebald

44) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

45) The Good Solider by Ford Maddox Ford

46) Keep the Aspidestra Flying by George Orwell

47) Henry Roth by Kellman

48) How Soccer Explains The World by Franklin Foer

49) Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell

50) Question of Bruno by Aleksandr Hemon

51) Why I Write by George Orwell

52) Rising Up, Rising Down by William T. Vollmann

53) Politics by Adam Thirwell

54) Commisar of Enlightenment by Ken Kalfus

55) On Beauty by Zadie Smith

56) Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

57) The Faculty Of Useless Knowledge by Yuri Dombrovsky

58) Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

59) King of the Jews by Nick Tosches

60) Europe Central by William T. Vollmann

61) Civil War Narrative - Volume Two by Shelby Foote

62) The Ice-Shirt by William T. Vollmann

63) Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story by Nick Tosches

It intriguing to ponder this, not as hubris but as time spent and its myriad paths. There were only five books formt he library which I completed, an odd indication times, supporting local commerce as well as the specificty of my interest this year, though it is as likely that I simply needed to own the materials in question. The affable aspect of Hornby's column in The Believer is the comparison between what books he bought each month as to what he read. One can surmise by my own statement about the juxtaposition within. Now back to signing fucking xmas cards!!


Anonymous Mr. Ramanov said...

This is the first time in many years that I did not compile a list of read text, I should because of breaking the previous years amount which was what i try to do every year. That does not always happen.

Favorite book: it was a tie between Shadow Of The Wind and Cloud Atlas. Thanks much to the jebi_se author and the mates at SAMIZDAT for suggestions into books I would not have read or known about.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Highwayman said...

A very impressive list indeed. Not only in sheer number but in content as well. Would that I could stay awake long enough to get thru a few chapters at a sitting for as a lad I really enjoyed doing so. But alas I now have to leave the heavy work to folks such as you, Ed, & Roger.

By the way, I concur with the Xmas card issue!

Keep reading and sharing.

11:03 PM  

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