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1001 Books to read before you die

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Jul 2, 2018, 4:31pm Top

245 2/3. The Golden Bowl by Henry James.

Incredibly internal and intimate novel. I struggled with sections that felt meandering but overall I found it a very impressive work.

Jul 18, 2018, 6:32am Top

246 2/3. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Not to my taste sort of meandered along. Wrote this review before seeing the above. I think I might need to read some more modern literature for a while as I appear to have gone off the 'classics'.

Jul 30, 2018, 7:23am Top

247 2/3. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad.

Spy thriller that clearly heavily influenced le Carre. I really enjoyed the slow burn into incandescence.

Aug 3, 2018, 11:50am Top

248 2/3. London Fields by Martin Amis.

A frightful glimpse into the lower and criminalised middle class of London.

Aug 7, 2018, 5:42pm Top

249 2/3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Delightful and dense and beautiful to read. I found this thoroughly enjoyable and hope to come back to it in 10 years for a second read.

Edited: Sep 14, 2018, 5:18am Top

250 2/3. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence.

Enjoyed this slow meander through the three generations of the Brangwen family.

Sep 14, 2018, 5:18am Top

251 2/3. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence.

Oct 3, 2018, 5:19am Top

252 2/3. What Maisie Knew by Henry James.

Not sure what it was about this one but thus far my favourite of the James novels I've read. The story of Maisie stuck between her parents vitriol was somehow beautiful.

Dec 1, 2018, 2:25am Top

253 2/3. The enormous room by E. E. Cummings.

Amazing and enjoyable glimpse into the rich internal world of e.e. cummings.

Dec 4, 2018, 2:35am Top

254 2/3. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd.

Dyer, Hawksmoor, Dyer circling throughout the novel. Great fun and confusing with beautiful turns of phrase.

Dec 31, 2018, 3:26am Top

255 2/3. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Fascinating alternate history for World War II if American antisemitism was slightly more potent.

Feb 12, 6:15am Top

256 2/3. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

Lovely magical realism and wish I knew more about post-colonial India.

Feb 28, 4:18am Top

257 2/3. The Master by Colm Tóibín.

Compellingly realistic glimpse into a very believable inner life of Henry James.

Mar 23, 10:58pm Top

258 2/3. Moon Palace by Paul Auster.

Marco Stanley Fogg's search for identity through the various father (and father figures) relationships. Enjoyable slow burning novel with a sense of magic woven throughout.

Apr 2, 6:36am Top

259 2/3. The Information by Martin Amis.

May 25, 8:18am Top

260 2/3. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James.

Enjoyable fare, Americans in Europe.

Jul 19, 5:20am Top

261 2/3. Howards End by E. M. Forster.

Edited: Sep 21, 8:12am Top

262 2/3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Just amazing, I can see why it is often described as a foundation of the modern novel. In many ways it reads like it was written last week rather than more than 400 years ago.

EDIT Just watched the Terry Gillam "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", would highly recommend it as a great presentation of the story.

Sep 21, 8:11am Top

263 2/3. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott.

Having just been through Scotland the description of the highlands was enjoyably evocative for me. The setting during the Jacobite rising definitely piqued my interest in the relationship between Scotland and England.

Sep 21, 4:57pm Top

>19 brakketh: I also visited Scotland this year. I'll have to give this book a try because I also have an interest in the Jacobite wars.

Sep 23, 7:47am Top

>20 gypsysmom: Hope you find it calls to mind the Scottish countryside as strongly for you as it did for me.

Nov 8, 10:43pm Top

264 2/3. A Maggot by John Fowles.

Ever since reading The Collector for a school assignment I've had a soft spot for John Fowles writing. The style drawing from letters and interviews, the lack of resolution and just beautiful writing all made this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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